March 21, 2017

SOUND | Japandroids x Commodore Ballroom x Granville

Japandroids | Commodore Ballroom @ Granville Street, Vancouver

Granville—(March 20, 2017) Monday night at the Commodore Ballroom was the hometown closer for the Japandroids rock duo's last show on the North American leg of their world tour supporting the release of their acclaimed third album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life.

March 16, 2017

KAFFE | New in Town x Nemesis Coffee x Gastown

Nemesis Coffee | Gastown, Vancouver

GastownNemesis Coffee is Vancouver's latest and hottest new coffee shop located in the ground floor of the new SFU Charles Chang Innovation Centre downtown on West Hastings just around the corner from Victory Square.

March 13, 2017

CINEMA | 'Goon: Last of the Enforcers' Hits Hard

Seann William Scott Liev Schreiber Jay Baruchel | Goon: Last of the Enforcers

The original Goon, a somewhat realistic feeling gem of a little Canadian sports flick co-written and produced by Montréal actor Jay Baruchel (and directed by Michael Dowse), was a violent, darkly sweet yet accessible take on the lowest levels of fighting in minor league hockey and the people gravitated towards that life. Its sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, this time directed by Baruchel is unfortunately a much more broadly comic and very bloody affair—on ice.

March 9, 2017

GRUB | By the Slice x Joe Pizza x Gastown

Joe Pizza | Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown—From chef/owner J.C. Poirier and the Kitchen Table Restaurants team most recently behind the award-winning Ask for Luigi Italian restaurant (also Pourhouse and Pizzeria Farina), the newly opened Joe Pizza aims to be West Cordova's no-nonsense (and very hipster friendly) by the slice neighbourhood pizzeria. So far, it mostly lives up to that hype, especially with its gorgeously lit corner space in the old Rainier Provisions location.

March 6, 2017

CINEMA | Apocalypse 'Kong' – Journey to 'Skull Island'

"Monsters exist. Nobody believed me."
Brie Larson Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Kong: Skull Island

Indie filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes his big Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking leap and takes on the King Kong monster franchise in his 1970s post-Vietnam War set Kong: Skull Island action movie mashup inspired by Apocalypse Now. Instead of the usual juxtaposition of the famous giant ape destroying the big city, this adventure happens almost entirely in his titular mythical homeland.

March 2, 2017

CINEMA | Old Man 'Logan' – Wolverine's Last Stand

"You still have time."
Hugh Jackman James Mangold | Logan Wolverine X-Men

Hugh Jackman returns for his allegedly last and most sentimental turn as the titular mutant character in the stripped down, revisionist Logan, partially inspired by the Old Man Logan comic book storyline. The Wolverine director James Mangold returns to make the film a far more gritty, violent, and very western genre feeling affair (think Shane). Most of the film's charm ironically comes from a sombre, deadly serious (and slight dystopian) tone and the fact that it just barely exists as an X-Men or superhero movie.

February 27, 2017

IMBIBE | Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

Waterfront—(February 18, 2017) The 39th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival wrapped up recently after taking over the city with their special imbibing events anchored by the multi-day and night International Festival Tasting Room inside the Vancouver Convention Centre West ballroom.