April 20, 2014

From the Weekend: Fan Expo Vancouver 2014

3rd annual Fan Expo Vancouver comic book convention at Vancouver Convention Centre West from April 18 to 20, 2014.

Fan Expo Vancouver 2014 | Convention Centre West

It's hard to believe what geeks and fans (including yours truly) did before Fan Expo's coast to coast expansion serving the city's desire for our very own comic con and place for cosplayers to assemble. (Marvel heroes and villains Red Skull, Iron Man, and lady Loki hanging out.)

April 17, 2014

Cinemist: 'The Raid 2' – A Cavalcade of Ultra Violence

The Raid 2: Berandal is the epic follow up to Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans' Indonesian martial arts crime saga, The Raid: Redemption. At a full hour longer than the original film, The Raid 2 aims to be bigger and more operatic thematically in every possible way. It features some of the most creatively choreographed and executed scenes of ultra violence and bloodiness ever put to screen. Evans' controlled direction propels the conventionally plotted film to new heights of action filled drama.

April 14, 2014

One of a Few x Lifetime Collective x Little Mountain Workshop

One of a Few and Lifetime Collective SS14 fashion show at Little Mountain Workshop on Main Street on April 8, 2014.

One of a Few + Lifetime Collective | Little Mountain Workshop @ Vancouver, BC

Local design hubs and retailers, One of a Few and Lifetime Collective, collaborated to model off some new styles for the oncoming spring/summer seasons in a carefully curated fashion showcase at the Little Mountain Workshop. See highlights from the catwalk (on the catwalk, yeah) below.

April 10, 2014

Cinemist: 'Captain America' Avenges 'The Winter Soldier'

"This isn't freedom. This is fear."

Marvel Studios' next phase of genre superhero films continues in Captain America: The Winter Soldier loosely based around the acclaimed comic book storyline by Ed Brubaker. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo (You, Me and Dupree) take over the reigns from The First Avenger as our hero Steve Rogers navigates his way through a new world of enemies and espionage. Chris Evans proves more than ever his ability to ground the ultimate boy scout with a nuanced, interesting identity playing him as a dynamic, thoughtful hero layered with ideals of duty and service.

April 7, 2014

Spice Market Menu x Market by Jean-Georges x Shangri-La

Spice Market menu tasting at Market by Jean-Georges restaurant inside the Shangri-La Hotel on April 3, 2014.

Spice Market NYC @ Market by Jean-Georges | Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Market has brought Brooklyn-born and raised Executive Chef Anthony Ricco from New York's famed Spice Market for a layover and culinary journey in Vancouver (by way of the streets of Southeast Asia). Celebrating its tenth year of operation in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District, Spice Market features Jean-Georges Vongerichten's penchant for the region’s street cuisine served in a casual, intimate atmosphere.

April 3, 2014

From Acid to Dining x Yew Seafood + Bar x Four Seasons

ProNamel Multi-Action dinner tasting at Yew Seafood + Bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver on April 1, 2014. As seen in Vancouver Is Awesome.

Yew Seafood + Bar | Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Did you know April is National Oral Health Month? It’s time to reflect on our dental health and how to keep teeth strong, resilient, and healthy. Evidently, acid wear (acidic foods wearing your enamel) from your everyday diet is a factor in overall dental health. Sensodyne ProNamel threw a special dinner and interactive food tasting from Yew Executive Chef Ned Bell to showcase their efforts in helping Canadians be more conscious of their eating habits in relation to keeping more resistant to the effects of acidic foods.

March 27, 2014

Cinemist: The National Are 'Mistaken for Strangers'

Cincinnati indie rock rockers The National are a five-man band consisting of two sets of brothers except for lead singer Matt Berninger. His relationship with his non-musical brother Tom (the co-subject and director of the film), who he invites on to tour to be a roadie, is the basis of this film as it delves into self-loathing and sibling rivalry. Tom Berninger, nine years younger and still living at home, documents Mistaken for Strangers as an atypical rock documentary based on thoughtful relationship dynamics.