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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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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.
URBAN BARN KEEPS
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
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.
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.
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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
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.
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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
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 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
‘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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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
1118 Mainland Street (at Helmcken) Valet parking nightly from 5 pm
604.689.8318 www.goldfi shkitchen.com
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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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 HOUSE PRESENTS
& 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
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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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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“(DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY)
WAS REALLY EXCITED
WHILE HE WAS FILMING IT.
BUT I MEAN I CAN SEE WHY.
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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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
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
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.”
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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:
software and other relevant skills.
TOP OPPORTUNITIES THIS MONTH
Company: Inveslogic Inc.
Position: Internet Marketing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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July 2 Republic
Our favourite Canadian mashup duo, hailing
July 3 Thunderbird Stadium
The mother of all festivals makes its annual
visit. Spend an
afternoon with the kiddies.
HED KANDI BEACH PARTY
July 5 Celebrities
Bring your bikinis and summer garb! With DJ
Meesh and Skilla.
July 5 Caprice
Progressive electro house. With Tyler Johnson
July 7 Ginger 62
Teenage brothers currently blowing up the
house scene with their sexy, soulful mix.
July 8 Richard’s
With special guest Grandwizzard Theodore,
the inventor of
8pm-2am, $15 at Livestock, Beatstreet, Zulu,
July 12 GM Place
Classic Canadian good guys.
7:30pm, $39.50-$75.50 www.ticketmaster.ca
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.
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
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
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.
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
July 25 Commodore
Yummy jazz-infused hip hop.
9pm, $25 at Highlife, Zulu, Beatstreet and
July 27 Celebrities
Stereotype Fridays brings us Sharam Jey
with DJs Timeline and Julian Chow.
July 28 Richard’s
“Sittin’ on chroooooome” — with Wordsworth
and Strickline. Also presenting
Marco Polo, Attic & Moss with their MPC
July 28 Centre for Performing Arts
Melodramatic pianist belts out sappy tunes.
Bring a hanky.
With Sarah Slean.
July 28 Orpheum
If the music isn’t enough to entertain you,
personality should do the trick.
VANCOUVER PRIDE WEEK
July 28-Aug 6, various locations
Vancouver’s annual gay pride festival.
www.vancouverpride.ca for schedule of
July 29 Deer Lake Park, Burnaby
How do you save a life? Start by going to
see The Fray in concert.
BEST DAYS + NIGHTS OUT THIS MONTH
Marine Drive Golf Club
Tuesday, September 25
7425 Yew Street
Doors open 6:30pm
Register online at
Call for tickets 604-831-2252
Door Prizes, Refreshments and
Gift Bag for Every Bride to Be.
Delta Town & Country Inn
Sunday, October 14
6005 Hwy 17 & Hwy 99
Doors open 2:00pm
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Dine, Dance, Sing or Just Relax On The Beach
Party at the “Pipes”, sleep at the Ocean Promenade Hotel
Be sure to check out our new menu
FOR BC LIONS
Draws to be
ATM Cash Machine on location
Open 7 Days a week
10:00am to 11:00pm
July Specials. See In Store for Details.
Enquire within to get $1.50 off regular retail prices.
Seniors Specials Monday 10% Off.
The NEW Jam Night
with Glen Pearson
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Award Winning DJ &
A Cornerstone of White Rock for over 26 years. We are proud of the reputation we have for
being “The place to be on the beach”. We serve only the best quality beers & fine hearty
pub foods. At any one time our customers can choose from 15 ales and 1 draft cider.
“ ‘Tini Tuesday
TWOFORONEON ALL MENU ITEMS
Sandpiper Pub welcomes all
Canada Cup players, spectators,
volunteers and participants this 2007
Canada Cup June 30th - July 8th.
after 7pm • Sunday - Wednesday
Some restrictions apply
on the big
15595 Marine Drive
White Rock • 604-531-7625
(5 Corners Clock Tower)