2/ December, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
NORTHERN SOUL - A NOD TO MOD
HAIR & MAKEUP
CONNOR + DANA
Sweater: SNS Turtle Neck $275
available at Jonathan+Olivia
Top: Phillip Lim $336
available at Misch
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
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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.
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
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6/ December, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
HOT NEW RESTAURANT
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
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!
8/ December, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
NEW YEARS EVE 2008
MONDAY DEC 31
958 GRANVILLE ST. // TICKETS $60 // 8PM - 4AM
CHAMPAGNE, HORS D’OERVES 8-11, BALLOON DROP
HOT NEW RESTAURANTS
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.
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
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.
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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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
• 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
• 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.
• Monday, Dec. 10 – International Dessert
Wine Tasting with the Vancouver American
Wine Society at the Listel Hotels.
• 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
10/ December, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
BY DAENNA VAN MULLIGEN
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.
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
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
$13.49 BC Liquor Stores
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
$19.99 BC Liquor Stores
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
$29.99 at the winery and in select private and
VQA wine stores
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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12/ December, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
HOT NEW BEAUTY LOUNGE
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
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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14/ December, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
’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!
FASHION & STYLE
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By SHIVA SHABANI - STYLIST / NOBASURA.COM
nylon & cottonmetal
@ Jonathan + Olivia
Sophie B @ Tabu
@ Eugene Choo
wool & cashmere
@ Jonathan + Olivia
Wings & Horns
Tiger fleece blanket
@ Roden Gray
FASHION & STYLE
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Dress: Generra $365
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
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Dress: Manoush $258
One of a Few
Boots: Opening Ceremony $435
FASHION & STYLE
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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
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
“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,”
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
“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
“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
“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
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
“It’s a really exciting time; we’re all creating the future of
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GMAN & Rizk, Epik Entertainment in association with
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)
GMAN (STOCKS IS HIGH)
BLES-SED (SVS STYLE)
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
for more info hit up gmanandrizk.com or www.epik.ca for groups rates hit up email@example.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
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.
BIG & RICH
Pacifi c Coliseum
Jan 11, 7pm, $35-65
With Terri Clark.
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
Cheers Nightclub (Delta)
Dec. 8, 9pm, $20
Ottawa rapper and MMVA winner brings his tour to Cheers
TRAILER PARK BOYS
River Rock Show Theatre
Dec. 14, 8pm $40-$80
Gotta love these guys. Dontcha just wanna squish Bubbles’ cheeks together?
MON-FRI $10 RACE HEATS
SAT-SUN 1ST RACE $20
ADDITIONAL RACES $10
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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.
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.
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ADJUSTABLE SEATS & PEDALS
2100 VICEROY PLACE, RICHMOND, BC
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Republic, “Silver Screen”
Dress Hollywood glam, hors d’oeuvres, champagne, balloon
drop, with DJ Kenya.
Plaza, “Masquerade Ball”
Complimentary party favors, appies, masks, balloon drop and
champagne at midnight. With DJ Tanner.
Champagne, party favours, and resident DJ Marlon J English.
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.
Must be 19 years or older.
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7 hours, 3
for this party.
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.
Richard’s, “Drink, Party and Sin”
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.
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”?
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.
Pacifi c Coliseum, “Solid NYE”
With Shy Brothers, John Askew and 5,000 other party goers.
A yearly sellout.
Vancouver Lookout Harbour Centre, “Unveiled 2008”
Masquerade theme with two dance fl oors, plus all the bells
and whistles and the most amazing view.
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”
Party favours, champagne, buffet meal, dancing and all the
obvious pleasures of a yacht cruise. Another yearly sellout.
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.
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"and we found it at Fitness World!"
12 Co-Ed Facilities
12 Ladies Only
Nutrition & Weight Loss
Pilates, Yoga & Specialty Classes
BoxerFit & Indoor Cycling
Juice & Nutrition Bars
Over 1200 Classes Weekly
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
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
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.
The NEW Jam Night
with Glen Pearson
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Award Winning DJ &
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!
“ ‘Tini Tuesday for
are now in!
STARTS AT 9PM
Tickets $10 in advance
& $15 at the door
Champagne at Midnight
Late Night Snack
OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY
15595 Marine Drive
White Rock • 604-531-7625
Free Parking in White Rock after 8pm from Nov 1st
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.
(5 Corners Clock Tower)
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