BEST PLACE TO LOSE YOUR­SELF IN A TIM BURTON FILM

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Van­cou­ver loves its sleek, min­i­mal­ist cafés, but the re­cently launched Lau­rence & Chico Café is of­fer­ing a dif­fer­ent, more sur­real take on the tra­di­tional caf­feine stop—and plenty of In­sta­gram photo ops, to boot. Founded by the minds be­hind New York City– and Van­cou­ver-based fash­ion la­bel Lau­rence & Chico, the shop feels straight out of a scene of Tim Burton’s reimag­in­ing of Alice in Won­der­land. Think images of giant eye­balls and creepy-cool rep­tiles splashed onto the walls, whim­si­cal holes in the ceil­ing that re­veal a pair of dan­gling man­nequin legs, and re­strooms adorned with hun­dreds of rub­ber yel­low ducks. If you love some­thing enough, you can even take it home: every item—from the fringe-and-pearl-em­bel­lished light­ing fix­tures to the black-porce­lain teapots—is for sale.

from page 46 hips and rolling your bod­ies with a high-en­ergy crowd, learn­ing chore­og­ra­phy to throwback songs, the lat­est pop tunes, and Bey­oncé hits. If you feel ner­vous be­cause you think all eyes are on you, don’t worry—ev­ery­one is too busy look­ing at them­selves.

to Van­cou­ver city coun­cil on Oc­to­ber 20, the city will finally have its first Latin Amer­i­can sit­ting in the coun­cil cham­ber.

ur­day bill head­lined by Florence + the Ma­chine, and 17,000 turn­ing up to close out the week­end with a Sun­day set by the Killers. Add ma­jor rev­e­la­tions (hello, St. Vin­cent and Fa­ther John Misty), vet­eran crowd pleasers (Met­ric and Ba­hamas), and a strong show­ing by vet­eran lo­cal acts (Mother Mother at its od­dball best) and you had a fes­ti­val that looks bound for great things in the fu­ture—in­clud­ing, hope­fully, weather that doesn’t look like Van­cou­ver in Juneuary.

BEST GOLDEN-YEARS RE­TIRE­MENT PLAN

Van­cou­ver is con­sis­tently ranked one of the most livable cities on the planet, but that doesn’t change the re­al­ity that it’s also one of the most un­af­ford­able places in the uni­verse. One way to en­sure you won’t be fold­ing up your tent and mov­ing to a Wil­liams Lake trailer park in your golden years is to have kids and steer them into a pro­fes­sion that en­sures they’ll have the money to take care of you. Screw aim­ing low for a ca­reer as a doc­tor or a lawyer—in­stead, sign up your spawn where the real money is this

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days: hip-hop. (Did you know that

Jay-z pulled down $76.5 mil­lion last year, ac­cord­ing to Forbes, with Ken­drick La­mar pock­et­ing $58 mil­lion?)

The Hip Hop Drop is a drop-in pro­gram in glo­ri­ously gritty East Van, run­ning 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wed­nes­days in the old As­torino’s dance BEST SOON-TO-DE­PART hall at 1739 Ven­ables. The weekly EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR OF A BIA event fea­tures a free record­ing stu­dio, When peo­ple think of Van­cou­ver men­tor­ship in rap­ping and freestyling, le­gends, names like Jimmy Pat­ti­son guid­ance in the arts of graf­fiti or the Sedin twins in­vari­ably come to and break­danc­ing, and tips for mind. But in Gas­town, Leanore Sali has those who’d rather man the wheels achieved leg­endary sta­tus for her ad­vo­cacy of steals. If you’ve got a kid be­tween for the city’s old­est neigh­bour­hood. the ages or 12 and 18, this might be The long-time ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the the ca­reer jump-start that gets them Gas­town Busi­ness Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety writ­ing some­thing as im­mor­tal as is mov­ing on af­ter play­ing a mon­u­men­tal N.W.A’S “Fuck Tha Po­lice”, the Geto role in the trans­for­ma­tion of the area Boys’ “Gangsta of Love”, or Rico from a di­lap­i­dated her­itage dis­trict into Nasty’s “Smack a Bitch”. Or, fail­ing one of the jew­els of Van­cou­ver. Un­der that, Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”, which, her lead­er­ship, the so­ci­ety launched a the last time we checked, was still pay­ing lane-clean­ing pro­gram, now run by the bills for Rob­bie Van Win­kle. United We Can, that pro­vides em­ploy­ment for marginal­ized res­i­dents. She helped bring back the Gas­town Grand Prix, which is over­seen by Global Re­lay, and the al­ways de­light­ful Yule Duel. Choirs from across the city con­verge on Gas­town in early De­cem­ber, re-cre­at­ing the feel of Vic­to­rian Eng­land as they sing car­ols in dif­fer­ent blocks. Celebrity judges choose the win­ner, with all the funds raised go­ing to May’s Place hospice in the Down­town East­side. Through her com­pas­sion and her de­ter­mi­na­tion to help small mer­chants suc­ceed, Sali set an im­pres­sive ex­am­ple for BIA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors across the city. And never once, in all the years that we can re­call, did she ever try to bring credit upon her­self for her ac­com­plish­ments. On July 3, a dozen ac­tivists dan­gled on ropes be­low the Iron­work­ers Me­mo­rial Bridge, sus­pended hun­dreds of feet above Bur­rard In­let. They un­furled ban­ners in op­po­si­tion to the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion, which in­volves twinning an oil pipe­line that runs from Ed­mon­ton to Burn­aby. Upon com­ple­tion, Trans Moun­tain—which was re­cently pur­chased by the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment—would triple the amount of bi­tu­men trans­ported to the Lower Main­land, in­creas­ing the num­ber of oil tankers mov­ing through Bur­rard In­let from some 60 ships per year to more than 400. The Green­peace mem­bers dan­gled from the bridge in a dra­matic show of en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism, calling at­ten­tion to a project that would con­trib­ute to Canada’s green­house-gas emis­sions for gen­er­a­tions to come. BEST WAY TO RE­VAMP YOUR WARDROBE WITH­OUT FEEL­ING AN OUNCE OF GUILT

In case you haven’t heard, the fast-fash­ion in­dus­try—what with all the pol­lu­tion and dis­carded tex­tiles it pro­duces—is not ex­actly kind to the en­vi­ron­ment. But First Pick Hand­made, a bian­nual “slow fash­ion” mar­ket cham­pi­oning sus­tain­ably crafted threads, is help­ing res­i­dents green up their clos­ets with a se­lec­tion of lo­cally de­signed and pro­duced coats, re­cy­cled-leather totes, re­claimed-wood jew­ellery, and more. Who knew shop­ping could feel—and look—so good?

BEST MO­TOR­BIKE HISTORY LES­SON

Trev Dee­ley Mo­tor­cy­cles

1875 Bound­ary Road

Last year marked the 100th an­niver­sary of the Dee­ley fam­ily open­ing the first Har­ley David­son deal­er­ship in Canada. To hon­our the mile­stone, Trev Dee­ley cu­rated an mas­sive, hog-happy

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