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Hot Entertainment: Enter the Past in Nearby Steveston

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston. Photo by Caroline Toth

You don’t need a DeLorean or a phone booth for this time-travel adventure, just a pair of comfortable shoes. Take a self-guided tour of Steveston, Richmond’s quaint fishing village that was established in the 1890s, and visit historical sites such as the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (pictured), Town Square and Japanese Buddhist Temple. Download the Treading Through Time walking map from www.richmond.ca/stevestonmuseum, and look for fun facts scattered throughout, such as this gem: “In 1895, local police allegedly requested that a new Steveston jail be built, because too many people had keys to the old one.” And don’t be surprised if Steveston looks familiar, since it fills in for the fairy-tale town of Storybrooke, Maine, in the popular TV series Once Upon a Time.—Sheri Radford

Chatting With TV’s Lana Parrilla, Star of ABC’s Once Upon a Time

Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen. Photo courtesy Disney/ABC Television

You wouldn’t want to meet this steely-eyed villainess in a dark alley. But in the light of day, you’re more likely to find actress Lana Parrilla chowing down on a decked-out burger than plotting world domination

By Karina Palmitesta

Parrilla plays the Evil Queen (alter ego Mayor Regina Mills) on ABC’s hit show Once Upon a Time, which weaves classic fairytale archetypes with a modern-day plotline. As a TV veteran, Parrilla has some big-name credits under her belt, including Lost, NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under and 24. But she can’t get enough of shooting Once Upon a Time on location in picturesque Steveston, a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. “Steveston is the cutest little town,” she says.


Hot Entertainment: YTV Show Mr. Young Filmed in Vancouver

Gig Morton, Brendan Meyer, Matreya Fedor and Kurt Ostlund in an episode of Mr. Young titled "Mr. Invisible"

Attention, tweens: the third season of YTV’s popular comedy series Mr. Young is now filming in Burnaby. To be part of the live studio audience—and play games, chow down on pizza, get autographs and possibly win prizes—call 604-433-0779 or email mryounglive@gmail.com. Upcoming filming dates include Jun. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Admission is free, but the experience is sure to be priceless. —Sheri Radford


Hot Dates: BC Contestants on Top Chef Canada

Chef Mark McEwan with his newest crop of Top Chef Canada contestants

Through May

The knives? Sharpened. The pantry? Stocked. The competition? Fierce. Top Chef Canada is back in the kitchen for round two of the hit Food Network Canada show. Head judge Chef Mark McEwan has 16 new hopefuls all vying for the title of Top Chef, not to mention the $100,000 prize. Four contestants from BC are in the running, but—spoiler alert!—they don’t all make the final cut. Tune in Mondays, or watch online at www.foodnetwork.ca.—Jennifer Patterson

Quick Q&A with TV’s The Shopping Bags

Two seasoned shoppers dish on (what else?) shopping

By Jennifer Patterson

Anna (L) and Kristina (R), better known as the Shopping Bags. Photo by Jonathan Cruz

Meet Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic, Vancouver’s very own professional shopaholics. They both got their start on TV as anchors for BC’s Global TV, but since 2001 this dynamic duo has won the hearts of viewers on not one but three different television shows: The Shopping Bags, Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag and Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call (airing on W, CosmoTV and OWN). So when Where planned our annual issue devoted to all-things-shopping, it was a no-brainer who to interview. (more…)

Meet Jetsetting TV Personalities the Travel Guys

Local jet-setters Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman are living the dream

By Kristina Urquhart

Darren Parkman (left) and Jim Gordon (right) sample suds at Yaletown Brewing Co. When abroad, the guys enjoy tasting local libations, from cabernet sauvignon in Napa Valley to fresh beer at the Guinness brewery in Ireland. Photo by KK Law

Imagine if your job were to hop a plane and travel the globe. Climbing Sydney’s Harbour Bridge? Check. Riding an elephant in Thailand? Been there, done that. One month, you’re harvesting grapes in an Italian vineyard. The next, you’re kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland.

It’s all in a day’s work for Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman, who have achieved all that and more as the stars of Shaw TV’s The Travel Guys. In nearly seven years, the duo has filmed 90 shows around the world; when they’re not off in some far-flung locale, they can be found right here in Vancouver. Both former radio personalities, they each write entertainment columns for local publications; Gordon is also a movie critic for CTV.

The Travel Guys was originally shot for local television station KVOS, then moved to Shaw TV a year later. Each episode, which takes more than a month to organize, is peppered with the pair’s trademark witty banter. They’ll also help you plan your vacation (or, at the least, get you dreaming about one) by telling you where to stay, what to do and what to avoid—all while highlighting the region’s cultural heart.

If you’re fantasizing about your next adventure, consider Australia. Sydney is the guys’ favourite place to visit. “It’s like a tropical London,” Parkman says. “It’s got the cool British thing, but there are parrots flying overhead, and it’s 80 degrees every day.” Other worthy destinations? Gordon and Parkman count Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain among their top picks.

The guys have had more than their fair share of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In China, they shot a sequence for their show from inside a panda cage. While they embraced the bear, Parkman explains, a trainer was off-camera holding a spear—in case the animal got a little too friendly. At an Alaskan hatchery, Parkman greeted visitors while dressed up as a giant salmon flapping around on a bench.

But there’s nothing quite like home sweet home. “You recognize how beautiful Vancouver is when you’re away,” Parkman says. Gordon agrees. “It has so much to offer,” he says. “I live downtown and I’m still amazed 15 years later when I look outside and see the mountains. It really is a world-class city.”

Gordon includes hiking the Grouse Grind trail on Grouse Mountain as one of his favourite Vancouver activities, as well as walking the seawall and enjoying jaunts to Whistler. The totem poles in Stanley Park are also a great attraction, says Parkman.

When it comes to local eats, the men champion the tastes of Italy. Gordon frequents Il Nido, an enclave tucked off Robson Street with a lovely patio, and Parkman favours the elegant Il Giardino di Umberto.

As for their next journey, well, it’s still under wraps. But Gordon says they’re eager to stamp their passports for South America, which they still haven’t crossed off their list.

So much globe-trotting, so little time.

Hot Entertainment: Hollywood North

Blade: Trinity photo copyright 2004 Diyah Pera/New Line Productions

Twi-hards already know the secret: Vancouver is the place to spot movie stars. Local blogs and Twitter have been abuzz for months with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner sightings. The Twilight series is just the latest in a slew of movies and TV shows filmed on the West Coast. Others include Juno, Watchmen, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. John Cusack is a frequent visitor, having shot 2012, Martian Child and the upcoming Hot Tub Time Machine here. Other times you may have spotted the city on the screen: Best in Show, Snakes on a Plane, The X-Files, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica and Blade: Trinity (pictured), starring local boy Ryan Reynolds. It’s like living in a city-sized film set.—Sheri Radford