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BeatRoute Magazine BC Print Edition April 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


WITH THE HERBAL CHEF, CHRISTOPHER SAYEGH LAUREN DONNELLY World-renowned chef Christopher Sayegh brings the high to haute cuisine this month with a pop-up feast for the senses. Let him prime your palette for 4/20 with his pioneering take on cannabis-complemented cuisine. For two nights only, April 6 and 7, at a top-secret location, Sayegh will guide Vancouver diners through a multicourse experience combining local ingredients with THC and CBD extracts. And this isn’t your average edible experience. Chef Sayegh is a Michelin-trained chef whose eightcourse tasting menu is a true adventure down the rabbit hole. Sayegh’s done his research, putting his background in science to good use. He’s studied the endocannabinoid system, extraction methods, and vetted sources to make sure the dining experience is meaningful to guests looking to heighten their dining with light doses of cannabis. Featuring locally-sourced ingredients — including wares from local partners like the Quarry and Aura Cannabis –– the emphasis is on quality and community. Sayegh’s soiree aims to destigmatize cannabis by fusing fine dining with local wine pairings, music, and stimulating conversation –– is this heaven? We spoke to the Herbal Chef to find out what makes Mary Jane such a great dinner guest. BR: What’s the biggest misconception about cannabis-infused cuisine? CS: That it’s either a gimmick or it’s easy. It’s neither. Cooking with cannabis is definitively harder than cooking without it. The logistics alone create another layer of hardship on top of running a restaurant. BR: You say you want people to experience food, not just eat it. How does cannabis enrich the dining experience? CS: Cannabis is a sensory enhancer. So while we send out our timed and specifically dosed menu we can see diners embark on and enjoy the culinary journey we have set forth. It helps enrich the smells, the flavours, the atmosphere and the overall energy of the meal. It’s a new way to experience fine dining. BR: How do art and music add to the dining experience? CS: Because cannabis enhances the senses, it’s important to have art and music that create a distinct atmosphere as well as stimulate conversation based around the composition. It elevates the dining experience. CS: Oh boy... back when I was first starting out it was very difficult to get lab tests for the concentrates which is not how I like to do things. Long story short, I was bamboozled by the person I was purchasing the extract from, because it was more potent than what they said. I ate a small amount of the edibles I made with it and completely lost it for the next eight hours. In fact the only reason I think it lasted eight hours instead of two days was because I threw up everything a couple hours later. I was so high I couldn’t focus on anything but trying not to toss my cookies. There’s quite a bit more to this story, but I’ll leave it at this…don’t fuck around with edibles if you don’t know the potency. BR: What’s your favourite music to listen to while cooking? CS: The genre depends on how much work is left to do. If we have a ton of catching up to do, I need a pump up –– hip-hop and rap, something along the lines of Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, or Logic. If we’re on track with our prep and are smooth sailing I enjoy listening to something chill –– Masego, FKJ, Mura Masa. If I have no worries at all (like I’m cooking for friends/family) I enjoy some Frank Sinatra. BR: Favourite music to listen to while smoking? (Do you smoke?) CS: I love to smoke and usually prefer a joint. I do not, however, smoke while I’m cooking or allow any of my staff to as we need full focus to execute our dinners. While I smoke I like to listen to a combination of the above with some classical music. BR: The Pharcyde’s “Pack the Pipe” or Cypress Hill’s “Hits from the Bong”? CS: If I had to choose out of only these two, I’d say Cypress Hill’s Hits from the Bong. We actually catered a Cypress Hill party on a rooftop venue called Green St a while back. BR: Tell us a bit about this dinner, what can Vancouver expect from the experience? CS: Vancouver can expect a culinary showcase first and foremost. Made with ingredients that we go out and source ourselves either by hand from the ground, off our fishing poles or from the farmers themselves. They can expect a subtle shift in their perception as the dinner continues. Guests will go from an excited anticipation to a euphoric sensation before finishing the evening in blissful relaxation. As their moods shift, the food and the music will help their heightened senses get the most out of the experience. Chef Sayegh hosts two pop-up dinners in Vancouver on April 6 and 7, and space is limited. The dinners begin at 7 p.m., and their location will be revealed just prior to the event. Tickets cost $200 (including gratuity and a gift bag). Enquire about tickets here: and find out more about the Herbal Chef at 4 BR: Remember that cop who called 911 when he ate too many edibles? Have you ever had any bad experiences while experimenting? Chef Christopher Sayegh serves up a feast for the senses, priming your palette for 4/20. April 2018

CITY BRIEFS! BC Distilled Métis Mutt The Railway Stage & Beer Café Verboden Festival World Ski and Snowboard Festival ART! VANCOUVER APRIL 19-22 AT VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE This annual fair features artists, art workshops, panel discussions, and more. Now in its fourth edition, Art! Vancouver aims to promote the international art scene in Western Canada. Look for works by artists like Sudan photographer Nihal Omer alongside local talent like landscape painter Jenna Robinson. INCITE: CRAFTING CREATIVE NON- FICTION APRIL 11 AT VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY In this free event presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest, four female writers from diverse backgrounds discuss how they’ve used the nonfiction genre to spur discussions on today’s issues. The evening features Room Magazine managing editor Chelene Knight, former This Magazine editor Lauren McKeon, feminist activist Judy Rebick, and Globe and Mail columnist Elizabeth Renzetti. THE GATEWAY SHOW APRIL 20 AT RICKSHAW THEATRE Celebrate 4/20 with stand-up comedians Ivan Decker (Just for Laughs), Maggie Maye (Conan), Myles Webber (MTV), and Sophie Buddle (Kevin Hart’s LOL), as they attempt to tell their best jokes after smoking way too much weed. BRICKCAN 2018 PUBLIC LEGO EXHIBITION APRIL 21-22 AT RIVER ROCK CASINO The largest public exhibition of LEGO in BC is back. Stop by the River Rock Casino to check out hundreds of amazing models built by LEGO enthusiasts from all over the world. THE RAILWAY STAGE & BEER CAFÉ CELEBRATES 85TH ANNIVERSARY APRIL 6-8 AT THE RAILWAY STAGE & BEER CAFÉ Since it originally opened in 1932 as a private club for CPR workers, the Railway has been a Vancouver mainstay for live music. The iconic, historic venue is celebrating its milestone 85th birthday with — what else? — a weekend full of music, with performances from local bands including Hey Ocean! and Said The Whale. BC DISTILLED APRIL 14 AT CROATIAN CULTURAL CENTRE The largest spirits event in the country for local makers celebrates its fifth annual edition on April 14. Featuring 40 distilleries from around the province, including Deep Cove Brewers, Odd Society, and Tumbleweed Craft Distillery, the event also includes bites from Forage and Juniper. VERBODEN FESTIVAL APRIL 13-15 AT THE WALDORF, 333, AND THE ASTORIA Vancouver’s only darkwave music festival will feature more than 30 artists from all around the world. Glasgow’s Soft Riot and Seattle’s Charlatan will perform alongside local bands like ACTORS, Spectres, and Ghost Twin. The festival is completely DIY and community-run. MÉTIS MUTT APRIL 25-MAY 5 AT FIREHALL ARTS Sheldon Elter writes and stars in this recounting of his difficult childhood, having grown up in an abusive household while experiencing discrimination because of his culture. Elter combines stand-up comedy, original music, and multi-character vignettes to explore who he is and what’s important to him. WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL APRIL 10-15 IN WHISTLER In this jam-packed weekend, North America’s largest festival of snow sports, music, and art celebrates the finals of the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships, hosts the annual OLYMPUS 72hr Filmmaker Showdown, and provides a platform for local artists to showcase their work. There will also be live performances from A Tribe Called Red and DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well as parties throughout Whistler Village. April 2018 5

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