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Vancouver

For Wee Ones

By SHERI RADFORD

Pint-sized fashionistas love Nicole Bridger's made-in-Vancouver line, Little B

Pint-sized fashionistas love Nicole Bridger’s made-in-Vancouver line, Little B

Eco-Friendly Clothing
Stylish moms already wear the chic clothes crafted from sustainable, ethical fabrics at Nicole Bridger. Now their daughters can get in on all the fashion fun with the recent launch of Little B. This made-in-Vancouver line of cute and comfy—yet durable and affordable—dresses and leggings fits pint-sized fashionistas from six months up to size four.

Kids can carry all their important things in this flamingo-print tote

Kids can carry all their important things in this flamingo-print tote

Ibiza Beach Tote
Tiny tots can carry their own sunscreen and snacks in a personalized mini tote sporting animal designs such as a flamingo (pictured), elephant or shark. Find matching beach towels and wraps, too. At Pottery Barn Kids.

These reusable bags keep snacks eco-friendly

These reusable bags keep snacks eco-friendly

Reusable Sandwich Bags
LunchSkins add a dash of panache to packed lunches. Made from cotton, these eco-friendly sandwich bags dry quickly after going through the dishwasher. At Crate & Barrel.

Save the Planet

By SHERI RADFORD

In honour of Earth Day (April 22), we present two new books and one DVD that put the planet first.

The Green Vine by Shannon Borg

The Green Vine by Shannon Borg

The Green Vine
Erosion. Runoff. Cork materials. The environmental issues facing wineries go on and on. What’s an earth-loving oenophile to do? Pick up Shannon Borg’s The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic Wines, which is filled with info on almost 200 sustainable wineries in BC, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. At local bookstores.

Earth Body Yoga featuring Eoin Finn

Earth Body Yoga featuring Eoin Finn

Earth Body Yoga
Eoin Finn is on a mission: he wants to show how a relationship with nature improves health and happiness. His new Earth Body Yoga DVD—filmed in some of the world’s most beautiful places, including BC’s West Coast—celebrates our interconnection with nature. For each one sold, the Arbor Day Foundation plants a tree. At Lululemon or online at www.blissology.com

The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist by Richard and Sydney Cannings

The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist by Richard and Sydney Cannings

The New B.C. Road-Side Naturalist
From the population cycles of the snowshoe hare to where to find the northernmost examples of Douglas firs, this book has it all. The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist: A Guide to Nature Along B.C. Highways by Richard Cannings and Sydney Cannings gives a highway-by-highway breakdown of the province’s ecology. At local bookstores.

Farmer’s Apprentice

By TIM PAWSEY

Chef David Gunawan. (Photo: KK Law)

Chef David Gunawan. (Photo: KK Law)

In a city of locavores, it’s no surprise that chefs David Gunawan and Dara Young’s compact, organic Farmer’s Apprentice is gaining attention. Tastes and textures at this rustic room, just across the Granville Street Bridge from downtown, are as wide ranging as they are innovative. The menu shifts not only with the season but by the week, or even daily, depending on which sought-after heritage varieties of produce or meat land on the couple’s doorstep. Past highlights have ranged from pan-seared sweetbreads with egg yolk, celeriac and parsley emulsion; to steelhead trout with roasted artichokes, smoked olives and grapefruit emulsion. More traditional appetites can choose perfectly grilled Angus rib-eye with onions, porcini mushrooms and beet jus. Wines are as thoughtfully sourced as the food and, in keeping with the organic mantra, all biodynamic.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Happy Easter!

By SHERI RADFORD

Celebrate Easter with a bunny bubble bar from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Celebrate Easter with a bunny bubble bar from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

April 20

Trying to keep the calorie count down this Easter? Skip the decadent chocolates and head to Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for bunny bubble bars, made with shea butter and coconut oil, to fill bath time with candy-scented bubbles. Also pick up some carrot-shaped soap, with moisturizing carrot oil on the outside and softening cocoa butter on the inside. The best part: zero calories.

New Views: Lawren Harris

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Island, MacCallum Lake," by Lawren Harris. (Photo: Trevor Mills/Vancouver Art Gallery)

“Island, MacCallum Lake,” by Lawren Harris. (Photo: Trevor Mills/Vancouver Art Gallery)

Sometimes, change is good. It’s certainly true of celebrated painter Lawren Harris, whose 60-year career charted a course from vibrant landscapes to eccentric abstracts. Trace his artistic evolution at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary (to May 4). Striking works by the Group of Seven member, such as “Island, MacCallum Lake” (pictured), focus on the spirituality of the place rather than the details—a stunning example of his journey into abstraction.

Run for It

By SHERI RADFORD

It’s hard not to be a runner in a city with routes as spectacular as the seawall and Stanley Park. Whether you’re a newbie jogger or an Olympic-level sprinter, Vancouver has much to offer

The Vancouver Sun Run draws big crowds. (Photo: ©MajaPhoto/Istockphoto.com)

The Vancouver Sun Run draws big crowds. (Photo: ©MajaPhoto/Istockphoto.com)

RACE
Canada’s largest 10K road race, the Vancouver Sun Run (pictured; Apr. 27) attracts more than 48,000 walkers, joggers, runners and wheelchair athletes. The route showcases breathtaking views of Stanley Park, English Bay, False Creek and, off in the distance, snow-capped mountains. A longer race that also makes full use of the scenery is the BMO Vancouver Marathon (May 4), which Forbes magazine recently named one of the world’s top 10 marathons worth travelling for. Of particular note? An abundance of both on-course entertainment and spectacular shoreline views. Those not ready to go the full distance can choose a more manageable half marathon or 8K instead.

Lightweight clothing by local company Lululemon keeps its wearer cool and dry

Lightweight clothing by local company Lululemon keeps its wearer cool and dry

WEAR
Running on the wet West Coast requires adaptable clothes that dry quickly. Local company Lululemon (pictured) makes a range of lightweight wicking clothing with anti-stink panels; many pieces include reflectors, thumbholes and zip pockets. The GT technical sports collection from New Zealand’s Icebreaker includes ultra-lightweight styles made from fine merino wool, ideal for warm-weather exercise.

Runners on Vancouver's spectacular seawall. (Photo: Bob Young/Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism)

Runners on Vancouver’s spectacular seawall. (Photo: Bob Young/Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism)

RUN
Figuring out the best routes in a new city can be challenging. Both Lululemon and The Running Room offer free running sessions every week, so you can learn where to go and make new friends at the same time.

Afraid of coming undone? Try Lock Laces

Afraid of coming undone? Try Lock Laces

LOCK
Want to turn your favourite running shoes into slip-ons? Replace your shoelaces with a set of stretchy Lock Laces from Nathan, and you’ll never again have to deal with laces coming untied mid-race. At New Balance.

What Makes Olga Run by Bruce Gierson

What Makes Olga Run by Bruce Gierson

READ
Don’t dismiss Olga Kotelko as a little old lady. At 95, the spry Vancouverite still regularly competes in 11 track-and-field events, including sprinting, long jump, shot put and javelin—and she holds more than two dozen world records, despite not starting training until age 77. Fellow Vancouver resident Bruce Grierson became so fascinated with the retired schoolteacher that he wrote What Makes Olga Run? (Random House; $29.95). Following Kotelko to track meets and research facilities over several years, the book tries to unlock the secrets to living a long and healthy life. If Kotelko’s example inspires you to get active, pick up a copy of Ben Kaplan’s Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now: The Rogue’s Guide to Running the Marathon (Greystone Books; $19.95), which outlines a week-by-week program to go from couch potato to marathon competitor in one year. It also features heart-pumping exercise-music recommendations from 29 artists as varied as will.i.am, Marilyn Manson, Dolly Parton and yet another Vancouverite, Michael Bublé. At local bookstores.

UPCOMING RACES & RUNS
Apr. 27
Vancouver Sun Run
May 4 BMO Vancouver Marathon
Jun. 7 Whistler Half Marathon
Jun. 22 Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K
Jul. 5 The Underwear Affair
Aug. 23 SeaWheeze Half Marathon
Sep. 14 Terry Fox Run
Oct. 5 CIBC Run for the Cure
Oct. 26 Rock ’n’ Roll Oasis Vancouver Half Marathon and Cunningham Seawall 10K
Nov. 16 New Balance Fall Classic

5 French Finds

By TIM PAWSEY

Steak tartare topped with an egg yolk, at Bistro Wagon Rouge. (Photo: KK Law)

Steak tartare topped with an egg yolk, at Bistro Wagon Rouge. (Photo: KK Law)

Bistro Wagon Rouge Beef cheeks Bourguignon, cassoulet and steak frites are just some of the top draws at this East Side diner, reinvented and rediscovered by locals.

Les Faux Bourgeois This bustling room brings new life to the unlikely backwater of Kingsway and Fraser. Go for the tarte flambée, choucroute, duck confit and more.

Salade de Fruits Cafe South Granville’s worst-kept secret is a tiny space in Le Centre Culturel that packs ’em in for frogs’ legs and coquille St. Jacques.

Provence Mediterranean Grill Polished West Side retreat not far from UBC welcomes with a sunny disposition and classic variations such as West Coast bouillabaisse, prawns provençale and more.

The French Table Long-time downtown chef Hervé Martin pulled up stakes for South Main and never looked back. Go for the croque monsieur, Burgundy fondue and friendly but polished service.

Sets and the City

By SHERI RADFORD

Rachel Nichols (Kiera) in action on the Continuum set

Rachel Nichols (Kiera) in action on the Continuum set

Vancouver excels at portraying other places: Seattle, New York, Chicago and more in movies ranging from Juno and Mission Impossible 4 to Superman: Man of Steel and most of The Twilight Saga series. But rarely can it throw off its fake American mailboxes and license plates, stop hiding its glorious mountains, and just be itself.

When Simon Barry and Pat Williams started developing their time-travel TV series Continuum, they expected someone would make them change the setting to “Unnamed North American City”—or, at the very least, Toronto. Barry says, “Pat and I worked as cameramen for years on movies that were trying to hide Vancouver. A lot of effort and energy went into that.” He adds, “We live here and we love the city.” As time passed and no one raised objections, eventually Barry began to write the city into the series mythology, noting that the plethora of fresh water and hi-tech companies here, coupled with the low population density, make it the ideal city of the future. Barry films the series in the colder, rainier months of the year, so the little free time he does get is in the summer. “Vancouver is probably the best place in the world to be in the spring and summer and fall,” he says. “Winter is not, unless you’re a skier, and then it’s fantastic.”

The Continuum actors have also grown to appreciate Vancouver. Rachel Nichols, an American, had never been here before landing the starring role of time-travelling law-enforcement agent Kiera, but she fell in love with both the location and the Vancouverite who is now her fiancé. “I’ve applied for permanent resident status,” she says. “I’m really setting up shop in Vancouver.” She praises almost all of the outdoor activities, from biking in Stanley Park to skiing in Whistler, with one notable exception: the Grouse Grind. “I did it once,” she says with a laugh. “I’m in shape. I enjoy working out. But that is an hour and 15 minutes of hell!” Other things she praises about Vancouver? Dining at Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe, shopping at Holt Renfrew and watching the Vancouver Canucks play: “I’d never really watched hockey until I came to Canada, and I started watching Canucks games, and I thought, my god, this game is fantastic.” She’s even managed to turn her Boston Bruins–loving father into a Canucks fan.

Actors Victor Webster (Carlos) and Rachel Nichols (Kiera) filming Continuum in front of CBC Vancouver

Actors Victor Webster (Carlos) and Rachel Nichols (Kiera) filming Continuum ouside of CBC Vancouver

Fellow actor Erik Knudsen, who plays the reclusive computer genius Alec, hails from Toronto but is smitten with his new home: “Vancouver is a beautiful city. Great food. People are smart. Everyone is health-conscious,” he says. “Eventually I want to move to Vancouver. It’s my favourite city now.” He especially loves getting outdoors: hiking, fishing on Rice Lake, snowshoeing on Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour, and visiting Whistler. He also raves about the restaurants, especially Romer’s Burger Bar, Crave India and Earls.

Ryan Robbins, who plays the new and mysterious John Doe character, was born in nearby Victoria and has nothing but praise for Vancouver: “We don’t have to play the humility card anymore. We’re a kick-ass city. Why should we think that no one’s going to watch a show because it’s set in Vancouver?” After living all around the world, in places as far flung as New York, Los Angeles and Southeast Asia—and even travelling around Australia for a while, working as a circus performer—his heart still belongs to Vancouver, especially the foodie scene. His top spots include hole-in-the-wall sushi places such as Shizenya and java-aficionado favourites such as the Greenhorn Espresso Bar, with its Moja coffee and enticing nibbles that “take comfort food to a whole new level.” His loyalty to the city extends to its troubled hockey team: “Am I rooting for the Canucks? Hell, yes! I am a Canucks lifer. I will root for that team until the day I die, despite how bad they are.”

The city has clearly won the hearts of the show’s actors, and Continuum viewers in 133 countries seem to agree: Vancouver is ready for its time in the spotlight.

Season three of Continuum began airing last month. Visit www.showcase.ca/continuum for more info.

Amy Grant

By SHERI RADFORD

Christian pop artist, Amy Grant

Christian pop artist, Amy Grant

After more than 25 years in the biz, Amy Grant is practically synonymous with Christian pop music. In addition to her string of Grammy Awards and Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, she’s one of only two Christian artists with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See this legendary artist perform live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Apr. 14 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Ken Diamond: Leather is Better

By SHERI RADFORD

Moccasins, at Ken Diamond

Moccasins, at Ken Diamond

Leather work may be a dying art, but you wouldn’t know it from the gorgeous moccasins (pictured), belts, wallets and key chains handmade by Ken Diamond in his Vancouver studio. He uses only high-quality leather and classic designs to create his timeless pieces. Find them at The Block and Sharks and Hammers, or shop online.

Il Divo: Broadway’s Best

By SHERI RADFORD

This quartet is well-versed in making beautiful music

This international quartet is well-versed in making beautiful music together

“Some Enchanted Evening.” “Tonight.” “Memory.” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” Hear these hits from South Pacific, West Side Story, Cats, The Lion King—and more—as Il Divo brings A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Apr. 10. Joining the international quartet on stage is Lea Salonga, the Tony Award–winning actress and singer. Making beautiful music together? Sounds like a winning combination to us.

Vancouver Canucks Fans Can Win a Trip to Los Cabos

By SHERI RADFORD

ME Cabo Hotel in Los Cabo San Lucas

Poolside, at ME Cabo resort  in Los Cabos

Though the Vancouver Canucks have been knocked out of playoff contention for the 2013-14 season, they’re still hard at work. With three games left in the regular season (Apr. 10, 12, 13), it’s not time for them to go on vacation just yet. Loyal fans, on the other hand, will definitely be dreaming of warm-weather holidays during the final game of the season, Apr. 13 at Rogers Arena, when Los Cabos Tourism gives away an all-expenses-paid trip that includes a three-night stay at ME Cabo resort in Cabo San Lucas.

Land's End in Los Cabos

Land’s End in Los Cabos

Want to escape the cold Canadian climate for the white sandy beaches of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula? Entering the contest is easy. On Sunday night, while the Vancouver Canucks take on their long-time rivals the Calgary Flames, simply tweet a photo of the game from inside Rogers Arena using #MyCanucksView and include both @VanCanucks and @LosCabosTourism. One Baja-bound winner will be announced at the end of the second intermission.

The sun setting on paradise, in Los Cabos

The sun setting on paradise, in Los Cabos

Fans can even get a taste of the Baja right here in rainy Vancouver. Before Sunday night’s game, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., popular food truck Tacofino will be handing out free Baja-style tacos to those heading into the north entrance of Rogers Arena.

Let the Baja daydreams begin.