A return to Chelsea Hotel : The Songs Of Leonard Cohen

Adrian Glynn McMorran
Photo: Emily Cooper

As the Firehall Arts Centre celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it brings back one of its most popular shows, Chelsea Hotel : The Songs Of Leonard Cohen.

The musical follows a writer who has checked into the famed Chelsea Hotel seeking inspiration and the words to his next prose. As he reminisces about his past romances to find his muse he is haunted by a love that he cannot, but longs to, forget.  The writer’s memories and hotel room are brought to life through Leonard Cohen’s poetic lyrics.  Creator Tracey Power and musical arranger/director Steve Charles allow the audience to enter the writer’s thoughts play out like a lucid dream.

l-r: Kayla, Steve, Ben, Marlene, Krystle
Photo: Emily Cooper

Adrian Glynn McMorran is the perfect embodiment of the writer’s angst,From tender lullabies to full out rock opera he is able to project the emotions of each tune whether he’s being sung to or singing.  Ben Elliot stands out as the writer’s conscience, helping him keep striving to find the words he’s seeking. Kayla Nickel, Krystle Dos Santos playing his various lovers, from flirtatious minxes to sultry sirens, while Marlene Ginader is the love he can’t forget. Along with Steve Charles all the actors sing and play seventeen different instruments on stage, immersing the audience in the musical.

Marlene Ginader + Adrian Glynn McMorran Photo: Emily Cooper

The first remount since the bard’s passing, the show packs an added emotion when hearing the memorable and thought-provoking lyrics from Everybody Knows, and Closing Time, to First We Take Manhattan, and Bird On A Wire, any many more. Of course no omnibus of Cohen’s music would be complete without the inclusion of Hallelujah.  With JUNO Week in Vancouver celebrating Canadian Music, it seems especially appropriate for the Firehall Arts Centre to remount this love letter to Cohen’s music

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen plays at Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St. until April 21, 2018. Visit firehallartscentre.ca for showtimes and ticket information.

Food Talks – Volume 4

Presented by VancouverFoodster.com, Food Talks is a chance for foodies to meet, mingle and rub shoulders, and a plates or glass or two, with some of the city’s culinary minds. Food Talks: Volume 4 takes place October 23, 2012 at Vancouver Urban Winery.

Volume 3 speakers include:

Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa-Yacoub proprietors of Glowbal Group Restaurants which includes some of Vancouver’s best known eateries including glowbal grill steaks & satay, COAST Restaurant, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria Italian Kitchen, SOCIETY, Black+Blue, two IK2GO locations; and two lounges: AFTERglow and O Lounge. New additions are coming soon, a new restaurant on Granville Street and the city’s largest patio at Black + Blue.

Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten co-founded the Vancouver Urban Winery in 2012. The 7,700 square foot urban winery is the first of its kind in Vancouver and also operates as a unique special events space. The winery features 36 wine taps at the tasting bar where consumers can learn about British Columbia wines, and the exploding wine-on-tap category.

Greg Hook is recognized as one of Vancouver’s earliest gourmet chocolatiers. After studying cooking in London, England and the intricacies of chocolate at Callebaut College in Belgium and the Ecole du Grand Chocolat in France, Greg Hook opened his Kitsilano shop Chocolate Arts in 1989. To this day, Chocolate Arts is devoted to creating unique chocolate products emphasizing local and organically grown ingredients.

Lesley Stowe is a Parisian-trained chef who began her own catering company more than 20 years ago in Vancouver. Frustrated by the lack of specialty foods in the city, she opened lesley stowe fine foods, offering customers a wide-range and global selection of cheeses, vinegars, oils, breads, house-made entrees, dips, preserves, desserts and hard-to-find grocery items.

Pete Schouten co-owner of Hardbite Potato Chips, has been in the farming industry for as long as he can remember. Born in Cloverdale, BC, Pete grew up surrounded by the province’s natural beauty and a local culture focused on clean living through healthy lifestyle choices. In 1993, Pete saw an opportunity to invest into Heppell’s Potato Corp. Pete’s future plans for Heppell’s Farms and Hardbite will take the companies to a national level.

Braden Douglas is a seasoned marketer who has fused a service-focused approach with strategic creative thinking to form the backbone of Relevention Marketing Inc. – an innovative full service, results-based marketing agency located in the Lower Mainland’s city in the country; Abbotsford, BC.

Food Talks Vol. 4 takes place October 23 from 6:30pm – 9pm at Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver. Pre-talks mingle with other food enthusiasts over a glass of OK Crush Pad wine and appetizers from the chefs team at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite:  $30 per person before October 21st, $50 for a 2 person group (save $10 when purchasing 2 tickets) before October 21st $100 for a 5 person group  (save $50 when purchasing 5 tickets) before October 22nd and then $40 per person after October 21st online or at the door.

Food Talks – Volume 3

The third part of this series of Food Talks takes place this coming Tuesday, August 14th at Westin Grand Hotel in Vancouver. Presented by VancouverFoodster.com, Food Talks: Volume 3 is another opportunity for food lovers to meet, mingle and rub shoulders – or plates and glasses – with some of the city’s culinary minds.

Volume 3 speakers include:

Eric Pateman is the President and Founder of Edible Canada, he has grown his company from a tiny one-man culinary concierge service into one of the leading ambassadors of Canadian cuisine. Beginning simply as Edible Vancouver in the spring of 2005, Eric widened his scope beyond city limits with a culinary artisan retail store and expansion to Edible British Columbia. In 2010, only 5 short years after the company was founded, EBC took another big leap and became Edible Canada.

Zach Berman & Ryan Slater co-founded The Juice Truck in 2011. Childhood friends have tossed around ideas of going into business together for years, after a trek through the Himalayas the juice truck was born. Two weeks into the trip they were snowed in, in a small Nepalese village. Zach and Ryan noticed the locals were always drinking a vibrant, sweet smelling, orange drink. This orange drink was made from Seabuckthorn berries and supplied these high altitude locals with most of their nutrients. This juice, so essential to their health, sparked an idea.

Lee & Patrick Murphy co-own Vista D’oro Farms & Winery that started in 2001, a 10 acre farm located on Campbell Valley Park in the Fraser Valley. They grow naturally, quite a diversified farm, they grow orchard fruits, apples, pears, plums and cherries, all are heritage varieties and grown for taste, which are primarily used in their preserves and baking for the farmgate shop. The winery’s flagship is their D’oro – a fortified walnut wine, The D’oro is also one of the main ingredients in their best-selling preserve and made with Green Walnuts grown on their farm.

Mary Mackay is the Head Baker and co-owner of Terra Breads, a Vancouver bakery-café specializing in crusty, sourdough-based breads made from natural starters and baked in stone-hearth ovens. Mary is the author of the bread-making video Rolling in Dough and a contributor to the popular Vancouver cookbooks The Girls Who Dish, Seconds Anyone? and Inspirations.

Preet Marwaha is the CEO and Founder of Organic Lives, an organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting organic, sustainable, fairly traded food that is good for the body and good for the planet. Through his passion for food, health, and healing the planet, Preet started OrganicLives as a means to facilitate change. He currently owns and operates a restaurant along with a food and beverage line of products. Most recently he opened a Take-Away Café in the Chopra Yoga Center.

Food Talks Vol. 3 takes place Tuesday August 14th from 6:30pm – 9pm at Westing Grand Hotel, 433 Robson Street, Vancouver. Pre-talks light appetizers and a glass of Nk’mip Cellars wine will be served on the outdoor patio

Tickets are available via Eventbrite: Today is the last day to get advance tickets for $30, after Aug 10th it’s $40 per person. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

Food Talks – Volume 2

Following up from a successful and informative first edition, VancouverFoodster.com brings Food Talks Volume 2. Tomorrow is another opportunity for food lovers to meet, mingle and be enlightened by some of the city’s culinary minds.

The Volume Two featured speakers are:

Chef Wendy Boys,  an award-winning, chocolate-loving pastry artist. Following her life-long love for chocolates and the pastry arts, she has apprenticed under world-renowned chocolatiers and designed dessert programs for some of Canada’s top restaurants. Today, Wendy is a well-respected dessert consultant and proud owner of Cocolico, a Vancouver-based company specializing in small-batch, hand-crafted chocolates and dessert sauces.

John Skinner, the Proprietor, Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. After being a stockbroker for 25 years during which time he became an avid wine enthusiast. In 2004, recognizing that the quality of wines in this region was improving dramatically and driven by both his passion for wine and his desire to create a legacy business for his family, he purchased the land in south Penticton known locally as “The Blackhawk.” Painted Rock Estate Winery is currently producing ultra-premium wines that reflect the perfect marriage of new world fruit and old world processes for sale in Canada as well as export to China and the UK.

Adam Chandler, co-owner and pastry chef at BETA5. With 10 years of experience in both savory and sweet kitchens, Adam discovered an affinity for manipulating flour, sugar, butter, cream and chocolate. Through these experiences, an appreciation for ingredients and the practical science of cooking have influenced his work. In early 2011, together with partner Jessica Rosinski, Adam opened BETA5 as a place to explore the limits and potential of chocolate and pastry.

Debra Amrein-Boyes, who along with her husband, founded The Farm House Natural Cheeses Ltd in 2003 in the Fraser Valley, producing authentic artisan cheeses from the milk of the farm’s cows and goats. The focus of the cheesemaking is on traditional methods, producing a diverse selection of handmade cheeses from the freshest and highest quality milk.

After attending university Debra spent several years working and traveling until settling in the Swiss Alps, where she was first introduced to cheesemaking. Debra returned to Canada in 1991, and in 2009 Debra was honoured to have been selected for membership in the prestigious French Guilde de Fromagers Confrerie de St. Uguzon, in recognition of her effort to guard and preserve the traditions of cheesemaking around the world. Debra believes that the traditions and values represented by the small family farm are worth preserving, and that good locally produced food helps build healthy lives and communities.

Jason Pleym, President & Co-Founder of Two Rivers Meats. Inspired by wife Margot’s father’s farm, Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef, the couple set out to find other producers of cattle, poultry, sheep, game, and pork that demonstrated the same dedication to ethical and sustainable animal husbandry. Today, Two Rivers Meats represents over 20 small-scale farms, ranches, and producers, supplying dozens of discerning restaurants, hotels and retailers across British Columbia. Some of their products include custom-cut beef, chicken, pork, duck, venison, elk, and game birds, as well as housemade sausages and charcuterie. All Two Rivers products are antibiotic, hormone, and chemical-feed free.

Food Talks Vol. 2 takes place Tuesday July 10th from 7pm – 9pm at Delta Burnaby Hotel, 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby. Light appetizers are provided by EBO Restaurant & wine tasting from Painted Rock.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite:  $40 per person. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

Food Talks – Volume 1

Coming up June 5th, Food Talks Vol. 1 is the first in a summer series of social gatherings bringing speakers of diverse backgrounds and roles in the food community. It’s an opportunity for food enthusiasts to meet and mingle while listening and learning from a great selection of speakers.

The Volume 1 speakers include:

Chef Trevor Bird is currently appearing on Top Chef Canada, and since Food Talks is on the day after the season finale, he could be crowned Top Chef.  The former chef de partie at Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver recently opened his own Fable Kitchen in Kitsilano.

Author Stephanie Yeun is writer of cookbook East Meets West, which is a celebration of Vancouver’s Asian food, compiling some of the distinctive dishes from the city’s most talented—but often unheralded—kitchens. As a food journalist she writes for Edible Canada and What’s On magazine, contributes to the Vancouver Sun,  frequently appears on radio and TV and blogs about Asian food at beyondchopsticks.com.

Vancouver Aquarium’s Mike McDermidOcean Wise Manager for the aquarium’s conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Working directly with restaurants and markets to help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions based on the most current scientific information, and provides an easily recognizable eco-logo to mark these products.

Hunter J Moyles is chef and event organizer at Vancouver’s hip Waldorf Hotel as well as organizing and assisting numerous NGO’s over the years. Chef Moyles is about to launch a Non-profit Organization called The Tiffin Project, with a group of restaurants in Vancouver, who’d like to see if they can try to phase out TO GO packaging in their businesses while raising money to subsidize their purchasing of local ingredients at the same time.

Roberta LaQuaglia is the Operations Manager for Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM), a non-profit society that brings locally produced food to urban consumers through the creation of pop-up plazas of commerce across the city. A ‘Jane-of-all-trades’ Roberta collaborates with vendors, staff, volunteers, community members and site hosts to meet the needs of all market stakeholders and when needed, she can also be found toting tents, hoisting tables & patrolling parking as one of the market crew.

Presented by VancouverFoodster.com, the event takes place at W2 Media Cafe with each speaker presenting a short talk followed by a Q & A session to give guests a chance to engage with the speakers. Tickets include a glass wine, entry into the draw for prizes and sweet treat parting gift from one of Vancouver’s bakeries.
Food Talks supports Growing Chefs an organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools, $3 from each Food Talks ticket is being donated to the charity.

Food Talks Vol. 1
takes place Tuesday June 5th from 7pm – 9pm at W2 Media Cafe and Community Media Arts Centre, 111 West Hastings, Vancouver.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite: $30 per person before June 1st.  $40 per person after June 1st. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.