by Sean Orr | To the surprise of no one, Harper Named World’s ‘Worst Climate Villain’ After Damning Report. He’s also been named the World’s Worst Regular Villain, too.
To wit: Bill C-60: Tories Quietly Taking Control Of CBC, Group Alleges. It’s like he wants to “hate fuck” the CBC more desperately than Jian Ghomeshi does.
Meanwhile, Canadian humour magazine not even gonna touch this one, no thanks. Not even with a ten foot, um…pole?
Woman stabbed in Vancouver sex assault recovering in hospital. The story comes with a map of reported sex assaults, so nothing about the usual abuse of sex workers on the DTES, because they’re notoriously hard to pin down on a Google map. “He says it appears to police the woman was targeted because the attacker believed she was a sex trade worker”. Because then it would have totally been understandable? And of course, the usual mantra is repeated: “Women be careful out there”. It should be this: “Men stop raping women or we will fucking hunt you down and hurt you.”
Meanwhile, in Toronto: Chow slams Toronto Sun cartoon as “racist” and “sexist”. And Doug Ford losing is like “Isis coming to Toronto”
The only time you’ll feel proud to get punched in the face: Omar Albach Video ‘Canadians React To Ottawa Shooting’ Ends With Punch In Face. Violence is never okay except when it totally is.
The take-away: Ottawa attack reveals gaping holes in social safety net. “How would a beefed-up national spying apparatus have helped here? Or address the problem of alienated, emotionally incendiary and often addicted Canadians?”
Bad smell shuts down Vancouver’s Cambie Street. Are you sure it wasn’t Granville? (The lowest of low hanging fruit.)
Local band Ken Jennings gets tweeted by the real Ken Jennings:
What's the most punk name you can think of for a punk band? WRONG. http://t.co/1iaC3nD7Mr
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) October 28, 2014
Meanwhile, on Galiano Island, this is the most exciting thing that has ever happened: Galiano Island pub fight sparks four-hour standoff.
Cue David Cross on Redneck fights.
Vancouverite on the front lines of the fight against Ebola. Attaboy, Kenzie! I’m honoured to have been served a drink by this man, though I had no idea he was part of Zach Galifianakis’ Doctors Without Diplomas. *wink
Best new Twitter: Gastown’s Bill’s Confectionary.
Best Halloween costume: Social Media Professional.
Bonus: A haunting on Cordova Street.
The GOODS from Bambudda
Vancouver, BC | Bambudda is ringing in the Fall/Winter season with a $32 prix fixe menu from Chef Curtis Luk along with a new cocktail list. We’ve added a sentimental favourite, the Suffering Bastard – scotch, gin, lime, house made ginger syrup – to our classics. Additions to our house list include the Post Opium – rum, passionfruit, kaffir lime bitters and a warm white chocolate apricot brandy float, as well as the Powell Street Sour – smoky scotch, lemon, Cab Sauv float with house vermouth air. Reservations can be made at bambudda.ca. Learn more after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits is turning 1 and you are invited to join in the festivities on Thursday, October 30 from 4pm – 10pm, at 1725 Powell Street. The Tacofino Food Truck will be warming things up curb-side while the Odd Society bar team mixes up $6 cocktails in the lounge. You are encouraged to reveal your inner oddness and get dressed-up as there is a prize for best costume. Plus, Odd Society’s resident tarot card reader will be on-site to give you insight into the future. Learn more about Odd Society after the jump… Read more
by Stevie Wilson | For the past several decades the southeast corner of Main Street and King Edward has been home to Helen’s Grill, the familiar diner best known for its all-day, greasy spoon breakfasts and table-side jukeboxes.
But it’s much more than that. Today, Helen’s Grill stands out in the community for having remained largely unchanged since its humble beginnings in 1961. It’s sphinx-like indifference to the world of change beyond its doorstep only adds to its appeal.
The jukeboxes aren’t the only vintage item that Helen’s has to offer, either. The bones of the building itself are relatively ancient. 4102 Main Street has been home to a number of other coffee-slingin’ businesses over the years. The current brick structure appears to feature elements of the Mission Revival style, including rounded clay tile roofing, which suggests it was built sometime between 1910 and 1930. However, the corner originally featured a smaller shop (likely built circa 1910 after the Walden Block next door) and according to city records, previous occupants include a millinery, a jeweller, an oil driller, Gary’s Dairy, and a Royal Bank in 1920.
At some point over the years, the original structure was either demolished or massively remodeled to accommodate a string of new businesses (share your insights if you have any idea about the date). It was a confectionery by the late 1920s, and in 1945 the address is listed twice, as Tom Gray’s Cafe and later as Morray’s Coffee Shop. The following year it became Salsbury House, which was noted for “Fine Food” and hamburgers. And in 1948, the address was renovated to become the 7th location of the locally famous Aristocratic Restaurant chain.
Though Helen’s might not be very fancy these days, that doesn’t make her any less charming.
The GOODS from Minami
Vancouver, BC | Yaletown’s Minami Restaurant and fine wine and sake importer That’s Life Gourmet have partnered up to present the Ji-Zake Dinner on Wednesday, November 12th at 6pm. Following sake specialist Miki Ellis and Mariko Tajiri’s October travels throughout Japan, the evening features unique Japanese craft sake paired with a menu designed by Chef de Cuisine Alan Ferrer to highlight the flavours of each sip, from the Akita region to Miyazaki. Ellis has been touring around Japan with That’s Life Gourmet’s Tajiri this month, tasting at 10 sake breweries, shochu distilleries, and craft beer houses.
“Ji-zake literally means local craft sake and on this Japan trip, we really wanted to visit those craft sake breweries,” says Ellis, the youngest Certified Advanced Sake Professional in North America. “Each region has its own distinct sake.
Diners are in for a treat at this dinner. There are definitely going to be some sakes never before available in Vancouver. In addition to tasting sake, I’m also collecting ingredients from each region and bringing back to Chef Ferrer to utilize in his dishes.”
The evening begins at 6pm with a reception, followed by an eight-course paired dinner at 6:30pm. The full line-up will be unveiled closer to-the-date. Tickets are $250 (inclusive of tax and gratuity). Limited tickets are available by visiting Minami Restaurant (1118 Mainland Street), calling 604-685-8080, or emailing events [at] aburirestaurants.com. Read more
by Grady Mitchell | The new Serpens Gallery (replacing the Positive Negative Gallery at 436 Columbia St.) opened its first – and very Halloween-appropriate – show this past Friday night. It’s called Sahelanthropus; the name being a reference to the ancient humanoid skull that marks the point when chimps and humans began to diverge some 7 million years ago. It’s curated by artist Colin Moore, who say he’s ”always wanted to do a skull-bawd art show, and what better time than right before Halloween?”
Along with Colin’s work, the show features painter Jose Rivas, black and white illustrations by Peter Ricq, and two ceramic artists, Michael Holler and David M Robinson, whose works jive with the tactile, three-dimensional nature of the show’s theme. “Every artist learns to draw a skull at some point in their lives,” says Colin. “It’s good for learning anatomy.” Sahelanthropus will allow viewers the chance to see these studies first-hand, as well as some interactive aspects that you’ll need to check out for yourselves over the next two weeks.
(Regarding the gallery’s name change: former curator Adam Lupton has left for New York and grad school and handed the gallery off to his friend Steffen Quong. Steffen has given the gallery a rebrand and opened up much of the back area into a lounge-like zone complete with art and a long, communal table. He’s looking to keep a healthy variety of weekly events up in the space, including things beyond art exhibitions.)
The GOODS from Blue Mountain
Okanagan Falls, BC | Our recently disgorged 2010 Brut Rosé R.D., 2006 Reserve Brut R.D. and 2007 Blanc de Blancs R.D. are now available! Here’s what the critics have to say: the 2010 Brut Rosé R.D. ($32.90) “…perpetuates the clear and concise house style, shared in common excellence with the Reserve Dry bottle. The smells of strawberries are key, the texture so important to character and aridity the driving force behind its level of elegance.” (Michael Godel, Reviewed October 2014, winealign.com).
The 2006 Reserve Brut R.D. ($39.90) is “exceptional, complex, silky. Recently disgorged (RD) refers to the fact that this sparkling aged on its lees to add complexity, until just months prior to release. Renowned for elegant and often intricate bubbles, this one is no exception. Made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a splash of Pinot Gris, it suggests patisserie aromas of warm buttery croissants and nutty brioche slathered in pear compote alongside golden apples, field berries, orange zest and white flowers. Expect a fine bead (bubbles) and a mosaic of fruit, exotic citrus, nuts and bready toasted flavours. It is silky and undeniably elegant with exceptional power balanced by mouthwatering acidity.” (Daenna Van Mulligen, reviewed October 2014, winediva.ca).
And regarding the 2007 Blanc de Blancs R.D. ($39.90): “This lovely chardonnay-based sparkler shows some real class and finesse. Generous, complex refined aromas of lemon, mashed apple, vanilla and almond biscotti. It’s slim, focused, juicy and mouthwatering, with excellent to outstanding length.” (David Lawrason, Reviewed October 2014, winealign.com). Learn more about the winery after the jump… Read more
by Sean Orr | A chance, perhaps, to gloat: Ottawa attack highlights differences in Canadian-American media coverage. It’s pretty depressing how we get super excited whenever the media does its job properly. “There was a deplorable lack of political opportunism, and a dreadful dearth of doomsaying”.
Counterpoint: Never let the facts get in the way of a good Cronkite moment:
History. Context. Perspective. Understanding. Skepticism. Thoughtfulness. Canada’s so-called media and political “elites” abandoned them all. In their stead, we got a week-long diet of chest-thumping patriotic clichés, cheap, meaningless hyperbole and tropes that, taken together, have already manufactured widespread consent for what will surely be another assault on our rights and freedoms engineered by a cynical Conservative government.
Without further ado: MPs Pass Anti-Terror Bill. Including such fun provisions as the Philip K. Dick-sounding “preventive detention” and “investigative hearing” in which someone suspected of having knowledge of a terrorist act can be forced to answer questions. But not to worry, I pressed “Apple + F” to search the bill and found no mention of the word torture…
Mad LoVe quotes Padme Amidala, “So this is how liberty dies…to thunderous applause”: Young cadet continues to stand guard for Nathan Cirillo at Port Coquitlam cenotaph.
Meanwhile, Peter de Groot’s sister says, ‘He was executed’. Yeah, but it was to protect us, so never mind.
Moxy Frivolous: Fifty shades of Ghomeshi. Maybe he forgot that the D in BDSM stands for discipline. Maybe the lyrics to that Moxy Fruvous song should be “Once I was, the King of pain, Now I eat, humble pie”. Meanwhile, HuffPo reminds us that Liking ‘Q’ Isn’t a Good Enough Reason to Side With Jian while a ‘sex geek‘ wonders if the “don’t hate me for being kinky” defence will be used by people who perpetrate non-consensual violence.
Meanwhile in Whistler: Dumb, drunk and Dangerous: Idiots throw sleeping friend from 2nd story balcony.
Related: On the Twilight of the West.
Oh, and just in case you needed a reminder to not take a drug used in date rapes: Three people hospitalized in North Vancouver after taking GHB.
Via the Westender (with a straight face): Maybe the Donnelly Group isn’t so bad, after all. Money quote:
“…the look and feel of their pubs has always been an attempt to reflect the neighburhoods [sic] and clientele they’re serving…”
Hmm, even though it looks super realistic, Mordor isn’t a real neighbourhood.
A shout out to one of our staple faves, the sharable pork schnitzel appetizer at Wildebeest. These salty, crunchy-to-tender morsels are really long on flavour, especially when dipped in the supplied spiced beer mustard. Available at dinner and during weekend brunch service.
120 West Hastings St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca | $9
(via) This beautiful pop-up book is actually the cocktail menu at the Beaufort Bar in London’s super swank Savoy Hotel. Collaboratively designed by paper engineer Helen Friel and illustrator Joe Wilson, it opens up to reveal elaborate constructions of the available drinks, complete with glass-type and a list of ingredients. A great (if prohibitively expensive) idea; one seen through to gorgeous fruition.
The GOODS from Cannery Brewing Company
Penticton, BC | After 14 years in the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton, Cannery Brewing will be moving to a new location. They are building a new brewery at 198 Ellis St. in downtown Penticton. This week, in a special ceremony with dignitaries, media, suppliers, supporters and staff, they broke ground on their new brewery building.
Patt Dyck, co-owner of Cannery Brewing thanked those for attending the groundbreaking ceremony and for being part of their journey. She explained, “Today marks an important milestone for us as we celebrate the groundbreaking of our new brewery. We started this journey in 2000, brewing our first batch of beer on April Fools Day, 2001. We’ve come a long way in the last 14 years, brewing our 1,555th batch of beer this week. We have grown and expanded and as much as we love our current location in the Cannery Trade Centre, we’ve simply outgrown it. We are building a new brewery that will be larger and better suited to our needs. And we are thrilled to be moving to downtown Penticton.”
Patt assured attendees that although the physical location of the brewery will be changing, their name and their commitment to producing premium quality craft beer will remain the same. “We will still be the Cannery Brewing Company. The Cannery Trade Centre was our beginning and our roots. Our name will remain the same to reflect our history. And we’ll continue to produce great craft beer that will make us and Penticton proud.”
The new 12,000 square foot brewery is being designed by local architect Matthew Coady and built by Penticton-based Greyback Construction. Patt continued, “The existing building, previously ANJ Automotive Service, will become our tasting room and retail store. It will also be the location of our Growler filling station and a spot to buy beer merchandise like hats and shirts. Plus we’ll expand to have a more robust food menu than we can currently offer. In our new space, guests will be able to enjoy our beer alongside some great local food selections.” Read more
by Sean Orr | A different kind of blowback: Ottawa shooter lived in Vancouver’s DTES. Let’s talk terror. Not the terror of Islamic fundamentalism, but the terror of mental health that surrounds us everyday. Not politically motivated terror, but the terror of addiction…
I wonder what would happen if we spent the same amount of money that we’re going to spend fighting ISIS (and their terrible beheadings while ignoring Saudi Arabia’s equally terrible beheadings) on addiction and mental health issues instead?
And instead of a measured response, we see drummed up hysteria. Attempts are made to tie the shooter to ISIS (he read their Twitter feed!), while Justin Bourque (a white guy who had conservative and conspiratorial anti-state world views) murdered three Mounties and the word “terror” is conveniently absent from the coverage. More collective amnesia. More police state rhetoric.
As Crawford Kilian writes: “We need to spend more attention on our own social and psychological state [...] to ditch our democratic values and institutions would be to hand victory to the thugs…”
Oh wait. It’s too late: Conservatives mulling legislation making it illegal to condone terrorist acts online. Of course, nobody should condone a terror attack, but what if you question if it’s actually an act of terror, as I have just done? Also, does this mean every addict with mental health issues is a potential terrorist?
Meanwhile, what about the terror perpetrated against our aboriginal women? Fontaine and Gross: Two missing teens garnered two different responses. That’s not terror. That’s just isolated cases. A total fluke. No need to take any sort of collective action: Canada Is The Only UN Member To Reject Landmark Indigenous Rights Document. Protect Canadians! Just not the ones who were here first.
We need to protect our sacred institutions, like the RCMP: RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, who smoked marijuana on job, found dead.
I’m not sure how to segue out of all this so… Watch a stampede of idiots endlessly run straight into a spinning metal thing.
Just in case you were wondering where our media stands in regards to resource extraction: New video series on resources debate launches. Yup, the husband of one of Christy Clark’s closest friends and advisors.
Meanwhile, one of the candidates hoping to join Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr on City Council has an investment portfolio heavy on industrial and mining stocks: Mayor moved, Greens energetic?
But that’s nothing. Just read through mayoral candidates’ statements. Particularly the first guy:
I’ve lived a good life in Canada and refuse to watch Asian immigrants buy our lives well raise property taxes on Chinese 5% our stop party mayor and van east PM is to blow up ISIS and take our country now prefer email and texts were running for families who pay most taxes n stay here mayor meynard & stop mayor meynard
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | On November 1st, El Kartel, La Mezcaleria and Tribe Collaborative are bringing Mexican tradition to Vancouver with a party in honour of “Dia de los Muertos”. Tribe Collaborative endeavours to foster creative collaboration amongst local artists and companies to produce innovative events. Produced in partnership with La Mezcaleria and El Kartel, with sponsorships from Jose Cuervo and Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tribe’s first major event will take place on the iconic Mexican holiday, “el Dia de los Muertos”: The Day of the Dead.
One of the richest and most ancient traditions in Mexican culture, “el Dia de los Muertos” is observed on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov 2. This holiday is a gathering of family and friends to commemorate their deceased loved ones. Held at the freshly revamped space in the 1903 heritage building that is El Kartel’s new Chinatown location, this event will feature music by DJ Hubbz, Mr. Pablo, El Garzita and DJ Fantastico; live trumpet by Kristy Lee Audette and percussion by Daniel Ruiz; visual projections by Skunk; cinematography by Daniela Flor; and professional make-up application for party-goers that care to revel in the theme provided by Nara Vazco and Fa Mercado.
Highlights include an altar, face painting, traditional music and drinks, spooky vibes and lots of surprises! And of course, no true Mexican party is complete without the holy trinity of tequila shots, Palomas and Margaritas. Celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead with a community of local creatives who continue to bring culturally diverse events to Vancouver. Dressing-up is highly encouraged but not necessary. Details after the jump… Read more
(via) Can Vancouver honestly claim to be a “world class” city without a great bookstore? By great we mean one that stops people in its tracks, ensnaring and enchanting all who enter it with the way in which it is artfully arranged. We don’t think so. It might have a handful of bookstores worthy of mention, but none are gobsmackingly massive or iconic (the stunning main branch of the public library notwithstanding). Chain behemoths like Chapters don’t count, and tangled labyrinths Powell’s in Portland or the Strand in New York are old hat. We believe that Vancouver should have something different and more modern — something like the voluminous, open-concept Livraria Culture in São Paulo, Brazil. Designed by Studio MK27 “to encourage shoppers to stay and read the books they’ve purchased or to simply hang out with friends”, it’s sexy as hell. Accordingly, we imagine it occupying the ridiculously over-sized Victoria’s Secret location on the corner of Robson and Burrard, which is no stranger to books in the first place.