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Athletic Park was a sports facility and home to the Vancouver Beavers baseball club in 1913. A century later, high-rise buildings now stand in its place. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (2013 image) and City of Vancouver Archives Collection (1913 image)
Timeless Vancouver Vancouver looks like such a new city that it’s hard to sometimes imagine what it looked like before the forest of gleaming glass condo towers gave Stanley Park an inferiority complex. Photographer William J. Moore had a totally different view of the city at the turn of the last century and, luckily for us, he used his No. 8 Cirkut Outfit camera to record his impressions. On December 4, the Space
Crafty women Women artists, artisans and crafters are hosting the 20th Annual Women’s Winter Faire at Heritage Hall (3120 Main) from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Musician/ activists Kate Reid, Sandy Scofield, sidewalk cellist Clara Shandle, Eirene Colma, and JB The First Lady will kick off Friday night’s Celebrating Women’s
Centre is hosting the second part of Through the Lens: Building Vancouver’s History. You can travel through time as Moore’s panoramic photographs are digitally blended with photos of more current times, seen for the first time with the new digital planetarium projection system for a full immersion environment. Your guide is local historian Michael Kluckner. Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7. Tickets are $8 to $13 or you can get a family pass for $38. Go to SpaceCentre.ca for details.
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Oppal presses for police reform a year after inquiry By Jeff Nagel
he head of BC’s Missing Women Inquiry says he’s pleased with some of the actions taken in the year since he released 65 recommendations aimed at protecting vulnerable women from a future serial killer. But Commissioner Wally Oppal told Black Press he wants much more done, particularly with his recommendation of creating a regional police force for Metro Vancouver. Oppal acknowledges various improvements in policing since botched, badly coordinated investigations let serial killer Robert Pickton stalk addicted sex-trade workers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for years until his arrest in 2001. “They have more regional cooperation and they have better communications,” Oppal said, citing improved police databases, the regional homicide squad IHIT and other integrated teams. “But still the present patchwork of policing really makes no sense,” he said. “The evidence was quite clear – if we’d had a regional police force a number of murders would have been prevented.” The mix of municipal police forces and RCMP detachments across the region was one of his main
targets for reform but several Metro mayors have resisted any change, fearing a regional force might mean less local control over policing or less coverage if officers are pulled away to regional priorities. Oppal contends a regional force could still be created that allows decentralized community-based policing that respects their wishes. The province this month announced a pending review of policing in the new year that is expected to consider further integration of forces and potential alternate models. Victoria is also funding more work to combat sexual exploitation and human trafficking, which often sees criminals lure girls from small towns and reserves into drugaddicted prostitution in the Lower Mainland. “I do recognize that the situation is much improved from what it was when Pickton was killing women,” Oppal said. “The likelihood is that he would be apprehended quicker. But I can’t say it couldn’t happen again.” The provincial government’s move to fully fund the WISH dropin centre in the Downtown Eastside is one of the steps Oppal credits. The province says it has fully implemented three recommendations and is working on others. Ernie Crey, brother of murdered
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union-funded study is blaming TransLink for a seven-fold jump in the number of HandyDart users denied trips over the past five years and warns the situation is set to get much worse as the number of older seniors grows. The report by transportation planner Eric Doherty says the number of HandyDart trip denials doubled last year to 37,690 and that number has skyrocketed from less than 5,000 in 2008. The number of seniors over 70 is growing at more than two and a half times the rate of growth of the general population, it warns, rising by an expected 40 per cent over the next decade. But without approval of new funding for TransLink, the HandyDart budget is expected to remain frozen for years to come, leaving the custom transit system increasingly unable to meet demand. Doherty’s report, on behalf of the union representing HandyDart drivers, argues TransLink is inappropriately attempting to force more transit users who have disabilities onto regular transit. It warns allowing service to deteriorate will isolate vulnerable HandyDart passengers. It’s the latest volley from the Amalgamated Transit Union in a running battle with TransLink officials after they contracted out
woman Dawn Crey, said he fears the drive for change has faltered since the resignation of former Lieut-Gov. Steven Point as the “champion” for Oppal’s recommendations. Point left as families of Pickton’s victims launched civil lawsuits against police forces and the government seeking compensation. Crey said the province must name a successor to Point “to drive the process forward.” He also said that if the province had compensated victims’ children — as Oppal recommended — the families likely wouldn’t be in court suing the authorities and much more progress might have been made. One initiative both Oppal and Crey said should be pursued is an intercity bus service between northern BC communities along the so-called Highway of Tears where many women have vanished hitchhiking. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said the province is making significant progress on many of the inquiry’s recommendations. “None of us want to see something like this tragedy happen again in British Columbia,” she said after meeting with advocacy groups Monday. “ The province is committed to building a legacy of safety and security for vulnerable women.
all HandyDart service to MVT Canadian Bus. Also enraging the union was TransLink’s decision this year – after urging by auditors — to use cheaper taxis to provide more trips with the same amount of money. The shift of 15,000 service hours or two per cent of the total to taxis meant layoffs for a few HandyDart drivers and a drop from full-time status for some others. Martin Lay, TransLink’s director of transit services, said the taxi pilot project is so far on track to meet its goal of generating 7,000 more trips for users than would otherwise have been provided. The pilot initially switched passengers from HandyDart to taxis on the four costliest routes where minibuses must often deadhead back empty. They connect Surrey and White Rock to either Vancouver and New Westminster. Jane Dyson, executive director of the BC Coalition for People with Disabilities, said she’s seen no groundswell of protest from passengers over the increased use of taxis, which she said many users find more convenient. She said taxis are a more costeffective way of providing service given TransLink’s funding restraints and the coalition supports expanding their use – as is done in other cities. — Jeff Nagel
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Make the most of local mountains By Michaela Garstin and Maria Spitale-Leisk GROUSE MOUNTAIN Technology is making skiing and boarding easier — and even more fun — at Grouse Mountain. Its new iPhone app has features such as lift and run status, weather alerts and access to the webcam are already popular with this season’s first skiers and snowboarders, said Grouse Mountain’s spokeswoman Jacqueline Blackwell. The app also has run tracking, which allows users to record, map and send their runs to Facebook and Twitter using their phone’s GPS. “Since Grouse Mountain is home to both novice and experienced skiers and snowboarders, we know they will be very excited when we open additional runs in the coming days,” Blackwell said on the mountain’s opening day, Nov. 20. “This season we are excited to offer a new camp called Director’s Sundays which gives out avid skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to join our snow school director and top instructors for an early bird, exclusive ski/ride experience.”
Winter’s Grouse Grind Compared to skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing may seem laid back but it’s actually great exercise and is Grouse Mountain’s fastest growing winter activity. Dam Mountain, a pristine loop of three main trails, has clearly marked signs and is good for both beginners and intermediate snowshoers. For those looking for a challenge, there’s the Snowshoe Grind that translates “the intensity and accomplishment of the Grouse Grind into a winter experience” and will keep hikers in shape for the spring. Grind Timers, for sale at the mountain, track snowshoers’ speeds and post their names and times on a monitor in the Peak Chalet. Peak of Christmas There’s much more to do on Grouse Mountain than high-intensity sports. Grouse Mountain’s Gingerbread Village features dozens of festive creations in a contest for first place. From Santa’s House to miniature copies of local stores to landmarks in the Lower Mainland, people have the chance to vote for their favourite and help support SOS Children’s Village through donations.
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You can ‘grind’ Grouse all year long, provided you’ve strapped on a pair of snowshoes first. Photo courtesy Grouse Mountain Other attractions include learning about Santa’s transportation during Reindeer Ranger Talks, mountain sleigh rides, mountaintop ice skating in an 8,000-squarefoot rink and Christmas movies all day long from 9:30am to 9pm in the mountaintop theatre. Full-day lift tickets run $58 (adults), $45 (youth) and $25 (kids). Beginning of season passes are available for $39.95/$23.95/$13.95.
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SEYMOUR MOUNTAIN If you grew up in Vancouver, chances are you learned how to ski on Mount Seymour. “We have the longest running ski and snowboard school out of
all the North Shore mountains,” says Mount Seymour Resorts communications coordinator Emmalee Brunt of the program which dates back to the 1950s. Whether it’s your first time on the slopes or you want to take your skills to the next level, Mount Seymour has a myriad of ski and snowboard lessons to choose from. Two years ago, the mountain installed a magic carpet on its beginner slope, creating a more
seamless learn-to-ski experience. Imagine a realm where novice, bumbling skiers and snowboarders can simply shuffle up to a “covered snow escalator,” hop on and enjoy the smooth ride to the top. This year, Seymour is making it more affordable for parents to teach their kids how to ski or snowboard by introducing the “Goldie” pass, which gives parents access to the learning area and the magic carpet lift for $25 (valid Mondays through Thursdays, excluding holidays). Meanwhile, Seymour is throwing in an extra hour of shredding for free by extending the hours of its afternoon lift ticket, which is now valid from 3pm to close and costs $41 for an adult. “A lot of people were showing up early, so we thought: ‘Let’s just add this extra hour on.’ It makes it a better value for our guests,” says Brunt. Seymour earns serious industry cred Seymour recently received some well-deserved industry cred, after being named the second best terrain park in Western Canada by the SBC Resort Guide Editors’ Choice Awards. On Dec. 7 and 8, Seymour is inviting teachers from across the Lower Mainland to explore the mountain for free, including equipment rentals. The intention is that those teachers will encourage students at their respective schools to sign up for a ski or snowboard program. On Dec. 31, ring in the New
Year on the slopes of Seymour at a family-friendly First Night event featuring entertainment and a s’mores-making station. Winter babies were born to ski or board, so this year Seymour is offering free lift tickets to people on their birthday when they show valid identification. “It’s just a fun promotion and to give something back to our guests,” says Brunt. Seymour is projected to be open for skiing and boarding at the end of November or the first week of December. “We wait on Mother Nature because we don’t have snow machines,” explains Brunt. Once 85 centimetres of snow accumulates on the mountain, Seymour will officially open for the season. As of Monday, Seymour’s base was sitting at 23 centimetres. However, Brunt and the rest of the Seymour staff have their fingers crossed for a large snowfall that’s forecast for later this week. Seymour’s 2013-2014 full-day lift tickets cost $53 (adults), $45 (youth), $39 (senior) and $25 (child). MountSeymour.com
CYPRESS MOUNTAIN Cypress Mountain is introducing a reservation system with some Olympic-sized lift ticket savings this season. When you purchase a Gold Medal Card (on sale for $67 until Dec. 1) you get your first lift ticket for free and 20 per off each subse-
cover quent visit to Cypress. And there are more savings to be had when Gold Medal Card holders reserve their slope time online. Every day there will be an allotted number of tickets available in certain price categories. There is the potential for skiers and riders to save as much as $19 when they book their lift ticket in advance. Also new this year is the addition of a terrain park-specific snowcat. This state-of-the-art grooming machine is equipped with more range of motion conducive for building better jumps in the mountain’s four terrain parks. Unparalleled views If shredding down the slopes isn’t your thing, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the tranquil Hollyburn Nordic Area. Hollyburn Ridge boasts 19 kilometres of groomed and track-set cross country ski trails. “It’s a great form of exercise and popular with road cyclists for cross-training,” explains director of sales and marketing Joffrey KoemanKoeman. Ten kilometres of scenic snowshoe trails traverse sub-alpine meadows and snowy mountain forests. For the ultimate treat, indulge in the quintessential Canadian experience: a moonlit snowshoe tour through the trees to the historic Hollyburn Lodge for a chocolate or cheese fondue candlelight dinner. “It’s one of the most unique things you could do as a dinner tour in Vancouver,” says Koeman. Meanwhile, you will find high-
Mount Seymour has the longest running ski and snowboard school on the North Shore. Zach Copland photo octane fun for the whole family at the snow tube park. With six chutes roughly 100 metres in length to chose from and a tube tow propelling you to the top, effortless exhilaration awaits. Cypress celebrated an early start to the ski season last week. “Historically, it’s December 1,” says Koeman, adding the North Shore’s ever-changing weather makes it difficult to predict an opening day.
As of Monday, the Eagle Express Quad chair was operational from 9am to 4pm with runs Jasey Jay, Upper Maelle Ricker and Panorama open from top to bottom. Full-day lift tickets purchased on the mountain cost $62 (adults), $46 (youth), $40 (senior) and $26 (child). NiteOwl passes for skiing and snowboarding from 5 p.m. to close are $42 (adults), $33 (youth), $26 (senior) and $20 (child). CypressMountain.com
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Stay north of the border this Black Friday
any Canadians — including Vancouver residents — will vote with their feet this week and head south on Black Friday in hopes of finding bargains on electronics, appli-
ances, apparel and food. This trek is part of a general trend of Canadians to cross-border shop while our dollar’s value stays relatively high, and although the price spread is just 10 per cent — not a
huge difference given the time spent in border lineups and the cost of gas — the general impression is that US retailers do a better job in keeping prices low. The truth is more complicated as retailers, such as London Drugs, have been adapting to consumer demand, offering competitive deals and early shopping hours for Black Friday to keep shoppers at home. As well, the entry of US-based Walmart and Target have forced Canadian retailers to sharpen their pencils. But Canadian retailers can’t take all the blame for the price differences. In fact, Canada’s relative small consumer market compared to the US contributes to higher pricing overall. For one thing, foreign suppliers have historically charged more for their product, knowing that Canadian consumers will still pay the higher price, and because Canada is a more costly market to service. Transportation costs, distribution costs, (somewhat) higher labour costs, tariffs and fees as well as higher rent and real estate costs all add to the mark-up Canadians pay on goods. It’s a fact of life in a country with a smaller population that consumer goods will be more expensive. But should retailers ignore the desire of Canadians to get more for their money? Absolutely not, they need to take some responsibility for the problem of cross-border shopping and do what they can to keep customers at home — whether it be through enhanced customer service, warranty servicing or more competitive pricing. At the same time, Canadian consumers shouldn’t be let off the hook. They need to know that circulating their dollar in their home community keeps themselves and their neighbours employed, and thus benefits local economies. Dollars spent in Canada will also ensure that we continue to enjoy health care, a strong social safety net and many other benefits. When it comes to quality of life, you get what you pay for.
raditionally, Black Friday is held in the United States on the day following American Thanksgiving, and is largely regarded as the start of the holiday shopping season. It has been dubbed “Black Friday” because the day’s sales push many retailers profits into the ‘black’. And this day of door-crashing deals has been steadily gaining momentum in Canada — according to a recent BMO holiday spending report, 47 per cent of Canadians are planning to shop on Black Friday, up 15 per cent from 2012. This year, 12 Vancouver BIAs — West 4th, Commerical Drive, Mount Pleasant, Cambie Village, Downtown Vancouver, South Granville, Yaletown, West End, Gastown, Robson Street, Kerrisdale Village and Chinatown — are teaming up to do Black Friday sales events across the city from November 29 to December 1. For example, more than 50 of Gastown’s finest shops (such as John Fluevog, Roden Gray, MO851, Aveda and Button Button), will be offering special deals all weekend long, and Gastown’s cobblestone streets will be lined up with black and silver balloons beside the participating retailers. A list of the BIAs’ Black Friday deals will go live on VancouverBIAPartnership.ca on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 12:01am. Pacific Centre will be open 7am to 9pm on Nov. 29, and will be giving away $10 Cadillac Fairview SHOP! CARD to the first 100 shoppers to arrive at guest services. The mall will post a list of sales on their website November 28 at 9pm. The ‘Godshopper’ of Black Friday in Canada, Pacific Centre parent Cadillac Fairview was the first, in 2012, to offer Canadians a widespread Black Friday option, including extended hours, sales and promotions comparable to those traditionally found in the US. For more information, visit Shops.ca. — Kelsey Klassen
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2. Plate and Mug Toiletpaper line by Seletti A little bit of black humour in your kitchen from the encounter between Italian design company Seletti and Toiletpaper, the artist magazine created by Italian satirical sculptor Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. A collection filled with creepy images that are equal parts chic and surreal. Plate $29 & Mug $25 | Mint Gallery
3. Soy saucer I think this delicate soy saucer/ creamer illustrates well the current fusion between Asian materials, dining habits and mindsets with Western design methodology and lifestyles. I love it because it is not mass-produced and has a touch of uniqueness. $20 | Peking Lounge
4. Cire Trudon candle Christmas limited-edition in red and gold colours If Cire Trudon candles were good enough for Marie Antoinette, they’re certainly good enough for me! The candles of connoisseurs, Cire Trudon is a French wax making factory, founded in 1643, that makes some of (if not) the best candles in the world. They burn for
a few hundred hours so they are great value for money and come with the most pleasurable aromas. $115 | Provide
5. Hoshigame table lamp Issey Miyake for Artemide Part of the eye catching IN-EI collection and designed by fashion designer Issey Miyake, Hoshigame is a little piece of art at an unusually affordable price. Artemide’s IN-EI collection keeps its shape without needing internal form. Each lampshade begins with a single piece of fabric folded to create a three-dimensional form that’s a sculpture of shadow of light. Also, they’re made using a fibre derived from recycled plastic bottles. This light has the three factors: design, sustainability and price. You can’t ask for more. $345 | Inform interiors
6. Alessi Hot.it Kettle Wiel Arets I am a tea person and for me a good kettle is an indispensable item in the kitchen. I love the new one by Wiel Arets, a Dutch architectural and design practice, because it is sleek and architectural, simple and functional. Also, the heat insulated bottom allows you to place the kettle directly onto the table which is pretty handy. I love Wiel Arets’ designs for Alessi; I bought his vanity and bathroom collection for my house and I absolutely adore it. $170 | Vancouver Special
7. E27 pendant lamp Mattiass Stahlbom for Muuto I love this simple and versatile pendant by Muuto, a cutting-edge Danish design house. Stahlbom’s E27 Pendant Light is made of fade-and-heat-resistant indelible silicone. Minimal in its design, E27 departs from the essence of a lamp
— the socket — making the object a celebration of functionality and simplicity. $99 | TheModernShop.com (Canadian online shop based in Ottawa, with free shipping all over Canada)
8. Italian alpaca throw For long and cold winter nights, there’s nothing more comforting than a luscious, super soft alpaca wool throw. Alpaca is a hypoallergenic natural fiber with the touch of cashmere and the strength of modern synthetics. Restoration Hardware’s designs are modern but classic at the same time — easy to match with any decor, and they come in a variety of colours. $169 | Restoration Hardware
9. Formula cushion Bo Concept’s new collection of cushions are made from delicate textiles and vintage fabrics. Designs use the geometrical patterns and neutral colours very common in Nordic design. Bo Concept offers modern furniture of the woody, down-to-earth kind, and good quality, European design without being outrageously avant-garde. It is a safe option for the North American customer who likes European style. $69 | Bo Concept
10. Therapeutic Mustard Bath Barefoot Venus The line of bath products by Kelowna-based Barefoot Venus is one of my best recent discoveries. A great collection of indulgent accessories to make your bath a divine experience, they come with graphics reminiscent of Art Nouveau’s ‘naked goddesses’ and Alphonse Mucha’s muses, which, in my view, makes them totally irresistible. $4.99 | Heather Ross Natural Eclectic
November 28 – December 4, 2013
Gifts for the preschool set Engage, entertain and educate the 3-to-5 crowd
will his fellow pirates ever appreciate his homemaking skills and generous spirit? Read this delightful book in your best pirate voice and your child will think you arrrrrrrr terrific. $18.95 at Kidsbooks.
By Sabrina Furminger
y daughter Mari turns three this week, and for the first time in her life, she’s participating in the joyful frenzy leading up to Christmas: decorating the bottom third of the tree; singing carols; baking (and eating) snowmen cookies; listening attentively as I read aloud from books about Santa, Scrooge, The Grinch, and a little boy who bought a crummy tree for his school Christmas play. Mari loves stories about Santa most of all; of course, she doesn’t know that Mommy is one of Santa’s elves, and that I’ve been hard at work compiling a list of gifts that strike a balance between engaging, entertaining, and educating. ’Tis the season for sharing — and I’m happy to share my picks with other Vancouver-based elves who have preschoolers on their gift lists.
Mr. Dress Up: Tickle Trunk Treasures DVD
Small Saul by Ashley Spires BC-born author and illustrator Ashley Spires never disappoints. Her graphic-heavy books (which include the award-winning Binky the Space Cat) are a joy to behold, and 2011’s Small Saul takes Spires’ signature whimsy to the high seas. Small Saul thinks he’s found his dream job when he’s invited to join the crew of a pirate ship — but
There are plenty of great television shows being created for today’s preschoolers, but I’ve yet to find one as accessible and unpretentious as Mr. Dress Up, which ran on CBC from 1967 to 1996. I grew up watching Mr. Dress Up (portrayed by the affable Ernie Coombs) sing, tell stories and make magic out of craft supplies and a tickle trunk full of costumes — and I’m so excited to share the effects-free magic with Mari via this DVD collection. Want to go the extra mile? Fill a tickle trunk with hats, boas, wands, non-toxic face paint, and other costume pieces, and live the on-screen magic. $24.99 at CBC store.
Tickets to Busytown I’ve been counting down to the day when I’ll be able to share my love of live theatre
with Mari, and thanks to Carousel Theatre for Young People, I don’t have to wait much longer. Their March production of Busytown — based on Richard Scarry’s book What Do People Do All Day — is geared towards a preschool audience. I can’t think of a better introduction to the theatre world than a play involving Huckle Cat, Farmer Pig and the other residents of Busytown. $15 at CarouselTheatre.ca.
Magformers This is the kind of toy you’ll buy for your child but end up playing with yourself after they’ve gone to bed. Magformers are brightly coloured plastic squares, hexagons and triangles containing powerful magnets
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gift guide that allow users to create dynamic 3D structures. I love that kids can build whatever they’d like, tear it apart and start all over again; the possibilities are endless. Consider it a gift to the whole family. From $29.99 at Granville Island Toy Company.
dancing, stories, and jokes. This Christmas, I’m going to up the production value of her improvised shows with a Melissa and Doug deluxe puppet theatre. The non-tipping wooden structure features velvety curtains, a clock with movable hands, and a chalkboard panel for playbill information. Next stop: 42nd Street. $99.95 at Chapters.
Design Your Own Soccer Ball
Runners Wooden Push Bicycle
This is that rare item where art and physical education intersect. The kit contains all of the tools required to personalize a soccer ball: paint, brushes, a ball pump, instructions, and an all-weather regulation ball. Talk about a beautiful game. $24.99 at Granville Island Toy Company.
There’s a lot that I admire about this bicycle: the birch plywood frame; the lack of pedals and training wheels, thus encouraging “riders” to use their legs for movement and balance; the fact that (in theory) it’ll make the transition to a two-wheeler easier because the essential motor skills will have already been developed. $140 at Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Melissa & Doug deluxe puppet theatre Mari is showing signs that she may one day be a performer: she’ll quite often line her stuffed animals up on the couch and launch into an unscripted production for them that includes songs,
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November 28 – December 4, 2013
s we turn to the final page of the calendar year and the countdown to Christmas begins... What to get, what to prep, where to start? These Vancouver businesses offer their ideas — from gift giving to festive foods to holiday transportation — to make the holidays as easy as ABC.
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Vancouver’s longest running independent sports store for 65 years. Abbie’s is committed to providing outstanding customer service and our friendly knowledgeable staff are always ready to help. Our true strength has always been our commitment to our community through coaching, sponsoring events, organizing tournaments and supporting local schools and charities.
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Located in the heart of the vibrant Vancouver East Village, Black Rook Bakehouse offers a delectable assortment of baked goods made from scratch in their spacious and familyfriendly location. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am-6pm. Pre-order whole cakes, pies and holiday treats today! scratch baking natural seasonal
Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1 Make sure to check out next week’s ad for details on our Friday the 13th SALE!
2141 East Hastings 604 563 5094 blackrookbakehouse.com
Sterling Silver Necklace $180
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Come to “The Carriage House,” located in trendy Railtown, for one-of-a-kind vintage home furnishings.
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The Carriage House 505 Railway Street Phone: 604-215-0187 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.carriagehouseconsign.com Hours of operation Mon - Thurs 10:00am - 5:00pm Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm Sat 11:00am - 4:00pm Sundays by appointment
Our Christmas Collection is filled with bright, beautiful gifts for everyone on your list this year. Choose the perfect gift from dozens of festive winter fruit bouquets with all your favorite holiday pineapple shapes, gourmet chocolate, and more! Plus, for a limited time only, select arrangements are available in keepsake Christmas containers that you can use to decorate year after year.
Valid on any arrangement or dipped fruit box Offer expires December 20, 2013.
Firefly Fine Wines and Ales is the award winning source for artisan wines, craft beers, micro-distilled spirits and other popular beverages.
Reindeer Sleigh Ride Bouquet 3 sizes starting at $73 This holiday fruit bouquet features our new reindeer-shaped pineapple dipped in semisweet chocolate, and is filled with a variety of fresh fruit favorites. It’s all artfully arranged in a keepsake, ceramic sleigh container.
Scarf with Amethyst $104
GASTOWN 356 Water Street 604.683.7326 GRANVILLE ISLAND The Net Loft #130-1666 Johnston Street www.dreamvancouver.com
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ince 1993, Dream Apparel and Articles for People has been stocking the diverse collections of Vancouver and area designer fashion. From casual wear to avantgarde one of a kind designs. Dream maintains a vision of a comprehensive venue for locally designed and made garments, jewellery and accessories. Come visit us at one of our two Vancouver locations.
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Dress $145 Sweater $164 Necklace $50 Earrings $35 Hat $38
Vancouver interior designers in-the-know visit weekly—New and Vintage and Fabulous.
View our online calendar for a complete listing of upcoming wine tastings and events.
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November 28 – December 4, 2013
Keep everyone on your list warm and dry with some new boots from gravitypope!
20-50% OFF select fall/winter product
ur unique clothing is locally made in Vancouver with beautiful soft fabrics that make you feel so good before, during and after pregnancy. We have a great selection of denim, including the perfect skinny jean with just enough stretch to both look and feel fabulous. We look forward to helping you with your new wardrobe, and you’ll celebrate the season in comfort and style.
Ripe Knit Dress $109 Hazel & Jools Bamboo Legging $69.90
With 20-50% off select fall/winter styles during the gravitypope Pre-Christmas sale, you’ll find something for everyone this year - including a little treasure for yourself! For those last minute shoppers out there, this offer ends December 24th! See you soon!
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oieFarm Winery is owned and operated by Michael Dinn and Heidi Noble and is located on the beautiful Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley. “Joie” means joy in French and it expresses the pleasure that food and wine have brought to their lives both personally and
gnite, a smoke shop with a modern twist, offers a large selection of quality smoking accessories in a friendly, fun and inviting atmosphere. One-ofa-kind glass pipes, vaporizers, vapor pens, e-cigs, hookahs and more, Perfect for on the go, the Pax Vaporizer is an extremely slim and light-weight personal portable vaporizer. It features an appealing, modern design and 3 stage temperature control. This user-friendly unit offers style, functionality and a 10 year warranty.
November 28 – December 4, 2013
Pax by Ploom Portable Vaporizer $269.99
professionally. JoieFarm Winery is interested exclusively in the grape varieties of Alsace and Burgundy which excel in the cool climate desert of the Okanagan Valley. They feel that these varieties are the most appropriate
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for not only the climate but also for the Asianinfluenced West coast cuisine of Vancouver. JoieFarm wines can be found at better private retailers throughout British Columbia or they can be ordered online at
Give the gift of gluten-free indulgence this Holiday.
Kikori – Japanese Antiques and Furnishings Kikori has been bringing beautiful Japanese furnishings to Vancouver for 15 years. Our recent move to a small, but beautiful, space on Main St. means we need to make room. Therefore, unprecedented PRICE REDUCTIONS are now in effect!
Visit us today for unique antiques at our lowest prices ever.
Offering handcrafted Chocolates and Confections, in addition to classic Christmas cake and cookies, Lemonade Bakery is the perfect way to sweeten the season.
4391 Main Street 604.251.1867 kikori.ca
3385 Cambie Street • 604.873.9993 • lemonadebakery.ca Open Tuesday through Sunday
M CLEAR LIP PENCIL glides on to provide an invisible barrier that prevents any shade of lipstick or gloss from feathering or smudging.
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Gift the Neverland experience to everyone this year. Explore our many options ranging from timeless gift packages bundled with our most popular teas, infusers, travel mugs and exquisite tea pots to the ultimate Neverland indulgence of a sparkling high tea for two or more. For the little ones on your list we have beautiful keepsake miniature tea sets and delicious teas because we believe in using our keepsakes on a daily basis.
High tea for two $60 Sparkling high tea for two $74
These beauty essentials are guaranteed to please in a range of affordable options
OH WHAT FUN! Cathedral Place 150-925 West Georgia Street 604.685.1117 • Mon-Fri 9:30-6, Sat-Sun 10-4 www.merlenorman.com
Prepackaged Gift Packages $12-$160 or build your own!
3066 West Broadway • 604.428.3066 www.neverlandtea.com
November 28 – December 4, 2013
ecognized as “BC’s Western Boot Headquarters,” the OK Boot Corral is owned and operated by Everett McGowin. Everett has been in the footwear and boot biz since 1959 and has amassed a lifetime of contacts, ensuring the boots he features are the best available worldwide. The OK Boot Corral sells everything from boots to apparel and, as the saying goes, if you are looking for high quality products and service, you bet your boots you’ll get it here.
Prussin Music — Serving Music to Families in Kitsilano since 1980 Looking for Holiday Gift ideas? Give the gift of music to someone you love!
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We carry all kinds of Musical Instruments and Accessories to fit every budget! We offer music lessons on many instruments for all ages and levels! Broken instrument? Bring it to us: we can probably fix that for you!
uick Nickel is a West End institution that has been in business for over 25 years. Budget savvy shoppers find on trend labels for less. Shop for him and her all year round! Some of the labels for less that you’ll
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3607 West Broadway 604.736.3036 prussinmusic.com
205 Carrall Street (at Water), Gastown • 604.684.2668 www.OKBootCorral.com • HOURS 10-6 Sun-Thu, 10-8 Fri-Sat
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An East Van institution, Rio Friendly Meats is one of the most popular meat shops in the Vancouver East Village.
find are: Hurley, Jack and Jones, Mia Melon, Powder Room, RD International, McGregor Socks, Mighty Wallet, Lucky Feather & more! Drop by today to find that perfect holiday gift that will be sure to delight!
Offering quality meats such as house-made gluten-free sausages, corned beef and whole stuffed chicken breasts as well as the ever popular double-smoked bacon, pork chops and prime rib roasts, our diverse selection is hard to beat.
Holiday Turkey Special We offer: FREE RANGE LOCAL TURKEY for $4.29/lb and Grade A local birds for $3.29/lb Call or come in to pre-order your holiday turkey before December 22nd.
RIOmeats Quality Meats for Quality People, Since 1987
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November 28 – December 4, 2013
2477 East Hastings
e are a family-owned Main Street yarn shop featuring natural fibres, tools, accessories and classes— everything for the knitter, crocheter and fibre arts crafter.
parkle & Junebug is a little children’s boutique located in the heart of Kitsilano with a fun and welcoming atmosphere. This boutique aims to supply Vancouverites with high-quality and unique clothing for children
ages 0-12 years. Products are carefully selected from both local and international designers to offer a range of styles. If you’re looking for something a little bit different in children’s fashion and footwear, this is the place!
NEW TO THE STORE — MacAusland Mills blankets and sweaters by Granted Clothing.
Three Bags Full A place for people who love to knit 3073 West Broadway • 604.428.7759 www.sparkleandjunebug.ca
Soft, cosy, unique!
In a Mad Holiday Landscape, We are an Oasis of Good Taste
Urbanity brings you clothes and accessories designed and made in northern Europe from natural and sustainable fabrics.
We have a wonderful variety of accessories from scarves to wristwarmers. Find gifts that will delight. Do something special for yourself. Visit Urbanity and brighten your day! Find us on Granville Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
Reindeer Sleigh Ride Bouquet 3 sizes starting at $73 This holiday fruit bouquet features our new reindeer-shaped pineapple dipped in semisweet chocolate, and is filled with a variety of fresh fruit favorites. It’s all artfully arranged in a keepsake, ceramic sleigh container.
2412 Granville Street 604.801.6262 www.urbanity.ca
4458 Main Street 604.874.WOOL (9665) www.threebagsfull.ca
2779 Arbutus Street 604-733-8894 www.ediblearrangements.ca
hatever your palate or price consideration, our team of seasoned professionals is ready with great suggestions to make your holiday events and gift giving the success they deserve to be. Explore a world of rare single malt whiskies, cognacs, bar essentials, fine wines and exclusive beers.
Viti Wine and Lager — Small Stores, Fine Treasures, Qualified Advice
900 Seymour St, Vancouver • 411 Columbia St, New West www.VitiWineLagers.com
November 28 – December 4, 2013
ancouver’s expressive edge, Commercial Drive serves up WONDERBUCKS; no longer a secret in the city, Wonderbucks will surprise and amaze you, an awardwinning family owned business that defies description.
Familiar with Xyla®? Xyla® is a brand of xylitol, a natural sweetener that boasts 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates than sugar. Unlike other xylitol products on shelves, Xyla® is derived from nature and made from 100% sustainable North American Hardwood. Xyla® is wheat free, gluten free, vegan, and diabetic friendly. The best part? Xyla® looks, tastes, cooks and bakes just like sugar. And since the replacement ratio to granulated sugar is one-to-one, there is no confusion with calculations or measurements, making Xyla® a healthier and cleaner alternative.
Is it a european dollar store, is it a discount home shopping store, or is it an ever-changing maze of shopping fun? You decide. But a warning: you will be hooked, if you are not already!
75+ products available in over 600 stores including Whole Foods, Choices, Nesters, Urban Fare, IGA and London Drugs.
This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Natural Sweetness. 1803 Commercial Drive • 604.253.0510 www.wonderbucks.com
2 eggs 1 cup Xyla 1 tsp baking soda 4 tbsp milk 1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups flour ½ tsp salt 4 medium bananas 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla
PREPARATION 1. Beat eggs; add Xyla and baking soda. 2. Mix milk with lemon juice and add to mixture, along with flour. 3. In a separate bowl, pour salt on bananas and mash. 4. Mix everything together, and pour into a greased loaf pan. 5. Bake for approximately 50 minutes at 350F. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean Enjoy! *add nuts or chocolate chips, or make it spicier with the addition of nutmeg and cloves. Happy Baking!
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ith a fleet of 249 taxi cabs, available 24 hours per day, Yellow Cab features 37 Wheelchair Accessible Taxis, and more than 200 hybrid vehicles, including the all-new Prius V – offering comfort with extra leg room and plenty of space for luggage or all that Christmas shopping that you need to get home and wrapped.
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This upstairs room offers a cozy and charming atmosphere with friendly and efficient service, but mostly prides itself on homestyle, flavorful Italian dishes and pasta, with portion sizes that even Mama would be proud of.
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November 28 – December 4, 2013
1136 Robson Street • 604.687.0655 www.zefferellis.com
GVHBA Coats for Kids campaign will keep spirits bright By Kerry Vital
The temperatures are steadily falling, and it’s time to break out the cozy winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves. However, for those who can’t afford all of that warm gear, this season might be less than cheerful. To combat this, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’
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Association has kicked off its annual Coats for Kids campaign, hoping to beat last year’s collection number. “Last year the response to Coats for Kids was heart-warming as Lower Mainland residents donated more than 3,000 coats, scarves, gloves, blankets and new unwrapped toys and gifts for distribution to children, teenagers and adults,” says GVHBA Board of Directors Chair Lynn Harrison. The donation drive supports the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, which helps provide a brighter Christmas for families in need. This year marks the 18th year of the campaign, which
brings together members all over the Lower Mainland. “I am delighted so many prominent members of our association are participating,” says Harrison. “It is so important to help families in our communities who are in need, especially during this time of the year.” New or gently used winter coats, scarves, gloves, toques, warm blankets and sweaters and other warm items of clothing are all welcomed, as well as unwrapped gifts and toys or monetary donations. Among the locations you can drop off items are many Black Press community newspaper offices, developers and other housing industry professionals in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and West Vancouver. For a full list of participating locations and times when you can drop off donations, visit www.gvhba.org/coatsforkids.
Ledingham McAllister’s Charland features spacious floorplans with high-end details such as elegant kitchen cabinetry, large windows and stainless-steel appliances. The exterior architecture is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, making for beautiful curb appeal.
Life doesn’t end at your front door at LedMac’s Charland By Kerry Vital
Life is full of surprises, activities and excitement, and Ledingham McAllister is keeping that in mind with Charland, its condominium development in Coquitlam. “We took your whole lifestyle into account,” says Manuela Mirecki, senior vice-president of marketing and design for Ledingham McAllister. “Life doesn’t end at your front door.” In order to cater to that, Charland includes
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thoughtful touches such as a bicycle repair station, bike-sized storage lockers and storage for kayaks and paddles, making the development perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. It also has the perfect location, just blocks from the Vancouver Golf Club and Blue Mountain Park, as well as shopping, dining and schools. “It’s all about location, location, location,” says Mirecki. “There are mountain bike trails galore around here, and it’s incredibly green.” Charland is joining the well-established Austin Heights neighbourhood, and will take advantage of some of the amazing views in the area. “The views of Mount Baker and the golf course are absolutely beautiful,” Mirecki says. Charland is equally beautiful, with its Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired exterior architecture, bamboo garden with its own seating area, infinity-pool water feature and
rooftop terrace. “There’s a real sense of pride in the outside,” says Mirecki. Inside, the 88 spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans range from approximately 604 to 1,003 square feet, with a large balcony or patio in every home. Among the features you’ll find in your new space are nine-foot ceilings and contemporary laminate flooring throughout the main living areas. The kitchen in particular demonstrates the luxury of the home. “The kitchens are spectacular,” Mirecki says. “They have all those things you would expect in a West Vancouver home. They’re really the showpiece.” Stainless-steel appliances, halogen pot lights and under-cabinet lighting are just three of those features. The cabinetry and countertops differ depending on your colour scheme. The Dogwood scheme showcases
white Shaker-style cabinets complemented by quartz composite countertops with linearstyle ceramic tile, while the Evergreen scheme includes flat-panel cabinets in a warm-grey wood-grain finish and quartz composite countertops paired with a modern porcelain mini-mosaic tile backsplash. You’ll also find a breakfast bar or large kitchen island in most homes. Luxurious bathrooms feature square-edge quartz countertops and porcelain tile floors. The master ensuite includes a deep soaker tub with full-height ceramic tile surround and recessed pot lighting, which continues in the main bathroom as well. “These are beautiful homes and floorplans,” Mirecki says. Homes at Charland start at $219,900. For more information, check out www.ledmac. com/charland, call 604-492-3388 or visit the presentation centre at 102-1020 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, open daily (except Friday) between noon and 5 p.m.
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Beef... it’s what’s for dinner Enough with vegetarians. What did plants ever do to anyone? We should only ever eat the killers of innocent plants: Effing cows. Boris
Cat burglar To the person who stole my cat. You know, the little orange one with the crinkled tail around Vancouver Community College at Broadway. Maybe you didn’t realize he has a lovely home and would definitely be missing it dearly. He already has a family, including a sister cat that he’s never been too far from. We really really miss him. If you could just find it in your heart to let him outside he will make his way home! Please! Anonymous
Right on the right (and the left) My rant is about Roger’s rant last week. I’m sick of people misunderstanding how a greenway’s counterflow lanes work. I’ve heard a few people now see someone cycling the proper way on Comox and wrongly think they’re doing it wrongly. Now that same wrong idea is in print. The
opinion greenway is mostly a series of oneway blocks to reduce motor vehicle traffic. People can walk and cycle either direction. When you are cycling in the same direction as the one-way car travel, you are supposed to cycle in the same lane as the cars. The painted counterflow lane is for the opposite direction. If you’re driving and someone in front of you is cycling and they’re slowing you down, just muster up some patience as they have every right to be there. In fact, if your destination is not even on that block, you have no business driving through it. So to all you misguided complainers, stop pointing the finger at the lawful. It’s your own wrong idea that’s the problem. Learn how things are supposed to work and shut up. Ed Djouceitte
You can’t steal pride To the people who keep breaking into our cars and houses in Strathcona. Many a time we see you walking casually down the street, looking around, trying car doors and eyeing ground-level windows that have been absentmindedly left open. You can have our bikes, computers and umbrellas, and whatever else you opportunistically steal, but you can’t take our sense of community. Strathcona is an amazing neighbourhood where people care and watch out for each other (even you!). So, just know that we see you, and we’re as likely to say hello as to stop you. Anonymous
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culture Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and George Fetherling accept their honours at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Nov. 22. Tim Matheson photos
Mayor’s awards honour creatives at the height of their fields By Kelsey Klassen
n Friday night, almost 40 of Vancouver’s most creative talents were under one roof — or, should we say, dome. The Mayor’s Arts Awards converged on Science World Nov. 22 to recognize established and emerging artists in the community. The only people missing were those who were too busy being creative to step down off their stages, away from their tours and out of their studios to accept their awards in person. The field was deep. Honourees in the literary, culinary, visual and performing arts, as well as awards for community contributions such as volunteerism, philanthropy and arts boards were given out by an equally esteemed jury. The honourees were then invited to select an emerging artist they felt demonstrated promise, with both artists receiving a $2,500 prize. Among the notable exchanges was Cornelia Hahn Oberlander’s Lifetime Achievement award in
landscape architecture. Oberlander has collaborated over the past 60 years with internationally acclaimed architects such as Renzo Piano on the New York Times building, and more locally on the soon-to-be-opened rooftop garden at the Vancouver Public Library. Host Bill Richardson called her, by way of introduction, the Grand Dame of Green Design — a reference to the CBC documentary on her work. Self-proclaimed “submerging” artist George Fetherling (Literary Arts honouree) humourously opened his acceptance by saying “this is not a medal for good conduct. It must be, in my case, a prize for longevity. For I have laboured away for half a century almost, always making waves, but never getting any closer to the shore.” He went on to lavish glowing praise on his choice of emerging artist, Rahat Kurd. It was fascinating to hear stories from the people who are forming the foundation of our Art City, but even more revealing to learn who they saw as the next generation in their fields. See the full list of honourees at Vancouver.ca.
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SUBPENTHOUSE – 270 degree views of N. Shore Mtns. as far as you can see • 3 bdrms/2bathrms, 1179sf, open & modern floorplan w/ flr to ceiling windows, only 3 years old • Oversized bedrooms, dream master bedroom w/ its own balcony, den , walk-in closet & 5pc. ensuite bath, granite countertops, S/S appliances, laminate flooring throughout, 100sqft+ outdoor balcony for bbqs w/ views, NE corner unit with sweeping views • Location Location Location – steps to Canada Line to YVR, downtown, across from Lansdowne Mall (new Target store), Kwantlen University & more • Guest suite, clubhouse, media rm.
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Do you yearn for an uncluttered look in a room filled with all the things you’ve picked up along life’s way? Gather items that share the same look and put them together; put the others in storage and then rotate them.
Simplify your décor style
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any of my clients have accumulated many different styles of décor items through their travels and shopping sprees. This becomes a real challenge when we begin the process of organizing and designing the environment. There is such a thing as “too much of a good thing”. One of my clients is an avid art collector who has a house full of treasures. We came up with a solution to create an Art Room for overflow items; this way we can rotate the art at Shore whim (after he agreed that not all North News items had to be displayed at once.)
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The best way I have found, and the less stressful way for my clients, is to take all the items that are related in style and put them aside. If you travel a lot, put your African art together, your classic art together, etc. This will make it easier to decide how you want the room to look. The rest of the art can be stored. Another way is to display the artwork not used in that room and display it in hallway, bedroom(s) and, if steam proof, even in the kitchen and bathroom(s).
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• Stunning newly built 1.25 acre estate & guest house • “Castle-like home” – Perched atop an exclusive 7 lot, 1+ acre homes cul-de-sac • Forever views facing west down forested valleys • 5 min. drive to Newport Village • On the edge of “Heritage Woods” • Built 2012 - No GST! 2-5-10 New Home Warranty • Private greenbelt, 1 block to transit, schools and shopping close • 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 1 bedroom Nanny/Guest suite in main house • Heated driveway, Viking professional appliances - state of the art home • Whistler inspired sweeping ceilings, must see • 80 photos on my website!
2438 West 8th Avenue, $1,098,000
• Like new triplex in best part of Kits! • 1 level living! 1500sf 3 beds, 3 baths • Luxury heritage conversion with rainscreen • Built 2011 oﬀering 2-5-10 warranty • Unique design ground level suite • Viking and Fisher Paykel appliances • Stunning silver oak radiant heated floors • High ceilings and tons of light with french doors to south patio • 1 LCP double-gated parking stall and nice private patio oﬀ living room
Beautiful floorplan N, E & S corner 1079sf 2 bdrm + 2bath + real den • Across the street from Elsie Roy Elementary, seawall, David Lam Park, Roundhouse Comm. Centre, Urban Fare, Canada Line & Yaletown • Generous rooms, master fits king bed, granite counters, window in kitchen, marble in bathrooms, H/W flrs & new carpet in bdrms, views of False Creek, city & courtyard, Iarge insuite storage, excellent for entertaining w/ spacious living/dining, den w/ windows. Solid building, best managed in Yaletown w/ onsite Mgr. I/D pool, hot tub, gym, bike room.
Beautiful 3 level, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhome in Fairview I have buyers looking for 2 bdrms & 3 bdrms in Beach Crescent & Marinaside area. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO SELL.
RARELY ON THE MARKET • Aﬀordable 2 bdrms + 2 bath in the waterfront master planned Marinaside neighborhood • Everything at your doorstep: Urban Fare, seawall, Roundhouse Centre, Yaletown & marinas • NE Corner 787 sqft 2bdrm + 2 full baths w/ ensuite in master, beautiful views of marina from living /dining, overlooking lagoon & city views too • Fabulous floorplan, new stainless gas stove, granite countertops, marble in bathrooms, full 4pc. guest bathroom, large insuite storage, hardwood flrs throughout, balcony for bbq’s, 1 prkg, excellent condition! • 24/7 concierge, I/D pool, hot tub, sauna, lagoon, club house, theatre, gym & more • Don’t miss this one!
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5999 OAK STREET $1,018,000
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JUST SOLD ANOTHER! 806-1277 Nelson Street
• 730+ sf two bedroom on south west corner • Lovely water and mountain views • Georgie Award-winning designer building – best in the West End! • New gym equip., re-piping building, new landscaping – well cared for by owners. • Best central location in the West End – near NElson Park! • I am the “1277 Nelson Specialist!” – sold 6 of the last 8 units! ***Call me today for more upcoming properties in 1277 Nelson!***
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Highly sought after – Pomaria, sleek European design by Robert Ledingham and developed by Qualek Landmark • Ultra modern high end luxury with open floorplan for the most discerning buyer, 703 sqft, 1 bdrm + den (windows) featuring high ceilings, Bosch Stainless Steel appliances w/ gas stove, black granite countertops, insuite storage (pantry), corner NE city views, balcony for bbq’s, 1 locker & prkg • Steps to seawall, Granville Island market aquabus, tranquil marine culture, marinas and parks • Geothermal heating / cooling (Air conditioning) • Guest suite, gym, concierge • Don’t miss this one!
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Spectacular 180 degree views of unobstructed water, park & as far as you can see in a luxury waterfront Masterplanned community • Steps to the seawall, million $ parks, Granville Island aquabus, seaside restaurants & marinas • SW Corner 1138 sqft 2bdrm+2bath+real den • Features hardwood flrs throughout, S/S appliances, gas stove, granite countertops, flr-ceiling windows, lots of natural light and views from every room! • TWO PARKING STALLS & storage locker • Mint condition and show suite quality • Resort amenities: Club Viva pool, hottub, concierge, squash courts, theatre, gym, guest suite & more.
views! Yaletown’s most exciting new luxury highrise, The Mark - Redefining elegance, cosmopolitan & luxury • Gold LEED certified, sophisticated interiors & 10,000 sqft Wellness Centre • Steps to waterfront parks, seawall, marinas, Urban Fare, seaside restaurants & central to downtown’s best entertainment & shopping districts • 460 sqft 1 bdrm exquisite finishings: granite & quartz countertops, wide-plank hrdwd, A/C, Nuheat elec. flrs in bathrm, softclose oak flat panel cabs., rollerblinds, S/S appl., gas stove, balcony, 1 prkg, 1 lckr & more • Rooftop O/D hottub & pool, gym, guest suite, media rm, clubhouse, yoga, boardrms & more • Move in November 2013!!
SOLD FULL PRICE IN 4 DAYS! SOLD 99.8% OF ASKING 1ST WEEK! 3617 West 21st Avenue, 3661 Commercial Street, $1,278,000 $618,000 • Quiet, tree-lined Commercial “Street,” not “Drive!” • 7 years young stunning Brix II 40 home gated community • 3 level 1208sf townhome, 3 beds, 2 full baths • West facing on quiet side of building • Private entrance opens to gated inner courtyard • Designer home with sleek lines and colours, light maple wood floor and granite counters, spa-like bathrooms, 2 large decks (rooftop deck) • Serene location, peaceful and sun filled home • Walk to gorgeous Trout Lake, many shops on vibrant Commercial Drive • Underground parking and elevator
• Incredible price west of Dunbar! • 102’ frontage x 33’ deep laneway RS-5 lot • Sunny south-facing –great fenced yard for gardening • 2 beds up and 2-3 beds down • Easily suitable downstairs with separate entrance = rental income! • Partially renovated throughout, but needs work • Drive by property first please! • Newer roof, windows, furnace, paint, lighting • Great for downsizers not wanting strata! • Sold “as is, where is”
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$759,000 1909–161 WEST GEORGIA ST
Fantastic T/H in the heart of Yaletown/ Downtown with 1190 sq ft, 2 bed and den, 2 bedrooms, with 3 patios including a 130 sq ft patio facing a quiet lush courtyard. Stainless appliances, granite counters, laminate floors and more. Great space for city living.
Joyce Geisler 604-551-2996
WAKE UP! BE THE SMART ONE WHO BUYS WITH CONFIDENCE in a well established bldg. w/ a stellar maintenance record. Quiet, tree –lined street: 1 ½ blks from the beach in one direction + restaurants, shops, transit in the other. Spacious bdrm (655 sq.ft) w/ 1 parking & storage. For more info and to view… call Marilou!
104–1010 CHILCO ST
207– 1215 PACIFIC ST
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310 – 1435 NELSON ST FULLY RENOVATED with new kitchen, bath, flooring, appliances, lighting fixtures, paint and balcony. Move in RIGHT NOW! NEW LISTING
OPEN SAT 2-4PM West of Denman garden level suite with a private entrance, your pooch will love it. Well laid out 1,039 sq.ft. 2 bdrm, 2 bath with some updating, waiting for your personal touch. Includes gas f/p, laundry, parking & storage in this well-managed bldg. Pets & rentals welcome. 1 blk to Stanley Park & 2 blks to English Bay.
RENOVATED GASTOWN STUDIO LOFT in the Van Horne building. Fabulous space in a great central Gastown location.
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Unique and exclusive in Coal Harbour with great views, fantastic balcony, air con & 24/7 concierge. Your lovely 2 bed, 2 bath home in Cielo awaits. Live in Vancouver’s #1 waterfront neighborhood!
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OPEN SAT/SUN 2-4PM Enjoy Life in one of the Best Buildings in the West End. The Westport is centrally located between Robson & Davie Street. Walk to all your favorite restaurants, coffee shops & shopping stores. Stroll down to the seawall & Stanly Park. Move in condition for this extra large 1 bedroom w/ walk in closet. 2 person soaker tub, enclosed solarium for either a home office or lounge area. 1 parking stall & storage locker. You will fall in love with this suite location. Pet & rental friendly building.
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$2,188,000 2804-1205 W. HASTINGS ST
VANCOUVER’S PREMIER ENGLISH BAY OCEAN FRONT LOCATION SHOWCASES A STUNNING TWO LEVEL MAGESTIC PENTHOUSE OF OVER 2,000 SQ.FT. WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE OCEAN, BEACHES & CITY! Completely Renovated to the Highest Standards with Custom Finishing Throughout and a Sensational Architectural Contemporary Design. Suspended Glass & Floating Wooden Staircase has Floor to Ceiling Windows, Large Gracious Rms for Entertaining, Spacious Private Terrace, Wide Plank Peruvian Walnut Flrs, Custom Kitchen with Calzalta Baglia Marble & High End Appliances, Wood Burning F/P. Two Oversized Bedrooms & Den with Soaring Ceilings plus Stunning Ocean View Marble Spa Ensuite! A UNIQUE PRIVATE HOME IN THE SKY THAT REDEFINES THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURIOUS LIVING!
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214 – 1355 HARWOOD ST
Cosmo. One Bedroom and Den with city and Mountain views. Rentals allowed.
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TH2-1001 RICHARDS ST
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Fantastic opportunity to live or invest in a spacious 1 bedroom city home. Quiet south-facing garden suite with many upgrades. Situated in a well-maintained building w/ a proactive strata. Recent building upgrades include a new roof (2013), piping (2008), hot water tanks, elevator, common area upgrades & money for a new boiler. 1 parking and 1 storage locker included. Rentals and pets allowed! All this in the heart of the West End, just steps to the seawall, English Bay, shopping and all the great amenities downtown has to offer.
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• Rare SW corner oceanfront 1 blk to Park • 2 BR 1246 sf 3 exterior walls. Concrete • Lovely view to English Bay & Kits • Gulf Island feel–right on the water • New engineered oak HW floors & baths
• Grand 30’ LR/DR for entertaining • New kitch w/SS appls, granite counters • 2 king-size BR, formal entry, tons of closets • 1 secure indoor parking, lrg priv storage • Jaw dropping rooftop common deck
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November 28 – December 4, 2013
• Dazzling city lights, Beach & Bay view • Complete reno incl granite & wood kitch • 1 BR open plan w/a loft-style design • Glass surround balc for all yr enjoyment • Commercial glass drs, spa bubble tub
$899,900 2055 PENDRELL
• Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout • Granite breakfast bar w/180o view • Granite FP, custom lighting, max storage • Adjacent to Stanley Park, pool, roofdeck • Seawall, Beach, golf, tennis at your door
• Great style 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom strata • Landmark Henriquez architecture • Fresh modern redesign throughout • Stainless Steel appls, Silstone, custom lighting • New guest bath w/tile, shower fixture & vanity
• Ensuite bath w/soaker tub, new tile & vanity • Custom millwork in laundry room/storage • Rich teak flooring & wide opening windows • Solid concrete and steel exterior walls • 1 parking, 1 storage, Building just repiped
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Connecting West End buyers and sellers for over 20 years Two Listings – 1655 Nelson
Coming soon ..... English Bay Several amazing listings. Email or call Rob today so that you will be the first to view these sought-after upcoming listings just steps to Stanley Park.
Quality West End strata building 1655 Nelson #210 Gorgeous renovations, in suite laundry, 9 ft. ceilings and post and beam construction make this quiet 1 bdrm renovated suite a very hot listing in the English Bay Denman area. Pets & rentals OK. 682 sf. $328,000.
Real Estate Opens WEST END
1345 Comox, $339,800, Sat/Sun 2-4 104-1010 Chilco, 2 bdrm, $675,000, Sat 2-4 310-1435 Nelson St, 1 bdrm, $345,000, Sat/Sun 2-4
102-1655 Nelson St, 1 bdrm, $325,000, Sat 1-3 1277 Nelson St, 2 bdrm, $569,000, Sun 2:30-4:30
Thinking of Selling Your Home? Call any of the agents in the Real Estate Section and your home could appear here. WEVancouver.com
BlaCk FRIDay ShoPPIng? Don’t miss this top floor smart one bedroom floorplan maximizing space and outlook over inner garden courtyard. Bright open peaceful location in great complex away from traffic. This pet and rental friendly strata features best position in the building with only one common wall, walk in closet and option to install laundry. Huge locker and parking included. Substantial contingency fund. $339,800 oPen SaTuRDay anD SunDay 2-4, 1345 Comox
YALETOWN 207-1215 Pacific St, $234,900, Sat 12-2
Hot Bachelor 1655 Nelson #207 JUST OFF DENMAN Perfect starter strata suite at Hempstead Manor. Live close to Stanley Park in this well managed strata building. High ceilings, Murphy bed, large open balcony and coveted and secured PARKING spot. 455 sf. $219,900.
lookIng FoR ThaT SPeCIal PlaCe? The size, character, style and potential in this 40’s west of Denman two bedroom second level corner suite will amaze you. 14 unit building nested on 66 x 131 foot lot steps to Stanley Park, Coal Harbour seawall, Robson, Denman, shops, services, restaurants, library, community centre and public transit. This building is lovingly maintained and just as solid as the great neighbours in the community! See for yourself! $479,000
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November 28 – December 4, 2013
No slowing down for newest Hall of Famer Judy Ginn Walchuk’s dreams burn as brightly as her BC Entertainment star By Gen Handley
s an aspiring, determined singer, 17-year-old Judy Walchuk lied about her age so she could perform at the hottest club in Vancouver at the time — Isy’s Supper Club. “I told them I was 20,” she says with a laugh. “I was thrilled I got the job, but of course I could only sing on weekends because I was still in high school. “That was 52 years ago,” she adds. “I remember Isy’s being very sophisticated… dark, a lot of black, a lot of little round tables with chairs, but the main thing was the stage was great and the band was awesome — the Bobby Hales Band, four pieces, five pieces, sometimes more. “That was the most awesome part was that I got to sing with a live band that actually had horns in it.” Isy’s closed in 1976 and was eventually being replaced by the Shangri-La Hotel, which, coincidentally, was where Walkchuk and her long-time songwriting partner
and younger brother Jim were inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame on November 18. “Yeah, it’s a real honour,” says Walkchuk who had her first public performance at the Kitsilano Showboat when she was eight. “And it is surreal that it happened in the same location as where Isy’s was… pretty cool.” During the more than five decades as a singer (she often went under her married name, Judy Ginn), Walchuk and her brother played countless shows in lounges and clubs in Hawaii, Vegas, Chicago and London and had their own variety show on CBC television. On the evening when they were inducted, Walchuk says she brought along a piece of jewelry that she felt was fitting to wear for the honour. “I remember a salesman came up from Vegas into Isy’s and he was selling these massive rhinestone necklaces,” she says. “That was in like 1961 and they were ridiculously expensive at the time — about $150. But I bought one and I had it all this time, for 52 years, and I actually wore it on Monday night. I had to clean it up with OxiClean because it was on a mannequin in my bedroom forever. “It’s travelled with me everywhere. I took that necklace to LA, to London no matter where I went, but I hardly wore it — I
think I wore it three times in my entire life, but it’s symbolic for me.” The pair eventually settled down in LA for 18 years where Walchuk started her own business and distanced herself from music. But when she moved back to Vancouver she found herself invigorated creatively. “When I came home to Vancouver, I thought I would not sing again because there’s no place for me to sing,” she explains. “The irony of it is that I moved into PAL, the Performing Arts Lodge, and, with a bit of prodding — helping to produce a show and being in the background — people started asking to come forward more. I’ve had a whole resurgence in my career at this age. “We haven’t slowed down; if anything we’re writing more than ever. We just wrote a tune for a play upstairs at PAL called Quartet and I did a new album a year and half ago. “Yeah, not slowing down… I still have a lot to say.”
Judy Ginn Walchuk says she still has a lot to say with her music. Rob Newell photo
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llness can rob you of more than your health. It can take away your dignity and sense of selfworth. It can make people not want to touch you, whether it’s because they fear that your illness is catching or are afraid that in such a fragile state, a hug could somehow break something. And, if you’re spending a lot of time in a hospital bed, it can steal beauty from your immediate world. The Lipstick Project puts beauty and touch back into the lives of people who are in the hospital or hospice. Volunteer hairstylists, estheticians, makeup artists and registered massage therapists bring spa services to the bedside. “There comes a time when a fire-engine red manicure is exactly what the doctor ordered,” founder and executive director Leigh Boyle told the sold-out crowd at a recent Public Salon at Vancouver Playhouse. The project’s name was inspired by a story from the end of the Second World War, told in the diary of a British army lieutenant whose task was to liberate the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. “It took a little time to get used to seeing men women and children collapse as you walked by them and to restrain oneself from going to their assistance. One had to get used early to the idea that the individual just did not count. One knew that five hundred a day were dying and that five hundred a day were going on dying for weeks before anything we could do would have the slightest effect,” wrote Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin DSO in his diary. In the midst of such constant horror, a box of lipstick was delivered to the camp, whether intentionally or by mistake. “This was not at all what we men wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know
Leigh Boyle founded The Lipstick Project as a way of bringing beauty into the lives of people who are sick or dying. Sandy Manj photo
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Favourite foods of Hanukkah
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By Anya Levykh
t’s those darned Maccabees’ fault. If Judah and his six brothers hadn’t decided to go off and be heroes by fighting off the Seleucid invasion of Israel over 2,000 years ago, my skill — or rather, lack of it — at not eating chocolate gelt (candy coins) would never be an issue. But they did, so it did. On the bright side, this is the time of year when one is practically obligated to make latkes (fried potato pancakes), braised brisket, sufganiyot (deep-fried jelly doughnuts), and other oily — and delicious — foods. Yes, Hanukkah is here, starting today for eight nights of candle-lighting, dreidel-spinning, and the aforementioned gelt. Why is Hanukkah so tied up in deep-fried goodness? Once again, we turn to the Maccabee brothers. After successfully fighting off the invading hordes, they wanted to light the lamps in the temple to celebrate, but there was only enough oil left to burn for one day. Miraculously, the oil kept burning for eight days, hence the length of our annual Festival of Lights. Lesser known is the story of the widow Judith, who saved her village from the same invaders by taking their leader, Holofernes, a “peace offering” of salty cheese, which made him very thirsty, and potent wine, which made him extremely drunk. Once he was passed out, Judith decapitated him and took his head back to her village. When the invaders found their headless leader the next day, they apparently fled in fear, thus saving the village. So, don’t be surprised if you see a fair bit of dairy on a Hanukkah table near you. Look for salty cheese turnovers, fried cheese pelmenyi (for Jews of Ukrainian background), and cheesecake for dessert. Most importantly, look for kifles (or kuffels). These crescent-shaped pastries are wrapped around cream cheese fillings and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Make a meal out of these alone and…well, I really can’t see anything wrong with that. Note: Kosher households will have either meat or dairy on the table, not both. If you don’t keep kosher…have at it! To the right are places to find your Hanukkah treats.
Solly’s Bagelry. For beautiful, lacy, deep-fried latkes (fresh or frozen), homemade apple sauce (to go with the latkes), and traditional sufganiyot, not to mention dreidels and menorah candles. SollysBagelry.com
Breka Bakery. For challah, kuffels (the cream cheese filling is studded with hazelnuts!), and sufganiyot. Breka.ca
European Breads. For “cheese pies,” cheese pelmenyi, and challah. EuropeanBreads.com
Siegel’s Bagels. For the best chocolatewalnut or apricot rugolach (think kuffel, but bigger) in the city. SiegelsBagels.com
Omnitsky’s Deli. For fresh or prepared brisket or beef tongue. OmnitskyKosher.com
Sabra Restaurant and Bakery. For matzoh ball soup and sufganiyot. SabraKosherRestaurant.com
• Light Up the Night: Menorah lighting outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Includes fire performers, hot cocoa and latkes, photos with Judah the Macabee and greetings from politicians and community leaders. Begins at 6pm. Bring an unwrapped new toy to donate to BC Children’s Hospital. More details at LubwitchBC. com. • Latkes and Lattes: Join the family celebration with Chabad East Van (5750 Oak) on Dec. 1 from 10am to 12pm. There will be Dreidel games, menora lighting, Chanukah breakfast, donut decorating crafts and entertainment. $25 per family. RSVP at ChabadEastVan. com/Chanukah. • Chanukah Party at UBC: An evening of latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, Dreidel playoffs, poker, blackjack, backgammon, prizes and auctions. Free from 6 to 8pm on Nov. 28 in room 261 of the Irving K. Barber Library. Go to ChabadUBC.com for details, including requests for free menorah kits. • Post Chanukah on Ice: Skate with friends to Jewish music, with food and face painting from 3:30 to 5:30pm Dec. 26 at Trout Lake ice rink (3350 Victoria). $10 in advance, $12 at the door; includes skate RSVP at ChabadEastVan. com/Chanukah.
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• Where to try it in Japan: You can find it at many places, but it’s reliable at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, and I liked it at Sushi Kanesaka. Chef Yano at Kamikura Restaurant at Gion Hatanaka in Kyoto does an excellent version served with soup. • Closest thing to it in Vancouver: I don’t think we’re ready for it yet, but maybe one day. Think of it as salmon roe, but from the male.
gives the beef a bit more richness. • Where to try it in Japan: Kozue at Park Hyatt in Tokyo • Closest thing to it in Vancouver: Shuraku, Aki Japanese and a few other places, but they’re not necessarily the best representations.
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Local Food & Drink Happenings by Anya Levykh
THE DISH It’s a simple concept, but one that has sounded off with a boom in Chinatown in the months since it opened. Bestie, a beer and sausage parlour at 105 East Pender, is exactly what it sounds like, except the dark wood and greasy seats have been replaced with light panelled walls, bright windows and clean minimalist lines. The sausages come from local butchers such as Oyama and the curried ketchup, pickles and sauerkraut are made in-house. The stand-out is definitely the currywurst, a popular German street food of sliced sausage with curried ketchup over crispy fries ($8). But the classic sausage and warm sauerkraut ($9.50), served with the house mustard, fries and mayo, is nothing to sneeze at either. Open for lunch and dinner until late Monday to Saturday, with a late-night window until 3am on weekends. Bestie.ca
SCENE | HEARD It was “with a heavy yet happy heart” that Steve Brand and Neil Ingram announced the “end of an era” — on December 23, Gastown’s Boneta restaurant will serve its last supper. When it opened, enRoute magazine named it one of the best new restaurants in 2008. But in an announcement posted Tuesday via social media, Boneta’s owners
Bestie’s sausage and warm sauerkraut with crispy fries makes for a fab pick-meup between holiday shopping bouts. Anya Levykh photo said “The decision was made to go out at the top of our game heads high. We opened it to make change, shake shit up and be the best. I couldn’t be prouder with the results. Our last service will be December 23, get your ass in and celebrate with us. Boneta loves you xoxo.” And Vancouver loved Boneta right back. A new pastaria has opened in Gastown at 305 Alexander. From the team behind Pizzeria Farina and The Pourhouse comes Ask for Luigi, an Italian restaurant with a focus on fresh and hand-made pasta. Jean-Christope Poirier, the chef and co-owner, has also created a nice selection of antipasti and a fantastic grapes and hops list. AskforLuigi.com Forage executive chef Chris Whittaker has once again been crowned Chowder Champ at Vancouver Aquarium’s 6th annual Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown. Whittaker’s wild BC spot prawn and pork hock chowder with quail’s egg and pork crackling is the same recipe he used last year, and will be available at the restaurant. ForageVancouver.com
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The 4th annual Vancouver Christmas Market is now open, and running daily through to December 24 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. If the carousel and artisan gifts aren’t your scene, no worries, as it’s the food and drink you should be going for. German favourites such as gluhwein, shupfnulden, schnitzel and bratwurst, not to mention strudel and chocolate, line the walkways. VancouverChristmasMarket.com Hart House Restaurant at Deer Lake is once again offering its annual Dickens’ buffet lunch weekdays from December 2 to 20. Includes roasted turkey and a beef carving station, seafood platters, salads, charcuterie, cheeses, and, of course, dessert. $34.95 per person. HartHouseRestaurant.com The Parker is hosting a Top Chef Canada reunion dinner on December 2 when Parker EC Curtis Luk is joined by Jimmy Stewart of Housexguest. The five-course vegetarian “Fall of Autumn” dinner is $49; tickets available at TheParkerVancouver.com.
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Local wines with a twist Let our eastern brethren mock us; we’ll have the last laugh
by Kurtis Kolt
iving here on the West Coast, there are many day-to-day things that I hardly give a second thought to, but then I remember that there’s often a certain wackiness to us as perceived by those on the other side of the Rockies. Yup, whether it’s Nardwuar the Human Serviette traipsing around interviewing celebrities, our bike-riding, former organic-farmer mayor, folks practising yoga on paddleboards in January and so on — we’ve never been afraid to march to our own drummer. It’s with that in mind that I share these three local wines with you this week, a small handful of bottles that aren’t afraid to stray from the norm.
Stag’s Hollow 2011 Tempranillo | $29.99 | StagsHollowWinery.com Over 5,000 miles away from the grape’s Spanish home in Rioja, the few small Tempranillo plantings in the Okanagan have seen some success; certainly more than many would have anticipated. While the grape thrives at higher altitudes (Rioja has a good 1,000 feet on us), it does like the diurnal temperature variation offered by the Okanagan’s hot days and cool nights. The result in this case offers an abundance of cinnamonspiked red fruit and a few cracks of fresh clove. Though it spent 15 months in American oak, the wine welcomes that wood without it being too showy. All in all, it’s bright and quite charming. I’m looking forward to see how future bottlings show as their vines mature.
Moon Curser 2010 Dead of Night | $38 | MoonCurser.com Unless you’re spending a fair amount of time in the Madiran region of France or down in Uruguay, you’re probably not seeing much of the Tannat grape. The hearty, aromatic red grape differs in character dependent on where it’s grown, but you can usually count on a light smokiness and some dark, plummy flavours. Down in Osoyoos, Moon Curser blends the grape with Syrah which rushes in with dark cocoa, black fruit and spice. The result has a good dose of juicy, smoked meat with the smallest fleck of fresh Italian herbs on the finish. If you like local wineries being adventurous variety-wise, Moon Curser should definitely be your go-to. With releases such as Touriga Nacional and an upcoming Arneis, I love their fearless approach.
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he BC Blueberry Council has created a number of new recipes perfect for holiday entertaining while showing off the goodness of locally grown blueberries. These beautiful centrepieces are easy to prepare ahead of time, and are among more than 100 others available at BCBlueberry.com.
BLUEBERRY CHOCOLATE FONDUE Yields 2 cups • 1½ cups (225 g) BC blueberries - fresh or frozen • 1 cup (240 ml) 35% whipping cream • 3 tbsp (30 g) granulated sugar • 6 oz (180 g) semi sweet dark chocolate -
chopped, (1¼ cups) • 1 tbsp (30 ml) liqueur or spirit, such as Grand Marnier or Cognac DIRECTIONS: • In a saucepan, heat the blueberries, cream and sugar for 10-15 minutes on a medium heat, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. • Remove from heat. Puree in a blender, covered with lid and cloth, until smooth. • Return mixture to the saucepan to reheat. • Remove from heat, add the chopped chocolate, and stir until smooth. Stir in the liqueur. • Transfer to a fondue bowl, and serve with fruit and pound cake.
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On the road with truth as a companion NEBRASKA Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte Directed by Alexander Payne Many of us have fond memories of family road trips that saw us embark into the unknown with those we held dearest. Now on the north side of 40, David Grant (Will Forte) isn’t amongst that number. Maybe that’s why he agrees to chauffeur Woody (Bruce Dern), his cantankerous alcoholic father, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska. While the delusional Woody is convinced that there’s a million-dollar sweepstakes prize to be claimed at their destination, David holds out faint hope that there might finally be a father-son bond forged en route. Employing striking black-and-white cinematography to bleed this road movie of any romanticism, director Alexander Payne (The Descendants) also dispenses with the voice-over narration he’s previously used to tremendous effect. Conse-
quently, the insights we’re offered into these taciturn men’s tumultuous inner worlds are gleaned courtesy of Dern and Forte’s note-perfect performances. The years haven’t dulled Dern’s prickliness in the slightest, allowing him to deliver screenwriter Bob Nelson’s most cutting dialogue as casually as he exhales. (His rationale for having kids? “I liked to screw... Your mother’s a Catholic... You figure it out.”) Furthermore, he compellingly conveys the quiet desperation of a man who’s seen his every window of opportunity be shuttered and is now left to scrounge for a veritable golden ticket. While the depictions of the small town folk that the Grants encounter are certainly open to misinterpretation, they illustrate Payne’s talent for uncovering absurdity in unassuming sources. Neither his films or their players cry out to be loved, making the deep affection they ultimately elicit from a viewer feel all the more genuine. — Curtis Woloschuk
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FROZEN Starring Kristen Bell, Josh Gad Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Disney’s highly respectable record of delightfully deep animated flicks continues with confidence in Frozen, even if it draws from one too many Thor Diakow classic elements at times. In this icy Nordic tale, young queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) unwittingly plunges her kingdom into eternal winter after mysterious magic powers she was born with force her to live in self-appointed exile. Her fearless sister Anna (Kristen Bell) soon teams up with a handsome mountain man, his trusty reindeer and a goofy snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) to find Elsa and put an end to her frosty spell.
The film wastes no time in busting out the songs, and there are plenty, but most have a showy, Broadway verve that don’t always fit the story or setting; it’s hard not to wonder if the music would have been more effective in the hands of Alan Menken and Tim Rice. As usual, the animation and 3D rendering is beautiful with plenty of lush visuals to dazzle young and old alike. The movie’s story, inspired loosely by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, rolls along at a brisk pace and offers plenty of strong themes with several strong female characters. Anna is the perpetual optimist while Elsa is intriguing as her character’s struggle with power hints at the potential seeds of eventual villainy. The script’s humour is rather pedestrian In the end, Frozen spins an enjoyable yarn but lacks the charm to make it memorable.
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Martin senses the makings of a sensational story regardless of whether it ends in triumph or tragedy. The evident discomfort experienced by a borderline misanthrope tackling a “human interest story” accounts for much of the film’s humour. The remainder can be attributed to the entertaining dynamic that develops between the self-involved journo and his demure subject. Despite their obvious disparity, both these characters are bound by promises they’ve made and the belief they’re paying penance for past indiscretions. Consequently, even the most innocuous scenes are lent dramatic weight. As Philomena incrementally pulls back the curtain on decades of callous deception and machinations, it’s certain to inspire outrage. And while Frears’ film asserts that we’re entitled to such anger, it likewise suggests that empowerment can only be attained through forgiveness. Again: a most impressive feat. — Curtis Woloschuk
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That’s what friends are for By Sabrina Furminger
t was the kind of idea that could go one of three ways: fizzle out; change lives for the better; or end with curse words, hurt feelings, and shattered relationships. Luckily for the trio of artists behind Sociable Films — director Michelle Ouellet (The True Heroines), actor/ writer Nicholas Carella (Motive), and actress Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls) — the idea to form a company and make a movie didn’t come to naught or end with a trail of broken friendships. Far from it: the monumental effort to birth a feature has set the trio on a path where producing film projects together is now a big part of their lives. This is precisely what they craved when they discussed the seemingly far-flung idea in the first place. “We wanted a continuous creative outlet,” Liebert says, seated beside her business partners at the Four Seasons Hotel. “We shared in the desire to not want to wait for our careers to happen.” Thus Afterparty was born. Sociable Films’ inaugural feature is an edgy and fully improvised dramatic romp about a group of wedding guests partying together in a house after the reception is over. The cast list reads like a who’s who of hot Canadian talent: Jodi Balfour, Emma Lahana, David Milchard, Erica Carroll, Peter Benson, Christina Sicoli, Graham Coffeng — and Liebert and Carella, too, all under Ouellet’s direction. Like most indie films, Afterparty — which will have its world premiere at Whistler Film Festival on December 5 — needed ample doses of ingenuity to bring the idea from concept to reality; unlike most indie films, it was produced by a collective of 14 people, including key cast and creative crew. Shot over six weekends in
a rental house in Langley, Afterparty’s was the kind of film set where everyone pitched in and did whatever was needed to bring the movie to fruition — and no diva antics were tolerated. “Everyone had a sense of ownership,” Ouellet recalls. “You could see it in how people were being very flexible with their time, or doing a scene and then running out and grabbing toilet paper. We furnished the set with furniture from everybody’s apartments.” It was a true ‘all hands on deck’ experience, according to Liebert — and a heck of a lot of fun. “That summer would have happened regardless of whether we made a movie or not, and we made a movie,” she says. Carella concurs: “You’ve already won the game if you don’t feel like you’re working.” This is part and parcel of what Sociable Films is all about: to make the kind of movies they want to work on with people they actually like. They certainly started off liking each other: Carella and Liebert met on CBS’ Harper’s Island, and Carella and Ouellet are high school sweethearts turned married filmmaking duo. Now that Afterparty is in the can, they all still like each other. Carella says Afterparty contains Liebert’s finest work to date (“I think this movie is going to be the introduction of the real Ali to everyone else”); Liebert lauds Carella and Ouellet’s fearlessness (“These guys have shown me that there’s always a solution”); and Carella’s eyes fill with tears when he reflects on Ouellet’s abilities as a director (“I feel, as an actor, very safe in Michelle’s hands”). Leading up to the world premiere, the trio couldn’t be more excited (or nervous) to share the fruits of their labour. “This is our film baby,” said Liebert, laughing. Look for Sociable Films to announce a full slate of film projects and take Afterparty on the road for a cross-country tour.
A story about friends made by friends, Afterparty was shot over six weekends at a house in Langley (using furniture the actors brought from home as the set.)
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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: Celebrate the first night of Chanukah as Canada’s tallest Menorah is lit in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Includes fire performers, hot cocoa and latkes and photos with Judah the Macabee. Nov. 27 at 6pm. www.lubavitchbc.com DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER: A cast of world-class skaters bring scenes from BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast to life on ice. November 27-December 1 at Pacific Coliseum (100 North Renfrew). $22.90$93.50 at www.ticketmaster.ca. MAKE IT! CRAFT MARKET: Art, fashion, accessories, baby items, home decor and more by 250 Canadian crafters and makers. November 28-December 1 at PNE Forum (2901 East Hastings). $7 at door. LUMINESCENCE: Explore the deep-sea world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light, watch Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4D and catch a glimpse of Scuba Claus. November 28-January 22 at Vancouver Aquarium (Stanley Park).
ROGERS SANTA CLAUS PARADE: Cheer on 62 marching bands, choirs, decorated floats, community groups, and Santa Claus himself. December 1 beginning at 1pm at West Georgia and Broughton. Pre-parade events at Vancouver Art Gallery lawn sponsored by Coast Capital at 10:30am. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: A million twinkling lights combine with festive entertainment December 11-January 4 at VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak). STARRY NIGHT: A whirlwind musical variety show with an impressive line-up of performers December 2 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets $29 to $39. 604-254-0292. www. shootingstarsfoundation.org BRIGHT NIGHTS – STANLEY PARK CHRISTMAS TRAIN: Ride the train, watch animated displays and take in two million twinkling lights. December 5-January 5 at Miniature Railway Plaza in Stanley Park (off Pipeline Road). $5.50-$10 at www.ticketmaster.ca. CAROL SHIPS PARADE OF LIGHTS: More than 50 boats covered with more than 100,000 lights. December 6-23 at False Creek, Jericho, West Vancouver, Deep Cove, and other locations. Go to www.carolships.org for schedule. A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES: Reading of Dylan Thomas’s classic with Russell Roberts, Brian Tate, Colleen Winton and Gover Robers. Dec. 12 & 13 at Cambrian Hall (215 E. 17th) at 7:30pm. Tickets $20 by calling Neville at 604-294-4332. Must be older than 19. www.welshsociety.com.
Ongoing at 2837 Cambie, including Harland Williams Dec. 5, 6 and 7. WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL: Roundhouse Community Centre hosts a series of events and workshops, Dec. 10 - 21 including Tree of Life with the Secret Lantern Society (various days), the Labrynth of Light (Dec. 21) and last-minute fast lantern (Dec. 21). www.roundhouse.ca BLIM INDOOR CRAFT MARKET: Indie artisans sell handmade crafts, accessories, apparel, paper goods, jewellery, and more. December 14 at Chinese Cultural Centre (50 East Pender). Entry by donation. SANTA’S CHRISTMAS: Multimedia event explores the meaning of Christmas through the eyes of a disillusioned mall Santa. Dec. 14-15 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie). Free. www.santaschristmas.ca. WINTER SOLSTICE SECRET LANTERN FESTIVAL: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens brings light to the longest night of the year, 6-10 pm, December 21. (Lantern workshops December 8 and 14.) Recommended donation $5. www.vancouverchinesegarden.com. THE SHORTEST DAY: The Cinematheque celebrates the shortest day of the year with free screenings of award-winning short films. December 21 at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe).
14TH ANNUAL GOT CRAFT? SHOW: Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair December 14-15 at Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph). $3 at door.
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*** CHRISTMAS QUEEN: An evil queen wants to steal Christmas but the audience has fun saving it in Vancouver TheatreSports improv comedy fairytale for the holidays. To Dec. 21 at 7:30pm at The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Dunleavy.) Tickets $8 to $21 at www.vtsl.com. THE KING AND I: Gateway Theatre’s artistic director Jovanni Sy making his stage debut as the King of Siam, with Barbar Tomasic as Anna. Dec. 4-31 (except Dec. 23, 24, 25, 27.) Tickets #0$49. 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond. www.gatewaytheatre.com. CAVALIA’S ODYSSEO: Equestrian arts, high-tech theatrical effects and the magic of theatre in a breathtaking ode to horse and man featuring 63 horses and 47 artists. Dec. 7-Jan. 5 at White Big Top (Olympic Village). $29.50-$139.50 at www.cavalia.net. HOTEL BETHLEHEM: Why was the inn so full? This funny satire starring John Murphy dares to deconstruct the Nativity Story. December 10-22, $15-$30, at Firehall Arts Centre. www. firehallartscentre.ca.
2ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING CONCERT: Juno Award winner Shari Ulrich, Jane Mortifee, The BC Boys Choir, The Sojourners, Marcus Mosely Chorale and others in a benefit for 1Dream 1School. November 30 at St. Andrews-Wesley (1012 Nelson). $35 at www.eventbrite.ca. HANDEL’S MESSIAH: 200 performers – including the UBC University Singers with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, Choral Union, and soloists from the UBC Opera Ensemble – perform Handel’s masterpiece. November 30 at Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Road, UBC). $16$27 at www.ticketmaster.ca. CHRISTMAS WITH THE BACH CHOIR: 400 soaring voices perform timeless carols and newer seasonal works. December 1 at Orpheum Theatre (884 Granville). $25-$59 at www.vancouverbachchoir.com. MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT: The Vancouver Men’s Chorus explores life under our North Star. Dec. 5, 8, 13 and 14 at 8pm, Dec. 8 and 15 at 3pm, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis. Sold out except reserved seating at $82 on Dec. 8 at www.vancouvermenschorus.ca. O HOLY NIGHT: Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir brings the season’s joy and wonder to life. Dec. 5 at 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral with Collingwood School Senior Choir; Dec. 6 at 7:30pm at Shaughnessy Heights United Church with Magee Secondary Chamber Choir. $10-$25 at www.vwmc.ca
BAH! HUMBUG!: Victorian England meets Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in this staged reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Jim Byrnes as Scrooge. Dec. 12-14 at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings). $15-$25 at www.2mevents.com.
MUSIC CHEZ NOUS: CHRISTMAS WITH ELEKTRA: Elektra Women’s Choir heralds the Christmas season with Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. November 29 at Ryerson United Church
performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, UBC Opera Ensemble, and EnChoir. Conducted by Gordon Gerrard and hosted by Christopher Gaze. December 12-14 at St. AndrewsWesley (1012 Nelson). $36-$40 at www. vancouversymphony.ca. HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Famed rocker sisters perform holiday songs and iconic hits with special guests Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Colvin, and Ben Mink. December 13 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie). $62.50-$85 at www. ticketmaster.ca. JOY TO THE WORLD: Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir will have you smiling, singing, and grooving along in your seat. December 13-15, Christ Church Cathedral, 7:30pm, $10 to $25. www.goodnoisevgc.com MESSIAH: Superb music and ancient text combine in this treasured oratorio performed by the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. December 14 at Orpheum Theatre (884 Granville). $25-$59 at www. vancouverbachchoir.com. VAN DJANGO BELLS: Vancouver string quartet headlines this gypsy-flavoured Christmas party. Dec. 14 at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th). $16-$20 at www. roguefolk.bc.ca. MERRY CHRISTMAS!: Susan Skemp and Phil Moriarity perform seasonal favourites and lead a festive sing-along. December 15 at Metro Theatre (1370 SW Marine). $18 at www.philmoriarity.ca.
FOLK FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Fundraiser for Vancouver Folk Music Festival includes magic lanterns and performances by Pacifika, The Nautical Miles, Jenny Ritter, and The Kingsgate Chorus. December 7 at Ukrainian Orthodox Hall (154 East 10th). $25 at www.thefestival.bc.ca.
LIGHT FOR THE CHILD: musica intima presents a choral program celebrating the birth of Christ. Works by Benjamin Britten, Kristopher Fulton, Michael Conway Baker, and John Burge. December 20 (at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard) and 21 (Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue). $10-$35 at www.musicaintima.org.
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inspired Christmas song: Chor Leone travels the world in song Dec. 19 & 20 at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church, 7:30pm. $15-$30. www.chorleoni.org HOLIDAY HOORAY!: Children’s entertainers Let Your Music Shine! With Lisa & Linda celebrate the holiday season with sing-along snow songs and move-alongs from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. December 20 at Vancouver Playhouse Theatre (600 Hamilton). $2$15 at www.vancouversymphony.ca. THE FOUR SEASONS: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine in the VSO’s annual presentation of Vivaldi’s timeless classic. December 20-21 at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent, UBC). CHRISTMAS REPRISE XI: Vancouver Cantata Singers perform holiday favourites spanning cultures and eras, and a glorious arrangement of Ave Maria. December 21 at Holy Rosary Cathedral (646 Richards). $18 at www. vancouvercantatasingers.com. WINTER HARP: Musicians clad in medieval attire perform songs and stories. December 21 at St. AndrewsWesley (1012 Nelson). $37.25 at www. ticketstonight.ca. FESTIVE CANTATAS FOR CHRISTMAS: Early Music Vancouver’s Bach Cantata Project Players present five leading soloists and exceptional orchestration. 3pm Dec. 22 at the Chan Centre. Tickets $32-$65 at www.earlymusic.bc.ca.
DANCE GOH BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER: More than 200 local performers share the stage with principal dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet and members of the Beijing Dance Academy. Music performed by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. December 14-22 at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts (777 Homer). From $28 at www. ticketmasterca.
ALBERTA BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER: Seasonal classic features choreography by Edmund Stripe, sets and costumes by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown, scores of children, and the VSO performing Tchaikovsky’s famous score. December 28-31 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie). $26.50-$85 at www.ticketmaster.ca.
OUT-OF-TOWN HERITAGE CHRISTMAS: Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmases past. November 23-December 13 at Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake, Burnaby). PEAK OF CHRISTMAS: Gingerbread village, Santa’s workshop, snowman building, reindeer, outdoor ice skating, mountaintop sleigh rides, Christmas movies. November 23-December 24 at Grouse Mountain. PARADE OF CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY GALA: Festive event for SOS Children’s Village features hors d’oeuvres, fine wine, live music, live and silent auction. Nov. 28 at Grouse Mountain, $50 at www.sosbc. org. CANYON LIGHTS: Children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols, glass blowing and thousands of lights glittering across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. November 30-January 4 (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver). $12-$39.95 at www. capbridge.com. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Includes entertainment, surprises, and pancakes. December 7 at Nikkei Centre (6688 Southoaks, Burnaby). $3-$7 at 604-7777000. MRS. CLAUS’ KITCHEN: Santa’s under-appreciated spouse discovers a magical recipe for drawing families together in new holiday musical. Dec.11-21 at Presentation House (333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver). $23-$28 at www.phtheatre.org.
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Hockey redemption at The Other End of the Rink By Gen Handley
oing to school in West Vancouver, writer Grant Lawrence was picked on regularly. “I was the smallest kid, wore the biggest glasses, wore squeaky knee braces — I was the target,” he says. “I kind of get it now, because I’ve analyzed it, but it’s like the survival of the fittest: the prey with the least resistance were picked off first and that was always me. And the guys picking me off were always, without exception, wearing hockey jackets — they’d just pick on me.” He pauses to think about how this all affected him. “So at a very early age, I began to associate violence and intimidation and fear with hockey, even though, like a lot of Canadian kids, I wanted to play it and I wanted to be a part of it and I wanted to love the Vancouver Canucks,” he continues. “But I didn’t feel like I could because I felt like only assholes were involved in the game.” So it was a surprise, years later, after starting a beer league hockey team with other local writers and musicians, that he found himself back on the rink and inspired to write his latest book The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie. “There was one day I was standing in my goal crease and the play was down at the other end of
the ice and I thought, ‘I cannot believe this. How the hell am I playing hockey?’” he recalls. “This is so foreign and bizarre but also fun. How did I get to this place?’ And that was the impetus of the book.” Lawrence says the book is a story of “overcoming” and living life “on your own comfortable terms.” Despite the serious roots of the novel, the story is propelled by a lot of sharp, frank humour and anecdotes. “I wanted to trace the story of how I got from the little nerd who wasn’t welcome at all to championship-winning beer-league goalie,” the CBC Radio host says laughing. Four months ago, Lawrence and his wife, singersongwriter Jill Barber, had their first child. The proud father hopes his son doesn’t go through the intimation he endured over his teen years. “The biggest challenge with kids being bullied is that they often never tell their parents because there’s often shame or there’s embarrassment,” he says “When my parents read this book, they were kind of shocked and horrified that I’d gone through this stuff because I hadn’t shared a lot of it with them — I just suffered alone or with the few friends I had. I’m definitely going to pay attention so my son didn’t go through the bullshit I went through.” The book is available at various bookstores or on GrantLawrence.ca.
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Free Will Astrology by Rob Brezsny • Week of November 28
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Thinking inside the box will be a crime against your nature in the coming weeks. The last place you want to be is in a pigeonhole. I advise you to stay far away from tight squeezes, claustrophobic “sanctuaries,” and “convenient” confinements. If you’re in a one-size-fits-all situation, you simply won’t be able to access your highest intelligence. So then where should you be? I am rooting for you to wander into the wild frontiers where unsanctioned wonders and marvels await you. I’d love for you to find virgin terrain and uncharted territories where the boring old rules don’t apply. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Mike Finnigan is a veteran keyboardist and blues vocalist. There’s a primal quality to his singing. It’s gritty and fluid and tempestuous, almost feral at times. I understand perfectly why Bonnie Raitt has called him a “tall drink of bacon.” The sound he makes
with his voice is that lush and tasty. Can you guess his astrological sign? It’s Taurus, of course. I’m naming him your patron saint this week because you yourself are as close as you have ever come to being a tall drink of bacon. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): French painter Henri Matisse thought highly of his own work. He tended to ignore critics because he didn’t think they understood his art well enough to produce intelligent critiques. There was one person whose opinion he was willing to heed, though: Pablo Picasso. I encourage you, Gemini, to come up with your own short list of people whose judgment you totally trust and respect. It’s a good time to seek out their feedback on how you’re doing. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): How is it possible that you have come so far and worked so diligently only to be resigned now to hanging out in limbo, waiting around for the lucky break that may or may not ever arrive? I’m here today to escort you out of this infernal place. If you resist,
my assignment is to drag you out. I am sure it’s a mistake for you to be passive and hope for the best. You need to resume working diligently, focused for now on what’s right in front of you without worrying too much about the big picture. In my opinion, that approach will lead you to unforeseen help — and a clarification of the big picture.
be made into the highest quality violins. Lorenzo Pellegrini knows which few trees will produce instruments with the most resonant tones. Your task in the coming weeks, Virgo, has a certain resemblance to the master tree-picker’s work. It’s time for you to start selecting and gathering the raw materials you will use to craft your own lyrical story in 2014.
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): Your levels of personal magic are high. The radiance beaming out of your eyes is extra sparkly. There’s an artistry to the way you are expressing yourself. Without even trying, you’re exuding natural charisma and animal magnetism. In light of all these advantages, I suspect you will have an elevated capacity for both giving and receiving pleasure. In fact, I predict that your ability to feel really good and make other people feel really good will be at a peak. I hereby designate this the Week of Supreme Bliss.
LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): Here’s the bad news: For all of us, including you, there is a gap between our intentions and our actual effects. Here’s the good news: Now is your special time to narrow that gap. More bad news: All of us, you included, are periodically guilty of sending out mixed messages. We confuse people with our ambivalence; what we say is sometimes different from what we feel. More good news: Now is your special time to reduce your mixed messages to as close to zero as possible. One more taste of bad news: Like all of us, you are a bit hypocritical. You engage in behaviour that you criticize in others. You don’t practise what you preach. One last piece of
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): The BBC reported on an expert who combs Switzerland’s Risoud Forest to find the spruce trees whose wood can
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LA-LA Land auto extravaganza LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Auto Show is full of eye-popping sights and some even include cars! It’s not difficult to have your head turned but it is a challenge to pick one’s top picks but I’m for the challenge. Nissan GT-R Nismo Nissan stole the show with not only one of the fastest cars in the world but the fastest man in the world. Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt was on hand as Nissan’s Director of Excitement. Usain was clearly taken with the new GT-R Nismo, there were also promises to get him one to replace his gold coloured GT-R. Power has been pumped up to 600hp taking this new Nismo version to 100 km/h in just two seconds. Look for the new GT-R in the spring of 2014. I suspect Usain will get his a bit earlier. Chevrolet Colorado The mid-size pickup truck market has been all but abandoned by the domestic automakers over the last few years leaving this category entirely to Toyota and Nissan with the Tacoma and Frontier trucks. Wait until next year and the choice will include the all-new Colorado from Chevrolet. Building off the success of the all-new full-size Silverado, the engineers have taken the same approach to this new truck. On the economy front, eventually there will be three engines to choose from. Out of gate, there is the base 2.5L 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6L V6. Subaru WRX Fans of the Subaru WRX will be very excited about the arrival of an all-new car but maybe a bit disappointed that this production model
doesn’t look very much little the sleek and sexy concept that was unveiled earlier this year. It should prove to be a capable car thanks to an all-new direct injection 2.0L 4-cylinder putting out 268hp and matched to the first 6-speed in the WRX. Subaru Legacy Concept A head Zack Spencer turning design that my sources tell me looks a lot like the production car. The metallic, almost chrome looking paint, certainly helps to make the car pop but the bold front grille and macho stance could very well be included in the final version. Lincoln MKC Lincoln has a long and distinguished history as an American premium brand but over the last few decades, it has been an extension of existing Ford products using different badging and trim. There is now a long-term plan to resurrect the Lincoln brand with all-new vehicle that use some Ford components but are developed separately from the main Ford line of products. The compact crossover MKC shares a platform with the Ford Escape but has been designed and engineered to be a very different car. The design, other than the trademark Lincoln grille is very European and the back wrap-around hatch is maybe Audi-inspired. Standard in Canada will be all-wheel-drive and adaptive suspension, matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
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Complete Dry-wall & Renovation services. Textured ceiling specialist. Phone Steve (604)613-4861
CAIRN TERRIER Puppies. Home raised, Shots, dewormed. $450. 778-808-0570, 604-859-1724
YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899
Black Lab German Shepherd Rottie pups, 8 wks old, vet check, 4 left, 2 females, 2 males, 3 black, $495; 1 tan, $595. Call 604-864-1004.
Lic. Electrician A+, BBB member Expert trouble shooter, All types of Electrical work 24/7 604-617-1774
BAJ EXCAVATING DEMO, Sewer, storm, drainage, remove concrete & blacktop, old house drainage. Call 604-779-7816.
FLEETWOOD WASTE Bin Rentals 10-30 Yards. Call Ken at 604-294-1393
• Hot water tanks • Furnaces • Broilers • Plugged Drains 778-862-0560
GET THE BEST
• Labourers • Tradesmen • Class 1 Drivers
• DIFFICULTY SELLING? •
Difficulty Making Payments? No Equity? Penalty? Expired Listing? We Buy Homes! No Fees! No Risk! www.GVCPS.ca / 604-786-4663
3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour
283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
OIL & GAS INDUSTRY GUARANTEED Job Placement
Call 24Hr. Free Recorded Message 1-888-213-2854
639 REAL ESTATE SERVICES
www.paintspecial.com 604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley
WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-657-9422
HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD SERVICES
Learn more about us at www.unifirst.ca To apply, please send resume and driver’s abstract to Sheri DeLeeuw by fax 604-888-8372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
EXCITING NEW CANADIAN BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. Available in your area! Min inv req’d. For more info, call 866-945-6409
Only those of interest will be contacted. Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.
PIANOS & HOT TUBS NO PROBLEM!
HEAVY EQUIPMENT Technicians required for work in Fort McMurray. If you are interested in a balanced schedule, competitive wages and benefits please send your resume to: email@example.com or fax to 1-780-986-7051.
A Great Janitorial Franchise Opportunity
GET FREE VENDING MACHINES Can Earn $100,000.00 + Per Year. All Cash-Retire in Just 3 Years. Protected Territories. Full Details CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629. Website WWW.TCVEND.COM.
YARD PERSON, F/T Mega Cranes Ltd. an industry leader, is seeking an energetic, aggressive, self starter for full time yard position. Must have a valid driver’s license, have a minimum grade 12 education. If you are interested in this exciting and unique opportunity. Please Fax or email resume Attn. Mike Fax: 604-599-5250 email:firstname.lastname@example.org email:email@example.com
We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package.
• Furniture • Appliances • Electronics • Junk/Rubbish • Construction Debris • Drywall • Yard Waste • Concrete • Everything Else! **Estate Clean-Up Specialists**
Please apply online at:
THAI BASIL Restaurant - Kitsilano Cook 3-4 yrs exp. $18.50/hr. Food Counter Attendant $10.50/hr. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
108 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Van Kam’s group of companies req. Highway linehaul owner operators based in our Surrey terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain driving experience/training.
To join our team of professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract and details of your truck to: email@example.com or Call 604-968-5488 or Fax: 604-587-9889
329 PAINTING & DECORATING
INCOME TAX PROBLEMS? Have you been audited, reassessed or disallowed certain claims by Canada Revenue Agency? Call Bob Allen @ 250-542-0295 35yrs. Income Tax experience, 8.5yrs. with Revenue Canada. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org C- 250-938-1944
• Annual Starting Revenue of $12,000 - $120,000 • Guaranteed Cleaning Contracts • Professional Training Provided • Financing Available • Ongoing Support • Low Down Payment required A Respected Worldwide Leader in Franchised Office Cleaning. Coverall of BC 604.434.7744 email@example.com www.coverallbc.com
Where winners work!
Gregg Distributors (B.C.) Ltd.
Distribution Warehouse in Langley requires individuals to drive light truck. Experience and knowledge of the lower mainland is a prerequisite.
Superior Customer Service
.Retro Design & Antiques Fair. Dec 1st, 10am-3pm. 3250 Commercial Dr. Info:604-980-3159. Adm. $5.
DISPOSAL BINS By Recycle-it 6 - 50 Yard Bins
Starting from $99.00
Delivery & Pick-Up Included Residential & Commercial Service • Green Waste • Construction Debris • Renovations • House Clean Outs
STEEL BUILDINGS/Metal Buildings 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca STEEL BUILDING.......”THE BIG YEAR END CLEAR OUT!” 20X22 $4,259. 25X24 $4,684. 30X34 $6,895. 35X36 $9,190. 40X48 $12,526. 47X70 $17,200. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca VIAGRA 100mg or CIALIS 20mg. Generic. 40 tabs + 10 FREE all for $99 including FREE SHIPPING. Discreet, Fast Shipping. 888-8360780 or metromeds.net
566 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ALTO CONN SAX $495. 604-859-5925 PIANO. Mason & Risch Toronto Comes with bench. Low standing. Good condition $600. 604-854-5929
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The estate of JOHN VEITCH, otherwise known as J. VEITCH, deceased, formerly of 4785 Elgin Street, in the City of Vancouver, in the Province of British Columbia V5V 4S2 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of JOHN VEITCH, otherwise known as J. VEITCH are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the executors, RUSSELL JOHN VEITCH and LESLIE MARGARET ZAWADA c/o Wilson Rasmussen LLP, at #30015127 100th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, on or before December 18, 2013, after which date the executors will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executors then have notice.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective November 28 to December 4, 2013. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.
Grocery Department Natur-A Soy, Rice and Almond Non Dairy Beverages
Meat Department Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Potato Chips
946ml • product of Canada
Fair Trade Organic Ruby Grapefruit from Pragor Co-op
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
397g • product of USA
product of Mexico
Organic Lean Ground Beef The Granola King Granola
750g product of Canada
Uncle Luke’s Maple Syrup Medium
4L product of Canada
Cocoa Camino Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Bars
500-750g product of Canada
600g product of Canada
4L • product of Canada
Sunflower Kitchen Fresh Hummus, Dips or Pesto assorted varieties
170-226g • product of USA
Stahlbush Island Farms Frozen Vegetables
Flax or Hearty Scandinavian Bread
off regular retail price 530g
product of Canada
Desert Essence Facial Wash and Body Lotion
Harness the nourishing power of natural desert botanicals. Beauty blooms in the desert.
off regular retail price 454-525g
Genesis is 100% pure, wild harvest, organic and kosher. The 4,000 year-old recipe also ensures it’s free of gluten, soy, corn and ginger.
Happy 23rd Anniversary West 16th !
(2627 W. 16th Ave, Vancouver)
Saturday, November 30th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Look for our
Stop by and enjoy a piece of Anniversary cake and a cup of coffee while shopping for our many in-store specials. See you there! 2010 - 2013 Awards. Your loyalty has helped Choices achieve these awards. Thank you!
Alba products contain natural, organic and cruelty-free ingredient alternatives which are 100% vegetarian.
Wholesome Flaxseed Bread
300-400g • product of USA
Genesis Today Organic Mangosteen 100 Juice
regular or sandwich size
assorted varieties 227g
Alba Hair Care Products
price package of 6
20% off regular retail price
398ml • product of USA
Popcorn Indiana Popcorn, Chipins or Indulgent Snacks
Island Farms Ice Cream
bags or bins
regular or mini
45-51g product of USA
Holiday Baking Products
PRICING regular retail
Wolfgang Puck Organic Soup
Bulk Department Health Care Department
1 dry pint product of Mexico
reg from 3.99
100g product of Canada
regular, light or smoked
product of USA
Red Grape Tomatoes
Pearl’s Frozen Perogies
Larabar Energy Bars
120g • product of USA
Choices' Own Tourtiere’s Family Size
1L • +deposit +eco fee product of Canada
Liberté Organic Yogurt
Blue Diamond Nut Thins
1L jug product of Canada
Sun Rype 100% Juice
skim, 1, 2 or 3.25%
gourmet or hazelnut hemp
Organic Black Kale from San Miguel
Dairyland Organic Milk
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