Wick | Place, Slang | Short for the Wickaninnish Inn. A luxurious, peaceful, iconic Relais & Chateaux escape on Vancouver Island. Where the tourism concept of “storm watching” was born.
Usage: “When things get bad I just close my eyes, hug my knees, and think of the Wick…”
Lifer | Person/Lifestyle | A person who has psychologically surrendered the entirety of their future to the restaurant business.
Usage: “You need at least three Lifers to anchor any front of house team…”
Chimo | Salutation | An under-utilized word employed in the same manner as “Cheers” and “Aloha”. It was appropriated from the Inuit of Northern Quebec by the Federal Government during the 1967 centennial celebrations, the failed hope being that its common usage would buttress our national identity. Today, it is the secret handshake (verbal) of many Canadian sommeliers and wine writers. Pronounced: chee-mo.
Usage: “Here, let me pour you a glass of Sandra’s newest Merlot. Chimo!”
Shit Turkey | Bird/Slang | The ubiquitous Canada Goose. A large, aggressive bird that hates children and loves to poop.
Usage: “There was a flock of Shit Turkeys ganging up on a three year old in the park today…”
No Fun Piano | Token/Phenomenon | Any playable piano placed in a very public place by a civic government desperate to combat its culturally-hamstrung No Fun City image.
Usage: “I saw one of the construction workers outside the new loft development in Chinatown playing ‘chopsticks’ on the No Fun Piano…”
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore Cabaret presents a special summer double bill on Thursday, August 14th. In the sweetest deal of the summer, you are invited to enjoy Bry Webb (of the Constantines) for a special ‘Pay What You Can’ early show, with guests Olenka & the Autumn Lovers (Webb is on tour in support of his highly lauded new album, ‘Free Will’). Doors 7pm. RSVP on Facebook here. And then at 9:30pm, get set for the Tribute to the Ramones Pizza Part in celebration of the life and times of Tommy Ramone (RIP) and the entire Ramones crew. The Ramores, Slow Learners and Desolation Sound will play, and it just wouldn’t be a Ramones’ party without pizza. Come early to chow down on some choice slices. RSVP on Facebook here. Playbill/details after the jump. Read more
by Grady Mitchell | Robbie Slade is one-half of Vancouver electronic duo Humans, alongside beat maker and Montreal transplant Peter Ricq. “Pete’s prolific,” says Robbie. “He cranks out beats like crazy.” Robbie takes those beats and adds melodies and vocals, and together they achieve their booming, turbulently danceable signature sound.
Robbie honed his musical talents in a somewhat literal trial by fire. He was a feller fighting forest fires in northern BC, moving into areas to cut down dead trees so his crew could work safely. Alone all day in a smouldering forest, he wrote songs in his head as he cut. He held the melodies in his mind until he could write them down, sometimes days later.
Pete’s always been an electronic musician, but Robbie’s early interests were in folk and reggae. You can hear the influence of those genres on the throaty rasp of his voice, especially on tracks like De Ciel, from the band’s second album, 2012′s Traps. Robbie points out, though, that the lines between genres grow blurrier every day. “If you’re going to stop at folk, you probably don’t like music that much, because I’m pretty sure James Blake could get ya.”
Since Traps came out in 2012 they’ve collected more new gear and finished recording a new, as-of-yet untitled album. Will it be dancy? “Moreso than ever,” Robbie assures. Unfortunately, it won’t be out until February. Until then, you can hear more Humans at their site, or you can catch them on August 16th at the Two Acre Shaker in Pemberton.
Head to the Rio Theatre on August 21st to take in the Vancouver premiere of A Film About Coffee, the new documentary that is being celebrated by coffee wonks the world over. Bonus: 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters will have a crew on hand dispensing unique heirloom varieties of coffee. Via our friends at the Rio: “The movie has been selling out screenings this summer around the world, from Portland to NYC to that place called New Zealand, so we’re stoked to bring it to Vancouver.” Doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at 8pm. Tickets and details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | There are major changes underway with The Chinatown Experiment and this month is a preview of what’s ahead. See the line-up below for all the upcoming new pop-ups, starting off with free coworking for all. Stay on top of it all and receive updates by liking The Chinatown Experiment on Facebook. Drop in on any (or all) of the pop ups to support local entrepreneurs and creative thinkers. If you snap the action and have it up on Instagram, get their attention by tagging @chinatownexp.
August 5 – 14 | FREE COWORKING @thisopenspace | #thisopenspace
We’ve opened our doors for ten days of free coworking. You can sit with us all day and practice your GyShiDo, or just drop in to say hello. Bring your laptops, sketchbooks, painting easels, and whatever else you need to get s**t done – we’ll take care of the essentials – tables, chairs, and super quick WiFi. There’s coffee next door at The Shop and down the street at Musette Caffé. You can bring your own outside food or grab a bite at our friends Bestie and Pazzo Chow. We’re also working on something exciting launching on September 1. Come hang out with us to find out more about what’s going on at #thisopenspace. Open weekdays 9am – 5pm.
August 15 – 21 | platFORM PRESENTS: THE 1 SALE | #platFORMclass
This summer, students from the SFU’s Beedie School of Business and Emily Carr’s Design program have teamed up to create sustainable market-viable products in a six-week long collaborative program. The trans-disciplinary teams will be launching and showcasing products that address issues such as sustainable travel, social isolation, textile waste, cosmetics packaging, and food packaging. It all takes place in a one-week pop-up storefront. The opening night pitches start August 15 from 6pm – 10pm and the platFORM 1 Sale is open Saturday to Sunday 11am – 9pm and Monday to Thursday from 12pm – 8pm.
August 23 – 24 | CAROL KELLEY’s WOOD+WINE | #carolkelley
Carol Kelley’s designs are a reflection of a rural upbringing crossed with a modern lifestyle. The furniture pieces are a family collaboration. Her father, a self-taught log home builder (very cool) and a trained fine woodworker, sources and salvages trees from the land where the family was raised. Each pieces is the cut and dried locally in an adjacent mill. Kelley then brings them to Vancouver for finishing in a shared East Van studio. Opening night is August 23 from 7pm to late. Come thirsty, there will be a cash bar. The store is also open Sunday from 11am – 5pm.
August 25 – 27 | ALFONSO ARNOLD PHOTOGRAPHY | #alfonsoarnold
Local photographer Alfonso Arnold returns from a recent trip to Myanmar for a three-day photography exhibition. Alfonso is inspired by artistic, and social diversity. He shoots for commercial, and fine art clients with a strong passion for people and landscapes. Along with a full time studio, he is an instructor at Lasalle College Int., and the photo coordinator for the bi-annual, Eco Fashion Week.
August 28 – 31 | ROSE & LEA POP-UP SHOP | #roseandlea
Laura & Natasha are a mother-daughter blogging duo from Vancouver. They’re behind the lifestyle blog Rose & Lea – writing about art, baking, and beauty amongst their other passions. For four days only, they are taking their online blog and bringing it to life in a pop-up storefront. Expect them to share their passions by having gourmet-baked goods for sale, as well as their unique style of painting inspired by the beauty found in everyday surroundings. They paint whatever happens to inspire them at that moment in time – their designs are always feminine, and uniquely Rose & Lea.
Opening night party is on Thursday, August 28 from 7pm – 9pm. Weekend store hours are 11am – 7pm Friday to Saturday and to 6pm on Sunday.
by Andrew Morrison | As a summer project, my eldest son James and I have been walking around the city with a copy of Fred Herzog Photographs (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011) and trying to shoot the exact locations where the master framed up his most iconic shots. It’s a book that we both love because a lot of the pictures were taken really close to our house in Strathcona and all around the Downtown Eastside. Because of our familiarity with the territory, most of the locations have been easy to pick out. Others are proving far more difficult because much of what was once there is no more. Truly, working on this has really brought home how dramatic the changes to this city have been over the last 50-60 years. And yet, in some places, it’s uncanny how it has remained largely the same. There’s plenty of summer left and a lot more Herzog haunts to explore, so expect the gallery below – complete with higher resolution side-by-sides and descriptive captions – to expand.
by Grady Mitchell | “I want anyone to feel like they’re allowed to like art,” says Jeff Hamada, the Vancouverite behind Booooooom, one of the world’s leading online archives of contemporary creativity. That’s why he started the site six years ago, and with millions of visitors each month – well, mission accomplished.
Along with a bottomless reserve of enthusiasm, one of the main reasons Jeff launched Booooooom was in response to the elitism he encountered in art school. He’s adamant, however, that he won’t spoon-feed art to the masses. When someone tells him “I love everything you post on your site,” he considers that a failure. The trickiest part of the whole Booooooom operation is balancing people’s expectations while introducing them to new, challenging work. The last thing he wants the site to become is an echo chamber endlessly reinforcing its own opinion.
What he does want, he says, “is to provide an opportunity for people to encounter something they’re not really sure about. I want the site to be more like an appetizer than a main course; for them to be hungry to discover more on their own.”
The Booooooom selection process doesn’t involve formulas or focus groups. In his mind, selecting only things you know people will like isn’t curation. Instead, a curator works to take people somewhere. Jeff uses the analogy of a river with five stepping stones. If the viewer stands on the first stone and Jeff’s on the fifth, he’ll lose them. If they’re both huddled on the same rock, nobody gets anywhere. But if Jeff stays one step ahead, eventually they’ll make their way across. The idea is to maintain that healthy gap and lead viewers along.
The key here is tacit, or intutive, knowledge. “Know how,” Jeff calls it. Like cooking an old family recipe without measuring ingredients, or ollying a skateboard, it’s something you learn to do from repetition. Viewing art, Jeff says, is similar. Anyone can train to do it if they spend the time it takes to look and think.
You don’t even have to like the work. There’s something valuable in trying to understand what others see in something, Jeff says, even if you don’t. Hell, especially if you don’t. To take an extreme example, let’s look at Nickleback. “If so many people like Nickleback,” Jeff says, “Who’s right about Nickleback?” Let’s not ponder that dilemma too deeply, just let it illustrate Jeff’s broader point: “It’s important to put yourself in the position of questioning.”
Good taste can only take you so far. The real thing that makes Booooooom stand out from so many other sites is the community. Like learning to study art, it’s something that’s built over time. The work of building it wasn’t actually hard, Jeff says, it’s just that there was a lot of it. From day one, he emailed every artist he featured (he still does). He didn’t ask for anything, just let them know he enjoyed their work. Send two or three emails a night over a couple years, eventually you’ll have a community on your hands.
Today, he uses his following to engage artists and art lovers through challenges and contests. The latest is Drawing On The Past, where he challenged readers to draw an influential person, place or thing from their life and write about it. In return they could win a limited edition Booooooom bag made in collaboration with Herschel Supplies. Jeff hopes to launch even larger creative collaborations in the future. Or, in his words, to at least have his ideas “rejected by bigger and bigger clients.” Whatever you’re doing, Jeff argues that getting shot down every once in a while is critical. “Rejection is a huge part of knowing that you’re still pushing it. If I succeed ten times in a row, to me that’s a failure. I’m not trying hard enough.”
He also hopes, someday soon, to take Booooooom from a strictly virtual space to a physical one. Less of a straight up gallery, he’s thinking, and more of a community hub where people who dig it can get together. If you haven’t already, give the website a visit. You can also check out Jeff’s personal work here.
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A pop-up is a limited time offer and we make sure that clients get noticed by an engaged audience that we’ve built over the last two years. This includes over 1000+ subscribers to our monthlycoolkids newsletter, 3000+ Instagram, 1900+Facebook, and 1500+ Twitter followers. We leverage our audience and get clients noticed.
Over the past two years, we’ve seen the best and the less than stellar. We know the elements that make a pop-up event successful and those to avoid. Our team has a track record of producing successful retail, food, and entertainment events. We design unique and memorable experiences.
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Tuff City | Place/Nickname | The nickname of the town of Tofino, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Usage: “I’m heading over to Tuff City this weekend…”
Kids On The Block | Exclamation/Warning | A pass-it-on call yelled out on the DTES whenever young children are present.
Usage: “Put that shit away, man. Kids on the block!”