Teen hits high note at David Foster ben­e­fit con­cert

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KIDS HELP KIDS: Coach­ing by David Foster — pop mu­sic’s

equiv­a­lent to Wally Buono — would give any young singer a leg- up. It sure did for Burn­aby- raised Michael

Bublé. Still, Cole Ar­mour could sing the lights out be­fore he met Foster,

wowed Ellen De­generes Show view­ers and turned 13 re­cently. He had the lights flick­er­ing again at a David Foster Foun­da­tion ben­e­fit con­cert in the Red Robin­son Show The­atre, where he belted out River Deep, Let­ting Go and

his usual show- stop­per, Puc­cini’s Nes­sun Dorma.

Singers Emily Tay­lor Adams, Shylo Shar­ity and Natasha Zim­baro per­formed, too, along with Arts Um­brella and Rich­mond Academy of Dance mem­bers, Co­quit­lam’s smash­ing Now Or Never break­dancers, and World Hip Hop Cham­pi­onship ju­nior sil­ver- medal­lists Freshh 2.0. Diminu­tive even among that group’s eight- to

13- year- olds, Lucky Ancheta is one to watch.

FULLY OC­CU­PIED: Some lin­ger­ing Oc­cupy Vancouver en­thu­si­asts smoked and swore on the Vancouver Art Gallery steps Thurs­day. In­side the build­ing, bankers and oth­ers re­port­edly raised close to $ 250,000 to feed and pro­vide safe sleep­ing quar­ters for 85 home­less folk aged up to 24. TD Water­house se­nior VP Jim Ker­shaw said that, since 2004, the Night of New Be­gin­nings gala has raised over $ 1 mil­lion to help Covenant House Vancouver clients “step for­ward in their lives.” Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and former Man­hat­tan stock­bro­ker

Krista Thomp­son said the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s cri­sis ser­vices should dou­ble when a sec­ond down­town fa­cil­ity opens in 2012.

• GREENS TO GREENER: Shan­non Belkin and Tina Oliver’s re­cent Hope In The City lun­cheon re­port­edly raised $ 115,000 for the Sal­va­tion Army’s Deb­o­rah’s Gate pro­gram that aids sex­ual- traf­fick­ing vic­tims. Mov­ing the an­nual event from a golf club­house to the Sher­a­ton Wall Cen­tre ho­tel saw sold- out at­ten­dance dou­ble and rev­enue quadru­ple, Oliver said.

STIRRED AND SHAKEN: An­other fundrais­ing vet­eran, Kim

Os­borne, weighed in again re­cently. The Chefs For Life ban­quet she staged in the Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim ho­tel’s Oru restau­rant re­port­edly raised $ 100,000 to­ward the $ 800,000- worth of ser­vices the Vancouver Friends For Life So­ci­ety pro­vides an­nu­ally. As for West End in­sti­tu­tions, the mon­ster mar­ti­nis Os­borne served at the orig­i­nal Delilah’s restau­rant re­minded one of Amer­i­can wit Dorothy Parker’s com­par­i­son to breasts: “One is too few and three is too many.”

• NEW TRICKS: David Keeler

and Robert Quin­nell’s Pro­vide store marked its fourth an­niver­sary this week. The two set the tone early on, and not just with jew­elry, ac­ces­sories, house­hold goods and fur­ni­ture by Shereen de Rousseau, Cather­ine Regehr, Martha Sturdy, Tanja

Hin­der and Michael Host. Rather, Keeler and Quin­nell’s char­ac­ter showed in their care for an aged blind di­a­betic who shared the premises.

He was a Yel­low Lab named Corby, who left his blan­ket oc­ca­sion­ally to walk amid but never dis­turb valu­able mer­chan­dise he couldn’t see. As the since- de­ceased dog and Quin­nell am­bled up Beatty Street one clos­ing time, the lat­ter said: “I’m his seeing­eye hu­man.” He and Keeler are also that for home­own­ers and top- flight de­sign­ers who ex­pect to leave the shop as con­tent­edly as Corby did.

IN­SIDE OUT: Jean Florendo opened some eyes at the Pro­vide party. Not only with the five- inch Jimmy Choo heels that barely made a five- footer of her, but with glimpses of in­ven­tory from her since- closed Agent Provo­ca­teur lin­gerie bou­tique on Alberni Street. Chang­ing gen­ders and lay­ers, she’s now a menswear “sar­to­rial con­sul­tant,” prac­tic­ing un­der the ti­tle J You Need Me. “You need a dark grey Zegna suit,” she said. “I know just the one.”

VOWEL MOVE­MENT: Chang­ing a sin­gle let­ter in a for­eign- lan­guage phrase can much al­ter the mean­ing. For in­stance: Zit alors: Oh, an­other pim­ple!

S’il Vous Plaid: This kilt’s for you. Cinema Verigé: Broke­back

Moun­tain.

• IN THE CAN: Film- and- video chap Peter Lipskis has posted youtube.com/user/andy­warholand­be­yond to com­mem­o­rate late artist Andy Warhol’s 1976 visit to Doug Christ­mas’s former Ace Gallery on Den­man Street. With con­sid­er­able chutz­pah he’s ask­ing “a half- mil­lion” for the orig­i­nal Su­per- 8 film reel. At the event, writer- broad­caster

Mati Laan­soo had re­mem­bered Warhol di­rect­ing an ear­lier in­ter­viewer to an­swer his own ques­tions. A daily news­pa­per re­viewer sneered at Laan­soo’s six- sheet Q& A — which had Warhol want­ing to be a pro­fes­sional tap dancer — but the artist signed and drew soup cans on it, and called it the best in­ter­view he’d ever given. That man­u­script might be worth a pretty penny now, too.

AND COUNT­ING: Along­side the Warhol re­view in Vancouver mag­a­zine was news of an Ital­ian im­mi­grant launch­ing a part- open- air restau­rant to serve goose, quail, par­tridge, pheas­ant, wild boar, veni­son and such­like. Happy 25th, Il Giardino di Um­berto.

• GO EAST: The own­ers of Alexan­der Street’s Two Chefs and a Ta­ble restau­rant, Alan Bos­worth and

Karl Greg, have un­der­taken all food- re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties at The Cultch, for­merly the East Vancouver Cul­tural Cen­tre. That Ven­ables- at-Vic­to­ria fa­cil­ity was a 1970s ca­reer builder for Su­san Mendel­son, who par­layed her sin­gle- handed pro­vi­sion of post- cur­tain snacks into the 50- em­ployee Lazy Gourmet cater­ing firm.

PASS ON IT: Per­haps the trou­bled EU’S currency unit should be re­named the eurine.

Still wear­ing in­ven­tory from the Agent Provo­ca­teur store she owned, Jean Florendo now ad­vises men on their out­er­wear.

Krista Thomp­son and Jim Ker­shaw saw $ 250,000 raised for Covenant House while 85 home­less young­sters dined and slept safely there.

Singer Cole Ar­mour, 13, joined Freshh 2.0 hip hoppers Ethan Vran, Lucky Ancheta and Nathan Quin­tos at the Kids For Kids con­cert.

Tina Oliver and Shan­non Belkin moved their Sal­va­tion Army ben­e­fit lunch down­town and quadru­pled its take to $ 115,000.

Former mar­tini- mix­ing star Kim Os­borne re­port­edly raised $ 100,000 for Friends For Life at a 12- chef din­ner she staged.

Peter Lipskis

Su­per- 8 film footage of artist Andy Warhol’s 1976 visit here is be­ing of­fered for ‘ a half- mil­lion.’

Menghi’s Il Giardino di Um­berto restau­rant has its 25th an­niver­sary com­ing.

Mati Laan­soo heeded and gained by Andy Warhol ad­vis­ing an ear­lier in­ter­viewer to an­swer his own ques­tions.

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