ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

February 5, 2014 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…

THE TRACK

THE PIXIES Magdalena

Black Francis and the Pixies offer you a brooding new song from a steady stream of EPs they are self-releasing in advance of touring season. Joey Santiago’s signature Les Paul into Marshall Stack’s distorted crunch propels this sweet and sour ode to Magdalena – a classic mysterious Pixies-esque protagonist who really tears into a falafel (you know that infamous Marais joint with the line ups) before engaging in a dark egg and spoon tango through the catacombs of the city’s metro lines. Like it or not, The Pixies are back to wreak havoc with your stereo speakers!

The Playlist

MAC DEMARCO Treat Her Better

Mac has the best smile in the music business. His gap tooth grin is something we are going to be seeing a lot of in 2014 as he supports his third album, ‘Salad Days’. Captured here entertaining a bobbing head crowd at Sundance, DeMarco drops one of his new infectious cavalier good time jams. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he has a Vancouver date on the tour!

EATING OUT That’s My Man

Daniel P. is usually found behind the drum kit in the local noise rock band Nu Sensae. You can also find him performing on the stages of high class theaters such as The Stanley. Consider these two points as the extreme examples of his talents with the distance between the two being the wide niche in which he thrives. A unique local talent, Daniel here fronts his more garagey rock band Eating Out, as they celebrate high school ennui and the joys of minor revolutions.

THE COURTNEYS Lost Boys

Staying close to home, here we have a nice new video from Vancouver’s breakout band of 2013 – The Courtneys. Channeling the classic Keifer Sutherland vampires in the amusement park vibe (Lost Boys) and shot by Andrew Volk, this video reminds us how much fun Playland can be after dark. This new track is the first sneak peak of the band’s debut on Burger Records, which obviously sounds great!

DISCLOSURE Grab Her

Employing a simple premise and making the most out of it — that’s pretty much what this nifty new video from Disclosure does. Actually, you could probably say that about everything on this British duo’s debut electronic album, Settle. There’s an economic efficiency to their music; no extra bells and whistles, no vocoder etc — just straight up catchy grooves.

DAMON ALBARN Everyday Robots

Damon from Blur is a very busy guy. Beyond his own music, he has made a name for himself as a big time studio producer. Thus, it should be no surprise that the sound of this new solo track is nice and beefy. Using more electronic sources, Albarn’s latest track ‘Everyday Robots’ is a fat beat-filled glitchy track which he nicely pairs with a clever CGI portrait of his skull. Bravo.

THE GIG

Sat Feb 15 | YUNA – MEDIA CLUB

‘Live your life, don’t hide from what you are’… So begins this chilled out track from Malaysian singer-songwriter Yunalis Mat Zara’ai a.k.a. Yuna. Having just recently inked a contract with the infamous New York based jazz/pop label Verve Records, Yuna is definitely following her own advice and going for it. Her mid-February stop at the Media Club is early into her two month stint of shows throughout North America and Europe. Cozy and intimate, this gig should be the perfect place for Vancouver-ites to catch a glimpse of Yuna’s vocal prowess and unique pan-global pop aesthetic. Originally this performance was scheduled for late in 2013, but when Conan and the rest of the late night talk shows came calling, Yuna’s path was rerouted and her debut Vancouver appearance was postponed. Ticket sales for this new rescheduled date have been strong and we do anticipate the show selling out – act fast as who knows when Yuna will be back!

Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of January after the jump… Read more

ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

January 13, 2014 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…

THE TRACK

CALIFONE Movie Music Kills A Kiss

Someone should curate a site featuring videos that use a single long shot. There is something fascinating about the results. Your mind is forced to interpret the images differently as the continuity of time and space captured through just one single camera lens has some very hypnotic qualities. Equally hypnotic are the slow burning blues odes of Chicago/L.A.’s Califone. Frontman Tim Rutili not only stars in this video, but also gets directing credits with a long, slow motion tracking shot of a woman en route to smash her lover’s guitar.

KING KRULE – A Lizard State

Any video that gives a nod to Hitchcock is good in our book. King Krule was a standout of 2013 – dropping a fairly unique post-jazz crooner album entitled 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, and delighting a sold out Vancouver audience at Fortune in early December. As Hitch notes…this video is all about gravity!

STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Lariat

Malkmus and the Jicks are really killing it this week! On Tuesday they gave us January’s good time jams ‘Wig Out At Jagbags’, and now they’re making the late night talk show rounds as well as playing a few choice warm up shows in advance of a proper tour that has them in Vancouver on April 10th. This song harkens back to classic Pavement days and even drops some sweet references to Bongwater, Sun City Girls, Mudhoney and more.

COOL Blue

Cool is the band featuring Adrian and Amanda from Apollo Ghosts alongside Shawn Mrazek on drums! They were the surprise guests on KingFisher Bluez’s Christmas Show, so now the cat’s out of the bag. This video was created using the technology of www.fiverr.com, a place on the internet where people will do things for you for a fiver.

WILD BEASTS Wanderlust

It’s been almost 3 years since a proper new full length from London’s suave art-school rockers Wild Beasts. Smother was a good record but it got remixed to death, so it’s indeed nice to hear something as spacy and enticing as this new track.

BOAT CLUB Warmer Climes

If you have ever travelled to Gothenburg you will know that it’s a hidden gem in Sweden. It’s home to Way Out West festival, the famous Pustervik Club as well as a community of young bands that just brought the nord blissout scene to life. Check in with Boat Club.

PONTIAK – Lack Lustre Rush

Chicago’s ever-cool record label Thrill Jockey are making a noisy splash in 2014 with the long awaited arrival of this tasty Pontiak track! Imagine Suicide sitting around with Sunno))) and MBV and you might get a better grasp on what exactly Pontiak’s take on stoner rock is.

ARIEL PINK AND SKY FERREIRA – My Molly

A true match made in heaven, two of Hollywood’s most flamboyant rockers meet up for a gritty riff on My Molly. No word on whether Ariel and Sky plan to make an entire record together this year. They both seem really into the project though…

THE GIG

DARKSIDE at FORTUNE SOUND CLUB Tuesday January 21st

This is probably the show in January that everyone has circled on their calendars. It’s long sold out but there may be a few tickets up for grabs as the date nears. Darkside is, of course, the collaboration between electronic producer/musician Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. The duo first made a name for themselves remixing Daft Punk’s latest opus in its entirety. Based on the groundswell of interest in their vision they quickly recorded Psychic which sees them mining more hypnotic landscapes and offering up a more contemporary take on classic German prog outfits like Can and Neu. This will be a low key night, the music free but linear, and deeply etched in your subconscious as the dubby psychedelics and echoing delays nicely reverberate around Chinatown.

Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of January after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Krokodile Pear In Kits Is Looking For A Talented Juicetender

January 8, 2014 

Krokodile Pear is located at 1867 West 1st Avenue in Kitsilano | Vancouver, BC | www.krokodilepear.com

Krokodile Pear is located at 1867 West 1st Avenue in beautiful Kitsilano | Vancouver, BC | www.krokodilepear.com

The GOODS from Krokodile Pear

Vancouver, BC | Krokodile Pear is currently seeking a talented Juicetender located at our Kitsilano location. A day in the life of a Juicetender involves educating customers on the many features and benefits of our products, preparing and serving beverages in a fast-paced environment while providing exemplary customer service, executing proper cash handling procedures, and pressing juice using a large commercial grade, cold-press juicer whilst adhering to all safety and sanitary guidelines. Applicants must have a passion for natural, organic foods and for living a healthy lifestyle (you don’t have to be an expert – we just strongly encourage you to share your journey with our customers and with our team), a fun, optimistic and friendly personality, the ability to thrive in a dynamic, always changing, entrepreneurial organization, a flexible work schedule that may include weekends and holidays, and a demonstrated ability to provide exemplary customer service preferably drawing from experience in a similar role. Please submit your resume and cover letter to work [at] krokodilepear.com. Learn more about the company after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “Maenam” Is Laying Out A Special Feast On West 4th Ave This New Years Eve

December 17, 2013 

West 4th’s crticially acclaimed Maenam is located at 1938 West 4th Ave in Kits | 604-730-5579 | www.maenam.ca

The GOODS from Maenam

Vancouver, BC | Take your taste buds to Thailand this New Year’s Eve with Maenam’s exclusive four-course dinner. Inspired by the flavours of Southeastern Asia, Chef Angus An’s celebratory menu features a selection of original creations alongside classic Maenam favourites. Ideal for sharing, guests can expect dishes that showcase a range of traditional Thai flavours, covering the spectrum of hot, sour, salty and sweet. Guests are given the option of rounding out their NYE celebrations with exotic cocktails and perfect wine pairings. Maenam’s four-course New Year’s Eve Chef’s Menu is priced at $60 per person. A vegetarian menu is also available. As space is limited, guests are encouraged to reserve early by phoning 604-730-5579. Get a look at the complete menu after the jump… Read more

ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

December 9, 2013 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…

THE TRACK

MOGWAI The Lord Is Out of Control

I keep watching this video waiting for something terrible or horrifying to happen, but it never does. Scottish post-rockers Mogwai know how to create mood, capture one’s attention and focus our listening experience. There’s a hypnotic slow burn to their compositions. Using classic vintage synth swells and fried fuzz guitars, the tones flow together perfectly into an enthralling elixir. The video was shot on location in Hawaii, capturing the eerie beauty of its natural setting inter-cut with some really nice footage of late night acrobatics classes, a man living off the grid and raising masks to the sun, and a woman trekking out to take in the sunrise. In the back of your mind you know that Mogwai live for the blissed out massive volume distortion rock outs, so when this new song just manages to keep the intensity in check the result is really seductive. Mogwai’s Rave Tapes release is one to look forward to in 2014.

THE PLAYLIST

BONNIE PRINCE BILLY Black Captain

Will Oldham drops a nugget from his songbook for Greenpeace’s boat The Arctic Sunrise which was detained by on piracy charges in September after they attempted to protest offshore drilling in the Russian Arctic. Black Captain is already a highly moving song, but in this politicized context and with Will just set up on a dock strumming his guitar, you can’t help but feel the vibe.

DISAPPEARS Kone

Remember the good old days when bands could jam on drone rock for 14 minutes in a vain attempt to capture the glory of Can and Faust? Those days are alive and well in the city of Chicago! Long live the trippy sound of Jazzmasters running through Roland Space Echo!

CALIFONE 3Voor12 Session

Next November when you are planning your escape from town I strongly suggest a cheap flight to Amsterdam, a train to the tiny University town of Utrecht, and a 3 day pass to one of the most underground music festivals in Europe – Le Guess Who. The shows all have a unified intimacy that makes you feel like you’re witnessing something special and unique. Here we see Chicago blues rockers Califone in a more stripped down incarnation entertaining fans in the Village Coffee Shop (not that kind of coffee shop!).

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Higgs Boson Blues

This week we took an informal poll on Twitter to find out from our customers/followers their favourite live show of the year. Nick Cave’s sold out April 6th performance at the marvelous Vogue Theater received a ton of votes and provided a fine excuse to relive the glory of seeing an amazing band in an amazing setting with an amazing set of fans loving every minute of it. The good news is Cave and Co. have a new live record and have announced another Vancouver show (in a larger room). The bad news is that it’s sold out already!

BLOUSE A Feeling Like This

Every New Year you should really make a point of discovering a few new young bands. Choose a label you like and do a little bit of investigating. Portland’s latest breakout band is Blouse, and with the impending release on Captured Tracks they should be making waves in 2014. This is a nice black and white tone poem that plays with one’s subconscious dream psyche.

SUPERCHUNK Void

“The venue is condemned but they still do shows on the weekend”… Hilarious chit-chat from an a-list of American hipster comedians (including Superchunk drummer Jon W.) as they line up to get into the club. If you can’t laugh at yourself…

THE GIG

TENNIS Monday January 6th FORTUNE SOUND CLUB

The idea that Denver’s slick indie pop outfit Tennis will be on the road this early in the year is crazy! Most bands wait for things to start to thaw before booking shows. Maybe they just have lots of practice booting around the icy Rockies roads en route to the next gig. Anyway, mark your 2014 calendars with this show and make it your New Year’s resolution to get out and see more bands. Tennis offer the sharp hooks of bigger more acclaimed bands such as Grizzly Bear and Vampire Weekend and will definitely have to bring their a-game if they want to outshine local openers The Shilohs who round out the bill. Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of December after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “Les Amis Du Fromage” Stocked Up For Holidays With Food-Lover Favourites

December 9, 2013 

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Les Amis du Fromage | East Van: 843 E. Hastings, 604-253-4218 | Kits: 1752 W. 2nd, 604-732-4218 | www.buycheese.com

The GOODS from Les Amis Du Fromage

Vancouver, BC | As we all get ready to host Christmas, New Years and Holiday parties, don`t forget to make cheese a part of your entertaining. Cheese is perfect for serving before or after dinner. Cheese platters are perfect for entertaining large groups because they are communal and made for sharing. Did you know that we also have an amazing selection of local charcuterie?  We stock meats from D Original, Moccia, Oyama, The Cure and more, including house made terrines. Let the staff at les amis du FROMAGE help you keep your holiday entertaining simple. We’ll help you choose cheese, meats, crackers and tasty accompaniments like cornichons, olives, antipasto or tapenade. If you’re a bit busier, we’re happy to prepare cheese platters for you. If you don’t have time to visit the store and order your platter, just call us. We’ll do the rest.

The staff at LADF have been busy preparing some of your holiday favourites. Whole wheels of English Stilton have been soaking in Taylor Fladgate port for several weeks now. They should be ready for sale by December 16th. We’ve even prepared a batch of Tourtiere this year. Grand Fromager Alice Spurrell has been making this favourite Quebecois pork pie for her family for over 50 years. Made from hand cut pork that’s been simmered all day with potatoes, onions and spices, it wouldn’t be Christmas at our house without it. This year we’ve managed to make a few extra. It’s a once a year thing, so supplies are very limited.

If Fondue and Raclette are a traditional part of your holiday meal, let us help take some of the work out of preparing dinner for you. We stock several cheeses, so whether you would like a traditional or custom blend of cheeses for your fondue, we’ve got you covered. We’re even happy to grate the cheese and have it all ready to go for you. We also stock Raclette cheese from France, BC, Quebec and Switzerland. Call ahead and we’ll have it sliced and waiting for you. Don’t have a fondue pot or raclette machine? Not a problem, we have loaners available. Some conditions apply, and quantities are limited. Read more

DINER | The Top 10 Pizzerias In Vancouver #10: The Wood-Burning “Bibo” On West 4th

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To be honest, we weren’t huge fans of The Bibo when it launched in 2011. The needless braggadocio from the owners (boasting of their “most expensive and distinguished tomatoes” and other “extremely prestigious” ingredients) killed our appetites with unforced hilarity at first. But heritage hubris aside, there’s no denying the fact that they do make some fine wood-fired pizzas – 24 options in all; good enough for them to crack this list at #10.

In addition to the pizzas, they plate some quality pastas, too, like proper, slightly tongue tingling Penne Arrabbiata and a reasonable facsimile of Spaghetti Carbonara (never enough black pepper). Expect Italian wines by the glass and a beer list offering vernacular standards such as Menebrea and Peroni.

The service, sadly, is only ever truly consistent in its frustrating inconsistency. The decor is like the interior of an early 1990′s Lamborghini, which is to say humorously garish, and not at all the best thing about the complete package.

The most delicious thing on offer is their “Marco” pizza with pecorino cheese and ample sausage ($18).

1835 West 4th Avenue | Vancouver, BC | 604-568-6177 | www.thebibo.com

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GOODS | 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Brewing Up Plenty For The Holiday Season

November 19, 2013 

49th Parallel Café has two locations in Vancouver: 2152 West 4th & 2902 Main St. | Learn more at 49thparallelroasters.com

The GOODS from 49th Parallel

Vancouver, BC | Forget the tie for Dad and the soaps for Mom, and give them both something they’ll thank you for every single morning: the gift of coffee. Holiday shoppers can easily order online here or pick up select items at cafes serving 49th Parallel coffee. An annual treat, 49th Parallel’s Holiday Celebration Blend drip coffee is available once again, and is this year joined by a special edition Holiday Celebration Espresso, bringing a festive caffeine fix to mugs across the country. A bag easily works as a stocking stuffer, a Secret Santa gift, a present for your weird hard-to-buy for cousin, or wrapped under the tree for that unexpected Christmas guest. Looking for something more elaborate for the coffee-lovers in your life? The company’s unique Coffee Subscription program keeps giving all year, while gift sets make holiday giving a breeze. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

November 15, 2013 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…

THE TRACK

TY SEGALL The Man Man

Is it too early to start thinking about your favourite records of the year? November is the time when the dust starts to settle in the new release schedule and all the bigwig critics pour a glass of wine and sit down to mull over the year that was. I think it is a safe bet that the 2013 Ty Segall release ‘Sleeper’ will get some critical nods and crack some year-end ‘best of’ lists. Ty took a chance on this album. After a steady stream of heavy post-grunge rock records, he went into the studio with just a limited back of tricks and focused on writing songs on his favourite beat-up acoustic guitar. Working completely alone – solo – in the studio, he recorded all of Sleeper in the early morning hours between 3am and dawn. His mind was tired, blown, and fried. The result is a deeply enthralling album that captures burnout, a fragile mental state and the damaged visions of an artist who has spent the better part of the last five years travelling across the indie rock party landscape. For The Man Man video, Segall croons softly on his way home from a late night session and a trip to the store for milk, before being ventilated by bullets shot by a gruesome trio of faceless evil on his front stoop. Enjoy.

THE PLAYLIST

KRONOS QUARTET with BRYCE DRESSNER – TOUR EIFFEL

They say music takes you to other places. It animates a story, captures emotions, and speaks to the human condition. Take one of America’s leading new music quartets and let them collaborate with one of the leading creative forces in America’s rock music pantheon and you know that the results will be majestic, dramatic and entirely mesmerizing.

DESTROYER Bye bye

Up in the Similkameen Valley the chickens run wild and free. They eat peaches in the fields. Closer to home, Dan Bejar of Destroyer has free range, roaming his Strathcona pastures. But look, there is a snake in the grass! Bye bye is the first visual accompaniment for Destroyer’s forthcoming Spanish language record – a collection of Antonio Luque covers, of the band Sr. Chinarro.

STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Lariat

If you haven’t heard, Stephen Malkmus has moved back to Portland and has been frequenting the Poler concept store. Imagine his lumberjack look! His days of digging the Berlin art crawl are over. His style is wasted in Kreuzberg, anyway. In January, we can all look forward to a new Jicks album. In the meantime, pull out your Groundhogs LPs and Dead boots and relax.

BRASSTRONAUT The Grove

In school I really liked the surreal films of Maya Deren and Bunuel – the dream state as the ultimate distraction. This Brasstronaut clip takes me back. You have to search the shadows, piece together the narrative and enter the dreams of the main protagonist. Cool. I am a sucker for treated trumpet intros, too.

MUM Candlestick

Did any of your friends spam you with texts and images from their vacation to Iceland’s recent Airwaves festival? I had to block them. It was so hard to endure the constant barrage of majestic landscapes, awesome music and cultural collaborations and, of course…Mum! Get your freak on now, as post-glitch electronics is returning.

SERGE GAINSBOURG & BRIGITTE BARDOT Bonnie and Clyde

Blast from the past. We recently had a long discussion in the store about Serge…is this quintessential French pop? Either way, you have to dig Gainsbourg in full-on outlaw mode.

WOODEN SHJIPS Back to Land

Ok, back to the present. What is the relationship between Geography and Music? I’m not sure, but I just read three PhD dissertations on the subject. Some people say San Fran’s fuzz rockers Wooden Shjips embody the regional ‘San Francisco sound’. I never really thought of it like that, but they do have copious freaky clowns – so make of it what you will.

THE GIG

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES | December 4th at The Vogue Theatre

Mike Muir and his Suicidal Tendencies crew have come a long way since this clip for 1983 epic skate rock jam ‘Institutionalized’. The song really leapt off the Repo Man soundtrack and propelled the entire LA trash scene, Venice beach skate scene, and of course the metal crossover that followed. In the last 30 years, the band has taken a number of hiatuses and undergone numerous line-up changes, but like their punk peers of the day in Bad Religion and Black Flag, they still intend to continue to thrash! The idea of the Vogue Theatre – with its ornate deco restoration – housing a band this ferocious live is riveting. Grab your vintage Caballero deck and check this out! Just don’t say ‘All I wanted was a Pespi…’ at the bar. Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gig landscape for the rest of November and into December after the jump… Read more

DINER | “Rain Or Shine” Ice Cream Parlour Opens Up On West 4th Avenue In Kitsilano

November 13, 2013 

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by Andrew Morrison | A new ice cream parlour officially opened today on the West 4th strip in Kits. Rain Or Shine is a nine seat beauty brought to us by Josie Fenton and Blair Casey, two first timers with backgrounds in teaching and finance.

The pair were married just last year and they’re super gung-ho about feeding us high quality ice cream (made in the back using an Emery Thompson machine) without artificial flavours, corn syrup, or any nasties. They’re also wicked friendly, and share playful senses of humour and design; witness their ice cream tacos, weather report signage, milk bottle light fixtures, tractor seat stools, fetching aprons, and the horse shoe nailed to the wall behind their ice cream machine.

They offer fifteen flavours at a time – ten permanent “keepers” and five fluctuating “seasonal flings”. I tried a few yesterday – salted caramel, mint chocolate, stout, blueberry – and they were fantastic. Nearly all of their ingredients are locally sourced. Think honey from Campbells in Aldergrove, lavender from Octagon in Maple Ridge, apples from Taves Farm in Abbotsford, wine from Vancouver Urban Winery, espresso beans from JJ Bean, beer from Brassneck, et cetera.

The stuff that they can’t find locally – things like coconuts and ginger – are organic and fair trade. They use compostable packaging, and get their power from Cowpower, a local non-profit green electricity supplier that provides BC businesses, homes and events with renewable electricity solutions. They haven’t left out the vegans either, so top marks across the board.

I love the name, the location, the passion, and the branding by Glasfurd & Walker (see also Meat & Bread, Ask For Luigi, among many others). These guys are stoked about what they’re doing, and it comes across clearly and deliciously on the spoon. Check out some more photographs below…

1926 West 4th Ave | 12pm to 10pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) | rainorshineicecream.com

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GOODS | Milano Coffee Now Grinding Jingle Bell Blend And Pulling Holiday Truffle Shots

November 13, 2013 

Milano locations can be found at 156 West 8th Avenue | 36 Powell Street | 849 Denman Street | www.milanocoffee.ca

Milano locations can be found at 156 West 8th Avenue | 36 Powell Street | 849 Denman Street | www.milanocoffee.ca

The GOODS from Milano Coffee

Vancouver, BC | The holiday season is officially underway in Vancouver and with it comes the task of checking off the shopping list with great gifts for friends, family, coworkers, and all those in between. While it may seem like a daunting chore, locals are in luck this season with Milano Coffee’s sublime stocking stuffers and espresso pick-me-ups to revive tired holiday shoppers.

Ideal for even the fussiest on the list is the jovial Jingle Bell Blend. With seven ultra premium single varietals, its rich, warm bergamot flavour has juicy strawberry and vanilla notes to make this medium roast a fitting blend for Christmas morning. The Jingle Bell Blend is available in 340 gram bags at $17.50. Pick up the Jingle Bell Blend for stocking stuffers, teachers gifts, and have a couple of extra bags on hand just in case.

The perfect companion to Milano’s Jingle Bell Blend, or any super premium roast on the run, Milano Coffee travel mugs come in red, white, brown and green. Priced at $19.95, these travel mugs are even better with a Milano Coffee gift certificate tucked inside; available in any denomination.

Whether they’re lounging in Gastown, checking out Commercial Drive or exploring the streets of Downtown Vancouver, Milano Coffee is happy to provide shoppers with thoughtful gift ideas followed by a well-deserved break from the hustle, bustle and stress of holiday shopping! Read more

LOOKCITY | A Look Inside The Brand New Wings + Horns Menswear Shop On West 5th

November 11, 2013 

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by Robyn Yager | Menswear fashion label, Wings + Horns, opened their first retail space on November 1st in the industrial nook of West 5th Avenue. It’s a modern, minimalist looker of polished concrete, 100-year-old reclaimed fir, metal detailing and glass.

In addition to showcasing the W+H goods, it serves as a concept space for local line Reigning Champ. Right now, a pair of signed giclee prints shot specifically for the shop by Vancouver photographer Colin Adair hang as part of a dsptch collaboration that launches later this month (the 36” x 24” prints are available for purchase either framed or unframed in an edition of five).

Wings + Horns is a brand that epitomizes West Coast men’s fashion. Its clothes can be found in several shops around Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as in the US, Korea, Japan, London, and Switzerland. Founded in 2004, the line blends Canadian and Japanese fashion elements with clean, crisp results. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection was inspired by the 1950′s modernist youth movement in London with outerwear, tees, shirts, vests, knit sweaters, and trousers in customized knits, textured wools and tartans all coming together in classic style with a utilitarian edge.

Check it out at 133 West 5th Avenue between Manitoba and Columbia.

EVERYWHERE YOU LOOKCITY

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Thomas Haas” In Kits Looking For New Staffer To Join Team

October 30, 2013 

128-998 Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver & 2539 West Broadway in Kitsilano | www.thomashaas.com

128-998 Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver & 2539 West Broadway in Kitsilano | www.thomashaas.com

The GOODS from Thomas Haas

Vancouver, BC | Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie in Kitsilano is hiring for a full-time Customer Service position/Barista. If you are a coffee and food loving individual with a great smile to brighten someone’s day, then please forward your resume. We value your outgoing, service oriented, self-motivated and friendly personality. Work experience in customer service is essential, barista experience definite asset. You are able to multi-task and have an authentic ambition to excel in what you do. We are offering a fun work atmosphere in a friendly, energetic and passionate team as well as growing opportunity with our company. We pay competitive wage.

You are welcome to apply with your resume in person at our North Vancouver store (129-998 Harbourside Drive) or Kitsilano store (2539 West Broadway), Tuesday – Friday. Or you can apply by email: contact Kathrin Best at kathrin [at] thomashaas.com and please include your resume and a few words about why you would be the right candidate. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more

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