March 28, 2017

BEERFEST | Andina Brewing Company x Powell Street

Andina Brewing | Powell Street, Vancouver

Grandview-Woodland—After nearly a year of delays and red tape, East Vancouver's newest brewery from the Amaya family (founders/brothers Andrés and Nicolás and their wives), Andina Brewing Company, finally opened on Powell Street earlier this month to much excitement from the local craft beer community.

March 27, 2017

CINEMA | 'Power Rangers' Morphs into Teen Drama

"Are we Power Rangers or are we friends?"
Dacre Montgomery Naomi Scott Becky G Ludi Lin Dean Israelite | Saban's Power Rangers

Filmed in Steveston, the latest Power Rangers movie is a Breakfast Club meets Chronicle re-imagining of the initial run from the durable Fox Kids (later Disney and Nickelodeon) television franchise—itself a cheaply repackaged, imported version of the Super Sentai Japanese superhero show created by the Toei Company in 1975—from Project Almanac director Dean Israelite. Ironically, this is first ever entirely American production and execution in the franchise's twenty-four year history.

March 23, 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 20, 2017

CINEMA | 'T2 Trainspotting' Chooses Nostalgia

Ewan McGregor Robert Carlyle Danny Boyle | T2 Trainspotting

After twenty odd drug-ravaged years, director Danny Boyle returns to his iconic vision of Edinburgh to revisit author Irvine Welsh's ragtag bunch of heroin-addicted hooligans who are now somewhat ghosts of their former selves. The bafflingly titled T2 Trainspotting is loosely inspired by Welsh's follow-up novel Porno as Boyle and returning screenwriter John Hodge craft a very self-referential and nostalgic follow-up take on the emotional economics of a life of addiction.

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.