Teen hits high note at David Foster benefit concert
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
• 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.