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CONTENTS

JULY 2007

Editor in Chief

Steve Waters

steve@infamousmagazine.net

Editor

Joseph Ruttle

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Art Director

Calvin Yu (R3SP3CT)

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Contributors:

Terri Potratz, Raj Taneja, Daenna Van Mulligen,

Cassandra Anderton, Jay Swing, Fred Topel,

Anna Wong, Andrew Rideout, Jessica Grajcyzk,

Garrett Louie

Photographers:

Terri Potratz, Fiona Garden, Raj Taneja,

Marc Andrew

PUBLISHING:

Publisher

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Sales Manager

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Sales Executive

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The new Goldfish restaurant in Yaletown. See page 11.

BUZZ 5 Emmanuelle Vaugier in Cannes, Jason Dussault + Gene Simmons

SOCIAL SHOT 7-9 Leo Awards, Bar None anniversary, Boobilicious

DRINK + DINE 11-13 Goldfish in Yaletown, a rosé pick from Wine Diva

FASHION + STYLE 15-19 Holt Renfrew, (212), Chill at the Leos

PEOPLE 21 Steve Nash goes luxe for his annual charity gala

COVER 23-25 ‘Transformers’ star Megan Fox talks about her big break

NIGHTLIFE 27 GMAN and Rizk move on, promoter search continues

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 29 KickStart looking for directors

INFAMOUS HOT 20 30 Martinez Brothers, Bobbito Garcia, Sharam Jey

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Emmanuelle Vaugier in Cannes with Dean Hamilton (left) and Byron Mann. Photo: John Shearer/Wireimage.com

FASHION

DUSSAULT AND SIMMONS’

LINE NOW AVAILABLE

Local high-end streetwear creator Jason Dussault is living his

high school fantasy. After idolizing KISS legend Gene Simmons

as a teenager, the two were introduced by a mutual friend

and immediately hit it off. Five hundred one-of-a-kind, locally

hand-crafted MoneyBag tees, signed by Simmons himself,

were born of the union. Simmons has owned the trademark

MoneyBag logo for decades, but guarded it from the fashion

industry until he found the right designer. Jason Dussault has

created gritty, glamorous products for celebrities like Pamela

Anderson, Nelly Furtado and Robin Williams. His ornate, tattoo-inspired

designs are of red-carpet quality. Their collective

vision and passion aligned perfectly to create this line, which

will soon extend beyond T-shirts into the realm of hoodies,

belts, wallets and hats. We can’t shake the image of a young,

hot high-roller sitting before stacks of poker chips wearing a

handmade MoneyBag T-shirt. With a new Dussault Custom Ink

store opening on Melrose in L.A., that picture will likely become

a reality very soon. To view the tees in person, visit the Deuce

store at 56 Powell in Gastown. $250 USD will buy you your own;

now available online.

www.GeneSimmonsMoneyBag.com

BUSINESS

URBAN BARN KEEPS

IT CANADIAN

Urban Barn recently announced it’s joined forces with Stern

Partners to ensure they remain a top player in the Canadian

home furnishings market. Since its inception in 1990 in B.C.,

contemporary retailer Urban Barn has spanned across Canada

with 28 stores and annual revenues nearing $50 million, making

it one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies according to Profi t

Magazine. The senior management team, headed by president

Rick Bohonis, was quick to identify how important it was to

select an investor who would uphold company and employee

values. After receiving indications of interest from our southern

neighbours, Urban Barn approached Canadian investment specialists

Capital West Partners, who have worked with Vancouverbased

success stories like Lululemon and Aritzia. Capital West

paired them with local investment fi rm Stern Partners, who will

work with Urban Barn’s existing management team to leverage

their industry foothold. Stern has a proven 25-year track record

in the retail market, with the bonus of being located right in

Vancouver. Together, UB and Stern aim to double the number of

stores over the next fi ve years and excel in the Canadian marketplace.

It’s good to see a successful Canadian company manage

to stay fully Canadian owned and operated.

OUR CITY AT ITS BEST

CELEBRITY

VAUGIER MAKES A

SPLASH AT CANNES

Vancouver-born actor Emmanuelle Vaugier recently made a

glamorous trip to France with Pamela Anderson for the Cannes

Film Fest. The pair promoted their feature fi lm Blonde and

Blonder, which was shot in Vancouver and in which Vaugier

plays an assassin. The girls fl ew to the festival in fashion mogul

Peter Nygård’s private jet, and upon arrival were swarmed by

press for photos and interviews. They enjoyed a Mediterranean

cruise and exclusive party for the fi lm aboard a private luxury

yacht. “It was like a dream, it was fantastic,” said Vaugier. She

recently wrapped fi lming in Miami, and is back in Vancouver for

the next few months shooting Far Cry.

emmanuellevaugier.com

BRAVERY

RACHEL DAVIS HONOURED

Rachel Davis lost her life when she intervened in a fi ght outside

the Purple Onion nightclub in Gastown on Jan. 3, 2004. Selflessly

jumping in to stop the beating of a stranger, Rachel and

another man were killed when a fl urry of gunshots was fi red

into the crowd. Rachel’s memory and spirit was honoured once

again with the posthumous Medal for Bravery, awarded in June

by Governor General Michaëlle Jean, which her parents accepted

at Rideau Hall. Rachel has also been paid tribute by North

Vancouver in their creation of the Rachel Davis Random Acts of

Kindness Pathway at the Lonsdale skate park, which recognizes

acts of compassion by youth each year. Actress Diane Ladd

planted a memorial tree in the JFK Memorial Forest in Israel for

Rachel and her own daughter, who also died too early in life.

The Vancouver Police awarded Rachel the Certifi cate of Merit,

and she has been recognized as a Good Samaritan by the City

of Vancouver. Rachel is survived by her parents, Gemini-awardwinning

actress Janet Wright and musician Bruce Davis, who

created the Rachel Davis Foundation to award brave Canadian

youth and celebrate Rachel’s memory and kind spirit. Rachel

was involved in sports and skateboarding and always felt a

responsibility to help others when she could — a compassionate

trait for a young woman of only 23.

www.racheldavis.ca

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Clockwise from left: Leo award winner Amanda Crew at the awards gala, (212) co-owners Scott Walhovd and Anthony Castro with hostess Claudia Daponte at the the store’s opening, Tigerstone promoter Carlo Giusto with Lady Sovereign at

her afterparty at Shine, Josh Bender and Talia Mann on the False Creek Martini Tour, Canvas Lounge owner David Strebinger at their Grand Opening, designer Jason Matlo and friend at the Leo Awards. Photos by Raj Taneja

BY RAJ TANEJA

06.01.07 LEO AWARDS

The ninth annual Leo Awards took place at the Westin Bayshore

on June 1st and 2nd. The event, which included a Friday

night celebration awards ceremony, Saturday afternoon “Chill

at the Leos” fashion and music showcase and evening gala

awards ceremony, honoured B.C.’s best fi lm and television

talent. Actor and comedian Ellie Harvie, dressed in fi nery

from Jolie Couture, hosted Friday’s awards ceremony, while

the gala was hosted by Leo Awards president and founder

Walter Daroshin, and producer Sonny Wong. The red carpet

saw many familiar faces including Amanda Crew, Mackenzie

Gray, Byron Mann and Terry David Mulligan. The weekend’s

highlight was the Saturday afternoon fashion show, produced

by Michelle Thistle of LaunchRX. Local designers such as

Jason Matlo, Tyler Summers (Artikol Clothing) and Shelley

Klassen (Blushing Designs) showed alongside Dolce & Gabbana,

Janise OLeandros, and the recently launched Conino

Lamborghini.

06.05.07 PERFECT WITH SUSHI AAA TASTING

On Tuesday, June 5th, while some were out celebrating Vancouver

hospitality impresario Vance Campbell’s 60th birthday

in the Davie Village, others were indulging at Marquis Wine

Cellars for the ‘Perfect with Sushi’ tasting. With the food

provided by Tojo’s,– attendees were treated to exquisite pairings

of sushi with crisp Rieslings from Australia’s Clare and

Eden Valleys, the classic, rich wines of Alsace, and the fi ne

and increasingly fashionable Grüner Veltliner and Rieslings of

Austria. The Australian Wine Bureau’s CEO, Hazel Murphy (the

person solely responsible for increasing the sales of Australian

wine to the U.K. from 84,000 cases to over 2 million cases

per annum) was in attendance enjoying what has been described

as some of the world’s fi nest sushi from Vancouver’s

grand sushi master himself, Tojo.

06.07.07 FRASER AT THE OPUS

The third and fi nal instalment of the Fraser Institute’s Spring

2007 Behind the Spin series took place the evening of June

7th at OPUS Hotel. Speaker and leader of the B.C. Marijuana

Party Marc Emery attracted an eclectic crowd comprising such

notables as Victor Chan, founding director and trustee of the

Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education; Salman Partners’

Perry Braun and wife Deborah; Johann Gevers from the Institute

for Freedom; Dr. Will Johnston, president of the Canadian

Physicians for Life; and even Judge Tom Gove, Commissioner

for the Inquiry into Child Protection in British Columbia. Wellknown

in cannabis culture, Emery spoke about his impending

extradition hearings and the prospect of spending the rest of

his life in prison for selling seeds over the border. Questions

posed by the audience ranged from the implications that decriminalized

marijuana has on our children to the medicinal

value of THC to the possibility that smoking weed may impede

one’s path to enlightenment. Throughout the Q&A period,

Emery remained an advocate of moderate drug use.

‘AN ARMY OF JOSH BENDERS’

WELL-DRESSED MARTINI DRINKERS

DESCENDED ON FALSE CREEK’

06.07.07 CANVAS LOUNGE GRAND OPENING

Six months after its doors actually opened, Canvas Lounge,

the Gastown space formerly known as sugarandsugar, held a

VIP grand opening party June 7th. Part of the attraction of the

event (other than the sugarandsugar reunion) was the adjacent

space in the former Babalong Studio being transformed

into Canvas’s art gallery, featuring works of emerging Vancouver

artists Warren Stagg, Christopher Leicht and Christopher

Donnelly. The event included a free fl ow of drinks, deathdefying

acrobatics by members of Vancouver’s Circus School

and the vocal stylings of Amalia Townsend in performance

with award-winning Vancouver band Sekoya. Throughout the

evening, owner David Strebinger shared in the celebrations

and greeted guests including Oasis restaurant GM Selma Mostefai,

OPUS Hotel GM Daniel Craig, industrial designer Jill

Sinclair, real estate agent Marife Sison, the always-fashionable

Andy Chu, and Ask A Woman Enterprises’ Sharon Chan

and Tammy Preast.

06.08.07 OH MY GODARD ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

On Friday, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th, self-proclaimed

rockstar of the art world Michael Godard stopped in on the

fi rst anniversary of the Oh My Godard gallery on Granville

Street. During his stay he created 15 custom limited edition

canvases for clients, and auctioned off the artist proof of his

piece titled ‘On The Throne,’ as well as a custom-painted toilet

which he completed throughout the weekend. Proceeds went

to the BC Children’s Hospital.

06.09.07 FALSE CREEK MARTINI TOUR

An army of Josh Benders’ well-dressed martini drinkers

descended on False Creek June 9th for some heavy martini

touring. Cocktails including the Son of a Beach were on the

menu at the fi rst stop, Fiddlehead Joes, and the aptly named

Speedy Gonzalez was sampled by many at Nu. The fi nal stop,

Ginger 62, saw a somewhat depleted crowd as only a handful

of sane and somewhat sober survivors made it to Granville.

For those who actually remember the night, Mr. Bender hosts

his next tour on the 21st of July.

06.13.07 BAR NONE 15TH ANNIVERSARY

On Wednesday the 13th of June, Bar None celebrated 15 years

with a two-tier celebration featuring a champagne-fl owing

VIP event early in the night and the later evening open to the

public with DJs Just Paul, Profound and 107, Zak Santiago,

Flipout and Marlon J English. The event featured tasting

stations from various liquor companies familiar to Jay Jones

cocktails, catering by the kitchen at sister bar, Republic, and a

stylish Yaletown crowd.

SOCIAL SHOT

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BY RAJ TANEJA

06.14.07 GILLETE ULTIMATE MANS NIGHT OUT

The Gillette Ultimate Man’s Night Out tour stopped in

Vancouver on June 14th at Caprice Nightclub. The venue

was transformed into a full-service restaurant and featured

Gillette’s beautiful hostesses, showcases with cigars, cars and

motorcycles, a premium beer tasting, a steak dinner prepared

by Caprice’s kitchen, a men’s fashion update, scotch tasting

and even live burlesque entertainment. The scotch tasting was

a defi nite highlight of the evening, featuring an education and

sampling of Johnnie Walker, from Green Label to Gold Label to

the phantom distilleries that make the components of the Blue

Label. In parting, all attendees received gift bags... only one

received a thank-you hug and kiss from the hostesses.

06.14.07 (212) STORE OPENING

(212), the new Gastown women’s fashion store, opened their

doors the night of June 14th. The shop features exclusive lines

sourced from New York as well as a small 13 piece collection

designed by owners Scott Wahlovd and Anthony Castro.

Located at 454 West Cordova, across the street from ‘ALife’ and

‘one of a few,’ the store is well situated for the increasingly

fashion-boutique oriented Gastown district. The opening event

saw support from local designer Jason Matlo and company,

Razer 969 and Ethnosonic host Lauren Toyota, as well as an

after-party on Republic’s patio put on by club promoter Jon

Campbell.

06.15.07 RBC OLYMPIANS EXPERIENCE RECEPTION

The Vancouver Art Gallery hosted the RBC Olympians Experience

VIP reception on the evening of the 15th, providing a

great opportunity to meet Canadian Olympians such as Crispin

Lipscomb, Alexa Loo, Anne-Marie LaFrançois and Dominque

Vallée and Andrea Holmes. The main attraction of the weekend

was the RBC Aerial Trampoline Show, which garnered

the attention of almost every passerby close enough to see

the airborne athletes. Charming RBC event planners Carmen

Stossel and Christine Moore set the event’s mood with a snow

machine, and guests were invited to tour the current Monet

to Dali exhibition, which includes the famous Rodin sculpture

‘The Thinker.’

06.15.07 BOOBILICIOUS

The Black Wool Cooperative, Vancouver’s own promotional,

marketing and event marketing geniuses, held Boobilicous,

a fundraiser for breast cancer at the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat-Sen

gardens in Chinatown. The décor, including pink rose petals

scattered throughout the walkways of the venue, and a DJ

high up in the pagoda put everyone into a state of enlightened

Boobilicious bliss. Event organizers Chris Lee and Louie

Manzo, both of Black Wool, were overheard saying “Ah, that’s

the stuff” while pink-clad party-goers including Dragon Boys

actor Byron Mann and promoter Devon Ash enjoyed the

evening’s festivities.

‘THE DECOR AND A DJ UP IN A

PAGODA PUT EVERYONE INTO A

STATE OF BOOBILICIOUS BLISS’

06.15.07 LADY SOVEREIGN AFTERAPRTY

Lady Sovereign, in town on tour with AKON and Gwen Stefani,

stopped by Shine on the 15th of June for her offi cial afterparty.

The crowd fully enjoyed the four-song set, almost getting out

of hand as Sov brought the heat.

06.19.07 TORATASU OPENING

Chef Kodai Uno, best known for his Shiru Bay Chopstick Café

in Yaletown, opened up a new venture in the space of the former

Clove Restaurant at 735 Denman St. The Japanese Izakaya

held an opening party on Tuesday, June 19th hosted by Tiffany

Soper PR. The newly remodelled restaurant, which has only

been open a couple weeks, has already received rave reviews

for serving inventive tapas-style menu items.

06.20.07 THE GRAND COLLABORATION

The evening of June 20th the Pacifi c Palisades hosted The

Grand Collaboration luxury item showcase, which included

four custom-designed Steinway pianos, a Lotus parked in

the venue’s Art+Soul gallery, jet services from Marquis Jet

and high-end real estate advisory services by Karim Variani.

Experienced pianist and Tom Lee Music staffer Ron Koyanagi

entertained the crowd by playing the four pianos in succession

—the 150th Anniversary Limited Edition Lagerfeld designed by

Karl Lagerfeld, the Roger Williams Gold Piano designed by Joseph

Sidorowicz, Symphonic Symmetry designed by John Eric

Byers and Refl ections designed by Thomas Schrunk — while

Ultimate Shoot Out event director Jon Curleigh learned more

about ultra-high-end private residences in Calgary.

06.22.07 CANADA CUP OF BEER MEDIA NIGHT

Colin Jack and partner Tyler Tokai, producers of of the Canada

Cup of Beer, hosted a media night at the John Molson Academy,

located behind gated doors at the Molson Brewery on

Burrard Street. The media night previewed the July 7th Cup of

Beer event, which features 35 vendors and over 150 beers at

UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. The hosts pointed out that 1.3 per

cent of the Canadian gross national product is derived from

the consumption of beer. Sadly, the sales of beer in the country

are currently on the decline, but the evening’s bartender,

Jessica King, Miss Hawaiian Tropic Manitoba 2007, helped by

ensuring mugs were full, and that there was no shortage of

consumption of beer for the night. Partial proceeds from the

July 7th event will go to Vancouver TheatreSports League.

Clockwise from top left: Tiffany Soper and Lindsay Ford from Tiffany Soper PR at the Toratatsu opening, Katie Riverso and Bacardi’s Mike Trimble at Boobilicious, Amalia Eustergerling and Bar None operating partner Mike Shea at the Bar None

15th anniversary, Heineken’s Aussie Jiwani and Bar None’s Jen Shen at Bar None 15 year, Sharon Chan and Tammy Preast of Ask A Women Enterprises at Canvas Lounge Grand Opening, Sarah Openshaw and Devon Ash at Boobilicious, artist

Michael Godard and Paige Tesluck at the Oh My Godard Gallery Anniversary. Photos by Raj Taneja

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HOT NEW RESTAURANT

GOLDFISH

BY CASSANDRA ANDERTON

You can hardly walk down a street in Vancouver of late without noticing

a new restaurant that has just opened or that’s about to. I’ve covered off

some of the excitement in Gastown, but this month it’s Yaletown’s turn to

showcase the newest culinary treasure: Goldfi sh Pacifi c Kitchen.

If you’ve been to Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House, you’re familiar with

the group that opened Goldfi sh, but make no mistake here; this is not a

replica of their fi rst concept. In fact, it doesn’t bear any resemblance to

Fortes or, for that matter, Circolo — Umberto Menghi’s restaurant that

previously occupied the space. They’ve completely renovated, opening up

the room and brightening the once-dark interior.

The room takes up 8,000 square feet of real estate, but Juli Hodgson and

IBI/HB Architects, Goldfi sh’s designers, created the space in such a way

that you can fi nd privacy along with the rather social atmosphere the room

exudes. There are even two secluded rooms that seat 40 and 12 respectively,

for those nights when you just don’t want to mingle.

The 140-seat room is stunning. It features dark walnut throughout and

custom-made bamboo tables, some with lazy susans for sharing. The light

fi xtures range from globe lights to the mother-of-pearl chandeliers that

hang in front of the bar. A Sonja Schneider wall mural adds colour to the

space and a there’s a garden patio with tables and an outside lounging

area. There’s room for everyone to feel comfortable.

Once you take your eyes off the brilliant room and the hip crowd that fl ocks

here, you can decide on some drinks and sustenance to get you through

the evening ahead. The wine list was designed by Fortes sommelier Nessa

Van Bergen, who has the talent to bring you something off the beaten path.

Prices are reasonable and there are many handcrafted cocktails, premium

sakes and local and import beers if you’re not in a wine-loving mood.

Goldfi sh’s menu went through rigorous taste tests. Chef William Tse (ex-Joe

Fortes) and executive chef Heath Cates (ex-Sanifar) worked with food consultant

Murray Bancroft on the concept and dishes. There’s defi nitely Asian

infl uence with lots of fresh and local seafood. Plates are perfect for sharing

and the menu is conveniently divided into small plates, sides, large meat

and large seafood plates.

Start with some crispy squid topped with fresh scallions and fl avoured with

Thai chilies ($10), duck spring rolls with fresh mint ($14) and a selection

of oysters on the half shell with pickled cucumber ($19). Then move on to

mains, like artic char with kaffi r lime sauce ($20), maple soy chicken ($16)

or wok-seared beef ($15). Choose a side of broccoli, asparagus or potato

chips, and if you can get the crew to agree they’ll wok-fry a chili crab with

garlic and chilies ($59, enough for three) or the Alaskan king crab with a

tamarind cocktail sauce and ginger aioli ($65).

Don’t miss out on dessert. There’s chocolate fruit sushi ($8), warm banana

spring rolls ($8) and a toasted coconut tart ($8) that defi nitely require

sampling. And why not sip on a glass of Poire Williams or B.C.’s La Frenz’s

Muscat liqueur? Or perhaps try the Goldfi sh specialty coffee with macadamia

nut and dark rum.

On the service side, Goldfi sh has kindly decided to hire enough staff (a

lesson some restaurants have yet to learn) and GM Jennifer Hennessey

(ex-Fortes) and maitre d’ Albert Chee have ensured they’ve been properly

trained. The result is that although Goldfi sh is still in its fi rst few nights of

service, evenings are running smoothly.

Time for a night for Yaletown. Dress up and arrive in style. This is a place to

be seen.

1118 Mainland Street (at Helmcken) Valet parking nightly from 5 pm

604.689.8318 www.goldfi shkitchen.com

WINE DIVA

JULY TOP PICK

By DAENNA VAN MULLIGEN

DRINK & DINE

Gentlemen, I think its time we had a talk. A talk about

two words most of you immediately cringe at: rosé and

bubbles. Worse yet, I am going to throw them both at

you in one swing. Why would I do this? Because it’s

time you faced the music.

Rosé and bubbles are the hottest two wine styles

out there. Sales are skyrocketing locally and abroad

because both styles are easy to drink, come in a myriad

of fl avours and varietals, and both pair exceeding well

with food (or just guzzling in my case). Although in

North America we may be a bit slower to catch on (we

need to see more offerings by-the-glass in restaurants)

we will inevitably catch up. And you don’t want to be

caught unaware.

A perfect example of these combined styles is the

Mionetto Sergio Rosé, which has a sinfully masculine

bottle that’s dark, handsome and sturdy, with an

understated marque. Yes, I know it does have a pink foil

topper but you can easily snag it off and shove it in your

pocket or under the pizza box in a jiffy. It’s a sparkling

wine, an Italian Prosecco of sorts made with a blend of

the Merlot, Cabernet and Raboso grape varietals. Red

grapes have red skins so when you crush them and let

them fl irt with the clear juice a bit... voilà — you have

rosé! The bubbles are added via the charmat method

(the second fermentation takes place in a large vat

rather than inside the bottle like Champagne) the result

is a more delicate frizzante bubbliness.

You can be a closet rosé drinker if you want, but if

there’s one thing I know it’s that real men drink pink,

and a man who drinks sparkling wine is a man who understands

its worthy charm. Drinking the two together

makes you a god!

Mionetto “MO” Sergio Rosé, Veneto Italy is the colour

of wild strawberries with aromas of red cherry, warm

blackberries, earth, violets and minerals. It’s effervescent

yet smooth with nice weight on the tongue showing

vibrant berry, cherry pit, spice and a seam of citrus

rind. This is no wimpy pink bubbly; it has solid grippy

fl avours, good acidity and a suggestion of tannin on the

fi nish. As far as food pairings: an antipasti platter, with

grilled veg, cheese and cured meats or seafood and

yes, even pizza.

$26.99 +098038 BC Liquor Stores

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HOT NEW SHOP

FIREFLY FINE WINES & ALES

BY CASSANDRA ANDERTON

If you’re content to wander aimlessly into the government liquor

store and grab a six-pack of any old brew, or select your wine

according to whichever one has the cutest animal on the bottle,

that’s up to you. But I’m going to suggest you change your evil

ways and expand your horizons. And how? All it takes is a journey

to Firefl y Fine Wines and Ales at Cambie and 12th Avenue.

Firefl y opened in April and it’s much more than an ordinary wine

shop. First of all, have you ever heard of a wine shop with valet

parking? This one has it. Second, the service here is top-notch.

The store consultants guide you through your shopping experience

with genuine care. And third, there’s a logical classifi cation

of both the wines and the ales.

Manager John Hunt has smartly divided the store into sections

according to wine style. There’s bubbly (sparkling), aromatic

(perfumed), crisp (refreshing), plumb (full-bodied whites), subtle

(dainty reds), spicy (fl avoursome reds), black teeth (dark, fullbodied

reds), suave (velvety reds), classic (traditional wines)

and sweet (dessert wines). The same goes for the ales in the

walk-in cooler (another bonus!). Here they’ve got light, crisp,

fruity, sweet, bitter roasted, bitter hoppy, caramel, citrus, nutty,

complex and classic. There’s even a great selection of singles.

Hunt has also placed the high-priced wines on the top shelves,

and the lower-priced wines near the bottom, and indicates which

white wines you can fi nd in the cooler. Now why hasn’t someone

thought of this before?

You’ll also fi nd accessories, gift cards, chocolate, fair trade coffee

and fi ne cigars. A one-stop gift shop.

‘A WINE SHOP WITH VALET PARKING, AND THE

STORE CONSULTANTS GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR

SHOPPING EXPERIENCE WITH GENUINE CARE’

NEWS+NOTES FROM THE INDUSTRY

In Waterfront Station at the old CP Railway terminal, we’ll soon have the

Transcontinental. This restaurant is huge! 8,500 square feet with 307

seats. It’s brought to us by Eli Gershkovitch of nearby Steamworks Brew

Pub. Look forward to an oyster bar and a classic cocktail list.

On the North Shore we’ve got another opening soon project at #13 Lonsdale.

The District will open in early July and is billed as a Belgian-style

brasserie that uses seasonal, local products.

Speaking of Belgian brasseries, Chambar is taking over the space next

door to open a separate establishment. No news yet on concept.

West Van is going Italian with two new restaurants. The Beachside at 1362

Marine Drive is now the Westside Restaurant and now owned by chef Gianni

Picchi and his son Roberto. And Magia E. Bevi is also serving classic

Italian a little further west at 2222 Marine Drive.

The Loden Hotel at 1139 Melville Street in Coal Harbour has chose Edel Forristal

to manage the property and will call its fl ashy new restaurant Voya.

Chef Marc-Andre Choquette (from Lumiere) is onboard for this project.

Opening late summer.

Despite the slow down in business caused by the Canada Line construction

on Cambie, there will soon be two new restaurants in that hood. Dadeo’s

Cajun and Creole Diner and Bar is moving into the old Tomato Café space

(the new Tomato is open at 2486 Baywater) and the folks from Parkside

and La Buca will open in the old Don Don Noodle spot at 3369 Cambie.

They’re calling it Pied-a-Terre and opening in August.

In Yaletown there’s another new place under construction beside Brix at

1144 Homer Street. Glenn Cormier will call this lounge and eatery Plan B

Conveniently, if you do want to expand your wine knowledge, you

can stop in for the Friday and Saturday tastings from 4-7 pm and

2-6 pm respectively. The store is also working with neighbouring

Figmint restaurant to pair up food with wine, so you may just get

some free samples of Chef Lee Humphries divine appetizers.

In July you can sample wines from D’Asolo in the Okanagan

Valley (July 6), Pacifi c Western Beer (July 13), Tiger Beer (July 20)

and Torre de Sale wines (July 27).

What to start with? Hunt has three current top picks for you:

2005 D’Asolo Pinot Grigio $21.60 – a wonderfully refreshing wine

great for summer sipping.

2005 Miguel Torres Santa Digna $17.80 – a dainty rose with just a

hint of sweetness.

2005 Petaringa Undercover Shiraz $34.00 - a full bodied wine for

those bbq days.

Pay Firefl y a visit and you’ll never go back to your old brews and

cute labels. Guaranteed.

Firefl y Fine Wines and Ales, 2857 Cambie St.

Open 7 days a week, 9 am to 11 pm

604.875.3325 www.fi refl yfi newinesandales.com

and will open near summer’s end.

Locavores rejoice! We will have another farmer’s market in Kits at the Kits

Community Centre at 2960 Larch Street. It starts July 15th and runs each

Sunday from 10-2 pm until October 14. Over 30 vendors have committed.

More chocolate has arrived with the opening of Monde Chocolat at Burrard

and 8th Avenue. Vancouver waist lines are expanding.

Kits Gastropod at 4th and Cypress is now open for lunch and it’s neighbour,

Fuel is now open seven instead of fi ve days a week. Now which one to

choose?

Mad About Food gourmet gift basket shop has moved into 1632 West 3rd

Avenue. Now you can easily go in and choose the items for the basket

yourself. There’s also a chance to sample treats. www.madaboutfood.net

ON THE FOODIE CALENDAR

PHOTO: JOHN SHERLOCK STUDIO

July 9: Literacy and Beyond – Peter Mansbridge uncorks B.C.’s fi nest with

Rick Clugg and Larry Campbell at Beyond Restaurant, 1015 Burrard St.,

6 pm www2.literacy.bc.ca/literacy_and_beyond.htm

July 12: Champagne and Caviar Extravaganza – Libery Wine Merchants at

the Vancouver Rowing Club, 7:30 pm www.libertywinemerchants.com

July 17: Ravenswood Zin Fling – California Wine Fair fundraiser for the Arts

Club at The Gramercy Grill, 2685 Arbutus www.artsclub.com

July 28 & 29: Caribbean Days in Vancouver – Boat cruise, food festival,

dining and dancing www.caribbeandays.ca

DRINK & DINE

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FASHION & STYLE

NEW LOOK

HOLT

RENFREW

STORY AND PHOTOS BY TERRI POTRATZ

‘THE BRIGHT ATRIUM BARRELS THROUGH

THREE LEVELS, CREATING AN ENVIABLE VERTICAL

UNITY WITHIN THE LARGE, MODERN SPACE’

The new Holt’s is here, boasting over 130,000

square feet of retail space spanning across

three levels. The launch of the new fl agship

Vancouver store was spearheaded by Holt Renfrew

president and CEO Caryn Lerner, while the

architecture and interior design credit is owed

to New York’s Janson Goldstein LLP. This design

team is responsible for an impressive array of

luxury stores across the globe: Saks, Salvatore

Ferragamo, Emporio Armani and DKNY are just a

few of their clients.

The new retail space was specifi cally designed

to accommodate Vancouver’s dynamic character,

featuring personal shopping suites, a full

service spa and salon, and a rooftop restaurant

(launching in the fall) for fi ne dining — all in

addition to the wide selection of high-quality

fashions, shoes, accessories and cosmetics

Holt’s is famous for.

The bright atrium barrels through three levels,

creating an enviable vertical unity within

the large, modern space. Also present is the

notorious World Design Lab, which places

up-and-coming progressive design lines with

fashion-forward collections by more established

designers. Holt’s salon and spa commands two

storeys of space, where you’ll fi nd holtseuticals,

a division specializing in wellness and beauty

from within, niche fragrances in the holtscents

department, and the holts hair colour studio.

The invitation-only launch event went down June

5th, where Patti LaBelle performed alongside

celebrity DJ Dave Navarro. The public launch

was celebrated with Diffuse, “the alignment of

fashion and art,” where guests were treated to

live music, art and a 40-per-cent discount off

selected items.

737 Dunsmuir

www.holtrenfrew.com

HOLT CONNECTS FASHION & ART AT DIFFUSE

Fashion and art are tantalizing enough respectively, so jaws dropped when Holt Renfrew and Ayden Gallery teamed

up to accessorize high-end fashion with striking artwork in their new store June 14th.

Painters painted, musicians played and shoppers browsed three levels of glamorous goods from some of the

world’s most renowned designers. Models stood on platforms with intermittent changes as DJ Ricco and saxophonist

Tim Sars provided aural pleasure for the ample crowd. Work by the featured artists was paired with a mannequin

donning complimentary garb created by various world-class design houses. Truly a match made in heaven.

Artists included Lani Imre, Camilla d’Errico, Jordan Bent, Peter Taylor, Milan Basic, 3D Leigh, Jesse Reno and Ashley

Montague with designers Marc by Marc Jacobs, See by Chloe, Galliano, 3.1 Philip Lim, Helmut Lang, DSQUARED2,

Miu Miu and McQ.

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FASHION & STYLE

HOT NEW SHOP

(212)

STORY AND PHOTOS BY TERRI POTRATZ

(212) is like the big-city kid who just moved into your

suburban utopia, only to turn your world on its head by

demonstrating what the essence of cool really is. The

black ceiling and industrial decor in this new Gastown

boutique is punctuated by subtle romantic details:

white fl oral upholstered chairs form a little living room

in one end, while a grand wooden table stands majestic

on the other. Spearmint greens, cherry reds and limey

yellows vie for attention from the racks in between.

The vibrant collection is inspired by Manhattan style,

but offered at affordable prices. Owners Scott Walhovd

and Anthony Castro met in New York, but realized there

was a niche to be fi lled for reasonably priced high fashion

in the Vancouver marketplace. Castro ventures that

(212) is for young women who have graduated from the

cookie-cutter Aritzia style and want a sexy, high-fashion

edge. It’s sexy Vancouver nightlife infused with a

pop of East Coast energy.

Castro and Walhovd, who designed the house (212) line

together, made only 25 pieces of each style to keep

it exclusive. Their high-waisted shorts sold out upon

opening, and despite desperate pleas for more that

door remains fi rmly shut. Other highlights from the

house collection include colourful skinny jeans, silk

gowns and one-shoulder cocktail dresses, all locally

constructed with fabrics imported from New York and

Europe. The 15-piece collection was designed with NYC

subculture in mind, but tweaked and twisted to align

with the practical demands of Vancouver. (212) also

exclusively carries Odin denim from L.A., N.Y. knitwear

liDi (also designed by Castro), Brazilian lines Romeo +

Juliet and Maria Bonita, N.Y. T-shirt line Highstreet and

L.A.-based Interlude, among others.

And what are these hot entrepreneurs concocting for

fall? Canadian Eskimo and ’70s disco were the only “inspired

by” clues I could fi nagle, along with the promise

of the perfect Vancouver rain jacket.

454 W Cordova 778.389.0981 www.twoonetwo.net

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LAUNCHRX PRESENTS

CHILL AT

THE LEOS

STORIES AND PHOTOS BY TERRI POTRATZ

On June 2nd, Michele Thistle and her LaunchRx

team executed a fabulous fashion show in conjunction

with the Leo Awards. The well-organized

show, titled “Chill at the Leos,” was split into acts

and scenes and was styled by Kevin Lorage.

A broad range of designers ensured something

for everyone, including selections from Parasuco,

Tonino Lamborghini, Janise O’Leandros, Blushing

Designs, Artikol Clothing, Eden Boutique, Harry

Rosen, Chloe Angus, Sassy Couture, Christina

Darling, Jolie Couture and Jason Matlo. DJ Leanne

weaved a musical backdrop as local celebs including

Carly Pope, Ellie Harvie and Mackenzie Gray

worked the catwalk.

Standouts at the show were glamorous gown

creations by Chloe Angus, Jolie Couture and Jason

Matlo, all of whom were present at the event. We

also had our eyes fi xed on casual weekend gear

by newcomer Janise OLeandros.

LAMBORGHINI WITH JANISE OLEANDROS BLUSHING DESIGNS CHLOE ANGUS

ED HARDY BABY PHAT BABY PHAT

FASHION

& STYLE

FASHION HOUSE PRESENTS

ED HARDY

& BABY PHAT

Crush Champagne Lounge played host June 7th to

the latest instalment of Daab and Kidd’s Fashion

House series. The night featured Ed Hardy and

Baby Phat designs modelled on a runway that

sliced its way through the dance fl oor and audience.

DJs Sean Gallagher and Danny D moved the

models and later the crowd, who mingled among

the water fountains, draped fabric panels and

tropical plants that decorated the room. Ed Hardy

showed its true colours with its tattoo-inspired

designs and vivid hues, while Baby Phat showed

their sexy club wear. Previous editions of Fashion

House have featured Morphine Generation, Hart

and Huntington, Salvage and 575 Denim, among

others.

myspace.com/daabpresents

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CARATS

CARDS&

COCKTAILS

BY SUZANNE WESTOVER PHOTO BY JOHN SHEARER/WIREIMAGE.COM

We’ve come to expect big things from Steve Nash.

Twice named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, the

6'3" basketball phenom has created a charity

event worthy of his all-star status.

The third annual Steve Nash Charity Classic will kick off on Friday,

July 20, with an exclusive new evening titled Carats: Diamonds at

Sunset. Nash, known for his high energy and hilarity, wanted to

create an intimate, casually elegant evening that would give him

the opportunity to personally engage with each of his guests. In

collaboration with two Vancouver event companies, Christiansen

& Co. and Brand Live, Nash and his foundation decided to host an

intimate poker game, and upped the ante by adding unexpected,

luxurious elements. The price tag for the private event runs at

$10,000 per couple and with space for only 120, tickets are selling

quickly.

While the exact location of the event is being kept tightly under

wraps, we do know that two of Vancouver’s most valuable jewels,

the mountains and ocean, will act as the stunning backdrop. The

evening’s theme colours are envy green and chocolate brown, and

guests will get a taste of both. Coloured diamonds, on display courtesy

of Carats fi ne jewellers, are sure to turn guests’ eyes a little

green, while Roger’s Chocolates will be on hand to satisfy a different

kind of craving. Guests will be encouraged to try their hand at poker,

while sipping cocktails before dinner. Celebrity players include the

likes of Jeff Ma, a member of the infamous MIT blackjack team,

which was profi led in the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down

the House. Ma’s life is also portrayed in the feature 21, starring

Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey (who plays

a character modelled on Ma). While the all-star cast took Vegas for

millions, Nash’s guests won’t be playing for money; the only thing

they’ll risk losing is face.

Phil Gordon, host of Celebrity Poker on Bravo, will also make an appearance,

along with several star athletes and other famous friends

of Nash. Vancouver restaurateur David Aisenstat, who most recently

opened The Shore Club, will be taking charge of the menu.

THE PRICE TAG PER COUPLE IS $10,000...

Dubbed the hat trick of the summer, the weekend-long festivities

also include the Coast Capital Savings Good Karma Block Party and

the Charity Classic itself, to be held at GM Place on Saturday, July

STEVE NASH UPS THE ANTE

AT HIS CHARITY CLASSIC

PEOPLE

21. The block party promises to be bigger and better than ever, with

live music, a ton of activities and a host of local charities, while the

Charity Classic itself gives Nash the opportunity to play with former

teammates as well as fellow NBA stars.

The money raised has been earmarked for initiatives supported by

the Steve Nash Foundation: the BC Grants Initiative, which provides

funds to organizations that foster health and well-being in children;

the foundation’s Building Hope Through Hoops program, based in

Toronto; and the foundation’s project related to bringing health and

education to children in Paraguay.

Last year almost $300,000 was raised to benefi t the Foundation,

none of which was used to fund the Foundation’s staff or operating

costs. This year, the aim is even higher. The Foundation is shooting

to double that number, with the goal of raising $600,000 to benefi t

kids. Known for his unselfi shness on the court, Nash is once again

proving that his generosity goes beyond the sidelines.

For further details visit www.stevenash.org. For information on tickets

to Carats: Diamonds at Sunset e-mail rsvp@charityclassic.org or

call 604.733.7171. For tickets to the Charity Classic go to

www.ticketmaster.ca or call 604.280.4400.

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COVER

“(DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY)

WAS REALLY EXCITED

WHILE HE WAS FILMING IT.

BUT I MEAN I CAN SEE WHY.

IT’S BEAUTIFUL.”

BEAUTY

TRANSFORMED

BY FRED TOPEL PHOTOS BY MJ KIM/IMAGE.NET

Transformers is full of familiar faces to fans. Optimus Prime,

Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream and more get revamped

for the new millennium, but still remain unmistakable.

Even the human cast is full of the likes of Jon Voight,

Jon Turturro, Anthony Anderson and newer stars like Shia LaBeouf,

Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel.

Director Michael Bay discovered some fresh female faces for his heroines.

Australian Rachael Taylor plays a braniac computer analyst, and

All-American Megan Fox plays the hero’s love interest and partner in

battle. Fox’s character, Mikaela, is a high school beauty who dumps

her jock boyfriend for nerdy Sam Witwicky when the giant robots

start causing trouble.

Still a teenager when she fi lmed her fi rst major movie, Fox has

had quite a Hollywood ride. Moving from America’s Southeast, she

jumped right into fi lm and television with guest roles on sitcoms and

supporting roles in teen movies. Now she’s a kick-ass action heroine

with the whole world open to her.

INFAMOUS: Obviously Michael Bay casts beautiful women in his

movies. How do you get beyond that and fi nd the character?

Megan Fox: Well, I think the writers wrote her as a very respectable

female character. She was strong and she was different. And she was

relatable and all of these things so it wasn’t really up to me. The writers

did a great job.

INF: How did it feel to get that glowing Liv Tyler shot?

MF: I didn’t realize what was happening while we were making it. I

just remember Mike was really excited while he was fi lming it. But I

mean I see why. It’s beautiful.

INF: Bay is a real character himself. How hard did he push you?

MF: He pushed me but he had to, not in a negative way. To push me

to be tougher to maybe do some of that action that maybe I wasn’t

prepared to do. I needed that.

INF: What was the hairiest thing you did yourself?

MF: We’ve done a lot of crazy stuff like that. For me personally, I had

to break a window, an actual car window with safety glass and all of

that. Mike likes everything very realistic, so I had to break it with a

sledgehammer and then he wanted me to reach inside and open the

car door, so I’m scraping my arm across the glass to get in. It wasn’t

high action — it was just actually like I had shards of glass sticking in

my arm afterwards. It’s real. So for me, that was probably the hairiest

thing.

INF: What was the audition process like with Bay and Steven Spielberg?

MF: It was long for me. I had like eight different meetings over the

span of maybe a month, a month and a half. And there’s a lot of other

people you have to convince as well. It’s not just those two. It’s like a

mass amount of people who have to believe in you.

INF: Was that intimidating?

MF: I mean, particularly for me because I’m kind of coming out of nowhere.

I’m completely unknown so it’s very intimidating. But then he

brought me in for chemistry reasons with Shia and I really like Shia

and got along with Shia. I think that helped me.

INF: What fi nally got you the job?

MF: I think a lot of girls that were coming out for it were blonde, actually,

and I think the fact that I was dark-haired played a part in it, the

aesthetic of it. The other female lead is blonde and they had already

cast her, I think, so they wanted me to be opposite. And I just think

Shia and I do have some sort of chemistry that worked well.

Continued on page 25 »

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MEGAN FOX

« Continued from page 23

INF: Were you a Transformers fan?

MF: I did watch the cartoon. I was a bigger Ninja Turtles fan if I’m

going to be honest, with Vanilla Ice in the second one. But I did

watch the cartoon and I did like the cartoon. It was really entertaining.

I remember when they would always come back from commercial

break, they had the one animatic. I don’t remember which

Autobot it was but he was like a motorcycle and he would transform

in midair into a robot.

INF: Is that unusual for girls to be so into Transformers or TMNT?

MF: I don’t think so. I don’t think you can generalize girls as saying

they all like to play with Barbies or whatever, but I was a tomboy so

I liked all of that kind of stuff. I found it very interesting.

INF: Are you disappointed there are no female Transformers in the

movie?

MF: Not really. Can’t say that I am. I think that would be lame. Kind

of like I don’t think women should be rock stars.

“I DON’T THINK YOU CAN GENERALIZE

GIRLS AS SAYING THEY ALL LIKE TO

PLAY WITH BARBIES OR WHATEVER…

I WAS A TOMBOY SO I LIKED ALL

THAT (TRANSFORMERS) STUFF.”

INF: Why will girls want to see this?

MF: I’m not the person to ask because I don’t really relate to women

that well, but the CG in this movie is incredible. Just that alone, I

think is reason for anybody to go see it — but the love story. There’s

a really great kiss at the end. All girls like the kiss in Spider-Man

and all that shit, so that’ll be in here also. It’s just a sick movie.

Everybody’s going to want to be a part of it because it’s so big.

INF: Why don’t you relate to women well?

MF: I just never have. I grew up, all my friends were boys growing

up and I liked playing in the dirt and all of that. I liked sports and

windsurfi ng, surfi ng. I’m just not very girlie.

INF: How did you get into acting in the fi rst place?

MF: I was in high school. I was going to school and I wasn’t really

doing anything that had much to do with acting. But I had known

since I was three that I wanted to be an actress and I wanted to be

out here. I stopped paying attention in school because I was bored.

I couldn’t concentrate because I knew I wanted to be elsewhere, so

I was failing. My mom was like, “Look, you’re going to get fl unked

out so let’s just test you in a correspondence school and see what

happens.” I passed immediately and I got to move out here.

INF: Where were you?

MF: I was in Florida.

INF: Why do you think you got the acting bug?

MF: I just feel like I’m destined to be a part of this for some reason.

I can’t tell you what the reason is now but I just feel like in this business

you can be benefi cial to so many people, such a mass amount

of people. I feel that’s something I want to be able to accomplish.

INF: You have some fairly creative tattoos on your arms. Is that a

King Lear quote on your back?

MF: Well it’s adapted so now it just reads, “We will all laugh at

gilded butterfl ies.” Which to me represents, it serves as a warning

sign to be a part of Hollywood and to be wary of it because you

can be one of those girls that falls into it and takes it too far and

becomes obsessed with it. Then the world ends up laughing at you.

You get lost.

INF: How do you avoid that?

MF: I don’t go out and I don’t associate with any of those people

who do any of that stuff.

INF: You just stay home?

MF: Pretty much. I play chess.

INF: When did you start getting tattoos and is that Marilyn Monroe

on your right arm?

MF: It is Marilyn, and I got my fi rst tattoo as soon as I turned 18.

INF: What’s on the other arm?

MF: This was supposed to be tribal waves because I’m really obsessed

with the ocean and I’m a surfer. But it wasn’t done well. The

guy was smoking weed.

INF: Has this movie opened up doors for you?

MF: Yeah, absolutely. It opened every door I could possibly hope for

it to open. It’s a huge movie and this movie is such a start that it’s

helping me a lot.

INF: What kind of things are you looking for now?

MF: I’m doing a movie with Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst in London…,

a dark comedy. My character’s sort of torturous in the movie.

INF: It’s How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Are you playing

the British girlfriend?

MF: No, I’m playing Sophie who is the starlet, the main distraction.

INF: Is she an American or British character?

MF: She was written I think British, but it’ll be American.

INF: Coming to Hollywood, did people say they were producers and

want to help you out, or how did guys try to approach you?

MF: You mean like sleazy, shady people? Romantically, how do

people try to approach me? They don’t. I don’t get approached. I get

like drive-bys. Like people will drive past my car and scream at me

and be like, “I’ll buy you an airplane if you give me your phone number!”

And empty things like that. But no one will come up to me.

INF: Someone offered you an airplane in real life?

MF: What did he say? Guys out here say some crazy shit.

INF: What would you do with an airplane?

MF: I’d fl y in it.

COVER

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Caprice Night Club’s Search for the Next Big

Promoter is underway and continues throughout

the summer. Promoter teams are given a $2000

budget and a liquor sponsor to produce a one-off

party in hopes of claiming victory and bragging

rights. Judging is based on crowd quality, creativity,

attendance, use of budget and level of liquor

sponsor brand awareness.

Team Heineken (Moment Entertainment) kicked

off the competition on June 21st with their Solstice

party, featuring internationally popular DJ

Dave Armstrong as the main attraction, rounded

out with live vocals, drumming and a supporting

cast including local favourite, DJ Leanne and

newcomer DJ Arroghanz.

BY JESSICA GRAJCZYK

END OF AN ERA

GMAN AND RIZK SAY GOODBYE TO ATLANTIS

On June 15th, award-winning promoters GMAN and Rizk

retired their nearly decade-long Friday night collaboration with

Atlantis nightclub. The fi nale of Mash It Up Fridays featured

a star-studded guest list, super VIP treatment, and shots and

champagne all around in true G-and-R fashion. Akon, Kardinall

Offi shall, Red 1, J. Diggz and Teknique the Kingpin were just

some of the big names to drop in, with Akon’s offi cial DJ, Benny

D, throwing down a surprise set, alongside longtime residents

Physik and Goodfellas.

GMAN’s relationship with Atlantis began more than nine years

ago when he played the role of DJ (the club went by the name

of Mars at the time). Mars then morphed into Wett Bar and

approached G to promote their Friday nights, and thus the

legendary Int’l Gold Fridays were born. The night then evolved

just before the end of last year and was renamed Mash It Up

Fridays, incorporating the new mash-up sound dominating the

club scene, and adding DJ Flipout to the weekly lineup.

“Most nights are lucky enough to last a year or two as new hot

spots open and become the new ‘cool,’ explains G. “Maintaining

this for nine years for sure took a lot of hard work, hustle

and creativity.”

Perhaps having over 16 years of promoting experience under

his belt has something to do with it, or the fact that GMAN and

Rizk consistently bring top-notch international talent, keeping

each night as fresh as the fi rst. Kid Capri, Team Canada, Starting

From Scratch, Baby Yu and Fatman Scoop are just a few of

the big names that have headlined at their nights. So why put

an end to such a good thing?

THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT BIG PROMOTER CONTINUES…

Coming up on July 12th is Team Red Bull (Saga

Promotions) aka Katy Crawford, Rob MacQuisten,

Steve MacQuisten, and Neil Currie. Their party

will have an “old Hollywood glam” theme, complete

with old school decorations in a classic

colour scheme mimicking the glamorous style of

the ’30s and ’40s.

Team Red Bull’s entertainment lineup includes a

burlesque show, and tag-team House DJ sets featuring

DJ Zeus, J-Ling, and DJ Self, followed by DJ

Kamm and CK Slo warming it up for headliner Phil

Hart. Local favourite percussionist Drumaddict

(aka Bobby James), will also be on hand doing

what he does best.

“It’s not even about winning for me,” says Currie.

“I’m just happy to bring people together and see

them have a good time. It’s the best feeling in the

world!”

Team Hpnotiq (Jam Packed Productions),

composed of Jerin Mece, Adam Mah and Dan

Pangman, will be up next on July 26th. Their

night will be an extravagant “Monte Carlo dream

world”, complete with a red carpet, limo service,

promo girls, Hpnotiq tasting bar, assorted fruit

plates and House music provided by DJs Sean

Gallagher and Timeline (voted Best Electronica DJ

in Vancouver).

The proceeds from Team Hpnotiq’s party will

“Well it was coming up on our nine-year anniversary and I have

a lot of other business going on, and really just thought it was

time to go out on top as we did with Grande Wednesdays at Sonar

— which was a seven-year run. To be honest, after throwing

everything I had at it, I got bored. I mean, you try spending

every single Friday night at one place for nine years straight.

That’s about 468 Friday nights spent at one spot. Don’t get me

wrong, as we had some amazing times along the way and the

love of music kept me going... but it was really just time.”

Although their Friday nights at Atlantis are over, GMAN and

Rizk have no intention of slowing down. Big Up Saturdays

at Plush is still going strong and the team will be producing

some special one-off events in the future. Rizk has an exciting

new club night in the works, and G plans to keep working

with his clothing distribution business (Timebomb Trading)

which is “going bananas right now,” taking him to Toronto

for a Caribana party with Swizz Beats, Cipha Sounds and Mic

Boogie. And don’t forget Livestock with three retails shops running,

including the newly opened Toronto location. Look out for

their Live Block Party this summer.

“There are some real big plans for down the road that Rizk and

I have in the works, but I’ll keep that in the can for now. Much

love on this interview and shouts to Infamous for all the support!

Hit up www.gmanandrizk.com to see what’s up any time.”

NIGHTLIFE

go towards two charities: Help Lesotho, which

supports children affected by HIV/AIDS (www.

helplesotho.ca); and The Kelty Foundation, which

raises awareness of the effects of depression on

young people (www.thekeltyfoundation.org).

Jerin believes his team will win because they are

focusing on giving everyone the VIP treatment.

“We just want people to dress up, get in a limo or

party bus, and enjoy the nightlife.”

Get your tickets ($10) to each party at Clubzone.

com or at the door (967 Granville Street) and

judge the best for yourself.

Jessica Grajczyk

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KICKSTART YOUR FILM

DIRECTING CAREER

If you read our feature last month on the fi ve

2006 KickStart directors, envied them, and

wondered how you too could become a famous

director, you’re at the right entry.

Submission deadline for the 13th annual 2008

KickStart Program is Friday, Sept. 7. Headed by

the DGC and BC Film, prizes include production

assistance from Finale Editworks, Post Modern

Sound and Sharpe Sound, along with a $20,000

cash grant. Write a script, fi nd a mentor, submit

your entry and hope to land a spot once shared

by alumni like Mina Shum and Guy Bennett.

Keep in mind you need some experience (postsecondary

grad, fi lm school grad, or experience

in the fi lm industry), you have only a year to

complete your project, and you’ll probably

never have worked so hard in your life.

www.dgcbc.com

FASHION RETAIL

Company: Parasuco

Position: Sales Associate

Part-time position (12-40 hours), generous

compensation package with hourly wage and

commission program. Individuals with a career

interest in fashion sales are preferred.

Cover and resumé to Vancouver@parasuco.com,

or visit the store at 630 Granville.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Company: Leap In Entertainment

Position: Web Developer

Seeking innovative web developers with 2-3

years professional experience to help create a

novel social networking product. Candidates

should be highly versatile in PHP/MySQL or

a similar platform, and familiarity with AJAX

development is a benefi t. Experience with the

ins and outs of tools such as phpBB, WordPress,

MediaWiki, LiveJournal, etc. will also be a plus.

We’d like to work with a creative individual with

passion for evolving the emergent environment

of blogs and social networks online. Starting

immediately, this is a contract position designed

for 6-8 weeks of FT work, with the possibility

of continuing consultation with the company. If

possible, please link to a portfolio of previous

work in your e-mail.

Resumé and cover to:

job-358292596@craigslist.org

WEB TV

Company: Riptown Media

Position: Content Specialist – Web TV

Riptown.com Media (www.riptown.com) is looking

for intelligent, creative, and energetic individuals

to join us as we create a new future in

online entertainment. All applicants must have

the ability and desire to thrive in a fast-moving

team environment. The Content Specialist

works with the Interactive TV team to prepare

copy, video and images in the development of

entertainment properties. This role requires a

blend of creativity, planning skills and a passion

for the web. The pace is fast, the deadlines are

hard, but the opportunity is ideal for someone

eager to experiment and help drive the content

strategy for interactive projects. More info at

riptown.com. To apply, send an e-mail with your

cover letter and resumé to careers.design@

riptown.com. Please include Content Specialist

– WebTV in the subject line.

SPORTS MARKETING

Company: Riptown Media

Position: Marketing Analyst, Sports

We are currently looking for a Marketing Analyst,

Sports, to join our growing Analytics and

Business Intelligence team. Someone smart,

enthusiastic and technical, with a passion for

crunching data and the know-how to present

key fi ndings with clarity and intelligence to

decision-makers. The successful candidate will

be equally comfortable drawing business conclusions

and presenting to key stakeholders as

they are with writing code and performing mathematical

analysis. More info at riptown.com.

To apply, please send your cover letter and

resumé by e-mail to: careers.analytics@riptown.

com. Please include Marketing Analyst, Sports

in the subject line of your e-mail response.

DOG LOVERS

Company: www.bowzer.biz

Position: U.S. Sales Director

Are you crazy about dogs? Does the urban

doggy lifestyle work for you too? Welcome to

www.bowzer.biz — the world’s fi rst and fastestgrowing

doggy e-zine. If it’s happening in the

doggy industry — we’ve got it fi rst! Vancouverborn,

our daily e-zine is about all the things you

want and need to know if you own a dog. We’re

a fun little story right to your inbox, each day

— absolutely free! Visit our site at www.bowzer.

biz to see what our e-zine is all about and subscribe

to get a sense of how it all works.... Our

sales director will work to secure leads with dog

and pet companies across North America looking

to advertise their brands online. Assisting in

the creative messaging, you’ll be responsible for

developing sales and building our client base.

Compensation: Above-standard commission

package and small monthly base. Please include

salary expectations in submission.

Resumé and cover to bowzerjobz@gmail.com.

ARCHITECTURE MARKETING

Company: McFarlane, Green + Biggar

Position: Marketing Director

McfarlaneGreen + Biggar ARCHTECTURE +

DESIGN are looking for an experienced full-time

marketing director for our energetic architectural

fi rm located in North Vancouver. The position

is the only marketing position for the 24-person

fi rm and includes the following responsibilities:

Leading our marketing and PR strategy, RFP

and PFQ responses, website maintenance and

development coordination, preparation and

maintenance of our project database, preparation

of general marketing materials, award

submissions, media releases, general graphic

support/coordination (Adobe Suite is encouraged)

and general client and offi ce support.

Send PDF resumés and graphics to:

employment@mgb-architecture.ca. Indicate

software and other relevant skills.

TOP OPPORTUNITIES THIS MONTH

WEB MARKETING

Company: Inveslogic Inc.

Position: Internet Marketing Manager/

Project Manager

We are seeking to fi ll a full-time position with

an individual who can work in our Vancouver offi

ces offsite/onsite starting immediately. If you

are the type of person who thrives on assuming

responsibility and lives to be on the cutting

edge of Internet marketing, we are looking for

you. We offer signifi cant advancement opportunities

plus an aggressive performance-driven

bonus structure for the right candidate. This

position is ideally suited to someone who has

had extensive experience with the development

of online marketing campaigns focused on organic

traffi c growth. Experience in the launch of

new websites or blogs is an asset. Your time will

be spent providing online marketing and project

management support to our social media

agency operations and our corporate development

programs. In this role you’ll be responsible

for the ongoing launch of new blogs and websites

plus day-to-day web marketing programs.

Over the next four months we will be launching

a minimum of four websites and up to six blogs.

This position includes the management of a

junior Internet marketing staff member. More

info at inveslogic.com.

Resumé and cover to jobs@inveslogic.com.

CAREERS

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TEAM CANADA

July 2 Republic

Our favourite Canadian mashup duo, hailing

from Montreal.

Go Team!

9pm-3am, $6

www.clubzone.com

WARPED TOUR

July 3 Thunderbird Stadium

The mother of all festivals makes its annual

visit. Spend an

afternoon with the kiddies.

$85

ticketmaster.ca

HED KANDI BEACH PARTY

July 5 Celebrities

Bring your bikinis and summer garb! With DJ

Andy Daniels,

Meesh and Skilla.

9pm-3am, $30

www.clubzone.com

STEVE LAWLER

July 5 Caprice

Progressive electro house. With Tyler Johnson

and Nima.

9pm-3am, $20

www.clubzone.com

MARTINEZ BROS

July 7 Ginger 62

Teenage brothers currently blowing up the

international

house scene with their sexy, soulful mix.

9pm-3am, $15

clubzone.com


VANCOUVER DMC

CHAMPIONSHIP

July 8 Richard’s

With special guest Grandwizzard Theodore,

the inventor of

the scratch.

8pm-2am, $15 at Livestock, Beatstreet, Zulu,

Dipt, Underworld

www.clubzone.com

TRAGICALLY HIP

July 12 GM Place

Classic Canadian good guys.

7:30pm, $39.50-$75.50 www.ticketmaster.ca

DEFTONES

July 10, 11 and 12 Commodore

Three consecutive shows in one city = famous

rock band. With From First to Last and

Die Mannequin. 10th and 11th SOLD OUT.

8pm, $37.50

ticketmaster.ca

POLYPHONIC SPREE

July 13 Commodore

Choral symphonic rock group consisting of

about 25 members. That includes the choir.

With Jesca Hoop.

9pm, $25 Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat

www.ticketmaster.ca

BOBBITO GARCIA

July 18 Republic

AKA Kool Bob Love. With DJs Hedspin and

Flipout, also the

Livestock CD Release Party.

9pm-3am, $10 at Livestock or $12 at xxxx

www.clubzone.com

DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN

July 19 Richard’s

Original Hiero crew member returns to Vancouver

— with A-Plus, Josh Martinez, Bukue

One and Zac Hendrix.

Showtime 10pm sharp, $22.50 at Zulu, Dipt,

Livestock, Beatstreet and www.clubzone.

com

SILVERCHAIR

July 21 Commodore

Who knew this Aussie threesome was still a

band? Sadly, tween heartthrob Daniel Johns

got married, ladies.

9pm, $29.50 www.ticketmaster.ca

MARTINEZ BROTHERS


GURU’S JAZZMATAZZ

July 25 Commodore

Yummy jazz-infused hip hop.

9pm, $25 at Highlife, Zulu, Beatstreet and

www.ticketmaster.ca

SHARAM JEY

July 27 Celebrities

Stereotype Fridays brings us Sharam Jey

with DJs Timeline and Julian Chow.

9pm-3am, $15-$20

clubzone.com

MASTA ACE

July 28 Richard’s

“Sittin’ on chroooooome” — with Wordsworth

and Strickline. Also presenting

Marco Polo, Attic & Moss with their MPC

noisemakers.

9pm, $17

www.clubzone.com

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

July 28 Centre for Performing Arts

Melodramatic pianist belts out sappy tunes.

Bring a hanky.

With Sarah Slean.

7pm, $20.50-$39.50

ticketmaster.ca

RYAN ADAMS

July 28 Orpheum

If the music isn’t enough to entertain you,

Adams’s explosive

personality should do the trick.

7pm, $25-$40

ticketmaster.ca

VANCOUVER PRIDE WEEK

July 28-Aug 6, various locations

Vancouver’s annual gay pride festival.

www.vancouverpride.ca for schedule of

events.

THE FRAY

July 29 Deer Lake Park, Burnaby

How do you save a life? Start by going to

see The Fray in concert.

5pm, $40+

www.ticketmaster.ca

BEST DAYS + NIGHTS OUT THIS MONTH

SHARAM JEY

Marine Drive Golf Club

Tuesday, September 25

7425 Yew Street

Doors open 6:30pm

Register online at

www.whitesatinweddingshows.com

Call for tickets 604-831-2252

or 604-765-7260

FREE ADMISSION

Door Prizes, Refreshments and

Gift Bag for Every Bride to Be.

HOT 20

Delta Town & Country Inn

Sunday, October 14

6005 Hwy 17 & Hwy 99

Doors open 2:00pm

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