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CONTENTS

DECEMBER 2007

NORTHERN SOUL - A NOD TO MOD

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRENNDAN LAIRD

BRENNDANLAIRD.COM

STYLING

SHIVA SHABANI

NOBASURA.COM

HAIR & MAKEUP

JON HENNESSEY

NOBASURA.COM

MODELS

CONNOR + DANA

RICHARDSMODELS.COM

ART DIRECTION

CALVIN YU

R3SP3CT.COM

Sweater: SNS Turtle Neck $275

available at Jonathan+Olivia

jonathanandolivia.com

Cover Image

Top: Phillip Lim $336

available at Misch

misch.ca

SOCIAL SHOT 5 Slurp & Swirl, Urban Mixer, Flo-go

DRINK + DINE 7-10 Pied à Terre, Yaletown, bubblies

FASHION + STYLE 13-15 Back Bar, Fab Clothing

STYLE PICKS 19 Seven hot items

FASHION FEATURE 21-23 A nod to mod

PEOPLE 25 Dan Wurtele

INFAMOUS HOT 20 28-30 Bon Jovi, NYE events

Editor in Chief

Steve Waters

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Art Director

Calvin Yu

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Copy Editor

Joseph Ruttle

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Contributors

Terri Potratz

Raj Taneja

Daenna Van Mulligen

Cassandra Anderton

Jay Swing

Fred Topel

Jessica Grajcyzk

Garrett Louie

Suzanne Westover

Photographers

Terri Potratz

Fiona Garden

Raj Taneja

Trevor Brady

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Clockwise from top left: Amber Webster, Brian Jessel and Callie Cheveallier at Fortes; Graham Pence and Lisa Cadrain at Opus; Christain Alvarez and Bernard Skilla at Opus; Denyc and Jessica Moser at the Flo-go launch; Slurp and Swirl oystershucking

winner Isaac Martin del Campo with Alex Pina; Tara Parker Tait and Amanda Haines at Fortes.

SLURP & SWIRL, ROUGE OVER ROBSON

STORY AND PHOTOS BY RAJ TANEJA

OPUS BAR GREEN ROOM SESSION

On Thursday, Nov. 29, OPUS Bar played host to the latest

instalment of Heineken’s Green Room Sessions, an invite-only,

multi-sensory music event featuring some of the world’s most

innovative talents. DJs Skilla and Christian Alvarez hit the

decks while attendees sipped on the Dutch beer and enjoyed

artwork by mixed-media artist Amir Aziz. At the main bar,

Sherani and David Volberg of Pearls Auto Spa sampled beverages

with actress and friend Kiara Hunter, while promoters

Devon Ash and Zach Browman mingled with Zeha frontman

Axel Menzler inside the Zeha Shoes VIP Lounge. Host Jens

Marquardt introduced the newest member of his team, Andre

Bender, and members of Yaletown’s party scene including

Naz Bhayani and friends Graham Pence, Lisa Cadrain, Lisa

Kwong, Gabrielle Kam and Amanda Giles savoured the music.

Heineken hosts the 2007 fi nale of the Green Room Sessions on

Dec. 8 on a secret rooftop.

SLURP & SWIRL AT JOE FORTES

Local philanthropists Dotty and Bud Kanke hosted the fi fth

annual Slurp & Swirl at their restaurant, Joe Fortes, on Nov. 7,

highlighting dozens of great sips of bubbly and Vancouver’s

defi nitive oyster-shucking contest. The sensational event benefi

ted the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund

and attracted a fi rst-rate contingent of fi refi ghters in support

of Tony Burke, the fund’s executive director, as well as scores

of beautiful women including singer and actress Kiara Hunter,

CFUN’s Jennifer Thompson, Mark Anthony Group’s Wendy De-

Bodt, Italian Kitchen’s Jeannie Kwon, Vitamin V’s Tara Parker

Tait and DJ Callie Cheveallier. In the end, Isaac Martin del

Campo, formerly of Joe Fortes, now with the Glowbal Group,

took home the crown of Western Canadian Oyster Shucking

Champion, while the event raised over $37,000 for charity.

URBAN MIXER GALLERY SERIES II

Urban Mixer presented the second instalment of its Gallery

Series at TRUNK gallery in Kitsilano on Thursday, Nov. 8. The

location, which also doubles as the luxury auto dealership

auto/ONE, featured an Aston Martin Vantage coupe as the

centrepiece of the room and attracted over 600 art-enthused

revellers, who enjoyed complimentary Whistler Beer, Barefoot

Wine and delicious U’Luvka Vodka cocktails garnished with

an edible wild hibiscus fl ower furnished by the Garnish Girls.

The exhibiting artist, Ottawa-based Heidi Conrod, mingled

and mixed with attendees including philanthropist and human

rights activist Alison Lawton, auto/ONE’s Mike Wood, TRUNK

gallery’s Cecilia Jette, mega-publicist Pamela Groberman

and Senator Larry Campbell. Meanwhile, others enjoyed the

art and music, unrivalled catering by master chefs Kodai Uno

of Toratatsu Restaurant and Connor Butler of the restaurant

bearing his own name. The event, a fundraiser for UNICEF’s

Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign, had artist

Conrod donate 20 per cent of art sales to charity on top of net

proceeds collected at the door. Planning for the next Urban

Mixer event is ongoing and is tentatively scheduled for Feb.

29, 2008.

FLO-GO ENTERTAINMENT DEBUT AT GORG-O-MISH

Flo-go Entertainment, the go-go dancing and hostessing

company headed by model, singer and actress Denyc, held

their debut at after-hours club Gorg-O-Mish on Monday, Nov.

26. The event, with the Flo-go girls dressed as Santa’s sexy

helpers, featured Vancouver native and international sensation

DJ CB Shaw plus Johnny Omega and DJ Timeline, all of whom

set the tone for an excellent evening.

ROUGE OVER ROBSON AT THE PACIFIC PALISADES

Rouge over Robson, a benefi t for the Friends For Life Society

and A Loving Spoonful, raised over $5,000 for the cause on

Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Pacifi c Palisades Hotel. The event,

described as a holiday gift show, featured live and silent auctions,

wine and a taste of Spanish music all wrapped up with

a red ribbon. Organized by the hotel’s Linda Chin, the night

saw Ginger 62 resident DJ G-Luve on the decks while sponsors

Alisa Usher, Curt van Ardenne and Rachel Davis from Clarins

Canada provided $5 mini-makeovers for attendees. Layla

Jaffer, owner of the Bling by Layla jewelry line, organized the

Christmas buying at the event, as attendees moved between

the Merengue, Flamenco and Calypso rooms of the hotel to bid

on silent-auction items.

TAKE A DIP WITH R&B BREWING CO. AT ZIN

Also on Thursday, Nov. 29, R&B Brewery’s Richard Benson and

Rick Dellow put their heads together with Zin Restaurant’s talented

chef de cuisine, Richard Tyhy, to present a multi-course

fondue and beer dinner featuring beer-infused food and beer

pairings to match each course. From passed canapés, to cheddar

fondue containing Red Devil Pale Ale, to the main course

and the two dessert courses, attendees including Darren K.

Stolz and Dean Malone, partners in Plum Living Properties, all

raved about each successive pairing throughout the evening

– especially the beer-infused chocolate fondue dessert. With

the fi rst beer and fondue event by R&B Brewery going off with

such a bang, the company promises to bring many more in the

near future.

SOCIAL SHOT

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HOT NEW RESTAURANT

PIED A

TERRE

BY CASSANDRA ANDERTON

If you’re tired of dining at restaurants that still

haven’t fi gured out their identity and resort to

labelling themselves “fusion,” you’ll rejoice when

you dine at Cambie Street’s new chic dining spot

– Pied à Terre. They’re French, they know it, and they’re

proud of it. There’s no confusion in the gene pool here.

Pied à Terre is the third project brought to us by Parkside

and La Buca owners Andre Durbach and Chris Stewart.

While it may seem they are spreading themselves thin,

there’s been no sign of it during any of our visits.

It’s a small room, decorated with chocolate tones,

comfortable leather seating and classy black-glass

chandeliers and wall sconces. The menu is refi ned

bistro fare. You’ll fi nd the classics such as steak frites,

served with creamed spinach and baked tomato, duck à

l’orange, and coq au vin. The endive salad is generously

bathed in blue cheese, the steak tartare is a must, and

the onion soup alone would warm even the Grinch’s cold

heart. And you’ll still be able to afford your holiday shopping

bills when you dine here, especially if you order the

table d’hote. It’s the three-course and costs $29.50 at

dinner and just $20.07 at lunch.

Pied à Terre is not a place to come merely for drinks.

While the bar area is attractive, there’s no space to hang

about. But don’t think they’ve overlooked the drink side

of the equation. In keeping with the French theme you

can start with aperitifs, such as the Lillet, a Kir Royale or

a Campari and soda. Then move on to wine, as the menu

is screaming out to be paired with le vin. The list is a fi ne

example of what France has to offer. Plenty for fans of

Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire and the Rhone.

We’ve enjoyed dinners here, but we’re thinking lunch

may just be the way to go. They don’t shut the doors to

prepare for dinner, so you can lounge about, have that

extra glass of wine and just forget about going back to

work. I’d recommend going soon, though. Cambie Street

will be open again in no time, and that may be the only

thing keeping the whole city away from this place.

3369 Cambie St. 604.873.3131

www.pied-a-terre-bistro.ca

LUNCH MAY BE THE WAY TO GO: THEY DON’T SHUT

THE DOORS TO PREPARE FOR DINNER, SO YOU CAN

LOUNGE ABOUT, HAVE THAT EXTRA GLASS OF WINE

AND FORGET ABOUT GOING BACK TO WORK.

DRINK & DINE

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Champagne, party favours and a huge countdown to Midnight. Dance, lounge, drink, celebrate with close friends and

ring in the New Year at Bar None.

Enjoy celebratory music all evening from soul to funk to houseand back with Bar None’s resident DJ Marlon J English.

9pm till very late. Tickets are $55 in advance but moving fast!

www.dhmbars.ca

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HOT NEW RESTAURANTS

BACK TO

YALETOWN

BY CASSANDRA ANDERTON

We’ve been rather sick of Yaletown of late. Not that there was anything wrong with all the restaurants

there; in fact many are quite wonderful. It’s just that we’d spent so much time walking up and down

those cobbled sidewalks that we’d worn out several pairs of shoes. And other parts of town were

calling. Commercial phoned many times, as did Main Street, North Vancouver and Gastown. They had

been our haunts this past year. But this fall, we heard of several new places opening in the neighbourhood.

We had to revisit Yaletown, with new shoes and a fresh attitude.

FLITE

The end of Hamilton Street is now much more lively with the addition of Marimekko (the new Finnish

home fashions and clothing store), construction surrounding the soon-to-open Pinkys Steakhouse,

and a new cozy dining establishment christened Flite. Flite is named so because its menu sports

“fl ites.” Flites of wine include fi ve choices of three two-ounce pours with themes such as aromatic

whites or California reds. Flites of food translate to small plates to share, but you can also be selfi sh

and order up a main to work on solo.

The room has drastically changed since its days as a diner. It’s rather lounge-y, with a round bar to sip

at and a raised seating area to dine in. They’ve added some lighting fi xtures that wouldn’t have been

my fi rst choice, but retained the open kitchen concept that I do approve of (I like to watch). It’s the

kind of place where you’ll feel comfortable lingering for a while.

The menu covers a wide range of fl avours. Owners Patrick Greenfi eld, Marnie and chef Campbell Rick

Munsen (ex-Bin) choose to work with locally sourced product and are looking out for the seas by

picking only ocean-wise seafood. Starters not to miss include baby spinach salad with Okanagan goat

cheese and pear, ahi tuna tartare atop seared rice medallions, and Gabriola Island honey mussels.

Portions are generous, so bring a healthy appetite or you’ll need a to-go bag for leftovers. The rigatoni

with short rib Bolognese, the free-range Okanagan chicken breast or the Salt Spring lamb medallion

are all worthy picks. The prices will also impress even the stingiest of accountants.

I’m looking forward to returning to Flite to sample cocktails (a list is in the works) and work through

some more wine and food fl ites. This is just the kind of place I needed to get over my boredom with

Yaletown.

1269 Hamilton Street 604.687.1269 www.fl iterestaurant.com

THE ROOM HAS DRASTICALLY CHANGES

SINCE ITS DAYS AS A DINER. IT’S RATHER

LOUNGE-Y, WITH A ROUND BAR TO SIP

AT AND A RAISED SEATING AREA TO DINE IN.

PLAN B

Whenever we mention this new place, we’re asked, “What’s with the name?” So let’s just get that

out of the way. Plan B’s owner, Glen Cormier, was all set to go in an entirely different location

than where this new gem now stands on Homer Street (replacing Soho Billiards), but the deal fell

through. With his plan A down the drain he promptly recovered and renamed the project Plan B.

And no, it has nothing to do with birth control, so get over it.

Plan B’s concept is contemporary share plates using fresh, seasonal, local cuisine. He romanced

executive chef Ryan Zuvich back from his stint in Europe and put him in charge of the kitchen.

Zuvich has developed a menu that is innovative without getting too carried away. He employs his

knowledge of molecular gastronomy, but doesn’t turn your dinner into a scientifi c experiment.

The fall menu has many dishes that will delight. The diver scallops with crisp Serrano ham and

artichoke chips display a perfect contrast in texture, as does the pork belly with vanilla pork loin

and crackling. Chanterelle risotto with sweet cipollini onions and braised veal cheek is expertly

cooked, and the confi t of duck leg simply must be sampled. It’s served up with kale, beluga

lentils and topped with a tempura egg yolk that bathes the dish in golden glory. And the dishes

really are, as promised, seasonal. We need comfort in the cold season.

This is a place to linger. The room is well-designed with areas to lounge, a comfortable bar and a

more formal dining area in the rear. Cozy seats, exposed brick and dim lighting set the stage for a

date night or evening out with friends. There’s a well-crafted wine and cocktail list. My wine geek

pals and I like to order up a few libations and try to fi nd the perfect wine for each dish — but fear

not, the staff is readily available to guide you through your choices.

Plan B opens conveniently at 4 pm for cocktails; the kitchen stays open until midnight. It’s a good

reason to head down to Yaletown and stay a while.

1144 Homer St. 604.609.0901 www.planblounge.com

DRINK & DINE

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INDUSTRY NEWS

AND NOTES

BY CASSANDRA ANDERTON

• Cocktail wizard David Wolowidnyk

showed his skills in Toronto last month.

He took home the trophy for Canada’s best

cocktail at the Grey Goose taste-off. Stop by

West Restaurant on South Granville to fi nd

out what’s in his “Jolicoeur.”

• On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Olympic athletes

paired up with local chefs for the Gold Medal

Plates fundraiser at the Westin Bayshore.

Competition was tough, but Cioppino’s

chef and owner Pino Posteraro took home

the gold. His dish: porcini mushroom and

chestnut soup, paired with Ontario’s 2006

Pillitteri Chardonnay.

• If we had an Opening Soon fi lming in

Vancouver this month, producers would

have a tough time picking one candidate.

Pinkys Steakhouse is almost complete at

1265 Hamilton and will open a second location

later on at Cypress and Fourth Avenue.

Yew Restaurant + Bar will open in the

Four Seasons Hotel on Dec. 11 and Myala

Indian opens Dec. 6 at 980 Granville. We’ll

also see Fish move from Fourth Avenue to

Yew Street to replace the short-lived Sea

Shanty, and The Moustache Café shuffl es

from Marine Drive to 129 West 2nd in North

Vancouver.

• On the new-menu front there’s cause to

celebrate. Chef Sonsmann has revamped

his dessert list at Brix on Hamilton Street.

Stop in for some white chocolate crème

brulee or maple rhubarb panna cotta. The

Cannery has added a more effi cient and

cost-wise “Chowder Bar” menu. Try salmon

burgers, steak and fries or fi sh and chips.

12th and Cambie’s Figmint has also added

a morning coffee bar with fresh pastries

baked in-house by chef Lee Humphries.

• During December there are a few places

opening up for lunch who usually lock their

doors until the evening. Take the opportunity

to stop by Gastown’s Cobre, Downtown

at Parkside or (just on Friday’s) at C, and

Chow on South Granville. Treat yourself and

friends to the special menus offered.

B.C.’s wineries had a few announcements

this month. Mission Hill was awarded B.C.

winery of the year from Access Magazine.

Tinhorn Creek partnered with Manny

Ferreira of Senova and Le Gavroche and announced

its plans to open a restaurant next

spring. Black Hills announced it would sell

the winery to a limited partnership investment

group with celebrity Jason Priestley

on the board.

COMING EVENTS:

• Monday, Dec. 10 – International Dessert

Wine Tasting with the Vancouver American

Wine Society at the Listel Hotels.

www.vaws.org

• Wednesday, Dec. 12 – Ice Wine Tasting

at Sip Wines in Richmond, 7:30-9 pm $30.

Taste B.C.’s best Ice Wine

• Saturday, Dec. 22 – Township 7 Tasting,

Marquis Wine Cellars, 3-7 pm. Call

604.684.0445 for details

• Wednesday, Jan. 2 – Dine Out Vancouver

reservations begin.

www.tourismvancouver.com

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WINE DIVA

CHAMPERS TIME!

BY DAENNA VAN MULLIGEN

winediva.ca

If (heaven forbid) anyone were to tell me that

for the remainder of my drinking days I could

only quaff one type of wine — carte blanche

— there would be no hesitation.

Champagne.

I can’t tell you why, exactly. It seems

decadent, often pretentious and only for the

wealthy, and yet it’s mysterious and elegant

and divinely diverse. I’ve always thought

it was a crying shame that so many people

relegate Champagne to New Year’s Eve and

weddings. Or that they would mistakenly

lump all bubbly wines into a pile alongside

this très cher French sparkling under the banner

“unattainable.”

Certainly there’s no excuse to avoid bubbly,

what with so many inexpensive alternatives

literally cascading off the wine shelves. Go

ahead, save the Champagne for special occasions

if you must, but the rest of the year

drink Prosecco (Italy), Sekt (Germany), Cremant

(France), Cava (Spain) and other sparkling

wines from around the globe. Many of

these bubbly international offerings are made

just like Champagne, in the time-honoured, laborious,

traditional method — méthod champenoise

— in which the wine goes through a

secondary, bubble-producing fermentation

in the bottle. Many are also made in a bulk

or charmat method, which makes them far

less expensive to produce but often just as

tasty. Keep in mind that the palate-cleansing

bubbles in sparkling wine make it extremely

food friendly: hors d’oeuvres, seafood,

antipasti plates, turkey, Asian cuisine, tapas,

cheese platters, duck, pizza, buttered popcorn

and even potato chips.

Lastly, remember Champagne was discovered

by a blind monk, so leave your pretensions

(and corkscrew) at the door.

BUBBLY FOR A CROWD

Deinhard ‘Lila’ Riesling Sekt, Germany NV is

a super value. It’s an impressive party bubbly

with its appealing apple, apricot-y, lime leaf

and honeysuckle aromas with pretty lavender

notes. It’s crisp, fresh and citrusy, with stone

fruit fl avours, a drop of honeyed sweetness

and full-on mousse-y mouthful, with a zippy

fi nish.

$13.49 BC Liquor Stores

BREAKFAST BUBBLY

Valdo Prosecco di Valdobbiadene ‘Marco

Oro,’ Veneto Italy NV. Prosecco is made in the

charmat method resulting in less aggressive

bubbles, often called Spumante. Prosecco

is also a grape variety and is classic to the

Veneto region in Italy. The Italians refer to it as

breakfast wine because of its light effervescence

and low alcohol — I call it delicious,

any time of the day. The Valdo is consistent

and always appealing. It’s fresh and crisp with

loads of citrus, apple skin, mineral and stone

fruit with delicate bubbles and a clean, zesty

fi nish.

$19.99 BC Liquor Stores

B.C. BUBBLY

Township 7 ‘Seven Stars,’ Okanagan BC,

2004 may be a bit harder to fi nd, so be sure

that if you’re taking a drive in the countryside

(a.k.a. Langley) to stop in at the winery and

grab a few bottles. The Seven Stars has had

a bit of a cult-wine following in past years,

and not being able to get your hands on any

of the 300 bottles produced probably helps

feed the frenzy. It’s a 50/50 blend of Pinot

Noir and Chardonnay and shows the intense

toastiness one would expect in older vintage

Champagnes. It’s amber-hued with grilled

peach aromas, wild honey, tart red berries and

toast notes with a creamy texture and fl avours

of cranberry, lingering toast and spice on the

fi nish.

$29.99 at the winery and in select private and

VQA wine stores

CHAMPAGNE WISHES

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé, Champagne

France NV has a delicious pinky-salmon hue

and shows a medley of mixed berry aromas,

peachy tones, dried fl owers and loads of toast

and spice notes. It has crisp citrus and creamy

berries on the palate with more toast, cinnamon

stick and a lingering, snappy fi nish. A

bubbly this daring and elegant will be perfect

served up with catered hors d’oeuvres at your

swishy party this holiday season.

$63.99 BC Liquor Stores

DRINK & DINE


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HOT NEW BEAUTY LOUNGE

BACK BAR

STORY AND PHOTOS BY TERRI POTRATZ

No, it’s not the newest back-waxing mecca. Back Bar is an innovative new space in Yaletown that gives

you an all-access pass to... well, basically anything you can dream up.

Here’s a little excerpt from one of my own wildest dreams: I enjoy a private lounge space with modern

but comfortable furniture, with only the friends and music I want, where I drink wine to my heart’s

content. And yet the drunker I get, the more beautiful I become — thanks to the mani, pedi, facial,

blow-out and eyebrow waxing services that are at my beck and call. Hovering within earshot is my

own personal concierge to answer important queries like, “Does this dress make me look frumpy?”,

“Where’s the closest shoe store?” and “Can you fetch me another bottle of wine?” And when said

concierge tells me it’s 10 pm and all the shoe stores are closed for the night, and I should have thought

about that earlier, a nice massage will melt away the stress. Ahh, utopia...

You can imagine my fairy-tale-come-true moment when I waltzed into Back Bar for their Nov. 27 opener,

expecting to be educated on the fine art of back-hair removal for sophisticated urbanites, and instead

found that some dreams really do come true.

At Back Bar, brought to you by the folks from Blo, you can simply rent the 600-square-foot premium

space for $250 and do pretty much whatever you want — with the Happy Hour package you can bring

in your own services or entertainment, but your Barfly will always be there for support in case you get

stuck. If you can rally up at least seven friends, The Bender package provides manicures, pedicures,

hair and makeup services for all at $165 per person. And if you’re really down for a night in out on the

town (it makes sense), The All Nighter is the full-service package that lets you choose whatever à la

carte services your little heart desires, based on your per-person budget. Here’s a sampling of what’s

available at Back Bar, aside from the spa and beauty services: palm and tarot card readings, henna

tattooing, bartending, pole dancing and belly dancing lessons. Think you’ve got a better idea? Let Back

Bar know and they’ll take care of the rest. And if you decide later to descend into the nightlife looking

fabulous, Yaletown is right at your doorstep.

Whatever the event — a product launch party, stagette, meeting, or simply a couple of gals (or pretty

boys) — getting together in one simplified location is an ideal antidote to the common headaches of

downtown play: not being able to decide where to go for casual drinks and fun; having to wait in a

line-up once you get there; having to leave once you get inside because the music is horrendous; not

being able to decide where to go. Then the sequel: finally flagging down a cab and piling in; getting to

your second destination and spending $90 on a round of martinis because we’re all so bloody thirsty

and just want to relax already; then having to repeat the above because those guys in the corner are

really giving you the creeps. That’s a migraine in the making. Suddenly, renting a luxe room with your

favourite friends and enjoying a night of music and spa services sounds like just the right medicine.

Take two and call me in the morning.

1150 Hamilton St., 604.961.6155 www.backbarbeautylounge.com

HOT NEW SHOP

FAB KERRISDALE

BY TERRI POTRATZ PHOTOS BY ADAM ABRAMS

Fab Clothing started out seven years ago as a premium denim

store on West 4th in Kitsilano, and it didn’t take long to earn

recognition as one of Vancouver’s top retailers for the hottest

jeans around. They stock dozens and dozens of brands to ensure

that if you want it, they’ve got it. With the November launch of

their second location, snugly settled in the heart of Kerrisdale,

owners Yoel and Anne Farzan now have even more square footage

to carry an extensive collection of denim from all over the world.

Yoel wanted the new store to have a New York or L.A. quality to

it, so he went on an exploratory trip to L.A. with designer Ruth

Jankelowitz, of Janks Designs, where they scoped out various

stores and developed the Fab Clothing concept.

In addition to women’s fashion, the new flagship offers clothing

for men and children, making it a prime one-stop shop for just

about everyone. Footwear by Love from Australia is also carried

here — these hard-to-find boots are similar to Uggs, though

superior in both quality and style. Then there’s the denim...at

this location alone, Fab carries 28 brands and about 60 to 70

unique styles, all

of which come in a

variety of washes

and sizes. Yoel tells

us the wide-leg

trend is holding

strong through fall,

and styles with a

high waist are doing

especially well. As for the top brands this season, Level 99, Paige

and Rock and Republic are top purchases, but Fab also offers

favourites like J Brand, Hudson and 1921. But with 3,000 square

feet of retail bliss, the shopping possibilities don’t end there. Fab

offers a plentiful range of clothing, such as Copcopine, Hartford,

Elie Tahari, Earnest Sewn, Transit and Crossley. Look for Claudia

Accessories, their Canadian connection for jewelry, as well as

Brighton accessories, a rare find in B.C.

2305 West 41st 604.267.3220 www.fabclothing.com

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NEW LOOKS

BLANCHE MACDONALD

’07 GRAD SHOW

STORY AND PHOTOS BY TERRI POTRATZ

AMANDA RAE FOXCROFT MOLLY SPITTAL MEGAN JAMES

The 2007 Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design grad show drew an audience of hundreds to the Westin

Bayshore on Nov. 26. Forty-three new designers showed their three-piece collections down an incredibly

long T-shaped runway that sliced through the length of the grand ballroom. Student portfolios

were available for viewing in the lobby prior to the show, where designs truly ranged from simple

classics to stunning, imaginative works of art.

Overall, the construction skill of the entire grad class was evident, and it was inspiring to see some of

these young designers — such as Annika Forde, Kathy Dawson and Rachel Parker — using hemp, soy,

organic cotton and recycled materials to construct eco-friendly pieces.

One of our favourites in the entire class was Megan James, who somehow pulled off a dream many

of us have pondered... how to make that dreadful “vintage” curtain hanging in your grandmother’s

living room into a beautiful garment. She whipped a velvet moss green curtain into a lovely chaiseinspired

dress, and her entire collection maintained this ’50s homestead theme. A mustard linen

dress adopted a refi ned apron cut, while another skirt was both high-waisted and handknit, and her

wool-and-leather coat was just striking. Her overall colour scheme retained that golden glow of retro.

Miki Unger developed a refreshing take on the toolbelt, subtly incorporating the utility features of

this masculine accessory into high-waisted pants and the neckline of a dress. Lauren Osmond was a

big winner with her dramatic conceptual pieces and their many embellishments, but ironically many

of the garments were also ready-to-wear, especially her jersey tunic and stirrup pants.

Other notables were Raisa Ruiz and her impressive green wool coat, Taiha Perron pairing a jersey

bodysuit with low-slung olive pants, and Amanda Rae Foxcroft with her eye-catching palette of primary

colours. Congratulations to all the grads — can’t wait for the next show!

www.blanchemacdonald.com

FASHION & STYLE

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HOT

PICKS

By SHIVA SHABANI - STYLIST / NOBASURA.COM

Why Red

nylon & cottonmetal

@ Jonathan + Olivia

$625

jonathanandolivia.com

Sophie B @ Tabu

Bustier $69

Undies $24

tabu-boutique.com

Erin Templeton

100% wool

@ Eugene Choo

$180

erintempleton.com

eugenechoo.com

Obedient Sons

wool & cashmere

@ Jonathan + Olivia

$299

jonathanandolivia.com

Ann Demeulemeester

@ Komakino

$1,631

komakino.ca

Wings & Horns

Tiger fleece blanket

@ Roden Gray

$125

rodengray.com

Po-Zu

Yasumi Yomo

unisex slippers

99% Biodegradable

including packaging

@ Umeboshi

$153

po-zu.com

umeboshishoes.com

FASHION & STYLE

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Dress: Generra $365

Nouvelle Nouvelle

Stockings: stylist’s own

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FASHION & STYLE

Jacket: Raf Simons $1,299

Pant: Raf Simons $565

Shirt: Ann Demeulemeester $482

Shoes: Gianni Barbato $815

All available @ Komakino

komakino.ca

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Dress: Manoush $258

One of a Few

oneofafew.com

Boots: Opening Ceremony $435

Jonathan+Olivia

jonathanandolivia.com

FASHION & STYLE

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DAN

WURTELE

STORY BY SUZANNE WESTOVER PHOTO BY KRIS KRUG

Back in 2003, when the digital music revolution was starting

to gain serious momentum, Dan Wurtele was online in search

of the latest dance tracks and hottest remixes. His work as

a DJ demanded a vast collection of high-quality music, but

he quickly discovered the selection available on the Internet

didn’t measure up.

“Boom! A light went on,” explains Wurtele, whose entrepreneurial

spirit was ignited by the possibility of capitalizing on

an untapped niche; Play It Tonight (www.playittonight.com)

was launched three weeks later, offering DJs and dance music

enthusiasts a dedicated service.

Wurtele’s own background as a DJ with Blueprint Events,

record label manager and dance music producer has given him

a unique perspective on the particular needs of his target audience.

With releases on five labels, including a remix on Sander

Kleninenberg’s label “Little Mountain Recordings” and upcoming

original releases on Omnis Recordings and Decks Tracks,

Wurtele understands what the discerning listener wants.

“The initial focus was on the DJ, but as time went on, more and

more fans of this type of music moved away from conventional

CD outlets and began to look for their favourite music

online. There may only be one or two DJs playing in a club on

any given night, but the audience listening and enjoying the

music could be in the hundreds, or even thousands,” explains

Wurtele.

Play It Tonight currently boasts 2,500 record labels and more

than 20,000 artists; it also offers a broad range of features

that result in a highly personalized experience — which is

crucial to success in what can be perceived as a very impersonal

business.

“Other services can feel like a machine, and can be impossible

to get in touch with. We have our ear to the ground and

work closely with our users to give them the best experience,”

explains Wurtele.

The site is highly interactive; its “Recommended” section

tracks purchase history and makes suggestions based on

previous selections; even more impressive is the fact that new

artists can showcase their talents on the “Unsigned” section

— quality music will rise to the top based on popularity, reviews

and ratings, giving musicians solid proof of their talent,

which they can then present to record labels. Other features

include a favourite artist and label tracker, as well as top

downloads based on genre, label and artist.

Competitive pricing and intuitive navigation, combined with an

innate understanding of his audience, have allowed Wurtele to

build a successful enterprise, giving him an edge over deeppocketed

competitors.

“Our songs are less expensive than most other stores, we

boast the most features to be found on any one music store,

the site is extremely fast and our MP3s are encoded at twice

the quality of iTunes,” says Wurtele, who has been able to

keep overhead to a minimum through the use of proprietary

software that does the work of dozens of employees. Play It

Tonight operates with only four staff members, including

MUSIC TO

THE MASSES

“IT’S REALLY EXCITING, WE’RE ALL

CREATING THE FUTURE OF DANCE MUSIC”

Wurtele, who is responsible for development and innovation,

and his business partner Sean Gallagher.

And while business is now booming, with sales tripling every

year since the site’s inception, the road to success wasn’t

without challenges.

“Even as little as four years ago, vinyl was still the dominant

format, and labels feared too much theft if their catalogue

went digital. It took a lot of effort to convince labels that they

should sell their music as MP3s” explains Wurtele, who notes

that when that shift finally did occur, labels starting approaching

him.

Now, the challenge faced by Play It Tonight is staying ahead

of the curve in a rapidly evolving industry. Wurtele anticipates

that within a year the site content will have doubled to over

5,000 record labels and 50,000 artists. And he doesn’t rule out

the possibility of moving into the physical realm, speculating

that a completely Wi-Fi “Play It Tonight” MP3 player, boasting

the entire content from the site, could be in the works.

“We’re also about to launch a remix competition, with the winning

entry receiving $500 and the track released on a label,”

says Wurtele, who is clearly enthusiastic about the endless

possibilities.

“It’s a really exciting time; we’re all creating the future of

dance music.”

PEOPLE

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GMAN & Rizk, Epik Entertainment in association with

present...

MONDAY DECEMBER 31

WITH AN ALL STAR DJ LINE-UP

J-SWING (THE BEAT 94.5FM)

FLIPOUT (THE BEAT 94.5FM)

HEDSPIN (THE EH! TEAM)

TRIZZAK (EPIK ENT)

RIZK (EXPERIENCE)

GMAN (STOCKS IS HIGH)

BLES-SED (SVS STYLE)

info@aydengallery.com

2 ROOMS | 2 ENVIRONMENTS

� midnight balloon drop

� complimentary champagne

� confetti cannons

� party favors

� hors d’oeurves

HIP-HOP | R&B | DANCEHALL | OLD SCHOOL | B-MORE | MASH UP’S | FUNK | CRUNK | DIRTY SOUTH | 80’S | 90’S | ROCK

8pm-4am

for more info hit up gmanandrizk.com or www.epik.ca for groups rates hit up viphookup@gmail.com 1st 200

limted tickets only $40 at Clubzone.com, Livestock (deadstock.ca) or Dipt’

SONAR 66 Water St

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APOSTLE OF HUSTLE

Dec. 8, 8 pm

Plaza Club, $15

Canadian indies, with Andrew Whiteman of Broken Social Scene.

Red Cat, Zulu, ticketmaster.ca

BON JOVI

GM Place

Dec 15, 7:30pm, $50-$750

No introduction necessary. We hope you have your tickets already... otherwise you’re livin’

on a prayer if you think you’re getting into this show.

SOLD OUT

BIG & RICH

Pacifi c Coliseum

Jan 11, 7pm, $35-65

With Terri Clark.

ticketmaster.ca

SHONEN KNIFE

Richard’s on Richards

Dec. 13, 8pm-2am, $17.50

Japanese pop-rock outfi t that have been around for like 25 years. Fun, fun, fun!

With Juliet Dagger & Verona Grove.

Zulu, Red Cat, ticketmaster.ca

BELLY

Cheers Nightclub (Delta)

Dec. 8, 9pm, $20

Ottawa rapper and MMVA winner brings his tour to Cheers

ticketmaster.ca

TRAILER PARK BOYS

River Rock Show Theatre

Dec. 14, 8pm $40-$80

Gotta love these guys. Dontcha just wanna squish Bubbles’ cheeks together?

ticketmaster.ca

celebrate

at TBC

MON-FRI $10 RACE HEATS

SAT-SUN 1ST RACE $20

ADDITIONAL RACES $10

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BIRTHDAY PARTIES

STAGS/STAGETTES

REUNIONS

OFFICE CELEBRATIONS

NYE EVENTS

BEST NIGHTS + DAYS OUT THIS MONTH

Caprice, “Out of This World”

9pm-3am, $75 club/$95 dinner + club

Includes champagne, party favours, balloon drop, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing with resident

DJ Daryl O; dinner includes a bottle of wine and three-course meal.

clubzone.com

Crush

9pm-3am, $50-70

Top 40, funky house, hip hop, R&B and party classics; complimentary champagne, disposable

camera, party favours and appies by Sip Resto Lounge. With DJ Hart.

clubzone.com

Continued on page 30 >

HOT 20

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WWW.TBCIR.CA

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NYE EVENTS

< Continued from page 28

Republic, “Silver Screen”

9pm-4am, $60

Dress Hollywood glam, hors d’oeuvres, champagne, balloon

drop, with DJ Kenya.

clubzone.com

Plaza, “Masquerade Ball”

8pm-2am, $70

Complimentary party favors, appies, masks, balloon drop and

champagne at midnight. With DJ Tanner.

clubzone.com

Bar None

9pm-4am, $55

Champagne, party favours, and resident DJ Marlon J English.

clubzone.com

Opus, “From Russia, With Love”

8pm-2am, $TBA, contact Opus

With Hed Kandi. Only 250 tickets available — this is the most

exclusive Hed Kandi NYE event in the world. Special VIP

tickets include a room upstairs at the Opus Hotel as well.

Hosted by Savio.

rsvp@opusnye.com

www.fitnessworld.ca

Since 1959

Must be 19 years or older.

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Intimate NYE

2008, 9pm-

3am, $TBA

22 artists,

7 hours, 3

rooms: Lotus,

Honey and

Lick combine

for this party.

clubzone.com

Soul Good NYE

The Standard (New Westminster), 9pm – 4am

$35 early bird/ $55 after

Winter wonderland theme with DJs Physik, Goodfellas

and Mateo, with drummer Bobby James and DJ Delerious.

Hosted by Pedro and Shaun.

soulgoodvip@hotmail.com

Richard’s, “Drink, Party and Sin”

8pm-4am, $30-60

LCU Presents NYE with appies, champagne, go-go dancers,

confetti cannons, cash prizes, and a hip hop dress code.

With DJs Stimulant J, C Stylez, Frisk & Goldade.

clubzone.com

Boyz II Men, River Rock Show Theatre

8pm, $100 for show/$180 per single and $330 per couple

for cabaret dancing, dinner and show

Who wouldn’t want to ring in 2008 to “I’ll make love to you”?

ticketmaster.ca

Release NYE

ICON, Big Daddy and LC Promo hosts at Century House, dual

party with two rooms, midnight toast, hot and cold canapés

and party favours, DJs Jial 14, Yeppa, C-Stylez and Hunt.

iconnights.com

Pacifi c Coliseum, “Solid NYE”

10pm-8am, $75-110

With Shy Brothers, John Askew and 5,000 other party goers.

A yearly sellout.

ticketmaster.ca

Vancouver Lookout Harbour Centre, “Unveiled 2008”

9pm-3am, $65-75

Masquerade theme with two dance fl oors, plus all the bells

and whistles and the most amazing view.

clubzone.com

Burnaby/Metrotown - 435-3385 Port Coq. - 552-8885

Coquitlam/North Road - 421-7999 Richmond - 278-3831

24Hr Langley - 533-3113

Surrey - 588-1517

BEST NIGHTS + DAYS OUT THIS MONTH

Pride of Vancouver, “Gala Cruise 2008”

7:30pm-1am, $140-$165

Party favours, champagne, buffet meal, dancing and all the

obvious pleasures of a yacht cruise. Another yearly sellout.

clubzone.com

Steamworks, “2K8”

9pm-3am, $60-$100

Presented by Smirnoff, hosted by ICON, BDP, an LCU, with

party favours and confetti, four rooms on two levels, water

and mountain views, and canapes.

"we were looking for more than a health club..."

"and we found it at Fitness World!"

12 Co-Ed Facilities

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Individual Programs

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Pilates, Yoga & Specialty Classes

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Hurry! The first 50 new members will receive a free $49.00 Fitness Starter Kit!

24HR Kitsilano - 742-4440

Cambie & 12th - 876-1009

West/North Van - 986-3487

24Hr Downtown- 662-7774

Davie & Howe St. - 681-3232

Victoria - 250-475-6002

HOT 20

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Dine, Dance, Sing or Just Relax On The Beach

Party at the “Pipes”, sleep at the Ocean Promenade Hotel

(Call 888.976.2326 or www.oceanpromenadehotel.com)

Be sure to check out our new menu

HOCKEY

IS BACK

ALL REGULAR NETWORK &

PAY PER VIEW GAMES

Prizes to be won on Hockey Nights

& Monday Night Football!

ATM Cash Machine on location

Open 7 Days a week 10:00am to 11:00pm

December Specials. See In Store for Details.

Enquire within to get $1.50 off regular retail prices.

Seniors Specials Monday 10% Off.

MONDAY NIGHTS

are

WING NIGHTS

15¢ ea

EVERY THURSDAY

THIS MONTH

The NEW Jam Night

with Glen Pearson

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

Award Winning DJ &

Karaoke Music

A Cornerstone of White Rock for over 25 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.

Try out our new menu - Sure to satisfy!

TWOFORONEON ALL MENU ITEMS

after 7pm • Sunday - Wednesday

Some restrictions apply

FREE Internet Access Available!

MARTINI NIGHT:

MARTINI NIGHT:

“ ‘Tini Tuesday for

Two Toonies”

ELVIS

WINES

are now in!

STARTS AT 9PM

Tickets $10 in advance

& $15 at the door

Party Favors

Champagne at Midnight

Late Night Snack

OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY

15595 Marine Drive

White Rock • 604-531-7625

www.sandpiperpub.net

Free Parking in White Rock after 8pm from Nov 1st

Open

Christmas

Day

Limited Time Collectors Edition

The Perfect Gift!

Straight from Graceland

Blue Xmas Cabernet Sauvignon,

Blue Suede Chardonnay,

Jailhouse Rock Merlot.

Not available in Government Liquor Stores.

1235 Johnston

(5 Corners Clock Tower)

White Rock

604-535-1322

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