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BeatRoute Magazine BC Print Edition February 2018

BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise. The paper started in June 2004 and continues to provide a healthy dose of perversity while exercising rock ‘n’ roll ethics. Currently BeatRoute’s AB edition is distributed in Calgary, Edmonton (by S*A*R*G*E), Banff and Canmore. The BC edition is distributed in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. BeatRoute (AB) Mission PO 23045 Calgary, AB T2S 3A8 E. BeatRoute (BC) #202 – 2405 E Hastings Vancouver, BC V5K 1Y8 P. 778-888-1120


CITY BOTTOMS UP WITH CAM BROWN AT CLOUGH CLUB GLENN ALDERSON Cam Brown shakes things up as head bartender at Clough Club. HOW DID YOU START BARTENDING? I fell into it as most do. I had just moved back to Kelowna from Vancouver to start college. I was freshly 19 and hadn’t spent much time in any bars and wasn’t really interested in it. I had a friend who was working at a nightclub as a bar back and they needed more people. He knew I needed a job and kept bugging me to join him. I eventually did and really enjoyed it. I kept working in nightclubs and a lounge called Avenue for four years while I finished college. After graduating I moved to Vancouver and started working for the Donnelly Group. HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE CLOUGH CLUB? I’ve been full time at Clough Club for about three months now. I’ve done a couple guest shifts and events over the last couple years. BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love hosting people and being creative. This industry is really unique where you get to host a party every night and get the joy of making your guests’ night, every night. This could be with a great drink, good conversation or just the vibe we create in our venue. I went to school for 3D animation so I’ve always enjoyed being creative. There are so many unique flavours and techniques it really is never ending what you can do behind the bar. Also this job allows me to travel around the world. Almost every two months at least I’m off somewhere for an event, competition or convention. 14 FAVOURITE DRINK TO MAKE? My favourite drink to make would be whatever my guest is in the mood for. It’s always a conversation and then I go from there. I don’t go to work to make drinks for myself. If it’s a beer and a shot or a unique cocktail it really doesn’t matter to me. It’s more about being hospitable and creating experiences, which can vary guest to guest. That said, we do have some really interesting cocktails on our menu such as the “it’s not you it’s me,” which is like a gin, cucumber, mint smoothie using a blender to cheat dilution and garnished with lemon zest, mint and rose flower water. GO-TO ON A NIGHT OFF? On a night off I’m usually at Keefer Bar. Great team, atmosphere and usually have something exciting and new in the way of cocktails. My go-to drink is usually a pint of Guinness or a light beer depending where I am. I also like seeing what other bartenders are excited about so I do drink a lot of dealer’s choice cocktails. TELL US ABOUT THE GREATEST NIGHT YOU’VE EVER HAD AT WORK. The best nights are any nights you have a good room of friends, family and great guests drinking and having a good time. THE WORST? The worst nights are the ones where you are not prepared and things get chaotic instead of smooth, the way they should be. Clough Club is located at 212 Abbott St. DI BEPPE VETERAN RESTAURATEURS STRIKE GOLD WITH AUTHENTIC CAFÉ-RESTAURANT WILLEM THOMAS Sometimes, a miscalculation can actually be of benefit. For the Kitchen Table Restaurant Group (of Ask For Luigi and Pourhouse fame), their venture on the corner of Cordova and Carrall, Joe’s Pizza, didn’t quite meet their expectations. While its Roman-style pizza was well-received, its counter service and cafeteria-like atmosphere never quite felt right in the large, unique character space. So a rework was needed. By saving Joe’s Pizza with a logical move out to UBC and its ravenous students, they were ready to elevate their Gastown address into something special. Enter Di Beppe, which essentially translates to “Joe’s” from Italian. Di Beppe isn’t your average Italian eatery. The space has been split into two distinct halves – a café and a restaurant – creating a particularly welcoming blend of casual and quasi-upscale dining. The restaurant side avoids any off-putting attributes of fine-dining, like vexing price points, but still gives guests the same level of quality in food and overall experience. Di Beppe’s café side feels like another establishment altogether, with a totally different design and separate offerings on the menu. Both sides work in conjunction smoothly due to the central bar that passes through each room. Guests enter through the café on Cordova, which operates through the day and into night service, and after 5 p.m., seating in the restaurant begins. Whether your knowledge of Italian food extends only so far as The Godfather Part II’s closing scene or you’re visiting Vancouver from Italy itself, Di Beppe should be able to accommodate and surprise you. As is to be expected if you’ve visited any of the group’s other establishments, proper care has been implemented, with highly knowledgeable staff members able to properly explain and recommend fare on both sides of the room. Their dedicated Italian coffee program, led by Chris Giannakos (who has worked with Revolver Coffee) exemplifies this care. “Every drink here should feel like you went to your Italian uncle’s house, and we take huge pride in making our coffee the proper way,” he says. “Most places in Vancouver can’t do a true Italian cappuccino. That’s one of main things we’re doing differently here.” Both sides of the establishment already seemed to be operating in a well-rehearsed capacity when BeatRoute visited, despite only having opened a week prior. Not papering up and hiding from view, passers-by could peek in the large windows and see as Di Beppe took shape. What emerged is a wholly original, authentic Italian restaurant that will most likely be jam-packed into the new year. Make sure to try a corretto – “The ultimate 5 o’clock pick-me-up,” says GM Matthew Morgenstern – while waiting for your table. Di Beppe is located at 8 West Cordova Street. The Kitchen Table Restaurant Group elevate their Gastown presence with Di Beppi. Photo by Chris Giannakos February 2018

TABOO NAUGHTY BUT NICE SEX SHOW SKIN DEEP SEX-POSITIVE ATTITUDES CONTINUE TO BREAK BARRIERS IN SHOW’S 17TH YEAR WITH NINA CHWELOS, STICKS AND STONES YASMINE SHEMESH HOGAN SHORT CITY Since it began in 2001, the Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show has been continuously breaking down social and societal barriers that exist around human sexuality. “The main objectives have always been to entertain, educate, promote the importance of sexpositive attitudes and connect adult consumers with all different types of adult companies and the products they sell,” says show director Kevin Blackburn. “When people have sex-positive attitudes, they are open-minded which allows them to build an extensive healthy understanding of human sexuality in general. That understanding builds self-confidence and acceptance of others. At the Taboo Show, we don’t discriminate. There is something there for everyone. It is primarily why the Show was started and what makes it unique from any other Show in North America.” With an ever-growing number of both exhibitors and attendees over the past 17 years of Taboo’s run in Vancouver in mind, Blackburn describes the city’s alternative sex scene as very diverse. “Vancouver is a very sexually open city. You have everything in Vancouver and nobody is afraid to show it.” Taboo prides itself on always being a step ahead of the trend and, this year, the Show’s highlights include male strippers, sensual parties that feature naked yoga, educational seminars covering every sexual topic imaginable (sexologist speaker Dr. Jess O’Reilly is a headliner), and an extensive area for exploring kink. The highlights are simply a reflection of today’s Sex positive, body positive — There is something for everyone at the Taboo Show. growing sex trends, Blackburn says, even attributing some of them — and some more relaxed approaches — to a certain popular film. “People are just generally more open to trying new things nowadays. Ever since the movie 50 Shades of Grey came out and became mainstream, it’s really kick-started people’s ability to be receptive to new ideas.” The Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show runs from February 2-4 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. How many years have you been tattooing? I was 16 when I did my first stick ‘n poke, so if we’re counting that, six years. But professionally, I’ve been tattooing for two years. Why did you start tattooing? I always wanted to be heavily tattooed and I always drew. I couldn’t afford to get tattooed, and when I could, I didn’t have very positive experiences as a young woman getting tattooed, so I bought my first kit when I was 18. I tattooed my legs and my arms and my friends out of my house. How do you view the culture of tatooing in Vancouver? I think we have a wonderfully diverse and amazing tattoo community in Vancouver. Although it may not be very connected, clients in Vancouver have a wide range of very talented artists to choose from. Can you tell us about other projects of yours? I’m in full time design and illustration school at Capilano University, so starting to learn inDesign in September spawned my desire to start a magazine. SCRATCH on is an annual print publication that acts as a platform for self-taught (and otherwise) artists to showcase their work, with a focus on queer and marginalized artists. If you could get tattooed by anybody in the world, who would it be? Tamara Santibanez is an idol in the queer tattoo community living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She’s ridiculously talented, steadfast, and deserves all the acclaim and respect she has received. I think what makes her so fascinating to me is her wonderful fine art practices that break down cultural barriers and explore her identity. FRIDAY LATE NIGHT MOVIES! 19+ VALID ID FOR BAR SERVICE VISIT WWW.RIOTHEATRETICKETS.CA FOR SHOW TIMES & TICKET PRICES FEB 2 GROUNDHOG DAY FEB 9 THE ROOM FEB 16 THE DARK CRYSTAL FEB 23 RAISING ARIZONA MARCH 2 ICHI THE KILLER February 2018 15

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