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CHARITIES Steve Nash >8 STYLE WATCH Breitling Flying B >41

V CONFIDENTIAL Eats and Treats


TRIBUTE Herb Doman


ON THE VINE Taste of Tuscany




AUTOMOBILE Diesel Bluetec




ART Pamela Masik


ON THE V LIST Lifestyle Choices


Dear Readers, The theme of our Fall issue is Time Is Precious. We had originally planned to write about The Slow Movement, which has been popularized in the international best-selling book "In Praise Of Slow" written by a Canadian, Carl Honoré. The book examines our 21st century proclivity to hurry and speaks to a global trend toward putting on the brakes ­ to personally de-accelerate, to savor the moment. We plan to examine the subject of "slowing down to the speed of life" in a future issue. Instead, in this issue we are paying tribute to Herb Doman, a giant in the forest industry, a pillar of his community, and also a proud Canadian. His passing in July was a great loss. Although he became one of the greatest entrepreneurs this province has ever seen, he was a modest and humble man whose business sense never overtook his human spirit. He often reminded people to, "never forget where you come from," and he lived by those words. We can all be inspired by Herb Doman ­ as I was. In this Issue we are featuring the story the Baker Twins from Stellat'en First Nation reserve in Northern BC. It is the first in a series of articles dedicated to the province's First Peoples and their distinctive art and culture. Please take the time to fill out the subscription card to ensure you will continue to receive it. Warmest Regards,

Karim Virani

Pamela Masik


Baker Twins


Dr. Jack Taunton


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Steve Nash


No one can undermine the power and skill of Steve Nash's game. Twotime NBA MVP award-winner, All-Star team member, former captain of the Canadian Men's National Basketball Team and community leader, Steve Nash is a star on the basketball hardwood and off. Nash wasn't born Canadian ­ Johannesburg, South Africa, was his city of birth but his family relocated to Victoria, British Columbia, to avoid raising their children in the South African apartheid system. He received his education and played out his athletic high school years at both Mount Douglas Secondary and St. Michael's University, where he excelled at more than basketball. Nash was dribbling the soccer ball and shooting hockey pucks in addition to dunking Spaldings on the wooden court. Opportunities south of the border for Canadian high school basketball players were few and far between, as U.S. NCAA coaches usually only scouted within the country. But Santa Clara University head coach Dick Davey saw something in Nash's highlight reels that no one else did. He saw a basketball star. He offered Nash a scholarship, and the young point guard led the university to the NCAA Men's Division I championship and played for the Canadian National Team at the World University Games. From there, the whole world knows the Steve Nash story. He first played for the Phoenix Suns, then for the Dallas Mavericks, and then accepted a contract back in Phoenix. There, he remains as one of the team's and the League's most valuable players. Instead of parlaying his fame into the dark side of sports celebrity, Nash channels his spare time on giving back to those around him through his Steve Nash Foundation.

Photo: Raj Taneja

The foundation was established in 2001 and granted official charity status in 2004. Run by his high-school friend Jenny Miller (who serves as Executive Director) and his younger sister Joann Nash (who serves as Canadian Program Director), it focuses on giving underserved children opportunities for a better life through health, personal growth, education and the fun moments that many people take for granted. Through grants to non-profit organizations and public services such as Adoptive Families Association of BC, The Strathcona Community Centre and the Global Youth Fund, the Foundation, which shares its resources mainly in Phoenix, Arizona and British Columbia, is able to bring hope to children facing extremely difficult life circumstances. There is a greater plan for the Steve Nash Foundation to expand to other areas in the world, a plan that is already in motion with an application to register as a charity in Canada, the installation of a neonatal intensive care ward in Paraguay, funded in great part by Steve's own endorsement contracts and a Support Hope campaign. Other successful initiatives launched by the organization include a free access centre for children in Toronto, as well as a foundation mandate that encourages eco-friendly practices and policies within the organization and among its affiliates. Not one to ignore the adults, Nash recently opened a fully equipped fitness facility in Vancouver's downtown core, following his environmentally conscious vision by having the contractors utilize as many green building materials as possible during its construction. The Steve Nash Foundation Charity Classic at GM Place held on July 21, 2007, proved to be another victorious fundraising endeavor. The positive benefits of this highly successful annual event have just begun. And Steve Nash will remain an MVP, both on and off the court.<<<

There is a greater plan for the Steve Nash Foundation to expand to other areas in the world.

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Vancouver has seen a surge of new restaurants over the last couple of months. Five hot spots opened by reputable restaurateurs such as the Glowbal Group are covered under the V list's "eats" section. Also, in this edition of V Confidential the V List features some of the latest Fashion "treats" of the season. | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 09


The Shore Club

This may not be the Miami version, but it sure is the new place to nosh. If you're a foodie who loves steak, seafood and cocktails, then The Shore Club is a must-stop on Vancouver's already burgeoning restaurant scene. The kitchen is open, the ceilings are sky-high, the ascending staircase is a sight to see and, true to its beachy name, the décor palette is in gorgeous shades of sea blue and green. The Shore Club | |688 Dunsmuir | 604.899.4400<<<

The Metro

Chef Brian Fowke and Tim Keller, from Rare have gone tandem with their dining establishments, opening the Metro to rave reviews on Burrard Street. You never have to worry about having too little or too much fish or meat with your entrée-at this place you can order it by the ounce. The interior is designed by David Nicolay and Rob Edmonds of Evoke International Design. Sweeping around the oyster bar and kitchen is an expansive bar, so make sure to order the fresh gin and cucumber cocktail. The Metro | | 200 Burrard Street | 604.662.3463<<<

Browns SocialHouse

Browns SocialHouse ­ the perfect purveyor of West Coast fusion food ­ launched locations in Yaletown, Kitsilano, West Vancouver and North Vancouver to the delight of this city's hip population of urbanites and suburbanites. This upscale sports bar plays hockey games (during the season) and UFC matches regularly, serving their signature Spa Bowls and yummy burgers. Try the Almost Famous Blackened Fish Sandwich. It's great for rumbling stomachs during commercial breaks. Browns SocialHouse | |The Village at Park Royal | 604.922.9306<<<

Goldfish Pacific Kitchen

Owner Bud Kanke knows his seafood. After debuting The Cannery, The Fish House in Stanley Park and Joe Fortes, he makes another huge splash (pun intended) with his Yaletown locale, Goldfish Pacific Kitchen. Juli Hodgson overhauled the old Circolo space with bamboo tables, changing lights, a 30foot Canadian marble blue bar, mother-of-pearl chandeliers and a 40-foot Sonja Schneider mural. The pan seared arctic char smothered in kaffir lime coconut sauce from Executive Chef William Tse's kitchen is worth fighting for. Goldfish Pacific Kitchen | | 1118 Mainland | 604.689.8318<<<

The Italian Kitchen

Emad Yacoub's Glowbal Restaurant Group has done it again. First glowbal grill & satay bar, AFTERglow Lounge, COAST Restaurant then followed by Sanafir Restaurant and Lounge and now The Italian Kitchen. Executive Chef Ryan Gauthier oversees the menu of this modern Italian cuisine restaurant, while GM Robert Byford ensures salivating palates are pleased with the likes of handcrafted pizzas, dry-aged steaks, inventive antipasto platters paired with credible wines. Box Interior Designs mapped out and executed the décor blueprints, paring down traditional trattoria influences and leaving behind a more dramatic setting for diners to experience rustic Italian fare. The Italian Kitchen | Alberni Street |<<<

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Ray-Ban Wayfarers

What do Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna and Tom Cruise all have in common? Ray-Ban wayfarers. This iconic style of sunglasses is rumoured to be the most widely sold in the history of shades ­ and it's making a major comeback this year. Masculine tips on the frame top make Wayfarers the Cadillac of all sunglasses. Ray-Ban | | 1015 Robson Street | 604.689.2554 <<<

Barker Black Shoes

Remember when all the gents were oh-so dapper in three-piece suits, pocket watches and top hats? That was the era of Arthur Barker, who founded the Barker Black line of shoes back in 1880. Made of the finest Italian and French calf, this collection is crafted, carefully detailed and finished by the hands of skilled cobblers. Don't let the skull and crossbones logo fool you too much ­ this line of men's footwear is subversively, and traditionally, sophisticated. Available at Holt Renfrew | | 633 Granville Street | 604.681.3121<<<

Tiffany & Co. Atlas Money Clip

No true gentleman likes the unsightly bulge of a wallet protruding from his back pocket. Tiffany & Co. is known for being the crème de la crème bijoux boutique for engagement rings ­ as well as kiss-and-make-up jewellery from downtrodden lads to their disgruntled ladies ­ but now it is also known for being accessory saviours for men. Case in point: the sterling silver Atlas money clip with its etched-out Roman numerals. Perfect for looking dapper and eradicating any unattractive wallet bulge. Tiffany & Co. | | 723 Burrard Street | 604.630.1300<<<

Versace Venus Mirror Tote

Metallics are in ­ and Versace knows it. This Venus Mirror tote from the famed house of fashion is constructed of metallic grained leather with embossed, geometric-patterned, vinyl-coated leather trim and is emblazoned with a golden logo nameplate. The oversized gold "V" and Medusa accoutrements dangling from the gold chain shoulder strap surely make it charmed. Available at Leone | | 757 West Hastings Street ­ Unit R112 | 604.683.1133<<<

HZL By Henzel

Say the words "pop art" and immediately visions of Andy Warhol's famous colourful silk-screens come to mind. But whoever said pop art needed to be on a wall? Swedish designer Calle Henzel makes hip, urban luxury art rugs from fine wool, replete with pop art-y graphics and interesting cuts. The graphics also come in limited edition canvas works, in case you don't prefer your art on the floor. Best of all, shipping is free from Sweden to Canada. HZL By Henzel | | Sweden<<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 11

on the vine


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Taste of Tuscany

et's take a journey into two regions of Tuscany; Bolgheri and Montalcino where they are producing award winning wines. Tuscany's famously fertile soil and splendid weather might encourage many people to believe this occurs naturally. Due to warm summers and mild winters wine producers typically get to pick earlier in Tuscany and therefore they have less risk of rain diluting the quality of vintage.


wine: Le Serre Nuove 2004, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia region: Bolgheri

Bolgheri is an untamed region on Tuscany's western coast in Central Italy. Just an hour's jaunt south of Pisa, Bolgheri is one of the country's most beautiful nature reserves. Abundant of marshes, meadows, and mountains, Bolgheri is rich with wildlife. It is also one of the Italy's most promising wine producing regions. In the heart of Bolgheri, Ludovico Antinori created Tenuta dell'Ornellaia in the 1980's. Although Antinori came from a family of famous winemakers, he felt the need to seek "outside of the box" in order to succeed. The opportunity to study with Russian André Tchelistcheff the 20th century's greatest wine maker prompted a series of trips to California. Though Antinori had the ideas, it was the encouragement he required from Tchelistcheff.


Made from the most recently planted of the estate wine, it offers a compact yet forceful bouquet loaded with vegetable undertones of great subtleness. At first the taste is earnest and taciturn; however give it time to adjust to the glass before attempting to capture its character completely. Concentrated and assured on the palate, the green flavours predominate as the Cabernet vines are relatively young. The mildly bitter content is distinct but very well integrated. > It is best paired with roasted red meats, poultry and game. > Make sure to open an hour before serving

wine: Brunello di Montalcino 1998, Poggio Antico region: Montalcino

Located 70 miles southwest of Florence, Montalcino has one of the warmest climates in Tuscany. As early as the 10th century, this region's history is stamped with struggles against the Florentines with the Spanish Empire as well as wine making. In this peaceful present day, some Brunello traditions are still preserved. At Poggio Antico's winery keeping the wine in oak barrels for at least three years is one tradition still followed. In 1984, a Milanese couple Giancarlo and Nuccia Gloder purchased a wine cellar built on one of the highest-altitude estates in Tuscany. Poggio Antico the winery was born. Since 1987, their daughter Paola Gloder began managing the estate. Her husband, Alberto Montefiori joined the family business in 1998. The estate's high altitude ensures cool nights. This leaves an unmistakable footprint on the wines made here, creating a full bouquet that's hard to find elsewhere in Montalcino.


It has a very long finish and ages gracefully under proper conditions due to the bouquet being well-developed and persistent therefore increases the intensity with further bottle aging. Clean signs of berries and licorice show through this deep red wine. It boasts a full round flavour which is very concentrated and shows signs of great vitality. On the contrary it also has a great elegance coming from the particularly sweet tannins. > Best paired with grilled meats, roasted red meats, ripe powerful cheese > Breath bottle for at least an hour or two prior to serving.<<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 13


Lower the Emissions

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irst came the Prius and then came the hydrogen engine. Following closely behind was the Tesla and now the Diesel BLUETEC.

Diesel has a slightly negative stigma attached to it. Drivers often overlook diesel because it causes a rather noisy rattle when run through an engine. However, those who give diesel a shot quickly realize the product is smooth, economical, powerful and more environmentally friendly than most fuels. In fact many companies are branding the term "diesel" to equate "sporty" in international car-speak. DaimlerChrysler (Soon to be known as "Daimler Ag") was the company that first introduced this new, eco-friendly car technology, which has now been put into use by big luxury vehicle brands Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and (for a short time) BMW, the company has now decided to branch out with its own technology). Designed to eliminate emissions, the technology is comprised of dual nitrogen oxide-reducing systems ­ the first is called AdBlue (urea-based) and the second is called DeNox (made of oxidizing catalytic converter and particulate filter). Both are used in diesel engines, and have garnered numerous honorable mentions in both the auto world and in any media concerning the green revolution. Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to diesel. The brand put out its first dieselrun vehicle before World War II and has been refining the technology ever since. BLUETEC technology is more clean-burning as long as low-sulphur fuel is used, not to mention more power, operating range and torque. The E320 BLUETEC Sedan was the 2007 winner of the World Green Car Award, proving that being green doesn't have to mean skimping on aesthetics. Mercedes BLUETECs also come in the R, ML and GL class diesels. Though the engineering varies from model to model, one thing is certain ­ BLUETEC controls emission levels and makes our air that much healthier. Audi plans to put out its diesel car series in 2008. By complying with strict U.S. emissions standards, the Audi will be available across the United States. The emissions control technology of an Audi is known as TDI, the first round of which was produced in the late 1980s. Helping the Audi diesel cause were highly publicized race victories of the R10 Turbodiesel sports car in both the 25 Hours of Le Man and American Le Man Series championship. This, the company hopes, will translate into skyrocketing popularity and increased global sales of diesel-fueled Audi engines, especially the recently unveiled 2009 Q7 3.0 TDI series. As the world's population becomes more concerned with the future of our planet, technology that cuts greenhouse gases is getting more attention. Even when run by the formerly stigmatized diesel fuel, BLUETEC technology is showing us that luxury cars like Mercedes-Benz and Audi can be just as earth-saving as the Prius, yet with all the fancy bells and whistles.<<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 15

"The Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC has been named "2007 World Green Car" by the International World Car Organization. How did it earn this honour? Simply put, it is the cleanest diesel vehicle in the world." Mercedes Benz, North Shore

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Artist In Transition


amela Masik. The name of this Canadian artist may sound familiar to those who have seen her breathtaking live performances with a canvas, paint and her body in motion, creating large-scale pieces of spontaneous art. Those who saw "The Forgotten" art project last year may also recognize her name. Masik, an artist of many media, is on the rise and in transition. Her three-room studio, tucked away on Homer Street, has sky-high ceilings and has been marked by a sign bearing her last name in her trademark signature for the past two years. It holds many things near and dear to Masik's heart: her brushes, her paint and her artwork, some of which hold sentimental value and will never be sold or given away. Sculptures dot the floor along the wall, while paintings hang on them, waiting for visitors to interpret their brushstrokes. Originally the studio was housed in Gastown but it reached a point where Masik knew it was time to move. "In all honesty, it can be harsh there," says the artist. "See these earlier paintings? This one here, this one here? Those faces just started coming to me after being in the neighbourhood, after living there." It was all | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 17

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ART too much, the darkness and despair hidden in corners of Gastown, for both Masik and collectors who loved her work so she packed up for the confines of Yaletown. It is hard to define Masik and impossible to put her in a box. She is a painter, a sculptor, a performer, a writer, a singer, a producer, a designer and a mother. Perhaps that is why she is so stunning, both in appearance and in talent. One look at her and you know instinctively she has seen things, felt things and experienced things that have deeply impacted her life and her work. "I guess the most difficult thing for me is having the faith," the artist explains. "Sometimes it's pretty scary when you don't really know. The only thing you can do is trust in your heart that whatever you think that you need to be doing, however it looks like, to simply do it. So for me discovering my passion is great, but what's my dream? Where can I go with my passion?" Pamela Masik, who sold everything she owned of value when she realized painting and art was her calling, has come far from where she started. "I can't even tell you how crazy it's been growing," Masik says about her career and business. "Now I'm really starting to see everything coming to fruition, it's pretty exciting." Masik is in the midst of a transition from being a local artist to an international artist. Most recently, after months of being courted by the prestigious Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Masik decided it was time to think of a much bigger picture. "One of the most important career decisions in my life was going with Buschlen Mowatt Gallery," she explains. The gallery will be representing Masik exclusive to Canada and the Western United States. She has also positioned herself with people in Florida and New York (where she opened another studio last year and recently closed it to spend more time in Vancouver) who can help with managing her burgeoning workload. This fall is going to be especially hectic for Masik, when she officially begins with Buschlen Mowatt and spearheads a performance in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in September. By summer's end, she'll have performed in Florida and Vancouver. "The performance that I'm kind of gearing up for at this point, for the next year at least, up to two years, is called `Beneath The Veil'," says Masik. "It's the exploration of the mirage of marriage." Painting in a wedding dress, she will reenact the whole ceremony, complete with aisles full of flowers and a projection of "ideal couples" on a screen, which she will paint over. Her first event is set for November, an independent exhibition entitled "Poster Child', with the gallery supporting Masik's prolific nature of underground and performance work outside of the traditional gallery setting. "It's very underground," says Masik. "It's not a commercial show. It's exploring the values in childhood." In February 2008, she will debut her "Truth And Beauty" performance at the Vancouver Art Gallery, where Masik will break away from her current form of expression, which is painting in performance, and instead create a dialog with the audience about the truth and aesthetics of modern beauty. With a heavy three or four months ahead, shows booked till 2009 and a roster of galleries to supply with her artwork, Masik tries to limit herself to one performance per month. These range from creating paintings at exclusive dinner parties and fundraisers. She does not proactively market these 45-minute performances, but the number of requests for them has grown astronomically through word of mouth, sending Masik to exotic locales. One performance in Shanghai for a national celebrity had her on a boat going down a river. "It might look like I just go up there and paint frantically and that's it," explains Masik, "but the beginning process, there's usually a composition in mind, there's a palette, sort of pre-determined in a way." If a client has a favourite piece of music, Masik studies it over and over for months and eventually sees colors and composition. This process was actually inspired by a trip to the symphony when she was younger, seeing color as the music played and running home to paint in her studio. Years later, Masik and the UBC Music Department are planning to collaborate together in Fall 2008, a sweet ode to her passion for blending art and music. Interestingly enough, though Masik began painting at a young age, she never really thought she would pursue it as a full-time career. "Most people in our society think, okay, what are we going to do to make money, not what do I love," Masik says. "I failed miserably at trying to pursue something I didn't love." With the way things are going for her now, the international art world is soon going to fall head over heels with Pamela Masik.<<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 19


by Fred Lee

Mi-Jung Lee looked stunning in a silver gown at CHANEL. Vancouverites have come of age and never looked better. It was all glamour and glitz this summer as fashion fête dominated the social calendar. "Vanhattan's" best-dressed crowded into some of the city's biggest openings and fundraisers. At the Vancouver Art Gallery it was a meeting of high art and high fashion. Kathleen Bartels, the VAG's Chief Director, kicked off the lavish Monet to Dalí Ball. Roaming through floral designer Hitomi Gilliam's outdoor interpretation of Monet's beloved Giverny garden, more than 500 fabulously dressed gala-goers sipped on fine bubbles while enjoying the exclusive preview of the most comprehensive showing of European paintings and sculptures ­ some 80 pieces ­ from such masters as Cezanne, Gauguin, Picasso, Renoir, van Gogh, Monet and Dali, on loan from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Following the garden reception, guests sashayed across the street to the Hotel Vancouver to enjoy a sumptuous dinner by Executive Chef Robert LeCrom followed by the highlight of the evening - the North American Premiere of CHANEL's Ready-To-Wear Fall Collection. The stunning CHANEL runway show took place in the hotel's ballroom, designed to replicate the setting of the Fall/Winter line's début at the Grand Palais in Paris. Chaired by Sherry Killam and Jamie Pitblado and sponsored by Delta Land Development President Bruce Langereis to promote his Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia, the black tie affair raised more than $300,000 in support of the gallery's operations, exhibitions and programming. Holt Renfrew CEO and President Cary Lerner and General Manager Gary Balaski rolled out the magenta-coloured carpet for the fortunate few lucky enough to receive an invitation to the season's most anticipated retail opening. Following its $50-million facelift, power shoppers revelled in the 135,000 square feet of fabulousness ­ home to the world's most expensive and exclusive labels. Dressed in designer outfits from Armani to Dolce and Gabanna to Gucci, label-conscious fashionistas and the well-heeled were treated to the party of the year. No expense was spared for the lavish opening. Adding a touch of Hollywood, singer Patti Labelle performed while Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross made an appearance, joining in on the star-studded retail celebrations. Jacqui Cohen's annual waterfront gala raised $1 million for the less fortunate. Buoyed by steel magnate Ron McNeil and restaurateur David Aisenstat's top contributions of $100,000 and $65,000 respectively, the Army & Navy department store owner and local philanthropist was singing in the rain as her Face the World black tie gala raised a record million dollars for local charities. The wet weather did not dampen the spirit or enthusiasm of the 250 fashionably attired attendees who paid $1,250 a ticket to rub elbows with Cohen and her friends. Flying in from L.A., celebrated author Jackie Collins, actress Michelle Phillips and Hollywood Producer David Niven Jr. joined Cohen at her Point Grey home for the Night Under the African Sky fundraiser and Umberto Menghi-designed dinner.

Desperate Housewives Marcia Cross partied with media gals Gloria Macarenko, Coleen Christie, Dawn Chubai and Tamara Taggart at Holt's opening.

Director Glenn McPherson welcomed Hollywood's Jackie Collins and David Niven to the Face the World Party.


by Fred Lee

Cohen's cause also got a boost from Cartier's North American CEO and President Frederic de Narp. Narp made the donation to Cohen's Face the World Foundation at the grand re-opening of Ani and Daniel Feurmann's Cartier store on Howe Street. The native Breton and father of six flew in from the Big Apple to join the Feurmanns in welcoming bejewelled guests to the Parisian jeweller's expanded space, triple the size of its former self and anchored by a stunning, shop-stopping chandelier. The city's well-to-do and top socialites including Christie King, Janelle Washington and Monika Deol attended the designer's invitation-only big, bling bash. Bejewelled and bedazzled Cartier models Samira Dudzinski, Ubah Hassan and Ashiko Westguard pose with CEO and President Frederic de Narp. In a pair of scarlet red Salvatore Ferragamo heels, Urban Rush's Fiona Forbes hosted the most sole-ful shindig in the city ­ the inaugural Champagne and Shoes extravaganza at the Glowbal Group's Sanafir Restaurant and Lounge. Benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation, several hundred packed into David Nicolay's beautifully designed Moroccan room for the fine bubbles courtesy of Moet and Chandon and fashion showcase of $100,000 worth of sexy shoes courtesy of B2 shoes. Before turning their attention to the room's signature marble-bar-turnedrunway, Absolute Spa helped everyone keep in step with complimentary foot massages and pedicures for the piggies. Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash hosted the second annual Steve Nash Foundation charity basketball game at GM Place. Prior to the classic, Nash attended the Carats Diamonds at Sunset soiree at Kyle and Janelle Washington's West Vancouver home in support of his foundation. Under heavy security, 120 guests paid $5,000 each to have the exclusive opportunity to party at the Washington Marine Group Chairman's mansion and play poker with the master dribbler and his Phoenix Suns teammates. Sponsored by Colin Ferguson's Carats Diamonds, guests arrived bejewelled for the star-studded, red carpet affair that saw David Foster, Divine Brown and Colin James perform. Diamonds glistened with a hundred pieces on display at the posh affair. Guests mixed, mingled and played for a $15,000 diamond bracelet engraved with Nash's signature awarded to the poker champ. Biggest winners were the kids, as proceeds from the events on and off the court went to support children locally and internationally.<<<

Diljeet Dhillion and Divine Brown at Steve Nashs Sunset Soiree.

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FASHION By Virginia Leeming

fall 2007


he V List Personal Shopper offers discerning readers an insight into the upcoming fall/winter season. Here's the skinny on the best of the best available in Vancouver. New silhouettes, a fresh colour palette and accessories including jewelry and footwear are guaranteed to give your image a luxurious and contemporary look.

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Vetrina Moda

Rachel Kapsalis operates Vetrina Moda, one of Vancouver's most soughtafter emporiums of fashion, tucked away above Quorum, her partner's menswear and tailoring shop at 525 West Georgia. This little gem of a store stocks prêt-á-porter from top European designers. Kapsalis scours the EU markets twice a year to hand pick her collections with her fashionconscious clientele in mind. "This fall there is a feeling of luxury, glimpses of which can be found in fashions whether casual or elegant," she notes. And giving fashion its luxury are the metallics, which show up everywhere. Fabrics shimmer in gold or silver, tweeds are shot with metallic threads, leather glimmers gold or silver, a veritable queen's ransom. Adding to the shiny trend is the smart look of patent leather used on its own or as trim. Enough bling to attract any self-respecting magpie. Kapsalis has a sharp eye for both beautiful classics and leading trends. "There are also luxe touches of fur trim, and beautiful sweaters for fall," she adds. Skirt lengths are to the knee, particularly for pencil styles and both skinny and wide-leg trousers are key to the season. Her colour palette for fall/winter includes black, bordeaux, aubergine, grey, and of course, pewter, gold and silver. Added to her roster of noted design

collections including Gianfranco Ferre, Ken Scott, Angelo Mozzillo and Jenny Packham is Balizza, new for her this season and designed by Italy's Stefano Guerriero. And for the full-figured woman, Kapsalis is excited to show La Donne by Marielle Burani in sizes 8 to 26.


Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, a giant of a designer in the world of fashion, has served up a fresh, posh collection with strong tailoring, bold-patterned tweeds, strong textures, and of course his personal signature, a touch of whimsy. "It is all about being long, endless legs, high waists, and colour with patterns," says Lagerfeld about his fall/winter ready-to-wear.

High-waisted, belted coat jackets with bracelet-length sleeves worn over gloves, below-the-knee skirts, long tunics over stovepipe pants and tight leggings create the new proportions.

In addition to the ubiquitous combination of white and black at Chanel, he has injected high voltage colour including corals, purples, turquoise and yellow, shot with gold and silver. Accessories such as bib necklaces and plexi bracelets sporting multi colours, footwear featuring tweed "gaitor" boots, and high-heeled tango pumps created in crocodile-look leather are flawless finishing touches.

Silver sequinned dress by Balizza

Chanel ready-to-wear fall/winter 2007, designed and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.

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By Virginia Leeming

Michael Kors

Michael Kors has been heralded as the successor to leading US designers including Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Bill Blass. At 48 years old he has accomplished an outstanding track record for himself in the fashion industry. In 1981 he established his eponymous company at age 22 and hasn't looked back. Known for his chic, luxurious American sportswear, his fashions have been worn by notable film stars and celebrities as well as discerning women. The Oakridge boutique will carry his Michael Michael Kors, and Kors Michael Kors collections of ready-to-wear and his accessory lines, which comprise purses, belts, footwear, eyewear, fragrance and beauty products. This fall, the Michael Michael Kors line takes a punk chic attitude with colours black, white, grey and red. The patent trench and hound's tooth jacket are top trends. Evening luxury is interpreted in glittering Lurex threads and silk sateen.


Each year Hermès, a venerable Paris-based luxury goods company, celebrates a different form of culture. For 2007, its 170th year in business, Hermès gives a fashionable nod to the form of dance. Among its offering for fall/winter this year new objects of desire beckon temptingly from the store's displays in its Burrard Street location. Its famed scarves, inspired by jockey silks, are collector's items around the globe. Lovingly crafted in heavy silk with hand-rolled edges, these scarves are treasured by their owners. The company has reissued its very first pattern from 1937, Jeux des omnibus et dames blanches, delightful in black and white with red accents, 70x70 cm. Leather goods are among Hermès best known items for their incredible quality of workmanship and for their timeless designs. A pair of boots, with leather ribbons to tie around the ankle, is made in stretch goatskin. Ah, perfection! Continuing its reverence for leather, Hermès has designed a chunky necklace of blonde horn and matt alligator flat links with saddle-stitching. And finally our choice from the company's must haves is a ring in rose gold paved with naturally brown diamonds, a truly magnificent design.<<<

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ew York is the City That Never Sleeps. Paris is the City Of Lights. Las Vegas, also known as Sin City, is both. Las Vegas, equivalent to the Hamptons for Southern Californians, is a place where anything can happen and you're encouraged not to talk about it once you return home. It is the first-choice destination for many wild bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as the site for numerous quickie, shotgun weddings. Buffets are cheap, Midwest American tourists are plenty and free drinks flow at the poker tables. Amongst the neon lights, cigarette smoke and oxygen-pumped casinos, there is the flashy, money-driven side of Las Vegas, where big-time rollers gamble at high stakes tables in the Bellagio. Meanwhile, their coiffed trophy wives swipe credit cards at the Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Louis Vuitton, Brioni and Oscar de la Renta boutiques at Wynn Las Vegas. The award-winning Wynn Las Vegas is named after its founder and developer Steve Wynn. If you go to the hotel website, you'll hear his voice talking to you. This year, it

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TRAVEL became the first casino resort to ever win both the Mobil Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond awards, putting it steps above other major luxury hotels peppering the Las Vegas Strip. Built at a cost of nearly $3 billion, the Wynn stands 60 stories above the Strip, making it the tallest buildings in Las Vegas, save for the Stratosphere Hotel. It boasts nearly 3,000 rooms and villas, and was the first hotel to have a Ferrari-Maserati dealership, install both HDTV and Voice Over IP, use RFID tags inside casino chips to spot counterfeiting and produce the room key and frequent player card as one. Each resort room is just shy of 650 stylish square feet, replete with the best amenities a hotel could provide. A seating area allows guests to kick up their feet after strolling the Strip and casinos, while Wynn Dream Beds with 310-count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets provide the perfect spot for laying an over-stimulated head down to rest. Automatic drapery and light controls give you the power to control how much room brightness you want. The bathroom contains both a bathtub and glass shower with Desert Bamboo toiletries. The living room holds a high-definition, flat screen LCD television and in-room spa services are available with just a quick phone call to the front desk. The Tower Suites provide all the above and more, plus separate concierge, private terrace with pool, golf course views and in-Tower restaurant. Steve Wynn is known for his love of art. Originally his beloved collection was cordoned off into a gallery which charged an entrance fee, but lowvolume ticket sales forced its closing. Now the artwork (including a Picasso) adorns walls all over the hotel for visitors and guests alike to take in. One of the hotel's main attractions is the Lake of Dreams, a threeacre lake and giant waterfall blocked off from the Strip by a big mountain. Every hour starting in the afternoon a show of the same name plays for guests, alternating with an animated color sequence. If you happen to slip into top-notch Tryst for late-night dancing and drinks, you can see the Lake of Dreams from inside the club and from outside on the balcony. On a lucky night, you may spot previous Tryst revelers Ludacris, Usher, L'il John, Christina Aguilera, Cuba Gooding Jr., Dave Navarro and Hayden Christensen. World-class fare can be found at the Wynn Hotel's numerous restaurants, including Alex (named after and headed by famed French cuisine chef Alessandro Stratto), Corsa Cucina, Okada, Red 8 and the Southeast Asian establishment, Wing Lei. After dinner and before a few hours of Las Vegas nightlife, the Wynn offers a selection of shows, the most popular being "Le Rêve" (The Dream), a moniker which also, incidentally, was the original name for the hotel. Le Rêve Theater re-opened in April 2007, after an intense 30-day renovation process that included repainting, recovering walls, installing custom-made seating and flooring and building a special Champagne Circle section. The show itself, created in tandem by Steve Wynn and the famed Franco Dragone, is a fantastical display of waterrelated aerial acrobatics, sensual choreography and breathtaking physical movement, all of which is performed in aqua theater in-the-round. Though Wynn may be a major Las Vegas attraction, there is so much more to the City of Sin than the flash, the fast and the cash. Oddly enough, it can also be a relaxation destination, especially if you head outside of the Strip to the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino in Henderson, Nevada. The Spa charges a $30 daily fee, which is then cancelled once a treatment is purchased by the guest. They provide you with a plush spa towel, spa sandals and a full roster of traditional and special treatments exclusive to Green Valley. The Hot Cinnamon Facial deep-cleanses and exfoliates, followed by an herbal double-layer mask. Another spa favourite is the Green Valley Green Tea Wrap, which incorporates a body scrub of grape seeds from Napa Valley, followed by a wrap of green tea, seaweed and ginger root, and aromatherapy lotion filled with essential oils. Once you are relaxed and ready to go, hit the gaming tables and hope your day of relaxation translates into winnings. Then celebrate your winnings at the ultra-sensual Whiskey Bar, headed by nightlife impresario (and Cindy Crawford's other half) Rande Gerber, who also has other Whiskey Bar establishments in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans and Mexico City. The eight-acre back area boasts a stunning pool surrounded by cabanas and littered with beautiful people at prime see-andbe-seen times. The Strip, the casino hotels, the food, the shopping, the shows, the lights and the people, Las Vegas has always served as an ultimate desert getaway, for celebrities and normal folk alike, because of the city's ability to surround visitors in opulence, beauty, money and debauchery. In Sin City, such vices are allowed.<<<


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By Marcie Good


Designer Penthouse


he distinctive penthouse at 1717 Duchess Ave., known as The Regent, carries many of the hallmarks of contemporary European design. The clean straight lines of its architecture, cabinetry and light fixtures, and the exquisite hand-made carpentry give this two-level suite unique sophistication. And yet, nothing detracts from the 360-degree mountain, ocean and skyline views that feel as much a part of this Ambleside home as the imported granite counters and Italian custom-designed closet doors. That was the goal, says Erez Avramov, whose company Solengo gutted, redesigned and rebuilt this penthouse. While he has gained a reputation for high-quality developments in Europe and the United States, this was Mr. Avramov's first project in Canada. He wanted the home to reflect the West Coast character. "We decided to do a test pilot of the type of construction that we know how to do," he said, explaining that a team of architects from Europe was brought in for the project. "We wanted to introduce the more contemporary modern design of Europe but still have some connections with the West Coast lifestyle. The combination of the two worked very nicely." That meant that special consideration was given to the relationship between interior and exterior. Outdoor terraces seamlessly blend with indoor space, and floor-toceiling windows infuse the interior with natural light. Details, such as the unobtrusive automatic window coverings, show attention to every possible convenience and luxury. It was indeed a winning formula: the home was sold by VIRANI Real Estate Advisors in one day. By the time Solengo finished the residence, it was unrecognizable from its original condition. The low-rise building was constructed in the early 1980s by developer Bill Lougheed, who chose the site for its unbeatable views. Each condominium occupies an entire floor to take full advantage of the surroundings, with the penthouse on the upper two storeys. The ultimate suite, however, had not been updated in more than 20 years. Besides its unfortunate green and pink colour scheme, the layout was not functional. "When we bought the penthouse," recalls Mr. Avramov, "the only description for it was `horrifying.'" The company gutted the unit and upgraded the plumbing and electrical systems. The 3100-sq.-ft. three-bedroom home now features custommade European cabinetry and unique Hansgrohe bath and kitchen fixtures designed by Phillip Stark. All appliances are top-of-the-line, by Miele and Sub-Zero. The dark and elegant hardwood floors are imported walnut, and Italian limestone tiles grace the bathrooms and open spaces. Custommade Bocci chandeliers were designed by a renowned Canadian artist. The terraces stretch over 1,500 sq. ft., giving the new residents ample opportunity to enjoy West Vancouver's famous natural beauty. <<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 33


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The straightforward modern elegance of this custom-built home sets the stage for the stunning beauty of its location. Set on over a 1/2 acre lot high in the British Properties, it presents 360-degree views of incredible mountain scenery, ocean and downtown Vancouver, to be enjoyed from nearly every room in the home. At 8,000 sq. ft., its expansive size and large property give it a sense of privacy and retreat. All cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances reflect the highest standards: Snaidero kitchen cabinets, Miele and Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances, commercial-grade full sliding patio doors, radiant heating, and the latest Kohler fixtures in the bathroom. A home theatre features a 100-inch screen and built-in speakers. The saline outdoor pool is a glorious haven, surrounded by mountain, city and ocean views.

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he design professional on any home decorating television program seems like a perfect genie. She walks into your home, wrinkles her nose, waves her wand, and tells you exactly what needs to be done. Better yet, she actually has a stand-by construction team outside waiting to build you a table and move it right in. The popularity of home design shows probably reflects that common fantasy: we all want our homes to look better, but we need professional help. Are the 1970s kitchen cabinets salvageable, with a coat of paint? What can be done with that heirloom braided rug, if anything? Is that dangly chandelier really so bad?

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DESIGNER TIPS Armchair quarterbacking the process we see on television is entertaining, but not very practical. Ideas which look fantastic on the small screen might not look so great in our own homes. Shades of paint, for example, don't translate from pixels to your own wall. And how would you ever find that flea-market headboard that, given a facelift by that handy carpenter, gives the whole bedroom a French Provincial look? Many people have found that decorating mistakes can be costly, not to mention hideous. Enter the interior design coach. For the same reason that people hire a business coach, a tennis coach, or a life coach, they are turning to this specialist. Their services are personalized: what works for your neighbour doesn't have to work for you. Like the magical host on the home design show, they visit your house and help you reconfigure your favourite spaces. This is no half-hour episode, however. An interior design coach does not impose their own sense of style on your home and execute it under deadline. Rather, they help you figure out your own design personality, to ultimately create a space that feels inviting and comfortable, and reflects your family's lifestyle. Perhaps they can find a way to integrate that bright red comfy chair into a still-stylish living room. Karen Wolinsky is a Professional Interior Designer, who has recognized the need for Design Coaching, and has tailored it for New Interiors. She describes her job as helping her clients "clear a path through indecision, disorder, and just plain not knowing, to reveal a home they love." Many people have found that while taking on a redesign of a home or even just a room is a process of discovering their own tightly held habits. Why do you need that particle-board corner table? Is it just a place to dump the latest unopened bills? Letting go of those habits can be a liberating experience, especially when you have a better organized, more attractive space at the end. Ms. Wolinsky says that sometimes her clients just need a thumbs-up before they buy a piece of furniture or a light fixture. Sometimes they need inspiration before taking on a room makeover, and other times they need to be guided through the entire process. She describes her personal style as "eclectic, sensory and thoughtful." She is known for her discerning eye, and her ability to visually map a space and communicate this to her clients. The job of design coach also requires diplomacy; sometimes she has to help couples with differing style preferences find the perfect compromise. This, essentially, is the point of hiring a design coach: they know that there is no "right answer" to how a room should look. Ms. Wolinsky coaches people of all ages and circumstances, helping them create an interior space that reflects who they are. "I have a lot of clients who call me in to deliver design coaching," | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 39

she says, "to save the day for them. Our mandate is to involve, inform and inspire our clients in order to help them to reach their decorating goals. The refinement of their rooms is our way of helping them to develop a living space that clearly and accurately reflects their individuality, uniqueness, interests, personality and lifestyle." Interior design coaching is very effective for people going through a transition, such as: downsizing, moving to a smaller space, merging households, starting out in their first home, or getting their home ready for resale. A design coach's ideas can also be helpful for people who want to edit their collections, or just want an informed eye to guide the hanging of an art collection. If you wish to learn more about Karen Wolinsky's Design Coaching you can visit her on web at or 604.326.0001 <<<

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atches are back in style. For many of us, watches never left our wrists. In the days of Palm Pilots and Blackberries, the watch may be something we just wear. We feel naked without one. Many watches are passed from father to son, mother to daughter. From generation to generation, the watch can hold value in sentiment and dollars. Yet the purpose of a watch is to tell time. Today many people use their cell phones in lieu of a watch. In Vancouver one might believe sport watches ride the crest of popularity. Features like heart rate monitors and timers are popular in our West coast lifestyle. Garbed in yoga pants, Vancouverites check the time before hiking up Grouse Mountain. Though the rest of the Canada dubs us the "laid back" West Coast folks, Vancouverites enjoy elegance and style. High ­end watches adorn many a wrist. Usually hidden under a shirtsleeve, the glint of metal is revealed when we reach across the counter to hand a barista payment for our daily infusion of caffeine. A leisurely stroll past the display cases is a great way to start your journey into the land of watches. Ask a sales person if you can try it on. Your sales person can help you decide if you want an automatic, mechanical, or quartz movement watch. Marc Maurer manager at Time & Gold explains because

of the size of the case, ladies' watches are usually quartz movement rather than mechanical. It is important to ask what the watch is made of. "The big trend in fashion is for stainless steel over gold in both men's and women's categories," says Marc Maurer. The combination of stainless steel straps and motherof-pearl faces ranks high on the popularity chart in the women's watches. A sprinkling of diamonds can enhance the design. Diamonds are not just a girl's best friend. The fusion of diamonds, motherof-pearl faces, and steel straps appeals to men too. The Flying B No 3 is a shining example of this. For the woman who prefers a mechanical men's watch, The Flying B No 3 is an option.Though this watch may make many a woman's wrist look delicate, the size of this watch is ideal for a man. Perched in the Breitling for Bentley collection this watch is in the top echelon of high-end watches. All the harmonious elegance and daring of the rectangular Flying B case is presented in a smaller size. For Flying B fans, the B No 3 with its entirely redesigned dial is a must for your collection. Available in steel as well as in white gold or red, you chose which B No 3 you prefer. For those who still prefer the yellow metal, there is no need for alarm. Gold combined with steel or gold are available in most collections. Make sure to ask your sales associate if your choice is water resistant. If this piece comes a family heirloom having it last more than a few years is important! <<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 41

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By Marcie Good


lthough Herb Doman built an enormous lumber empire that established him as an icon in the industry, he never forgot his roots. Herb, who passed away on July 25 at age 75, started his business out of a dark green 1952 Dodge truck and built it into Doman Industries Limited, a fully integrated forest products company which operated sawmills, pulp mills, valueadded plants and a log merchandiser, and owned extensive timber rights and logging operations. At its peak, it had sales in excess of $1 billion and employed over 4,000 people. In business historian Peter C. Newman's words, he was "the first East Indian to become a member of the Canadian Establishment," and his many honours included being shortlisted to serve as Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. But the advice he frequently gave his son Rick was "never forget where you came from."



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A GENTLEMAN: HERB DOMAN One symbol of how Herb lived those words is now parked at the Cherry Point farm he and his wife Helen bought 25 years ago. One of Herb's first employees discovered his original truck a few years ago at the trucking firm he had bought from Herb, and contacted Rick. They cleaned it up and refurbished it and presented it to Herb in mint condition. When he saw it his eyes lit up. "I think it was the best surprise my dad's ever had," says Rick. "It brought back stories that none of us had heard before." Those stories began when Herb was 12 years old. After his father died, he quit school and went to work to support his family. He started with newspaper routes and then sold eggs and then firewood door-to-door. At 15, he bought the truck and started buying lumber from local mills. Rick can imagine his father developing the negotiating skills and talent for creating efficiencies that made him such a successful entrepreneur. "He would go to sites where people had a hole in the ground, waiting to put in a house, and he would say, `I can get you lumber at this price.' And he would give good deals." In 1953, Herb formed Doman Lumber Company, and two years later incorporated Doman Lumber Limited, a successful trucking business and building supply store. In 1964, he took his company public. He built four sawmills on Vancouver Island, and acquired five other sawmills and two pulp mills. Against the opinions of others, he kept the company's head office in his hometown, Duncan. As he built up the business, Herb thought of his own father, Attar Doman Singh, who had worked in the industry logging the timber of the Cowichan Valley and at one point leasing a mill to cut timber for the CPR. He told the Vancouver Sun in 2002 that he felt his father never had the opportunity to fulfill his own dream. "I built the company up for my father, for his family and for the family name," Herb told reporter Gordon Hamilton. Rick, who took over as CEO of Doman Industries in 2001 after Herb had a series of strokes, also had an early start in the lumber business. At age 10, his father started taking him on Sunday trips, during which they would visit five or six of his sawmills between their Duncan and Nanaimo. At each sawmill, his father would talk to whoever was working there-a manager, maintenance staff, or saw filer. "My dad would talk to everybody," Rick recalls. It was a quality that several union leaders also praised. In an industry often plagued with labour disputes, Herb was remembered as a tough businessman who nevertheless cared about his employees and treated them fairly. "He came from a working class family, with basically no money," says Rick. "That's why he always had a great deal of respect for his employees. He always felt that his greatest asset was the people that worked for him." The sawmill at Duke Point was built in the late 1970s, and Rick watched its progress on those weekly trips. Herb would look at the site and then meet the builder at a coffee shop to make suggestions, like moving equipment to a different area to make it more efficient. Everything they discussed, Rick | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 45

noticed, his father wrote on the back of a napkin. It showed him Herb's ability to communicate with absolute simplicity. He was, Rick says, "an industrial genius." When Rick was 12, his father dropped him off at the lumber yard and told the manager to put him to work. Herb wanted his son to learn the business the same way he did-from the ground up. Rick loved the work, and he began with sweeping, and then moved into stocking lumber. At 21 he was brought into the sales office and put in charge of North American lumber sales and then global sales at a time when the company sold products in 32 countries. In 2004 the business was taken over by bondholders, but even in difficult times, Herb showed integrity. He made the excruciating decision to give up the reins. "He did the right thing," says Rick, "and it did nothing for him personally but it saved the jobs." At his funeral on August 1, Herb was remembered for his devotion to his family (wife Helen and their four children-Darcia, Sherry, Verinda and Rick), and to his community.<<<

ECO DEVELOPMENT Story by Paul Smith / Photos by Dave Delnea and Christina Symons


"I believe second homes are more reflective of the kind of person we really want to be than our principal residences. We're more relaxed. More comfortable with ourselves. More inspired. Second home life brings out the best in us."

­Michael Coyle Former Chief Strategy Officer Intrawest Corporation Appropriately, the architectural firm that oversaw the planning and design of this green getaway in the bluest of settings, is named Blue Sky, famous for their own interpretation of contemporary West Coast architecture. It's a style characterized by distinctive, curved roof lines, an artistic use of timber and glass, and the firm's ability to bring the outdoors indoors and vice versa. Among people searching for as yet undiscovered places, Sunshine Coast has, for 100 years, been one of the Pacific Coast's favorite getaways, famous for its clear blue skies and dazzling blue water. Today, this idyllic coastline is also the site of one of British Columbia's most eco-friendly communities ­ a development that its planners and designers describe as being "deep green." Wakefield Beach, consisting of 46 spectacular timber and glass homes, reflects the strong environmental ethic of its developer Lance Sparling, a Vancouverite who, upon turning 50, decided to leave both the city and a very successful business behind and move to the Sechelt Peninsula to spend the second half of his life creating small communities with the same engaging sense-of-place as the small towns, villages and island cottages he remembers so fondly from his childhood. But Sparling is quick to point out that "developers don't actually create communities ­ it's the residents who infuse them with that spirit. It's my role to provide places and spaces in which that can happen." What makes the Sunshine Coast so appealing as an escape route from heavily populated urban life is its ease of access from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Yet, this stretch of the Sechelt Peninsula remains serenely beautiful, peacefully tranquil and, by comparison with other waterfront locations in British Columbia, including the Gulf Islands and the Okanagan, remarkably affordable. The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name with as many as 2,400 hours of sunshine per year. Bright days outnumber gloomy ones by a wide margin because the mountains of Vancouver Island catch much of the rain coming in off the Pacific.

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ECO DEVELOPMENT Besides their green roofs, each home uses geothermal heat pumps, clean forced air heating, energy efficient appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-performance window glazing, and a form of wall panelization that reduces wood waste, increases the insulation factor and makes construction more precise. Forma Design, the landscape architect, specified indigenous trees, shrubs and plants for landscaping that requires no irrigation. Exterior lighting is solar powered. The entire community has been designed to encourage people to walk from place to place rather than using their cars. Wakefield Beach overlooks one of the most beautiful, low-bank beaches on the Sunshine Coast. "That's no coincidence," says Sparling, "Wakefield stands on one of the earliest-settled properties on this stretch of coastline and the original owner, a Mr. Wakefield, had his choice of prime waterfront locations. He picked the one with the best beach. His homestead grew into Wakefield Inn but that building eventually deteriorated beyond repair. We saved all that we could ­ the fireplace mantels are made of wood reclaimed from the Inn. The rest of the useable materials were donated to Habitat For Humanity."

" We think of roofs as being hats, one of the most important design elements of any house. Like a hat, a roof is the most visible expression of a home's personality. It represents the style and spirit of the structure below it. Too few designers pay attention to the importance of roofs."

­Kim Smith, Partner, Blue Sky Architects Wakefield Beach was master-planned in three tiers, fanned out along the 700 feet of waterfront. Because the site slopes down, naturally, towards the ocean and because Blue Sky has designed three, two and one-story residences that progressively follow the contours of the land, every home has unrestricted, south-facing views of the beach and the sea. To ensure that his first community made the most of the site, Sparling called upon a small advisory group of friends that included, among others, Peter Busby, an industry leader in green design; Michael Coyle the former Chief Strategy Officer for Intrawest Resorts; and Jake Chalmers, partner and President of Envisioning + Storytelling, a Vancouver-based firm that has guided the planning and design of more than 100 of North America's most admired destination resorts and small resort communities. The result is a community at Wakefield Beach that one buyer described as being one of those truly rare places that "is better than the sales pitch," which is exactly what Sparling had hoped for when he began. Based on the response to Wakefield Beach he has established a company called Wakefield Homes whose 30 employees have plans to continue developing properties based on green initiatives alongside the blue Pacific. Seeing what Sparling has achieved with this enclave of homes, and reporting on what owners are saying, the Westcoast Homes section of the Vancouver Sun recently wrote, "encore, encore, maestro!" If you are interested in Wakefield Beach, either as a seaside getaway or as your primary residence, call (604) 741-9899, toll-free 1 (888) 741-9899 or e-mail [email protected] If you're out for a weekend drive, you'll find Wakefield Beach off the 6500 block of the Sunshine Coast Highway. Homes range in size from 1,431 to over 2,200 square feet and in price from low $700,000's to over $1.5 million. A small number of the 46 homes are still available for purchase.<<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 47

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onora Resort is a perfect utopian blend of the luxurious and the great outdoors. It is a secluded Vancouver Island haven where jet-setters can take in the outdoors without feeling out of their element, and where those who love the outdoors can bathe in the lap of, well, luxury. This beautiful British Columbia five-star gem of an all-inclusive resort is tucked away 125 miles north of Vancouver, sitting on a picturesque coastline with endless, lush green forest as a natural backdrop. Sonora Resort is so private that the only means of getting there is a direct 45minute airplane ride or a 50-minute boat ride from Campbell River. The getaway works in partnership with London Air Services, which flies in visitors in an AW 139 corporate helicopter, one of largest and fastest of its kind. Even with the boat transport option, you can rest assured that top-of-the-line comfort and luxury is not compromised; the vessel interior is comfortable and made for watching the scenic water view go by. If you are too busy to arrange for travel before departure, Sonora Resort will make sure you get there on time and in bliss. You will never be bored at Sonora Resort because not only are the themed lodge accommodations of high calibre, so are the activities. On-site outdoor programs include world-class fishing, golfing, helicopter rides, kayaking, wildlife walks and ATV tours. Don't be surprised to see grizzly bears, eagles and orcas during a stay at Sonora, as they are almost always ready for you to capture on camera. If you feel inclined to stay indoors for a day or two, the indoor activities are just as top-notch. The golf simulator, whose screen spans an impressive 12 feet, lets golf fanatics practice their swing before hitting the world-renowned Storey Creek golf course which beckons from across the way. For pool sharks and shuffleboard masters, the games room is the place to be with its traditional and techie options. Gamers can enjoy the home theater with its carefully edited selection of DVDs, satellite channels, Play Station, Xbox and custom seating (12 state-of-the-art chairs). A new flower and plant glass conservatory is the newest resort addition, where one can sip a hot tea or fine wine amidst an amazing mass of flora and fauna while taking in an impressive view of the Arran Rapids mountain vistas.

Those who seek ultimate rest and relaxation can retire to ultra-chic Wellness Centre, which boasts a natural rock waterfall, tranquility wall and unobstructed ocean views. Aside from a full menu of spa services, ranging from Seatonic Prestige firming treatments to body balance massages to eyelash tinting to Spring Of Youth facials, the Wellness Center coup d'etat is the Hydrotherapy tub. This state-of-the-art spa technology is almost beyond the realm of therapeutic, given its 252 programmable jet system and ability to improve body movement as well as relax overworked muscles. Choose from the Pure Bliss, Ultimate Revitalization and Complete Contour treatments, and if you so desire, finish off with a soothing Paraffin Hand treatment. Wining and dining also tops guests' activity lists. Executive Chef Matthew Stowe uses the freshest local organic ingredients to create his delightfully light European fare. Multiple course meals range from five to seven courses, while the house wine hails from industry-acclaimed Mission Hill Estate Winery from the Okanagan. The wine cellar stores fine wines from British Columbia, as well as California Cabernets, French Bordeaux and vintage ports, a collection built enough to impress serious wine connoisseurs. Sonora Resort also flies in top chefs such as Vancouver's Rob Feenie and Umberto Menghi, both of whom are scheduled for weekend guest appearances. In early fall, Sonora is bringing National Geographic photographer and former "White House Photographer Of The Year" Bruce Dale to the resort for a digital photography class session, both group and private, to help guests hone their shutterbug skills. Sonora Resort proves that luxury, relaxation and the great outdoors are only a plane or boat ride away. .<<<

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Q&A with The Fabulous Baker Twins

The V list got a chance to catch up with ever-busy international models, the Baker twins. Shannon and Shauna Baker, who hail from Stellat'en First Nation reserve in Northern BC, have been casuing a stir in the modeling, acting and business worlds, breaking racial barriers and forging the way for other First Nations men and women who look to them for inspiration. V: Where are you two from and how did you get into modeling? Shauna: We are from the Stellat'en First Nation reserve in Northern BC near a small town called Fraser Lake. Photographers and modeling agencies would always approach us and we always thought they were predators or phony! We would throw away business cards given to us thinking they were scammers and finally we figured that not all of these people are dangerous people so we research one of the photographers and did a photo shoot with him and have been modeling since! V: Rumour has it that Playboy approached you to do a spread. Why did you turn them down? Shauna: We have gone this far keeping a clean image, why throw that out the window now? We want to show young ladies that you can be a good girl and still make it in this industry. There are enough half naked girls shown on television and music videos already, I wouldn't want to blend in with them. Plus, I would be horrified if my little sister and little cousins saw me nude in a magazine. *Shudder* Shannon: We do not need Playboy to pioneer our careers. We will make it without being in Playboy. The industry is changing, and our generation will be the ones that pioneer that change. We want to work harder and so, we aren't going to take our clothes off just to boost our careers. We would rather take a route with obstacles rather than what many deem to be the `easy' path. V: Sibling rivalry is a pretty common occurrence. How do you find working together all the time? Shannon: Of course we get in a squabble here and there. That is a part of being a sibling. We are always best friends a few minutes after a little tiff. Shauna: We live and work together, share the same friends and share similar hobbies. If it wasn't for our boyfriends we would probably be hanging out almost 24 hours a day. Not to sound cheesy but not only is Shannon my twin sister but she's my best friend.

"We are from the Stellat'en First Nation reserve in Northern BC near a small town called Fraser Lake."

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We understand you control what goes on in your careers. What is it like managing yourselves? Shannon: There is always that freedom of choosing which way our careers go. We have friends that are in the industry that do not know the business aspects of their own careers. We do. It is like being the CEO of a business, except, we are managing ourselves. The feeling is gratifying. V: The V List knows you two are aspiring thespians. How is the acting going? Shannon: It is going really well. I mean, we are hard on ourselves when we don't think we accomplished a goal the way we wanted to. But when we step back and look at what we have achieved in less than a year and a half of acting we realize that we have fulfilled goals that many actors haven't attained in their 10 years of acting. Relatively speaking we are doing well. However, we have set high goals and we try harder when we don't believe we have satisfactorily met our goals. V: So far, what has been the biggest highlight in your careers? Shauna: The `Tyra Show'! There was a segment about ethnic Celebrities in the entertainment industry and Tyra Banks invited us on the show to talk about our experiences in the entertainment world. Tyra was my idol

growing up and it was so surreal meeting her. V: What does the next year or two look like for you? Shannon: We have our hands full. We have a few acting projects planned out within the next couple of years. We also have a few businesses on the side. We have our `BT Girl Calendar' that features us modeling with 12 other beautiful and talented models. We are also launching our own website design company called `Baker Twin Designs'. Our next business is going to be our own fashion line. Of course, you can check out all of the projects that we are involved in at our website: Shauna: Acting! I definitely want to make that transition from full time model to actor. V: What motto do you live by each and every day? Shauna: Happiness is the key to life, if you have that then nothing else matters. Shannon: A quote by Albert Schweitzer is always a good one: "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." In the end happiness really is the only thing that matters.<<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 51


by Dianna Carr / Photos by Dave Delnea

What is Vancouver? A small miracle fringed by mountains. A neighborhood secret. The ocean, between buildings. The smell of cedar. A seal, grinning. VIBRANT. VANCOUVER Vancouverites, all of us, love this place ­ understanding it, admiring it, being part of it, adding to its rich character. Karim Virani is profoundly connected to the city ­ a Vancouverite from a family that came from afar, fell in love, stayed forever. From his origins, he has retained an understated, old-world respect for people and relationships; in Vancouver, he and his associates have gained a deep and passionate knowledge of the city and its ways. VIRANI. VANCOUVER. In a decade of helping residents buy and sell Vancouver's extraordinary properties, the team has built and shared their knowledge of the city's most desirable homes and communities, giving buyers an immediate comfort in their new neighbourhoods, and offering sellers the quiet confidence of working with people who can make the right deal happen in a vital, fast-moving real estate market. VIBRANT. VANCOUVER. VIRANI. Virani, connects people with place, and place to people. To help you find a home in one of the continent's most dynamic real estate markets, Virani has gone far beyond the classic realtor website to also offer streaming video of each property. And coming soon, RSS feeds that keep buyers and sellers up to the minute, and mobile technology that allows prospects to immediately download an information sheet directly to their cell phones. To connect people to their city, Virani offers The V List, a publication that features all the company's available properties, plus a fascinating, richly detailed story of Virani's most extraordinary current offering, sharing its history and secrets and showing it at its very best. The V List also contains V CONFIDENTIAL ­ a random noting of the places and things we love best in Vancouver. Some are secret, some local favourites, some glamourous, some as plain as they are perfect. All are ways to live and love this unique city that we share.<<<


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By Marcie Good


Doctor of Champions



r. Jack Taunton has already had a distinguished career in sports medicine, but he's currently working on the biggest job of his life. He is co-founder and director of the internationally renowned and well-respected Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, and he helped found the Vancouver Sun Run. Now, he is busy with his duties as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Taunton began his career in sports medicine at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where he graduated with an honours degree from the first Kinesiology program offered at the campus. Though he was extremely athletic ­ playing a year of soccer and a year of football for the university while running competitively ­ Taunton knew he would never become a professional athlete. He says his interests lay "in endurance, in recovery, in how you can prevent injuries. I wanted to find a physician that could show me, and understand the various injuries I was having and get me into a rehabilitation program." After graduation, Taunton joined forces with Doug Clement, a physician who not only became his mentor, but his partner at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre. Never one to stop learning, Taunton embarked on his masters degree in cardiac rehabilitation, the first of its kind in Western Canada. Unfortunately, Taunton and his forward-thinking colleagues were met with some challenges by the program, and were served a court injunction the very first night of its inception. So, the dedicated team took the program to Simon Fraser University under the watchful eyes of Eric Bannister, another progressive-minded exercise physiologist, who also supervised Dr.Roger Jackson, CEO of Own the Podium 2010. Shortly after, Taunton's friend and partner Doug was invited to teach at SFU, and another offer followed from the University for Taunton to teach as well. "Doug and I decided there wasn't an awful lot (of information) particularly on the overuse injuries, because we were runners, so we set up our own running seminar every Tuesday night after track practice," says Taunton. "Our plan was that I would go to medical school and then when I finished, we would open the first sports medicine program, not only with a clinical base, but with a research and an educational base." | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 53

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nitially, the sports medicine clinic was planned for a12-bedroom house of one of Taunton's colleagues and partners, which had more than enough space to accommodate the operation. Taunton began to amass a team of physician friends he had met during his medical adventures as an intern at St. Paul's Hospital, all of whom were more than willing to be a part of the fledgling sports medicine clinic. Although initial opening in a small trailer, through a serendipitous opportunity and some politics, Taunton and his team were able to move into the John Owen Pavilion on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus. Working with Rick Hansen and his "Man In Motion" tour was the next biggest project, followed by establishing the Sun Run with Clement and others. Last year, this event saw over 53,000 participants. Taunton and Clement's sports medicine clinic then received enormous support from the McGavin family, whose two sons were on the national rugby team at the time. Hence, the renaming of the institution to the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic. "That building sees about 1,100 patients a week," says Taunton, "between sports medicine, the family care side, the orthopedic surgical side and the physiotherapy side." From there, Dr. Taunton went on to work with the Vancouver Canucks and the now-defunct Vancouver Grizzlies, as well as to co-found the Sports Medicine Council of BC (SportMedBC), which just had its 25th annual reunion and general meeting. His portfolio of contributions include 19 major games. He has served as Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada at two World Student Games, two Pan American Games and at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was named Canadian Sports Physician of the Year in 2000 and is currently serving as Chief Medical Officer for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. "To get this job at 2010, there is no higher job for a medical sports physician than to be selected as Chief Medical Officer and to be selected to be at home," says Taunton. The responsibility of CMO for the upcoming Winter Olympics is no easy feat. It is not just the health, well-being and medical services of athletes that Taunton is accountable for, it is also the health and well-being of the Games' many spectators and scores of volunteers. "The first thing I had to do was develop a program as to how we were going to manage the large number of people that we would be seeing," Taunton explains. "We knew that we would be looking after approximately 5,000 athletes and officials, that was a given, but then on top of that there would be 10,000 media we would have to look after. We have to look after the Olympic family and our workforce, which will be 25,000 to 30,000 people." There will be two 10,000-square-foot clinics and emergency wards ­ one in Whistler and one in Vancouver -- with full rehabilitation and consultation space, infirmary, medical labs and full imaging, meaning CAT scans and MRIs. Medical stations will be erected inside the venues where athletes will compete, each complete with a nurse, a practitioner to work the computerized medical equipment, an orthopedic surgeon, an emergency doctor and a physiotherapist. There will also be the mobile medical teams, including paramedics and ski patrol, who will oversee the events themselves. A similar plan is set for spectators, a plan backed by local medical authority Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver General Hospital (main hospital for the Games) and St. Paul's Hospital, as well as others in outlying cities.

Another duty of Taunton and his team is to report daily on public health to the IOC, which includes air quality, food quality, water quality and pandemic surveillance, locally and internationally. Coordination between each unit is crucial, including BC Ambulance vehicles and Blackcomb Helicopter, both of whom are on board for 2010. They have integrated a system from IOC sponsor ATOS Origin to create a medical system that coordinates, tracks and accounts for all those who have been injured or hospitalized. Imaging, lab work and consulting will happen inside the Village as well. "We are able to track the people and at the end of the day, we are able to tell where individuals are, what their health status is and part of the recovery," explains Taunton. In addition, he is in charge of the anti-doping program for the event, which includes overseeing doping control, blood and urine tests, athlete inspection and the coordination of a very sophisticated antidoping lab. The way Taunton sees it, these athletic and medical facilities and equipment will become instant legacies for Vancouver and British Columbia once the Winter Games are over. He encourages people to get involved as much as possible, whether professional or volunteer. The process to do so is simple: start by visiting the official VANOC website. ( Reflecting on his career, Taunton explains, "I was very, very fortunate to just be involved in a climate, an environment where activity was taking off, people were starting to understand the importance of exercise." He continues, "From what started as a small vision, I've just been able to be part of a movement that has allowed me to really take my hobby and have it become my profession. Every day I pinch myself and realize how lucky I am." Spoken like a true doctor of champions.<<<

"From what started as a small vision, I've just been able to be part of a movement that has allowed me to really take my hobby and have it become my profession. Every day I pinch myself and realize how lucky I am." | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 55


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Q&A with Shiamak Davar

India's "Brand Ambassador" is now blessing the streets of Vancouver. The archetype of Superstar; Shiamak Davar is known best for his Dancing, Choreography, Acting, Singing, Teaching, Philanthropy and Inspirational Speaking. He has wowed critics and audiences worldwide. V You call yourself a "dance educationalist". When did you realize you wanted to become a dancer and dance teacher? It is the title given to me by the people who love me and my work. My father Nani Davar set up the Davar's college of commerce which is a pioneer institution in Mumbai I have just kept up the family tradition; I educate people in dance. I always wanted to be an actor - dancing just happened. I was still in school, when I knew that I wanted to make a life in the performing arts. I would compose my own music on the piano. When I was younger, I was advised to do something `safe' and `sensible', like becoming an advertising professional. I knew I was meant for other things. Quite honestly, I don't think of teaching dance, choreographing or dancing as a job. It runs in my blood, in my dreams, I live for it. V What persuaded you to shake up traditional Indian dancing and incorporate western world genres, such as hip-hop and jazz? Music has no language it encompasses all boundaries, an amalgamation of two different styles gives me a high, so keeping in mind the Indian culture I incorporate different styles with it and form my own style. I trained in Ballet and Jazz in London, New York, and then when I came back to India, I felt that there was much to be explored in the in traditional Indian dance movements. Purists believe that this is wrong, that the classical forms should not be `polluted' with other styles, but I feel that the discipline of the classical Indian forms and the energy and style of say Hip-Hop or Jazz are a beautiful combination. I have a vision for my school and my company, and through my dancers I strive to realize that vision with the evolution of the Shiamak's Indo Jazz MovementTM. V How do you like working with big Bollywood stars? Most of them I have worked are hard working committed, I enjoy working with them, and so it's always a pleasure choreographing Bollywood stars. Many stars like Aishwarya Rai for example, are formally trained in a traditional Indian dance form, which helps a lot, as they already have an innate movement vocabulary ­ which means that they are used to performing certain types of moves. Others like Hrithik Roshan, are complete perfectionists, and will rehearse till they know their dance moves backwards and forwards. The challenge is to create a unique, fresh look for each performance, even if you have worked with the star for years. V What was it like meeting Bill Clinton? "The world must see you" was the exact words Bill Clinton told to me. When I got the compliment from him in person it simply moved me, motivated me.


Amidst all security Mr. Bill Clinton came up on stage and spoke to me and my dance company. This was one meeting which I shall never forget. Later in the evening he also met my mother and paid her huge compliments. V What do you foresee in the future, in terms of your career? An Oscar and a Grammy..................... jokes aside I just see my dance institute growing and me being able to spread the joy of dance world wide. An English album is also in the pipeline. V You are called a Modern Day Guru, how does that feel for you? It humbles me when I am referred to as India's modern dance guru, it is a huge responsibility as the government of India and all others who want to showcase modern India at various international cultural events. My dance company and I have represented India in major world events like the world economic forum Davos, closing ceremony of common wealth games in Melbourne, Indo- Japan friendship year in Tokyo and many others. V What is the most memorable award you have achieved? The national award from the president of India for Dil tho pagal hai. V What do you recommend for a beginner taking your classes to know? And how can Vancouverites find your classes? For all who want to learn bollywood, indo jazz styles and the inner dance movement, I recommend they have the strong will to learn. They don't need to know anything, the soul idea is to have fun and learn dance. In Vancouver we have 12 centres all over and the best is to call 604.722.5724 simply visit | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 57




uropeans are drawn to be at least two years ahead of North Americans in regard to most fashion trends. Now, they have shown us the way in the car rental industry. The brilliant and eco-friendly idea for Zipcar was conceived in the fall of 1999, when its founders Robin Chase and Antje Danielson pow-wowed in a Cambridge, Massachusetts café about a genius concept they spotted on vacation in Berlin, one that could very well put Budget Rent-A-Car to shame. Zipcar, one of the world's biggest car-sharing companies, has

High-tech Rental

rental cars strategically parked around a city, waiting patiently for someone to rent them by the hour or day. Chase and Danielson gave the concept a Westernized twist by installing wireless technology and implementing an easy-to-navigate, uncomplicated online rental system. Chase, who holds an MBA degree from the Sloan School of Management, was eager to capitalize on an idea that was not only genius, but also costsaving (Zipcar almost eliminates the need to buy or own your own vehicle) and, above all, green. By the next summer, the company was incorporated

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and in 2001, an initial fleet of Zipcars, most of them Volkswagen Beetles and Golfs, hit the streets in Cambridge and Boston. Soon, the good word about Zipcar got around and the fleet eventually expanded into bigger cities, including New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Toronto and now Vancouver. Renting a Zipcar is so easy and hassle free. There's no interaction with a live person, as all bookings happen through the web once you become a member and entrance to the car is gained through a "zipcard," which you swipe against the windshield to open the car door. Memberships work two-fold: you are either a "pay-as-you-zip" member who pays an annual fee and gets billed for the times you drive or you pay a lower annual fee plus a small monthly fee and get reduced hourly or daily rates. Gas, insurance, reserved parking and 150 free kilometres are included in the hourly and daily rates, plus you get to play with fantastic free options like satellite radio. One of the best things about Zipcar is there won't be any hassles with a deposit. The hourly rates range anywhere from $9.75 to $14.75, a steal in comparison to traditional car rental conglomerates like Hertz and Enterprise. Once you're done using the Zipcar, return it to its original spot and then get on with the rest of your day. Though its co-founders Chase and Danielson both stepped down from the company a few years ago, Chase still remains on the board. Zipcar continues to grow and profit under the watchful eye of CEO Scott Griffith, who has implemented new initiatives to increase the marketability, popularity and hip-factor of the company. Griffith understood that style on a budget is a big concern for people these days, especially the student and young professional demographic that defines and monitors what is considered "cool." In response, he overhauled the Zipcar fleet, bringing in Mini Coopers, Scion vans, Toyota Highlanders and Ford Escapes. Each car comes with a name, such as Tacoma Pickup Trevor, Mini Malja, Prius Polk and Jetta Jaclyn. Marketing blitzes with Zipcar street teams included movie theatres, buses, subways, popular hang-outs, newspapers, magazines, fairs and supermarkets. His astronomically successful "Z2B" program targets businesses, who agree to pay through direct billing, meaning they pick up the tab. This program now constitutes one quarter of the company's revenue. Earlier this year, Zipcar announced plans to expand into London, a seemingly

perfect urban city for the next fleet of cars. In addition to the company's slew of major awards, Fast Company named Griffiths one of "Four Leaders You Need To Know" in 2005, while Ernst and Young named him a finalist in its highly regarded Entrepreneur Of The Year award. If you are a Vancouverite requiring a Zipcar, you can find them in the following local neighbourhoods: Coal Harbour, Commercial Drive, Fairview, the Financial District, Gastown, Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, North Vancouver, Point Grey, the West End and Yaletown. As long as you are over the age of 21 and pass the approval stage (a quick driving record check), you will receive your Zipcard within a week and have the ability to reserve any one of this city's fleet. Though the Zipcars do include insurance, keep in mind that if you have an accident you could owe a deductible. University of British Columbia students are automatically given a rate reduction. Being a "Zipster" can also reap other fun benefits, such as discounts at Zipcaraffiliated restaurants, store and entertainment discounts. The amazing thing about Zipcar is the way it transforms your everyday routine ­ it can make you think and act greener, it can save you money and it can be there for you in a pinch. Having a car so readily at your fingertips eliminates the need to own one, thus being lighter on the bank account and spewing less car-related emissions into the atmosphere. Parking is never a problem, which means less parking ticket violations in neighbourhoods like Kits, and gas prices are never a concern for you, since it's all-inclusive. Plus, who wouldn't want to zoom around town in a different hipster car each week?<<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 59


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Sarah Houser welcomed Premier Gordon Campbell and Senator Larry Campbell.


Brittney Murphy with Virani Real Estate Advisor's Claire Godfrey Bellmen Chad Chang and Bartolomeo Fasano greet Carmen Ruiz y Laza.

CBC's Peter Mansbridge and Rick Cluff.

CTV's Coleen Christie and Renu Bakshi at Sanafir's shoe showcase.

American Idol's Clay Aiken and producer David Foster.

Kerry Hittinger, Julia Paizakis and Tiffany Soper in Jason Matlow dresses

Goldfish Pacific Kitchen GM Jennifer Hennessey and Bar Manager Chelsie Gunderson.

Actress Catherine Horseman in a winning Jean Paul Gauthier dress.


Canucks Trevor Linden and his wife Christina.

Tiffany and Co's Rob Ferguson with actress Michelle Phillips and Jacqui Cohen.

Minister of Transportation Kevin Falcon visited with CEO Stephen Miller of Oasis Airlines.

Singer Patti Labelle entertained at Holt Renfrew's grand opener.

Fiona Forbes and Seema Dhillon attend Champagne and Shoes soiree.

Actors Gabrielle Miller and Peter DeLuise

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>>>Vertu Phone The British are famous for making a good cup of tea, they have now created some very forward fashion and design tech-saavy mobile phones, namely by Vertu. This company, headquartered in the English countryside, constructs each phone by hand in their cust-built workshop replete with an extensive research and testing departments. Last year, Vertu launched the 18-karat gold plated Constellation (for jet-setting travelers) and this year it is all about the Asccent. Each Vertu phone has a bevel keypad system, sapphire crystal screen, Bluetooth capabilities, GPRS, EDGE, a nearly infallible operating system and a concierge key that activates the concierge button, which can do anything from arrange restaurant reservations to chartering boats. Call it the Rolls Royce of all mobile phones. Vertu | .<<< | THE V LIST | FALL 07 | 65




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MCL Motor Cars 604.738.5577 Mercedes Benz 604.984.9351 Open Road Audi 604.293.2834 Weissach 604.738.3911 Lexus - Regency 604.739.1212

gourmand | DINING

Shoreclub 604.899.4400 Le Crocodile 604.669.4298 Il Giardino Restaurant 604.669.2422 Transcontinental Heritage Restaurant | 604.678.8000 The Italian Kitchen 604.687.2858

sound | MUSIC

La Scalla 604.606.1888 Commercial Electronics 604.669.6011 Hi - Fi Centre 604.688.5502 Tom Lee 604.988.9974 Sound Plus 604.873.4571

stay | HOTELS

Westin Bayshore 604.682.3377 Sutton Place 604.662.5511 Pacific Palisades 604.688.0461 Wedgewood 604.689.7777 Opus Hotel 604.642.6787


Heritage Law 604.913.6886 ACME Protective Services 604.731.8204 Edward Jones ­ Financial 604.921.1205 North Shore Credit Union 604.982.8000 RBC Private Banking 604.665.4028

relax | LOUNGE

George 604.628.5555 Goldfish 604.689.8318 La Terrazza 604.899.4449 Bacchus 604.608.5348 Rare 604.669.1256

comfort | HOME

Sofa Unlimited 604.980.8712 INForm 604.682.3868 Dream Makers 604.926.3120 Bella Vita 604.922.1980 The Ultimate Kitchen 604.688.2020


Earls 604.984.4341 Browns 604.922.9306 Duece 604.988.8180 Chambar 604.879.7119 Rangoli 604.736.5711

biscotti | CAFÉ

Café Artigiano 604.696.9222 L'Arte Gelato 604.925.4133 Delanys 604.921.4466 Urban Tea Merchants 604.926.3392 Trafiq 604.925.2503

glitterati | JEWELRY

Lugaro 604.925.2043 Brinkhaus 604.689.7055 Cartier 604.683.6878 Stittgen Fine Jewellers 604.925.8333 Time and Gold 604.682.4487

pamper | SPA

Hennessey Salon and Spa 604.981.3300 M Body Fitness & Wellness Spa 604.891.5189 Afterglow Skin and Laser Centre 604.980.3998 Spa Utopia 604.980.3977 Hatz Hair Studio 604.987.1643

gadgets | TECH

BC Wireless Solutions 604.983.3335 The Spy Store 604.731.6662 The Sony Store 604.925.2622 Charals 604.689.3497 Bose 604.678.8877

bars | WINE

Capones 604.684.7900 Rare 604.669.1256 Unwined 604.684.5225 Elixir 604.642.0557 Joe Fortes 604.669.1940

retreat | RESORTS

Aerie Resort 800.518.1933 Brentwood Bay Lodge 888.544.2079 Queen Charlotte Lodge 800.688.8959 Wickaninnish Inn 800.333.4604 Skaha Beach Club and Spa 877.493.3003

collectibles | ART

La Contessa 604.922.8832 Vancouver Art Gallery 604.736.8825 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery 604.682.1234 CASA Fine Art 604.418.1785 Heffel Gallery 604.732.6505

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