Food Talks Vol 12 – April 27

Food TalksSpring is here and with the coming growing season it’s time for a new season of Food Talks.

Food Talks Volume 12 hosted by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak, is coming up next week, bringing a new cycle of great speakers to discuss their food based businesses and relation to the local food chain.

This edition of Food Talks welcomes;

Peter Van Stolk, CEO – SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), online grocery store. 

Dominique and Cindy Duby – Chefs and Co-Owners Wild Sweets, Canada’s only science-based artisan cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-maker

Takayuki Omi – Chef at The Raw Bar, sushi restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Barbara-jo McIntosh – Author and Owner of Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks located in Vancouver’s Armoury District

Loren Taves – Owner, Taves Family Farms and Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Abbotsford based artisan vegetable growers and Apple Cidery 

Join other foodies and friends at Momento Coffee House, 577 Great Northern Way, on April 27, 2015 and listen to the distinguished panel discuss Perfectionism in our Food CommunityFood Talks Volume 12 begins at 6:30pm for mixing and mingling over light refreshments before the speaker’s talks at 7:15 followed by a Q&A session.  Tickets are on sale for $20 online now at Eventbrite

Edible Canada House feeds the Olympic Spirit

EdibleCanadaHouseLast year, Edible Canada at the Market hosted their inaugural Festival Under the Bridge, themed Street Eats & Beats. Over 1,500 Vancouverites packed this unique outdoor shindig, celebrating local talent and the city’s hottest food trucks. This year’s theme, Edible Canada House, takes its inspiration from the 2014 Sochi Winter Games to bring the Olympic Spirit back to Vancouver.

Part of Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival, running February 14–16, Edible Canada House will feature live music (including both DJs and bands), giant projection screens provided by Preston Mobility, will broadcast live and pre-recorded Olympic to allow guests to party the night away while cheering on the nation’s top athletes.

Savoury Chef will be hosting multiple food stations showcasing classic Canadian fare such as bison chili, Alberta beef brisket & maple flapjacks to name a few — perfect late night snacks! There will also be other comfort food items provided by Edible Canada, such as cheesy perogies. Granville Island Brewing will be supplying the craft beer and many other local wines and spirits will be flowing over the course of the weekend, including Edible’s famous “Garnish Your Own” Caesar bar.

“It’s going to be one huge party!” says Eric Pateman, Edible Canada Founder and CEO. “We have been planning our second Festival Under the Bridge since the incredible success of last year’s Street Eats & Beats. The Sochi Olympics is the perfect excuse for a bash. We’re inviting the whole city down to cheer on our Olympic hopefuls and relive the party that was 2010!”

Festival Under The Bridge: Edible Canada House runs:

Friday, February 14 from 6pm to 1am
Saturday, February 15 from 11am to 1am
Sunday, February 16 from 11am to Midnight

Adult Tickets are $25 (Minors $15) and include:
*Two Drink Tickets (beer, wine, Caesar, or non-alcoholic beverage)
*One Food Station Ticket
*Unlimited Televised Winter Olympic Events
*Local live bands & DJs
*Entertainment for kids, including a play area and face painting  courtesy of Granville Island Toy Company.

To keep up to the minute with all the Festival Under The Bridge fun, follow Edible Canada on Twitter @EdibleCanada or 

The Orb – 25th Anniversary Tour

The Orb – Venue – September 25, 2013

photo 1Celebrating 25 years since the formation of The Orb, Alex Patterson and Thomas Fehlmann make a tour stop at Venue.  While The Orb’s peak of popularity was in the early 90s they haven’t stopped performing and recording albeit with varying line-ups. Patterson has been the one mainstay as the main DJ, partnering with many other producers, engineers and musicians over the years.

As originators of the ambient house sound The Orb filled many a club night and rave pit with dancers. Many of those dancers showed up at Venue reminiscing on their own 90s heydays.  The surprisingly male demographic were clearly having a great time reviving their old dance moves judging my the wafts of smoke fragrance in the air they were perhaps assisted by something more than alcohol. While The Orb were on the cutting edge in their day, the over 2 hour long DJ was a reminder of the era before technology as Patterson still uses vinyl and beat matches manually. There was something refreshing and ‘real’ about hearing slight mismatches on the transitions between tracks.  Always well known for their visuals, this was no exception as a non-stop stream of occasionally nonsensical videos played overhead adding to the nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Although it’s hard to believe 25 years has past it was a nice to take a trip back with The Orb.

Follow the rest of their tour online at, on Twitter @OrbInfo and

Intimate & Interactive 3 at 1181 featuring DJ Lee Harris

Intimate and Interactive is a special event at 1181 bringing in top international DJ to play for an intimate & exclusive audience of sixty people!
This February 3rd, the third Intimate & Interactive features Lee Harris, resident DJ at House Nation UK, which is a monthly iTunes Top 10 podcast with over 90,000 downloads an episode showcasing his uplifting house and electro sound.

As well as many most major cities across the UK,  Lee has also played internationally in Egypt, Germany and Luxemburg.   In 2010 he became a resident at ‘Onyx’ @ Area the hottest Friday night in London, Lovechild @ Fire and Powerhouse in Newcastle, plus he played alongside The Freemasons at Brighton pride in front of 5,000 party people. 2011 & 2012 saw him flying to Canada for a private party, playing the main set for Brighton Pride alongside Danny Rampling and Seamus Haji and starting his own show on Gaydar Radio which has a audience of two million while his podcast HouseNation Uk continues to dominate the iTunes music podcasts.

It’s easy to see why Lee’s mixture of chunky baselines, big beats, “thumping hands in the air” house and uplifting synth’s make up to be one of the freshest DJ’s that London has to offer.

Tickets are on sale at 1181; $50, including 2 Absolut Vodka hiballs. Remember capacity is limited to the 60 people so buy early.


CB2 Robson opens

This weekend Canada’s second CB2 shop, and just the 13th chainwide, opened its doors on Vancouver’s Robson Street.  Geared towards younger adults the stylish, moderately priced furniture and home decor is perfect for Vancouver’s loft and condo living lifestyle. Unique one of a kind goods are intermingled with the mass produced items and displayed in vignettes throughout the store to give hints as to creating the look of a room.
A nice alternative to the other multinational home decor stores, CB2 is also a welcome addition to Vancouver’s downtown shopping scene.  The store acts as an anchor to the west end of Robson Street that will draw shoppers further down the shopping artery.






CB2 Robson is located at 1277 Robson Street, Vancouver B.C.
Ph: 604.669.9797
Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm Sun 10am-6pm

Frankie Knuckles plays Five-Sixty

Saturday night, legendary DJ, Producer, Remixer, Frankie Knuckles takes to the turntables at Five-Sixty!
As a Chicago DJ in the 80’s, Frankie was instrumental in developing and popularizing the house  genre of dance music.  In 2005 he was inducted to the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements.
As a producer and remixer he’s worked with some of the biggest names in music like; Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson.

Spinning tomorrow night at Five-Sixty is a rare chance to hear a legend remix his tracks, live! In addition to Frankie, other great DJ talents, Bette Forde & Colby B will be spinning tracks as well as performances by Armstrong Jr, House of LaDouche and drag legends Lady Bunny and Miss Cotton Venus.

Some tickets for the party are still available at Clubzone

hi-life records – living the high life!

What happens when you mix percussion, bass line, rhythm and groove?

If you’re alive, it should move you!

That’s the philosophy behind hi-life records, lead by founder Bernard Magale aka “SKLA”, this Vancouver based group is devoted to bringing you the best in music that moves you…deep techno, electronic house is their specialty. With a depth of experience and connections around the world the team has a passion for beats.  Whether it’s putting on a great event featuring DJ and artists from around the world, managing and nurturing their own talent from right here at home to producing and distributing great tracks and compilations on their own label hi-life has the determination to get you on your feet.

Check out sample tracks on the hi-life Beatport channel.

Then get your dancing shoes on tonight and check out
SKLA at the club, Five-Sixty
or Ben Coleman at Pop Opera


Check out their other artists and watch for their shows around town:

SKLA – Founder/Artist
Ben Colmen
Luis Sastre
Nick Bertossi
Alexander Fog [IT]
Nunzi [NY]

Follow @hiliferecords on twitter to stay up to date on what’s happening!