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Editor in Chief
Daenna Van Mulligen
Gary Hollick KOMAKINO GUERRILLA FASHION SHOP ON THE MOVE AGAIN … SEE PAGE 13 PHOTO: FIONA GARDEN
firstname.lastname@example.org BUZZ 5 Crystal Lowe gets Bionic, Comedy Fest goes big
SOCIAL SHOT 7-9 Republic turns one, Opus hosts a street party
DRINK + DINE 11 New restaurant Metro, Diva’s unsnobbish wine pick
FASHION+STYLE 13-19 Baring it for charity, Two of a Few
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NIGHTLIFE 21 Alvaro Prol celebrates his Blueprint for success
COVER 23 Missy Peregrym comes home
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FILM 25 Vancouver’s film festival showcases the Pacific New Wave
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MUSIC 27 Late-night instant messaging with Diplo
REAL ESTATE 29 The $10-million penthouse at The Melville
INFAMOUS HOT 20 30 Boys Noize, Smashing Pumpkins, Dana Carvey
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OUR CITY AT ITS BEST
LOWE GETS BIONIC
Vancouver actress and all-around awesome girl Crystal Lowe has been chosen to join the cast of the new NBC series The Bionic Woman.
Lowe will play the part of Jessica, the best friend of the bionic woman, Jamie Sommer (played by Michelle Ryan). Lowe is also currently ﬁlm-
ing The Secret Society, a movie of the week for Lifetime TV, in which she stars as Isabel, a rich daughter of a powerful man. As well as an
actress and model, Lowe is also an entrepreneur, recently launching a company called Sneeky Kiki Girlesque. She can also
be found as a spokes-model for Sylvester Stallone’s health product line Instone, and wheel company Konig.
BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP BIGGER LAUGHS FOR
SERVES IT HOT 2007 COMEDYFEST
Twelve competitors sipped, steamed and poured at the Heritage The 2007 ComedyFest in Vancouver has grown from a six-day
Hall in Vancouver on August 15th for a chance to win the Western event into a 10-day extravaganza, boasting big venues and even
Regionals of the Canadian National Barista Championships. Each bigger names. This year’s festival promises to be a rollicking
barista had 15 minutes to concoct 4 espresso, 4 cappuccinos, and mixture of comedic genius and unadulterated hilarity. A perfor-
4 specialty “signature” beverages of their creation, all under the mance by Tommy Chong, of the famed duo Cheech and Chong, to
scrutinous glare of two technical scorers, four sensory judges, be held at Lafﬂines Comedy Club from Sept. 13-15, is sure to be
and one head judge. Participants prepare months in advance a highlight. Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Theatre will play
for this event, and are required to bring all of their own supplies: host to two of Saturday Night Live’s greatest and longest-serving
beans, specialty ingredients for their signature drink, glassware cast members, Jon Lovitz and Darrell Hammond, who are sure
and table settings. to serve up side-splitting laughs. For those seeking something
Derek Lucas of Buon Amici’s Coffee in Victoria took top prize: racier, the Vivid Comedy Party Team will offer a unique spin on
hotel and ﬂight to the Canadian Finals in Toronto and the title of adult comedy: Sept. 20 at the Red Robinson and Sept. 21-22 at
Western Regional Champion. It was Lucas’ third year compet- the River Rock Theatre, adult entertainment’s hottest ladies and
ing. Ken Gordon of Habit Coffee and Culture, also in Victoria, was the country’s most outrageous comedians will come together for
thrilled to earn the bronze as it was his ﬁrst attempt to conquer a special night of ribald humour. Be warned, this event is not for
the championship. the faint of heart! The festival closes Sept. 22 with the Best of the
Gordon is considering attending the Nationals on September 16 Fest showcase, at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts.
and 17th - anyone is free to enter that competition, but the West- comedyfest.ca
ern Regionals secured Lucas a spot in the semi-ﬁnals.
The Canadian National Barista Championship is organized by the
Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy. To hone your skills in prepa-
ration for the 2008 competition, enrol in their hands-on barista
IN THE KNOW?
Hundreds of Canadian retailers will set the trend for the 2008 Know?Show West (there was also a Know?Show East in Montreal
spring and summer season at Know?Show, showcasing the hot- in August) attracts so many industry players that it’s being dubbed
test skate and snow lifestyle brands out there. From Sept. 7 to 9, as the MAGIC trade forum of Canada, the premier show of its kind
the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre will be the top north of the border. Sprinkled with parties, music, a touch of
destination for retail buyers, reps and fashion hunters who aim business networking, and more parties, this exclusive event is so
to research and implement the trends well ahead of the season. hot you’ll wish you were either in the streetwear industry or had a
Over 160 brands, including the likes of Boxfresh, lifetime collective, buddy you could bribe to sneak you in.
Nudie Jeans, RVCA, Sitka, Spiewak and Volcom, will be showcas- www.knowshow.ca
ing next season’s samples to an audience of about 300 retailers.
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Clockwise from top left: Ian Leila and Nate Sabine at the Republic 1 Year Anniversary; Mika Grante and Jessica Buxbaum at the Modern opening; Noot Seear and Gil CoGill at Be Bare; Shannon Wilson, Chip Wilson, Hal Gunn. and Richard Jaf-
fray at the Lululemon Flip Flop Soiree; Karolina Turek and Steve Harding at the Republic 1 Year; Tony Heaney at the Modern opening.
OPUS HOTEL HITS THE STREET, THE
MODERN OPENS, PENTHOUSE POOL PARTY
BY RAJ TANEJA 07.27.07 CAPE TO CAIRO OPUS STREET PARTY 07.27.07 THE MODERN OPENING WEEKEND
OPUS Hotel hosted their ﬁfth annual VIP Street Party on July The Modern, which opened its doors the weekend of July
07.24.07 SPLISH SPLASH POOL PARTY 27, highlighting the tastes and sounds of Africa with Juno 27, was designed with a cutting-edge aesthetic, driven by
On July 24, Citytv’s Dawn Chubai, power realtor Grace Kwok Award-winning Alpha Yaya Diallo and band as well as African cutting-edge music, and offers the best cocktails and cham-
and senior HSBC banker Ernest Yee joined friends and col- drumming and dancing. This year also presented the op- pagne money can buy. The VIP-only opening event invited
leagues at the city’s tallest rooftop pool and sky garden for portunity for OPUS’s John Evans to sign and deliver a $50,000 scenesters, loyalists, the music-hungry and even Academy
champagne and canapés. The Amacon Realty-developed Award winners like Marlee Matlin to enjoy. Having been un-
property comes attached to a 5800 sq.ft family home and with der construction since February, the multi-storey masterpiece
a price tag just over $10 million, makes it some of Vancouver’s “INFAMOUS GOT THE TOUR AND features one of the crispest sound systems in the city and
most expensive real estate. Also on site enjoying the food,
view, and entertainment, were Amacon’s Rodney Rao, Lilliana
AN EXCLUSIVE INSIDE SCOOP ON bottle service featuring ultra-premium brands like U’Luvka
Vodka. This venue, the seventh in the Donnelly Hospitality
L. and Marcello S. De Cotiis, Indira Niberg and Tara Davis, as THE OPUS HOTEL ROOFTOP PATIO, portfolio, is geared toward exploring the high life with the
well as models Melissa Stefanopoulos and David Brooke.
WHICH OPENS IN SUMMER 2008.” latest and greatest the West Coast has to offer.
07.26.07 URBAN MIXER GALLERY SHOWCASE 08.09.07 EARLS HOT AUGUST NIGHTS
July 26, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery hosted members of the cheque to UNICEF’s Alison Lawton and Nigel Fisher in their For Earls at Fir & Broadway, Hot August Nights has been a pe-
Urban Mixer for their Gallery Series I and Showcase event, support of the Unite for Children Unite Against AIDS Cam- rennial favourite since 1996. The customer appreciation party,
with local groups including School of Mix, Crossﬁt, Chaz paign. That afternoon, INFAMOUS also got the tour and an held this year on Aug. 9 in the newly renovated restaurant,
Royal’s Burlesque, Arts Club Theatre and Academie Duello exclusive inside scoop on the OPUS Hotel rooftop patio, which had the wait staff dressed in their best whites andserving
all showing their wares. Caterers extraordinaire DIVA at the opens in the summer of 2008. Revellers at the street party in- up Dream Martinis comprising of Van Gogh espresso vodka,
Met provided an endless supply of delectable canapés, while cluded Global’s Chris Gailus, Paul and Devina Zalesky, OPUS Smirnoff vodka, crème de cacao and three espresso beans.
Bacardi Flavoured Rums poured out their signature cocktails. Montreal’s Katrina Carroll-Foster, Rob Mangat and TEAM Chef Josh Linde’s kitchen conjured up delectable mini lamb
The impressive evening featured swashbuckling from the 1040’s David Pratt. Those who stayed late were lucky enough burgers for the occasion, and organizers (and Earls team
above-named Duello as well as gift bags worthy of a red car- to catch DJ Kenneth Thomas, one of the Detroit area’s top DJs, members) Justin Heynick and Andy Au perfected a tropical
peted black-tie event. Proceeds from the event were donated who played OPUS Bar that night. jungle theme.
to UNICEF’s Unite for Children Unite Against AIDS campaign,
and in the spirit of notable conduct, two of the attendees,
representing SuperMaid residential maid services, stayed
behind to help clean up.
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REPUBLIC CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN STYLE,
LULULEMON ROCKS THE FLIP FLOP
08.10.07 LULULEMON FLIP FLOP SOIREE the ﬁnest samples in the house. On-site, owner Jeff Donnelly and a contemporary feel. Restaurateur Gietl is also reported
Lululemon, the yoga-inspired athletic apparel company, held and partners from other Donnelly Hospitality (DHM) venues, to be shopping for warehouse space where he can again
their sixth annual Flip Flop Soiree fundraiser in a Shaugh- including Bar None’s Mike Shea and The Modern’s Tony expand the Element Hospitality Group and start up a catering
nessy backyard on Aug. 10. This year more than 450 people Heaney, greeted guests and ensured all was going well. business.
attended and helped raise $70,000 for InspireHealth, Cana-
da’s only government-funded integrated cancer care centre. 08.16.07 BE BARE
$10,000 alone came from Richard Jaffray of annual food and “THE CHANGES TO REPUBLIC WERE Supermodel Noot Seear, the poster girl for Rose Charities,
drink sponsor Cactus Club, which this year served up plenty hosted Be Bare: Vancouver’s Naughtiest Fashion Auction on
of bellinis, pomegranate martinis and canapés to the masked, GREETED BY A SMOLDERING-HOT Aug. 16 at the Commodore. The evening included musical
sequined, and ﬂip-ﬂop-adorned crowd. CROWD AT A PARTY WIDELY entertainment and acrobatics, and concluded in a fashion
show and live auction. During the auction clothing was liter-
08.13.07 REPUBLIC ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE HOTTEST ally removed from the model on the catwalk at time of sale.
On Aug. 13, Republic opened its doors to a surprised VIP con-
tingent, revealing that the downstairs lounge area had been
THING IN THE CITY THAT WEEK.” Backstage during event preparations, reporter Hugo Mousavi
asked Seear at what cost she would remove her top and
moved upstairs and the DJ booth and danceﬂoor was now reveal herself to the crowd. After a moment of shyness, Seear
downstairs. The change, which was greeted with free-ﬂowing 08.15.07 DEUCE RESTAURANT OPENING answered $1 million. Scanning the room, a number of male
liquor and a smoldering-hot crowd, marked Republic’s one- Rob Gietl, the proprietor of Capones in Yaletown, opened attendees checked their wallets but came up short. The event,
year anniversary and was widely acknowledged as the coolest his second restaurant in the bustling Upper Lonsdale area which raised more than $25,000 from over 750 attendees,
thing to have happened in the city that week. To celebrate, of North Vancouver on Aug. 15, featuring a delectable menu beneﬁts Rose Charities, a volunteer-run organization that
liquor sponsors showed with their best — Bacardi and Coke of treats prepared from chef Courtney Burnham’s kitchen. is working toward relieving poverty and improving health in
samples featuring the old-school glass Coke bottles, Absolut Attendees including Holt Renfrew concierge Curtis Wong and some of the world’s poorest communities.
Pear being poured by the then-contender and front-runner to Fun Researcher Ted Schredd checked out the décor, a sharp
the Canada’s Hottest Girls 2007 contest, Vicky Mackie, and a contrast to Yaletown’s only jazz club, featuring light colours
six-foot-tall U’Luvka Vodka ice sculpture acting as a beacon to
Clockwise from top left: David Brooke, Melissa Stefanopoulos, Indira Niberg and Tara Davis at the Splish Splash Sky Pool Party; Erica Gibbons, Katy Konyk, Julianne Busby, Melissa Yeaman, Alana Busby and Katy Schroder at Earl’s on Broad-
way/Fir; Jen Mah and Amy Reid at the Opus street party; Angie Parkinson, Rob Gietl, Ted Schredd and Amanda Godin at the Deuce restaurant opening; Chella Levesque and Jay Jones at the Republic 1 Year.
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DRINK & DINE
By DAENNA VAN MULLIGEN www.winediva.ca
When people ﬁnd out I have a job as a wine taster and
wine writer I often end up smack in the middle of wine
conversations in the oddest places. I can be in a meet-
ing with accountants, getting a manicure, at a wedding
with stock analysts or even getting my teeth cleaned
and everyone wants to talk about wine. Not the stock
market, not tooth care and not RRSPs.
Perhaps in a social atmosphere people want to leave
their jobs behind, or maybe people are simply en-
thralled by wine. Wine is still perceived as mysterious
— as if to drink it you must be reﬁned, and to have
a wine cellar you must be truly sophisticated and
Sometimes this is true.
It’s easy to fake wine knowledge: a few well-placed
comments that you have retained from a wine-store
associate or a quote from a magazine you’ve read. Just
vegetable salad ($11) and a trio of wild salmon This is also a venue for after-work or evening
HOT NEW RESTAURANT graavilohi ($15). Once you’ve nibbled and drinks (they’re open 11 am to midnight).
make sure the information is correct and the people
you are spouting your mouth off to know less than you
BY CASSANDRA ANDERTON
PHOTOS BY CHRIS MASON STEARNS
judged your appetite you can order from the
by-the-ounce menu and chose sized-for-you
portions of Angus striploin, Berkshire pork
tenderloin, Dungeness crab, spot prawns
or halibut. I’ve mixed it up and ordered two
Bartender Justin Tisdall (ex-Lumiere) mixes up
the Clover Club (gin, grenadine, fresh lemon
and egg white), a Cucumber Swizzle (gin, sake,
lime and cucumber) and classics such as a
Bloody Mary on his house list. And the wine
do, or you may end up sounding ridiculous. An unfor-
tunate feature of wine is the snobbery that clings to it
like a bad bouquet — and far too often I come face to
face with arrogance.
Yes, there are levels of wine quality. Quality can be
ounces each of Fraser Valley duck, sableﬁsh selection is plentiful, with many by-the-glass
obvious but quality is often perceived. At the end of
What do you do when you’ve been ranked and an oversized scallop and found it to be an selections. The list is thoughtfully divided into the day turning your well-carved nose up at any wine
in the top ﬁve new restaurants in Canada excellent way to dine solo while still experienc- full and rich, light and luscious and medium- (colour, price, grape variety) simply because it doesn’t
by enRoute Magazine, selected “Best New ing a myriad of ﬂavours. bodied and fruitful, so you may order by your meet your standards is your prerogative, but boy you
Restaurant” by the Vancouver Sun and grabbed preferred style. may be missing out. Or you may be giving your clients,
a silver at the Van Mag Eating and Drinking friends or acquaintances the wrong message.
Awards for “Best New Fine Dining”? Some This is a room to see and be seen in. It’s no
would be content to merely celebrate their small space (seats 209) and they’ve spared no Do you know what the correct message is? I will tell
success; however, the above-mentioned Rare’s expense, bringing in Evoke International De- you the “secret” to wine: Do you like it? Do you hon-
restaurateurs Brian Fowke and Tim Keller took estly like it, not because your friend does, not because
sign for the room’s concept. The team of David
a more challenging approach and opened it has a nice label or because it’s expensive, dry or in
Nicolay and Rob Edmonds used the neutral
vogue? Then drink it.
another completely different dining concept, colours grey, cream and brown highlighted
and Metro was born. with aqua accents. The chairs are pillowy soft I’m no longer amazed at the blatant relief on the faces
Italian leather and will hold you comfortably of people I meet when I tell them that “secret.” When
Situated at 200 Burrard St., Metro’s menu is for the night as you peer at views across the they ask for a great recommendation and I suggest a
billed as “Metropolitan Canadian” cuisine. This Burrard Inlet. There’s a heated patio seating 62 really good bottle of wine under $16 they are ecstatic.
translates to menu items that include mostly for those cooler nights. Of course I could just be pulling your leg, falsifying
local ingredients cooked with inﬂuences from information and feeding you a load to suit my own
this city’s multicultural pastiche. There’s a 20- It looks like owners Fowke and Keller better selﬁsh, narcissistic purposes...
item small plate menu for sharing as well as a clear off some shelf space for the next round
sheet of full entrées and a daily retro special. Here is one of my current
You can’t possibly get bored.
200 Burrard St., 604.662.3463 Bodega Norton Sangiovese,
I’d suggest bringing a group to share the www.metrodining.com Mendoza Argentina, 2005
trufﬂe parmesan pomme frites ($6), steamed – Malbec may be the king of
dumplings ($9), grilled calamari ($9), roasted Mendoza these days (which is
delish by the way) but the
Norton Sangiovese will be a
INDUSTRY NEWS+NOTES wonderful surprise. The
Sangiovese grape is
• Where Sean Heather’s Lucky Diner once stood, ingredients… fresh, local and new to the table.” Count
partners Patrick Greenﬁeld (owner Queen’s Cross Pub on the room becoming this fall’s new hot spot.
for its use in Tuscan
in North Vancouver) and Marnie Campbell will bring • Robson’s Zin in the Paciﬁc Palisades hotel has seen
Chianti and was
in partner chef Rick Munsen (ex-Bin and La Terrazza) a changing of the guard. Executive chef Brian Fodor
likely brought to
to head up the kitchen at the soon-to-open Flight. The (ex-Gotham) is now in the kitchen and Katharine
Argentina by Italian
name was inspired by the wine and food ﬂights that Manson (shifting over from marketing) the GM. They
that will featured. Look for progress once the city is now have a Saturday-Sunday brunch menu and will
wine has seductive
back to work and permits once again are available. revamp the entire menu this fall.
• Sports fans can now visit Davie Village’s newest • Cheese fans will be pleased to know that Les Amis
sports bar, Score. At 1262 Davie, it occupies the du Fromage is expanding into a new facility at 845
violets, cedar, cocoa,
spot where Sugar Daddy’s once stood (same owners) E. Hastings. The kitchen will produce more of those
licorice, vanilla and
across from the SuperValu. The menu is pub style, frozen meals we have come to rely on. On-site cheese
black currant notes.
but ingredients are sourced locally and there is a caves will be custom-built to age cheeses, and even-
On the palate it’s
good salad selection. Breakfasts are fantastic.
• One of Vancouver’s newest success stories, Boneta,
tually another retail store will open there.
• Meinhardt’s on South Granville will open a second
WIN A PAIR OF smooth and peppery
now has its own pastry chef: Paul Croteau. Originally store near the Ridge theatre at 3151 Arbutus Street. WINE TASTING TIX on entry; it grows
on the mid-palate,
from Quebec, Croteau has experience worldwide and Plans to open next spring. Perhaps owner Linda • Sept. 25: Wines of Chile Fall Festival Tour – Chilean with rustic ﬂavours of
is known to locals from his time at Lumiere. Check Meinhardt will ﬁnally wean the neighbourhood off wine, food, music and culture at the Rocky Mountain- spiced red fruit, and
out Boneta’s ever-changing wine and food menu and nearby McD’s. eer Station from 7-9:30 pm. Tickets $49 from winesof- ﬁnishes softly with
ﬁnish with Croteau’s amazing desserts. Don’t forget email@example.com or 604 628-9547. Win a pair of tickets tobacco and leathery
the f-off Friday lunches! to this exciting event by e-mailing us your name and ﬂavours. And the
• Come November the Four Seasons Hotel will be well phone number at: firstname.lastname@example.org. best part is the price.
into renovations and the new restaurant, lounge and
bar should be open. San Francisco’s Engstrom Design
BC Specialty Liquor
Group is onboard with a bold and contemporary
mandate. Talented chef Rafael Gonzales promises
to “respect the integrity of the ﬂavours of the natural
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FASHION & STYLE
BY TERRI POTRATZ PHOTOS BY FIONA GARDEN
Komakino sure does get around. Every season or so, this local Not only cutting-edge in the nature of the store, Campbell also
fashion-forward menswear “guerrilla” store, with lines like Rick breaks the mould by disregarding the fact that we’re in Vancou-
Owens, Number (N)ine and Attachment, succumbs to its transient ver when he selects product, buying garments you would ﬁnd
nature and occupies a new retail space, merging with the natural in the most trend-setting cities worldwide. He concedes that
elements and characteristics of each location. Campbell, owner this isn’t what Vancouverites want in general — it’s not generic
and proprietor of the renowned store, tells us his “version of a “streetwear.” He simply chooses the hottest international styles
guerrilla store is a shop that is continually breaking itself down to edited according to his own tastes and vision.
square one and then rebuilding…. Many people like the comfort of
something being constant, safe and predictable. Thankfully, that The new store is by far the most accessible version, with high-traf-
does not apply to our clientele, staff or designers.” ﬁc and visibility, but “time will tell whether it makes the clothing
more accessible — our fall 2007 collections are certainly not any
Version 4.0 is, as the name implies, the fourth location to date for more commercial than the past — they are less so, if anything.”
the store, and inhabits a space just a few skips down the road from Campbell also notes that high-trafﬁc is a commodity only to
the 3.0 subterranean edition, which was once a hair salon school. conventional retail stores, and that he doesn’t necessarily see this
Campbell places a lot of value in acknowledging the history of any as a beneﬁt: most of his clients are loyal and regular patrons, not
given space, so for the new location he collaborated with artist passersby. He promises the next location will be very different.
“The Dark” to preserve the 2,500-square-foot Gastown heritage Besides, the nature of the guerrilla is not conspicuous and coher-
space by keeping it simple and clean. It’s also vital to differentiate ent; it is stealth and subversion, an untameable beast. Find the
each new version from the previous ones, and Campbell takes that 4.0 — while you can.
into consideration prior to transforming the décor.
8 Water St. www.komakino.ca
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FASHION & STYLE
HOT NEW SHOP
A FEW STORY AND PHOTOS BY TERRI POTRATZ
Two of a Few owners and soon-to-be-newlyweds Michelle Riz-
zardo and Trevor Fleming (also a designer for Lifetime Collec-
tive) have pulled off some impressive feats. They’ve managed
to expand on the success of the beloved One of a Few and snag
the primo corner-space piece of real estate next door, all while
retaining the authentic charm of a unique boutique inhabiting
one of the most tourist-driven intersections of Gastown. A quick
glance might lead you to believe that Two of a Few is an extension
of the original store, but this is not the case — this month-old
baby houses all new lines and a vibe that’s quite distinct from the
Rizzardo opened One of a Few two years ago, and quickly dis-
covered so many amazing designers that her little shop began
bursting at the seams as she introduced new lines, footwear and
men’s items into the mix. With Two of a Few she expanded on her
inclination for sharp and modern designs, as well as menswear,
while retaining the softer, quaint collection within One of a Few.
When I ask Michelle what her favourites within Two of a Few right
now are, she immediately points to Lover’s “divine details” ar-
ranged around fabrics of plaid and print. She’s also proud of Pohl,
a menswear line designed by herself and a mystery collaborator
that’s been ﬂying off the racks. Other bestsellers right now are
new boots for Fall, Sue London ballet ﬂats and the in-house Nine
line co-designed by Rizzardo and Dace Moore (Dace Designs).
Rizzardo’s choice trends for the season are oversized blouses and
tops, neutral colors, high pants “and bubbles!” She’s a diehard
fan of anything bubbled: skirts, tunics, dresses, you name it.
Queried about the Vancouver fashion scene, Rizzardo proudly
asserts that Vancity is up there with other international players.
She points to new store openings, the accessibility of brands
from all over the world on local racks, and the fact that shoppers
simply adore what they’re ﬁnding — a testament that was easy to
substantiate as I perused gem after gem hanging from the walls
of Vancouver’s newest shopping destination.
“A QUICK GLANCE
MIGHT LEAD YOU TO
BELIEVE TWO OF A FEW
IS AN EXTENSION OF
THE ORIGINAL STORE…
BUT IT HAS NEW LINES
AND A VIBE THAT’S
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FASHION & STYLE
ROSE CHARITIES SHEDS CLOTHES FOR A CAUSE
BARE MARKET STORY AND PHOTOS BY TERRI POTRATZ
Vancouver’s fashion community was out in force at the Commodore Ballroom Aug. 16 for the
second annual Be Bare: Vancouver’s Naughtiest Fashion Auction. About $35,000 was raised to
beneﬁt volunteer-run Rose Charities, a non-partisan, not-for-proﬁt organization that sends 98 per
cent of all donated funds directly to countries and people in need. Current initiatives include eye
restoration surgeries in Cambodia, HIV and AIDS projects in Nepal, and educational support for Sri
Noot Seear, supermodel and chairperson for Rose Charities (helmed by members of her family),
acted as celebrity host at the show, where garments were auctioned to the highest bidder straight
off the models’ backs. SVS Style Crew hip hop dancers got things going, and MCs Dave Dimapilis
and PJ Prinsloo of Sketch Laugh Lounge threw themselves in the mix. Male and female models
tastefully teased an audience of 900 to solicit higher and higher bids — many of which originated
from the VIP section on the balcony. When Maynards auctioneer Brad Scott called “sold!” the
clothes ﬂew off, revealing skivvies by Vancouver’s Third Floor Designs to hoots of appreciation
from the audience.
Local stores and designers Mellinda-Mae Harlingten, Richard Kidd, One of a Few, Jonathan + Ol-
ivia, Kulpa, Dace, Evan & Dean, Sunja Link, Brooklyn Clothing and Allison Wonderland generously
Top right, Dace; bottom left, Mellinda-Mae Harlingten; donated garments for the show and auction. Marchesa’s silk and metallic ﬂoral jacquard strapless
bottom right, host Noot Seear in Third Floor Designs. cocktail dress nabbed the highest bid of $1,600; a stunning $8,000 Vera Wang silk gown garnered
a paltry $1,200; and Evidence of Evolution’s menswear ensemble came close to the $600 retail
price with a $550 bid. Top runway picks from the show? Sunja Link’s polished dresses, seemingly
inspired by kick-ass retro uniforms; fraternal men’s cardigans courtesy of Brooklyn Clothing Co.;
and Mellinda-Mae Harlingten’s houndstooth pieces.
Stay tuned for similar fun, fashionable charitable events from Seear across North America. And, of
course, Be Bare Vancouver will be back for round three next year.
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THE FASHION HIGH
18 DAYS OF VANCOUVER FASHION
ON THE EDGE: AN EPIC FASHION ODYSSEY
Thursday, Sept. 13, 8pm-1am
Anza Club (3 West 8th ave.)
Riot Boutique hosts their biannual seasonal event with a fash-
ion show featuring the sword-wielding Echo Pirate Princess, DJs
and a blast of a party. $5 entry becomes a $5 coupon for the
STYLE SCHEDULE LAUNCH
Saturday, Sept. 15, 1-5pm
Robson at Granville
Impromptu fashion exhibit and freeze models highlight Style
Schedule designers: Elroy, Flaming Angel and Jacqueline Conoir.
DOMINIC DESIGNS STUDIO SALE
Thursday, Sept. 20, 7-10:30pm
Railtown Studios (321 Railway St, buzz studio #204)
New product launch party featuring Dominic Designs’
eco-jewelry and accessories.
www.dominicdesign.com STYLE TOP PICKS
BY TERRI POTRATZ
Thursday, Sept. 20, 9pm
Caprice Nightclub (967 Granville St.) The choice between fashion and function is a tough deci-
Fashion show and burlesque beauties are inspired by sexy sion to navigate, especially with the haywire weather we
Hollywood glamour. $20 endure year-round. This season, leave the heels at home
www.thegirlyshowpinups.com when you’re trudging along slippery slopes — we’ve seen
enough bad sidewalk wipeouts in our day!
ELROY APPAREL LAUNCH PARTY
Friday, Sept. 21, 5-9pm You can still get in on the ankle-boot craze with these
Shop Cocoon (3345 Cambie St.) Matikos ($196), accompanied with Dace’s Anita sweater
The hottest new sustainable label introduces what’s in store dress ($210), which recently fetched a $1,300 bid at the
for fall and what’s coming for spring with a party and
2007 Be Bare fashion charity auction.
Throw on an Isabelle Dunlop necklace ($120), crafted out
BC FASHION WEEK of antique keys, watch faces and other unique trinkets and
Monday, Sept. 24 – Saturday, Sept. 29, various times you’ll be conﬁdently strutting even along the most precari-
Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island) ous sidewalks.
Spring/Summer ’08 ready-to-wear collections by local and
international designers plus industry-speciﬁc seminars. Matiko boots and Isabelle Dunlop necklace available at
www.bcfashionweek.com Two of a Few, Dace dress in various Vancouver locations
SOUND OF FASHION
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9pm - 2am www.oneofafew.com
Gorg-O-Mish (695 Smithe Street)
The Ofﬁcial BC Fashion Week After-Party is brought to you by
GTWO-PR. Bringing together the ‘sound’ and ‘fashion’ of BC
Fashion Week in this posh celebration of the season.
GENERATION NEXT FASHION SHOW
Thursday, Sept. 27, 8:30pm
Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St., Granville Island)
BC Fashion Week show highlighting three local up-and-coming
designers. This is the only show open to the public. Come wear-
ing locally designed clothing and be entered to win a fashion
prize pack. $15
CHANGES CLOTHING & JEWELLERY BAR
10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30-9:30pm
Changes Clothing (4454 West 10th Ave.)
An in-store fashion show and after-hours sale along with door
prizes, champagne, a live DJ and caricature artist in celebration
of the store’s 10th birthday. A portion of sales will be donated
to charity. $5
PORTOBELLO WEST FASHION AND ART MARKET
Sunday, Sept. 30, noon-7pm
Rocky Mountaineer Station (1755 Cottrell Street)
Free to the public, the market showcases up to 100 local cloth-
ing designers, jewelers, potters and artisans.
Info compiled by The Honey Mustard Fashion and Media
Services, www.thehoneymustard.com, www.fashionhigh.ca
INFAMOUS ■ September, 2007 /19
evolution of print media
Ultra X-Press Printing
20/ September, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
FOR 10 YEARS
BY JESSICA GRAJCZYK PHOTO BY POOYA NABEI PHOTOGRAPHY
Promoting club events in Vancouver can be a tough, high-risk business. When promoters
set out to bring big-name talent to this city, they simply cannot rely on the DJ alone to en-
sure success — they are responsible for all the hard work that goes into providing a quality
production from start to ﬁnish. That includes everything from ticketing, to lineup and door
management, to keeping the headliner happy — everything. If promoters are unorganized
and problems arise, rest assured those who are displeased with their experience will take
your PR into their own hands. After all, it’s the people with something negative to say who
are always loudest. That’s why it’s rare when a promotions company can be consistent in
delivering quality, high-proﬁle events.
For the past decade, Blueprint Events has demonstrated their ability to do just that, and the
man behind it all, Alvaro Prol, recently took a moment to tell Infamous how he fell into the
business, and where Blueprint is heading after 10 years of success. The ability to turn your
passion into a means of generating income is an enviable situation for anyone. And in Prol’s
case, he turned his early addiction to Vancouver’s underground electronic music scene into
“At the time I was going out almost every night. I was under-age, but I still found my way to
get into every underground club night the city had back then,” he explains. “There used to
be a club called The RED Lounge, which catered to only underground music. Alex Montoya,
who was running the promotions, offered me work on a show with him and the rest is his-
tory. I stopped working retail and haven’t had a regular job since.”
Prol and the Blueprint brand have come a long way since then, bringing such memorable
shows to Vancouver as Deep Dish at Shine, Danny Tanaglia at Bar None, Miguel Migs at The
Station, and David Guetta at Celebrities (to name a few). Prol admits he ﬁnds it impossible
to choose any one particular highlight, since there have been so many. Being able to make
a living throwing parties featuring superstar DJs rather than having a “regular job” seems
like a lucky opportunity for a young clubber, but having the longevity Prol has enjoyed with
Blueprint has nothing to do with luck. He attributes his success to hard work and genuine
passion for what he does. “If you’re crazy enough to get into this business, make sure you
When asked for his opinion on Vancouver’s electronic music scene today, he reminisces
over a time when there was much more support.
“In the mid-’90s you were able to go out any day of the week and check out a dope elec-
tronic night,” he explains. Clearly he doesn’t believe that’s the case anymore. “In some
respects, people supported the local scene a little more than now.” But he hasn’t lost faith;
he’s happy with where Vancouver’s going and feels the scene will get better again. “It’s a
good measure when most international DJs I hire tell me that Vancouver was one of their
“IT’S A GOOD MEASURE favourite gigs on their tour.”
WHEN MOST INTERNATIONAL As far as the future of Blueprint, Prol says he’s already booked all the big names he ever
DJS I HIRE TELL ME THAT wanted to, and that it is now time to focus on the up-and-comers.
VANCOUVER WAS ONE OF “What excites us now is ﬁnding new talent and new producers and thankfully, at the mo-
ment, there is no lack of that,” he says. His current focus is a weekly club night — Stereo-
THEIR FAVOURITE GIGS ON type Fridays at Celebrities — which features international as well as local guest DJs almost
every week. But don’t expect Blueprint to slow down on the bigger events.
“We have been working very hard and close with our sponsors like Heineken Music to bring
people the best talent and the best events possible. Expect an unforgettable New Year’s
event this year and of course, as always, the best DJs we can book.”
Join Prol as he celebrates Blueprint’s 10th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 14, at Celebrities
(1022 Davie St.), featuring tag DJ sets: Marcello vs. Todd Omotani; Tyler Johnson vs. DJ
Timeline; and RC Lair vs. Johanness Gerhard.
For more info on this and other events, see www.blueprintevents.ca
INFAMOUS ■ September, 2007 /21
22/ September, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
BY FRED TOPEL PHOTO BY JOHN SHEARER/WIREIMAGE.COM
INF: What’s that like, being an adult and living for me. Pittsburgh Steeler fans are incredible.
with them again? I’m happy for him. I’m really glad that he has
MP: I’m an adult, but you know what, I just don’t the support that he does but it’s kind of crazy
know how long I’m going to be there for. It’s a se- when you go out all the time and there’s always
ries and you never know what’s going to happen. somebody who recognizes him. It doesn’t matter
I love my parents to death. My sisters are there where you go, there are Steeler fans everywhere
so, for me, it’s kind of like spend the time with so now I’m one of them.
them while I can. I have a lot of fun with them, so
we’ll see. If it gets bad then I’ll get an apartment. INF: Will he come to Vancouver to visit you?
MP: Yeah, he has.
INF: How fast did you come into this show?
MP: Really fast actually. They ﬁlmed the pilot. INF: Is he more anonymous there?
I was kind of travelling back and forth between MP: You’d be surprised. As soon as we got there,
Pittsburgh and here and just kind of out of it to people knew who he was too. Football is kind of
tell you the truth. I was at a point where I was big everywhere. Of course, Vancouver is hockey,
just really kind of tired of everything, just the hockey, hockey but still people totally knew who
industry. It’s very exhausting sometimes so it he was. When he came here [to L.A.] it wasn’t too
was kind of perfect. I saw the pilot and I really bad. It’s really nothing to complain about. It’s all
loved it, so I talked with my agents and then had worth it anyway.
a dinner with the producers. Literally like signed INF: What do you ﬁnd hot in a guy?
the contract and was working the next day at a MP: Ooh, athletes. One athlete.
photo shoot, ﬁve o’clock in the morning.
INF: Were you into jocks in school?
INF: Did Kevin Smith direct your reshoots? MP: No, no. Well, I was always friends with the
MP: Yes he did, and he’s really great. I was ner- guys anyway. I didn’t have a ton of girlfriends. I
vous obviously. I’ve never had to do that before still only have a few. I was always hanging out
where I could maybe watch the performance. with them. Even when I had boyfriends, I was al-
I didn’t watch it that much anyway but to kind ways hanging out with the guys. I’m used to that
of redo something, I was scared going into it. I but I’ve never actually dated an athlete before.
didn’t know how I was going to do that different- It’s been amazing. I’m very happy.
ly or what I wanted to do. So it was great to work
with Kevin. Everybody was really supportive and INF: Is this show open to you doing more guest
easy to work with and I think Kevin’s great too, spots on Heroes?
because any time something doesn’t really work MP: Yeah, we’re going to see what’s going to
with a line or something, sometimes TV can be happen. To tell you the truth, it’s really tough to
very serious. They don’t like to change anything. say because of course it’s been really amazing
He was like giving us new lines all the time, so it for me to be a part of Heroes and I hope to con-
just makes everything natural and easy. tinue. So far, the studios are working together
“IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU GO, THERE ARE
STEELERS FANS EVERYWHERE… NOW I’M ONE OF THEM.”
Missy Peregrym with her beau, NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XIII in Phoenix.
INF: How will it work if you’re on a show in Van- to try to make that happen. It’s tough though.
issy Peregrym has come back INFAMOUS: What’s your concept of Andi? couver and Ben’s playing football in Pittsburgh? I’m ﬁlming in Vancouver now for Reaper. Heroes
M home. After a three-year Hol-
lywood adventure, resulting
in movies like Stick It and a
recurring role on TV’s Heroes, she took a gig on
a weekly series that ﬁlms in Vancouver. It was a
Missy Peregrym: I think she’s just down to
earth. Anybody who’s going to work at Home
Depot has got to be able to hang with the guys
and just be a little bit able to handle that. I don’t
see her as very prissy, not too girly. There are
MP: I don’t really know how it’s going to work.
We’re just going to see what happens. It doesn’t
actually take longer to get there. It’s just there
are not a lot of ﬂights out of Vancouver and we’re
just going to see. I’m going to try to be as sup-
ﬁlms in L.A. so we’re just going to have to see
what happens. They’ve been very supportive and
I really appreciate it.
INF: Were you worried they might kill you in the
last-minute hire, too, as she replaced another things that I can’t really say right now because portive as possible the ﬁrst season and I hope I ﬁnale?
actress who shot the ﬁrst episode. it hasn’t been revealed yet for the character, but can get there. He’s going to do great. MP: No. You kind of just go into that knowing
she’s made some decisions to stay there and to that. They kill everybody on the show. I didn’t go
Reaper casts Peregrym as a potential love inter- work there based on what’s happened in her life. INF: What did you think of Pittsburgh? in there thinking I was going to have a career on
est on a supernatural comedy. Her character, She’s very safe. MP: I like it there. I like it there a lot. It actually this show.
Andi, works at a Home Depot-like hardware store reminds me of Vancouver. It’s really green,
with Sam (Bret Harrison) and Sock (Tyler La- INF: What do you like about her? there’s a lot of trees and very friendly there. I like INF: Have you ever been mistaken for another
bine), two slackers hunting escaped souls from MP: I really love it because honestly, I’ve done the people. I like that everything is about family celebrity?
Hell. With the pilot directed by Kevin Smith and some things where it’s very serious, and I’ve got and you work hard there, and I appreciate that MP: Hilary Swank. That’s what everybody says.
dudes sucking up spirits with a Dirt Devil, you to say, I love working on things where you’re for sure.
know the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. laughing all the time. It makes work a lot more INF: Have you ever met her?
fun when you have to be there for 12 hours a day. INF: What do athletes and actors have in MP: No, I haven’t had the pleasure yet.
We caught up with Peregrym on her quick PR I just really think this cast is so funny, but really common? INF
trip back to L.A. Looking even bronzer than her genuinely sincere with what they do with their MP: Not sure. I guess they have to do interviews.
normally olive complexion, she talked about work. I think they’re very good. They’re talented.
returning to Vancouver, getting the new gig and INF: Have you talked about handling the press
even a little bit about dating Pittsburgh Steelers INF: Is it nice to be working at home? with your guy?
quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. MP: I’ve been gone for three years and to tell MP: It’s weird for me because it’s just interesting
you the truth, I’m so glad to be back home. I’m how everybody pays attention so much, and I
with my parents. I’m back at their house harass- actually don’t like publicity very much. I don’t re-
ing them. ally like going out there so it’s a little bit tougher
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“I WOULD LOVE TO BE PART OF
CONVINCING CANADIANS THAT
WE HAVE AN IDENTITY, THAT
WE HAVE A CULTURE, THAT OUR
FILMS ARE WORTH THE PRICE
OF ADMISSION,” SAYS DIRECTOR
ABOVE: Callum Keith Rennie as Walt in Carl Bessai’s Normal. BELOW: Tracy D. Smith directing Alex Zahara, Ryan Kennedy and Sarah-Jane Redmond on the set of Taming Tammy.
FEST FOCUSES ON WEST
BY TERRI PORTRATZ
One of the mantras of the Vancouver International Film Festival is found it ironic that it took a label originating in Eastern Canada
to stimulate the motion picture industry in B.C. and Canada, and to validate Western ﬁlmmaking, Bessai admits he can’t really
with the roster of Vancouver-based ﬁlmmakers showing features complain, adding, “Bring on the Paciﬁc New Wave!”
this year it’s a cinch to get charged up about local talent. But
don’t utter a peep about “Hollywood North”; many of these direc- Bruce Sweeney is another well-known name when it comes to Ca-
tors not only shoot their ﬁlms in Vancouver, but freely reference nadian cinema, though his latest feature American Venus (Rebec-
the city within the setting and dialogue. It’s increasingly difﬁcult ca DeMornay, Matt Craven) is a much more sober project than the
to stamp a ﬁlm as 100-per-cent Canadian-made when so much witty, underscored ﬁlms of his past. Sweeney simply labels this as
homegrown talent heads toward the southern haze of Hollywood a ﬁlm about anxiety, motherhood and gun addiction, later elabo-
fame and fortune — but many local directors can’t shake the rating that the story argues for “the necessity of familial relations
loyalty that keeps them from running for the border. despite their self-destructive nature.” The central character is
obsessed with controlling her daughter, yet she is unable to con-
Some have categorized these mavericks and their ﬁlms as Paciﬁc trol even herself — a notion that aligns nicely with the “self-de-
New Wave, a term meant to describe the trend for Western cinema structive woman” genre in which the leading woman ﬁguratively
to be wholly local, gritty and real; where ﬁctional dramas adopt devours herself. Sweeney found himself in new territory with the
a documentary-like probe into our coastal culture. However you star cast, which necessitated a strict 21-day shooting schedule
describe this so-called movement, the core tenet is to promote and very little time to experiment on set — an intense adjustment
the success of Western Canadian cinema, and that’s a principle we from previous projects, where there was more freedom to play
should all be eager to advocate. with story elements and reshoot scenes when necessary. When it have fun and make our own movie, while keeping the level of con-
came time to edit, Sweeney admits he was relieved to be past the trol very collaborative. We capped the budget so that no one indi-
Infamous got the opportunity to talk to a few of the directors time constraints of shooting and take his time arranging the story. vidual could claim more control than any of the other investors.”
whose ﬁction ﬁlms are showing in the Canadian Images series of When I ask about Paciﬁc New Wave, Sweeney says in the past he The hardest roadblock for Smith to overcome was the transition
the festival; they spoke candidly about their ﬁlms, their process, often got together with other ﬁlmmakers to discuss projects and from shorts to a feature. The entire crew was working for free, and
and the nature of Western cinema. ideas, but not so much anymore as his priorities have changed they only had a 15-day shoot spread out over weekends, so it was
with marriage and children. But he still has exciting prospects up a daunting task to shoot so many pages a day — but by running
Carl Bessai’s Normal (starring Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Zegers) his sleeve, and is currently working on a six-part miniseries about three cameras nearly all the time, they managed to get the job
is a drama surrounding three characters whose lives intersect workers in Fort McMurray, one of the fastest-growing cities in done. When I ask Smith about Paciﬁc New Wave, she immediately
around a tragic accident; they are forced to face each other and Canada. This miniseries is a ﬁctional drama with lots of comedic notes that Sweeney and Bessai have been integral mentors in her
address their respective histories before they are able to move on. elements, and is Sweeney’s ﬁrst venture into television. career, always open to answering her questions and providing
Bessai was drawn to the intersecting ensemble narrative in Travis guidance. “If this ‘Paciﬁc New Wave’ label helps facilitate the
McDonald’s script, and took the opportunity to veer away from Tracy D. Smith warns that her debut feature, Taming Tammy continuation of their careers, and audiences can continue to see
the intimate character dramas he had been making up until that (Sarah-Jane Redmond, Aleks Paunovic), is not meant for audi- the accessible nature of their ﬁlms, then I’m all for it.” Stay tuned
point. This project stands out because “it is universal, it is beauti- ences who take themselves too seriously. “First and foremost,” for Smith’s upcoming feature, an all-chick Western comedy with
ful... and every bit Canadian through and through.” Bessai has Smith says, “this is a battle-of-the-sexes comedy based on The the NSI Features First program entitled Saddle Bags.
played a central role in the opposition against Canadian talent Taming of the Shrew, but we took a lot of liberties in this ﬁlm...
moving south, and is optimistic that soon Canadian audiences will it’s playful, modern and appealing to both male and female audi- Other Vancouver-based talent screening at the 2007 VIFF, running
get excited about local ﬁlm: “I would love to be a part of convinc- ences.” One of the most impressive features of this project is how from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12, include the non-ﬁction features by Gwen
ing Canadians that we have an identity, that we have a culture, it got ﬁnanced. Smith and her team asked people they knew in Haworth (She’s a Boy I Knew), Tiffany Burns (Mr. Big), Suzanne
that our ﬁlms are worth the price of admission.” When I ask him the industry to invest $200 in exchange for a single share and an Chisholm and Michael Parﬁtt (Saving Luna), John Zaritsky (The
about Paciﬁc New Wave, Bessai admits he really became excited executive producer credit; one producer called it “creative ﬁnanc- Suicide Tourist) and Brett Harvey (The Union). Don’t miss the of-
about the notion in Toronto’s Ontario Cinematheque, where there ing,” where only those who purchased shares are entitled to a ﬁcial festival ﬁlm guide and schedule, which goes public Sept. 8.
was a Paciﬁc New Wave retrospective recently, and concedes that two-per-cent back-end of the ﬁlm’s gross revenue. They capped
though Western ﬁlmmakers all tell different stories and utilize the budget at $10,000, even when it became apparent that more www.viff.org
different styles, they share a nonconformist quality. Though he producers wanted to contribute more cash. “We just wanted to
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26/ September, 2007 ■ INFAMOUS
Diplo: are we gonna
cyber or what, cause
i feel like that
Laura Matsue: what
r u wearing
Diplo: one of those
viking helmets, and
LATE-NIGHT A.I.M. WITH DIPLO
Sept 23rd brings Diplo and his Mad Laura Matsue: i heard at the 8th level of Laura Matsue: i am homeless. Laura Matsue: where are you Laura Matsue:
Decent Satisfaction tour to Celebrities. scientology you can levitate. and we can
We hooked up local youtube star Laura Laura Matsue: so. Diplo: you can stay with me Diplo: my bunk bed continue it
Matsue to chat with the DJ, producer and Laura Matsue: i wasn’t expecting this. Diplo: ive got a bunk bed Diplo: i just came back from ﬂorida some other
label owner about cyber sex, religion, Laura Matsue: talk about your feelings. time.
time travel and magic cards. Laura Matsue: ready, go. Laura Matsue: do you believe in magic Laura Matsue: do you like ﬂorida? Laura Matsue:
Laura Matsue: i went to disneyworld also, i’m
26/08/07 11:37 PM Diplo: are we gonna cyber or what Diplo: magic the gathering? once. staying at
Laura Matsue: hi i’m laura nice to meet Diplo: cause i feel like that your house
you Laura Matsue: this guy was giving away Diplo: i like epcot center next week.
Laura Matsue: we’re going to be internet Laura Matsue: what r u wearing a garbage bag full of those cards for $1 Diplo: its the past version of the future see you then.
friends now i guess on craigslist Diplo: that didnt happen
Laura Matsue: or at least for a few Diplo: one of those viking helmets Laura Matsue: you play? Diplo: with robot native americans Diplo: yer lyin
minutes Diplo: and wrestling pants Diplo: and presidents
Diplo: im in bed Diplo: i can learn Laura Matsue: where do you live?
Diplo: hey! Diplo: i just accidently sent the message Diplo: im still trying to being back pogs Diplo: i dunno if I want to talk about
Diplo: im adding u to my friend list “r we gonna cyber or what” to paul Diplo: or pokemon revelations or cyber with u Diplo: i live in philly
Diplo: paul (devro) told me u were going
to get naked on video chat Laura Matsue: i can leave you two alone. 12:00 AM Laura Matsue: can we do both Laura Matsue: do i get top or bottom
(laura forwards a youtube link) Laura Matsue: multi task? bunk?
Laura Matsue: 3.99 per minute Diplo: i dont even like paul like that Laura Matsue: did you follow that link i Laura Matsue: i was trying to ﬁnd you a Laura Matsue: i fell off the top once and
Laura Matsue: ok? just sent you of those guys humping the good picture of me at the furry conven- got a concussion.
Laura Matsue: have you seen my pic? Laura Matsue: just as friends. ottoman tion last year to kick it off. Laura Matsue: but it changed my life.
Laura Matsue: hang on i’ll grab a recent Laura Matsue: my favorite is ‘pipelaya’ Laura Matsue: and i’m taking off my Laura Matsue: now i can see ghosts.
one. Diplo: im more into erik (devereux) shirt.
Diplo: they call me pipelaya sometimes Diplo: ur hot
Diplo: nah ive been watchin your inter- Laura Matsue: me too. Diplo: thats a lucky couch Diplo: i traveld into a time machine once Diplo: we can both sleep on the ﬂoor
net show Laura Matsue: so you like the rugged Diplo: to buy a yoyo together
Diplo: on youtube type Laura Matsue: hey they’re looking for Diplo: but really you took your shirt off?
Laura Matsue: i believe that subculture gigs Laura Matsue: that’s my style lately.
Laura Matsue: this interview is supposed is called ‘bears’ Laura Matsue: Interests and Hobbies: Laura Matsue: what year did you go to? Laura Matsue: perfect.
to be about you Too all ladies we are do parties, house Laura Matsue: maybe we should call it a
Laura Matsue: like what is your favorite Diplo: homeless looking? calls watever .... we travel everywhere Diplo: 1834 night, this fur costume is going to take a
color ........ jus hit us up wit a message wit yo while to get through
Laura Matsue: when is your birthday Laura Matsue: yesterday i yelled at this number , city and state (Song Request Laura Matsue: yeah but
Laura Matsue: boxers or briefs guy wearing a black and red ﬂannel shirt Optional) ........... and we will set sum up Laura Matsue: sorry jacket Diplo: i ﬂew allday then locked my self
Laura Matsue: etc. downtown thinking it was erik and then i ...... the prices are different dependin on Laura Matsue: taking it slow out of my car in th emall
heard a shopping cart and realized i was wat u want ..... our manager will work Laura Matsue: how do i put a photo in Diplo: not email
Diplo: i never had a birthday mistaken wit u ......] here Diplo: mall
Diplo: my mother told me Laura Matsue: thats from their youtube Laura Matsue: i need to show you what Diplo: fuck it
Diplo: the buzzards laid me and the sun Diplo: i like ﬂannels this year Laura Matsue: get them to play with you i’m wearing. Diplo: peace
hatched me Laura Matsue: you’re going on tour soon Diplo: l8r
Diplo: so it was hard to put a date on it Laura Matsue: homeless is in. no? Diplo: jus drop it in Diplo: american fuck yeah!
Diplo: the box wher u type Laura Matsue: that was lovely. is that
Laura Matsue: she didn’t tell you when Diplo: heres a picture of me friday night Diplo: yeah with pipelaya and switch Diplo: hmm your message for the children?
you were born Diplo: with my homies Diplo: mad decent satisfaction tour Diplo: if it took 1 huor jsut to get yer Laura Matsue: thank you.
Diplo: no Diplo: im goin to bed Diplo plays Celebrities with Switch Sept.
Diplo: shirt 23, tix at clubzone.com
Laura Matsue: my mother told me to Diplo: not shit More Laura Matsue: www.youtube.
choose my own religion when i asked com/user/lauramatsue
her what i was. Laura Matsue: but we just met. More Diplo: www.maddecent.com/blog
Laura Matsue: i haven’t picked one yet. Laura Matsue: okay, i can deal with that. More Salbourg: salbourg.com/blog
Laura Matsue: as long as you accept that
Diplo: be baha’i this is what i look like
Diplo: thats a cool one Laura Matsue: in the leopard halter top
Laura Matsue: and spandex black pants
INFAMOUS ■ September, 2007 /27
5th ANNUAL STREET PARTY
At Opus’ 5th Annual Street Party over 700 guests celebrated under sunny
skies to the beats of Juno-winning Alpha Yaya Diallo, and partied into the
late night with Detroit’s DJ Kenneth Thomas. A fitting tribute to five
incredible years of service, Opus was proud to announce our 5 year
commitment to UNICEF’s Unite for Children, Unite Against Aids
campaign with a donation of $50 000 from the Opus Foundation.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS
FOR MAKING THE EVENT A ROARING SUCCESS.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 AT 7:30PM
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Tickets available at all ticketmaster Outlets,
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A LIVE NATION EVENT AND AN ALAN HAYMON PRODUCTION
Limit 8 tickets per person. All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes and service and handling charges.
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$10 MILLION CONDO AT ‘THE MELVILLE’ VANCOUVER’S
HIGHEST (AND MOST EXPENSIVE) PENTHOUSE
BY SUZANNE WESTOVER PHOTOS: ZOE BRIDGMAN
If Vancouver is rated the most liveable city on the Jeff Morter of San Francisco-based Bamo Inc., a ﬁrm
planet, then it follows that Vancouver’s most expen- renowned for both residential and hotel properties.
sive penthouse should be one its most desirable The new owners will have the option to collaborate
living spaces. with these top designers to ensure that their taste
is reﬂected throughout the home, which boasts
Perched atop the 43rd ﬂoor of The Melville, an archi- four bedrooms, six bathrooms and 10-foot ceilings
tecturally stunning Amacon development in the heart throughout.
of Coal Harbour, this luxurious abode is bound to
meet the standards of the most exacting occupants. The ﬁnishing touches include pebble stonewall,
hardwood, honed slate in the bathrooms and natural-
For an investment of $10 million, the future owners of ﬁnish granite countertops.
this 5,800-square-foot penthouse will have a condo
worthy of MTV’s Cribs. And while the sum may seem The owners of the penthouse will also have access
princely, it’s a steal when compared with the sky-high to room service, as well as valet and housekeeping
real estate prices in other international cities, such services provided by the Loden Hotel, an upscale
as London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. boutique property scheduled to open this fall.
This stunning abode will offer its future residents Also, the future occupants of the tallest residential
limitless possibilities: ﬁve patios hold the promise penthouse in Vancouver will enjoy the use of a 40-
of elegant cocktail parties with 360-degree views of foot lap pool, a sauna and an elegantly landscaped
Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains, a ﬁve- sky garden, which will be shared with other elite
car garage recommends a different car for each day residents. The property also includes a media room
of the work week and the 24-hour concierge service and ﬁtness centre.
ensures that even the smallest needs will be met.
This penthouse boasts the unique combination of ex-
“The unobstructed views are absolutely stunning,” traordinary scope and meticulous attention to detail.
says Pamela Groberman, publicist for Amacon. The sky really is the limit for the future residents of
“When you stand on one of the patios, you really do The Melville’s 43rd ﬂoor.
feel as though you’re perched on top of the world.”
The home is being designed by Michael Booth and
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BEST NIGHTS + DAYS OUT THIS MONTH
BLUE MAN GROUP DANA CARVEY
Sept. 29, GM Place, 8pm, $62.50-$92.50 Sept. 29-30, River Rock Show Theatre, 8pm,
The three blue men who started on the sidewalks $59.50-$69.50
of NYC in the ’80s tour their How to Be a Mega- SNL funnyman (and... funnylady...?), named one
star 2.0 show, combining multimedia, theatrics, of Comedy Central’s Top 100 comedians of all
comedy and music in a positive way, suitable for time, takes the stage with impersonations, popu-
all ages. lar characters, and standup. Party on.
JOHN DIGWEED BOYS NOIZE
Sept. 5, Celebrities, 9pm, $35 Sept. 19, Plaza Club
Legendary British DJ plays the Blueprint end of Straight outta Berlin, Oi! Oi! Oi! world tour drops
summer party. kid Alex in Vancouver and he’ll be bringing his
www.clubzone.com bangers, don’t sleep!
MASSACRE PETER, BJORN AND JOHN
Sept. 8, Commodore, 8pm, $19.50 Sept. 21, Commodore, 8pm, $23.50
With original frontman Anton Newcombe, enjoy Beyond Robson’s Peter Pimentel coined their
legendary psychedelic rock inspired by cult recent Vancouver show “Peter, Bjoring and Yawn”
leaders Jim Jones, Charles Manson, and Rolling - let’s hope the Swedes’ swift comeback will
Stones guitarist Brian Jones. Join the movement. emancipate them of this title. With Clientele.
Zulu, Scratch, www.ticketmaster.ca Zulu, Scratch, www.ticketmaster.ca
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC TEGAN AND SARA
Sept. 14, River Rock Show Theatre, 8pm, $49.50- Sept. 22, Commodore, 4pm (all ages) and
$59.50 9:30pm (sold out), $25
White and nerdy Al, skilled like a surgeon in the Twins! Touring their new cd The Con, with North-
realm of musical satire and parody, performs ern State.
favourites like “Eat it” and “The White Stuff.” Zulu, Highlife, www.ticketmaster.ca
SMASHING PUMPKINS DIPLO/SWITCH ARCTIC MONKEYS
NIGHT OF LIGHTS Sept. 24, PNE Forum, 6:30pm, $55-$60 Sept. 23, Celebrities, 10pm, $25 Sept. 30, PNE Forum, 6:30pm, $35-$40
LANTERN FESTIVAL We all have an extensive history with SP. Our love Chec out the interviewon page 27 in this issue. We keep saying these guys are Canadian, but
Sept. 15, Deer Lake Park, 6:30-9:30pm, Free affair began in like, 1979... OK, Billy Corgan isn’t www.clubzone.com they’re not.
Led by African drums, a procession will wind that old. With The Bravery. www.ticketmaster.ca
through entertainers, musicians and lantern www.ticketmaster.ca MARTINI MADNESS
installation ﬁlled park. Free lantern workshop Sept. 26, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 7pm, BUILT TO SPILL
from 3-6:30pm. NEW PORNOGRAPHERS $25–$40 Oct. 2, Commodore, 8pm, $25
www.publicdreams.org Sept. 28, Commodore, 8pm, $24.50 Women in Film & Television Vancouver hosts a Inﬂuential indie rock band, headed by Doug
Touring their new album Challengers, with Laven- popular social networking event as a kickoff to Martsch and his bushy beard.
AKON/RIHANNA der Diamond and Fancey. the Vancouver International Film Festival. Expect Zulu Records, Scratch Records, Red Cat, Highlife,
Sept. 15, GM Place, 8-11pm, $39.50-$55.50 Zulu, Scratch, www.ticketmaster.ca a turnout exceeding the 900 that came last year! Noize, www.ticketmaster.ca
Double-bill of R&B powerhouses. www.womeninﬁlm.ca
www.ticketmaster.ca FUJIYA & MIYAGI
BLUE MAN GROUP Oct. 9, Richard’s on Richards, 8pm, $15.50+
GRACIOUS GRAPE 90’s electronica and 70’s Krautrock inspired band
FUNDRAISER = another likely sell-out. With Dirty on Purpose.
Sept. 15, Vancouver Public Library, 8-11pm, $60 Zulu, Scratch, www.ticketmaster.ca
Wine-tasting and silent auction raises funds for
literacy. Proceeds go to Raise-a-Reader, and
there will also be artwork on display.
Sept. 18, Richards on Richards, 8pm, $20
Electro-jazz outﬁt from the UK on the Ninja Tune
label. Sounds exactly like what a ninja would
listen to, if that ninja was also a graceful swan
who enjoyed sweet melodies while practicing
grand pliés. Hee-ya!
Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat, Highlife and Noize
Sept. 18, Orpheum Theatre, 7:30pm,
Enter the world of bizarro with the Lips’ elaborate
live performance - named one of the 50 bands
to see before you die by Q magazine. With Moth
Photo: James Porto
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Dine, Dance, Sing or Just Relax On The Beach
Party at the “Pipes”, sleep at the Ocean Promenade Hotel
Be sure to check out our new menu
JOIN US MONDAY NIGHTS EVERY THURSDAY
FOR BC LIONS are THIS MONTH
GAMES ON CFL! WING NIGHTS The NEW Jam Night
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Draws to be FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
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