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It is that time of year again...time for Jazz Waves 2015 right here in West Vancouver.

 

The Silk Purse right on the Seawall is the perfect intimate venue to hear all of these great artists. The dates run from May 16th - July 25th and tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link below.

 

http://silkpurse.ca/jazz

 

Come out and support local musicians and The Silk Purse.

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

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You and your loved ones are in for a treat this Saturday afternoon.

 

This FREE concert takes place in the Music Hall at the West Vancouver Community Centre on Saturday, February 14th at 3:00pm.
 

Spend your Valentines' Day afternoon 'between madness and banality' - a classical piano concert with the ever-popular Sarah Hagen and Anne Grimm.
 

With works by Strauss, Poulenc, Berg, and Weill, the duo will tell stories of love, frustration, hope, insanity, and ridiculousness in numerous languages, including a special Dutch surprise.
 

About the Artists:
 

Pianist Sarah Hagen has been hear in the concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe.  Her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive”, and performed with “infinite skill”.  
 

She is Artistic Director of numerous concert series in BC and also of Project Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images.  Her solo album, Glass House Dancing was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.  Sarah recently released her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann, featuring solo piano works and Clara Schumann’s Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Marin Chalifour.  As a First Prize winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, she was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013.
 

On the concert stage, Anne Grimm has toured Europe and recorded regularly with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ambronay, Salzburg) as well as with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Amsterdamse Bachsolisten under Roy Goodman (Concertgebouw), the Rotterdams Philharmonic under Rozhdestvensky and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Christian Zacharias. She has performed Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate” for the Royal Household of the Netherlands and Belgium under Massimo Zanetti and toured with Frans Bruggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century in Rameau’s “Les Indes Galante”. 
 

She has been a soloist with multiple orchestras and groups in North America such as Tanglewood, the National Arts Centre under Pinchas Zuckerman, Toronto’s Tafelmusik and Continuum, Victoria Symphony, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Cleveland Baroque, CBC Music from Montreal and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.  Recently she presented a recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Leupold Trio. Grimm has recorded for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, NM Classics, Vanguard Classics, Troubadisc and Sony.
 

Concert Repertoire:

Strauss:  Die drei Ophelia Lieder

Bernstein: Two Love songs

Berg:   Sieben Frühe

Poulenc: Banalités

Kurt Weill:  Surabaya Johnny

 

Happy Valentine's Day.

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

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It is that time again folks...time to dust off the running shoes and get back at it! 

 

Register today for either the 10km run/walk or the 5km run/walk (or the 1km kids run!). The course is perfectly flat and the views on the home stretch are simply magical. 

 

The fun begins at 8:00am in Dundarave Park on Sunday March 1st and this is a great way to get out and meet people from your community while getting fit and healthy. For mor info as well as how to register, please click on the link below. See you at the start/finish line!

 

http://www.westvanrun.com/

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Amanda Wood and her all-star line-up of musicians brings you the finest Christmas Concert of the year this Friday December 12th (8:00pm) at The Kay Meek Centre.

 

With Guest Stars the likes of: Marcus Mosely, Miles Black, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Roy & Rosemary and Warren Dean Flandez surrounded by Grammy and Juno award winning musicians, this will be a night you will never forget.

 

Only a handful of tickets remain and are $30 (Adult) and $20 (Seniors) and can be reserved online:

http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/2005

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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If you are craving a fabulous, mouth-watering Italian lunch or dinner, look no further than Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano located right here in West Vancouver (1448 Marine Drive - Ambleside). 

 

Carmelo's has been a West Vancouver fixture for over twenty years, with Peter Oates having been the owner for the past decade.

 

With arguably the best pizza in West Vancovuer, the menu offers a wide variety of options including traditional pastas, seafood and protein entrees. If you are looking for a casual dining experience with exceptional food and service, drop by for lunch or dinner this Fall.

 

Below is the link to Carmelo's website where you can view the lunch and dinner menu, as well as view a video about the restaurant itself.

 

http://www.carmelos.ca/

 

Finally, there are some really great Fall specials that are included below so I highly reccommend taking advantage of these....enjoy!

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Tickets are selling fast for this Under 40 Event. These events have been great all year long and for more information including how to buy tickets please see the flyer above or go to the webiste below. See you there.


https://www.westvanchamber.com/page/calendar/ezlist_event_a036ec0b-df89-4ec9-afbbc19513531651.aspx#.VBCfavldWAg


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Jesse Dean Cook

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The second annual Vancouver Modern Home Tour opens doors on Saturday, September 20th, as part of Western Living Magazine’s Design Week. Tourgoers have the rare opportunity to visit and walk-through some of West Vancouver and Vancouver West's most amazing modern private residences, and meet the local architects behind the designs. http://modernhometours.com/event/vancouver-modern-home-tour.

 

Modern Home Tours LLC is returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, during their 2014 Fall Tour, which includes stops in Texas, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Canada. During the 2014 Vancouver Modern Home Tour, attendees will have the opportunity to explore seven modern homes in the Vancouver area that exemplify modern architecture and living. Tourgoers can get the inside scoop from homeowners on what it’s like to live in a modern home, and talk to the architects to find out where they got their inspiration. This is every Vancouver resident’s chance to see the inside of ‘that unique, cool house you always drive by...’

 

For a second year in a row, the Vancouver Modern Home Tour will be a featured event within Western Living Magazine’s Design Week. This year’s Design Week runs from September 18th to the 28th and kicks off with Western Living’s annual Designers of the Year Awards. The week features art shows, talks, tours, fundraisers, live auctions, gala dinners and ends with the Interior Design Show West.

 

The Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design (part of Kwantlen Polytechnic University) has been named as the 2014 Vancouver Modern Home Tour local beneficiary. Fashion marketing students will help staff the event, in return for a small donation to the school’s program, the opportunity to use the tour as a fundraising vehicle, and contributing community service hours, a cornerstone of the applied learning that Kwantlen students are known for.

 

Seven of the area’s most amazing modern homes have been confirmed for the 2014 Vancouver Modern Home Tour.

Participating architects and featured locations include:

• A home designed by architect Oliver Lang (of Lang Wilson Practical in Architecture) and built by the Vanglo

Sustainable Construction Ltd., located in the Mt. Pleasant area of town, that features a three-bedroom house above a one bedroom self-contained garden suite (below), and a mid-sized flex room equipped to be a either a media room, office, storage, yoga studio, suite extension (second bedroom), or car garage.

• The Shaughnessy home of architect David Thom (of IBI Group Inc.) and interior designer Juli Hodgson (of Hodgson Design Associates), which sits on a steep lot that offers unique perspectives of the outdoor elements from inside the house through large windows and sliding glass doors on the first floor and breathtaking vistas of the mountains and the ocean from the second floor.

• A home by Frits de Vries Architect Ltd. near Valdez Park in Dunbar that features both downtown and mountain views from the front of the house, with a private garden and entertaining patio in the rear, and a rooftop deck that offers the inhabiting family an outdoor living experience with a large seating area and hot tub.

• A home right across from Kitsilano Beach Park originally built in 1910 and recently lifted and completely overhauled by Kelly Deck Deign into a contemporary beach house with two suites - one executive rental and one owner- occupied loft style unit on the upper floors.

• A second home from Frits de Vries Architect Ltd., located right in the heart of West Vancouver, that is organized around a feature interior double-height division, bisecting social and family areas, keeping the home’s private andpublic spaces separate.

• A West Vancouver home designed by Peter Hildebrand (of Iredale Group Architecture) that features stunning views over Vancouver and Mount Baker beyond, and makes excellent use of natural light penetrations, thanks in part to an oversized skylight located above the two-story main entrance.

• A home in West Vancouver’s Eagle Harbor, originally built in 1978, but recently re-designed, decorated and

inhabited by Anja Henche of ah-design, which features very open and bright interiors that male the very square, tall home’s owner feel like living in a large treehouse.

 

Participating homes in the 2014 Vancouver Modern Home Tour will open their doors for viewing from 11AM – 5PM on Saturday, September 20th, in the Vancouver, British Columbia area. All are invited to attend. Tickets for the tour are $30 in advance online; $40 on the day of the tour. Kids under 12 are FREE when accompanying their parents.

 

For more details, to see a current roster of homes with details and photos, and to buy tickets for the CITY Modern Home

Tour, visit: http://modernhometours.com/event/vancouver-modern-home-tour.

 

Here is a map of the seven home tour:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?authuser=0&hl=en&mid=zsd_6o2MHeF0.kcVQ5fSVAtoY

 

This is a self-driven tour so you can take as long as you like at each property. In order to pick up your tickets by Will Call you must visit one of the three below homes first:

Here is the Will Call Homes list:

- 135 East 17th Avenue, V5V 1A5 (Vanglo Sustainable Construction Group Ltd.)

- 3140 West 23rd Avenue, V6L 1P6 (Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.)

- 2049 Gordon Avenue, V7V 1V8 (Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.)

 

 

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

 

 

 


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The Terry Fox Run starts at Ambleside Park (West side of 13th) at 8:00am on Sunday September 14th.

 

10km, 5km; Suitable for bikes and wheelchairs/strollers NOT suitable for rollerblades; NO dogs allowed.

 

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.

 

While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

 

He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope.

 

It was a journey that Canadians never forgot.

 

After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount. He ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.

The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.

 

To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.

 

Please visit the website at www.terryfox.org for more information or to donate.

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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This Saturday, August 16th. There are only a few tickets left!!
Tickets $20 
Reservations 604-925-7292 7:30pm 
www.silkpurse.ca/jazz Featuring Miles Black, Rene Worst & Joel Fountain
 — with Amanda Wood.

 

 

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It is that time again for the 9th Annual Dundarave Porsche Show and Ride! It takes place this Sunday from 10am-1pm at Dundarave Village (24th-25th on Marine Drive). There will be Porsche's from every vintage lined up on either side of the street for your enjoyment so grab a coffee at Delaney's and take in the excitement.

 

All proceeds from the entrants will be for Cystic Fibrosis Research, and the drivers will leave in a parade-like fashion at 1pm up to Cypress Mountain.

 

Happy Father's Day to all and nothing like getting him a Porsche for his special day!

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 3rd Annual West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Taste of Ambleside for businesses between 13th and 19th takes place tonight from 5pm-8:30pm.

 

Last year was a hit and there are even more businesses this year. By the end you will be stuffed full of food and beverages as well as have seen so many small businesses that you mght have never stepped foot in before. These small businesses need our support and keep the community going, so come out to see what Ambleside offers for a very reasonable price. See you there!

 

For $20 tickets ($5 for kids), go to: Tickets

 

Taste of Ambleside participating businesses:

  • At Home
  • Baracos + Brand
  • Bean Around the World Coffee
  • Bene Sushi
  • Beryl Spa
  • Blue Eyed Marys
  • Caliente Fashions
  • Carmelo's
  • C.C Violin Patisserie & Cafe
  • Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle
  • Chez Michel
  • Christian Science Reading Room
  • Cindys
  • Curves
  • Cute Paws Pet Food & Supplies
  • Cutie Pie Wax Bar + The Nail Spot
  • Da Vinci Home
  • Daikichi Sushi
  • Dairy Queen
  • Designer Alterations  
  • Dina's Hair Vogue
  • District of West Vancouver - Summer Programs
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Foot Solutions North Shore
  • Freedom Health Studio
  • Gerry Weber
  • Glynda the Good Witch Cards & Cool Things
  • Handi Cuisine of India Restaurant
  • Hands On Alteration & Odd Repairs
  • Hollyburn Eye Clinic
  • Hollyburn Funeral Home
  • Inn Cogneato Bistro 
  • Kalyana
  • Kerrisdale Camera
  • Kin Sushi
  • LashFabulous!
  • Leslie Jane
  • Lions Gate Hospital Foundation
  • Maurya Bistro 
  • Mondo Gelato 
  • Noble Hearing Clinic
  • Optix Eyeware
  • Pacific Post Imports
  • Panago 
  • Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation
  • Phoenix
  • Prelude Fashion
  • Presto Cucina
  • Prime Travel/International Sports Tours Ltd.
  • PURE Integrative Pharmacy
  • Redfish Kids
  • RoseHill Bed & Bath
  • So Blue Clothing Co.
  • Sotheby's International Realty Canada
  • Starbucks - Ambleside
  • Thai Pudpong
  • takeoffnow.com cruise and travel 
  • tcby(yogurt)
  • TD Canada Trust 
  • TD Direct Investing
  • The Anchor Eatery
  • The British Butcher Shoppe
  • The Co-operators 
  • Uniquely Yours
  • West Van Barber Shop
  • West Van Florist
  • West Vancouver Police Department
  • West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library
 
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Jesse Dean Cook
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Mother's Day is only a few days away! Don't forget to spoil your Mom for being such a special person, always being there for you, supporting you and loving you for who you are.

 

Presents are great, but my Mother would always choose spending time with her children on this special day. There is so much to see and do in West Vancouver so perhaps plan a brunch at The Truffle House & Cafe, or grab a coffee at Delaney's or Crema and head off on a walk on the Seawall. Or, if you are up for it, perhaps a hike in many of our great parks such as Lighthouse Park or Whytecliff Park.

 

Go explore somewhere different, try a restaurant or coffee shop you haven't stepped foot in...mix it up a little bit and your Mom will feel special that you have planned a day and got out of the normal routine.

 

To all of the Mother's our there, including some that this might be their first as a new Mother, Happy Mother's Day.

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

 

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In my opinion, this is the only New York Style Charitable Gala in Vancouver. Last year there were 800 guests in the Vancouver Club that was over and above anything I have ever attended in this great city. 

 

Everyone was dressed to impress, was having a phenomenal time, and the $150 tickets were of exceptional value given top-end buffet and open bar. Plus, over $140,000 was raised for Charity! 

 

For a video of last years event and to gain a better understanding of just what is in store for you and your friends, please go to the Zajac Nights webiste below:

 

http://zajacnights.com/

 

All proceeds will benefit Zajac Ranch for Children, a fully accessible and inclusive facility on the shores of Stave Lake in Mission, B.C., designed to support children with chronic, life threatening and/or debilitating conditions. Please visit www.zajacranch.com for more details. 

 

Doors Open at 7pm and it will be rocking until 1am. See you all there!

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

 

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Looking for the best Easter Egg Hunt in West Vancouver? With over 18,000 Easter Eggs spread around Dundarave Village your kids will be kept busy for hours!

 

All of the shops and restaurants in Dundarave are ready to go and the Hunt starts at 11:00am. Get down early as parking of course is free but we expect hundreds of kids.

 

Happy Easter everyone.

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

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It is that time again as the 46th Annual Southern Straights Race festivities will kick off April 18th. There will be lots to do at The Dundarave Pier (south end of 25th Street) starting at 9:00am on Friday. There will be over 100 sailboats in various races throughout the weekend and the start is always quite the spectacle.

 

The West Vancouver Yacht Club is hosting the event and Race Chair, Ty Abrams is the quarterback of the entire operation. 

 

For more information please go to the official Southern Straights website: http://www.wvyc.ca/SouthernStraits

 

Good luck to all the participants and enjoy this amazing race from Dundarave Pier, beaches and seawall this long weekend.

 

 

 

2013 Champions with Race Chair, Ty Abrams (far right....thumbs up).

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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If you are tired of staying at home and looking for something to do tomorrow morning, check out The Bergmann Piano Duo who are currently touring the Province.

 

This dynamic married couple are touring with two Fazioli Piano's and are sure to entertain you with their world-class entertainment abilities. Having toured the Globe, this is a special treat for us West Vancouver residents, especially at such an intimate setting such as the Silk Purse right on the seawall.

 

The concert is at 10:30am on Thursday, January 23rd and tickets are $12/$15 at the door.

 

For more information on the Bergmann Piano Duo please go to their website at: 

http://www.bergmannduo.com/

 

For information on tickets please go to the Silk Purse Music Page:

http://silkpurse.ca/music/

1570 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

 

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Happy New Years to everyone in West Vancouver (and surrounding areas of course!).

 

I'm back after a great few weeks in China which is such a vibrant country full of amazing people, fantastic food and such high energy.

 

I will continue to highlight the best and brighest that West Vancouver has to offer which includes: Events, Shopping, Local gems, History, The Arts, Unique Real Estate, Schools and the great people that make up this Community.

 

It is fantastic to be back and after my run on the seawall early this morning...why would you ever leave this paradise? 

 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, safe and happy 2014.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

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2013 saw a record 6,324 Listings of detached homes in West Vancouver. This was up 8.5% from 2012 (5,827). While this does take into account re-Listed properties, the summer months saw some of the highest number of Active Listings (600+) in recorded history.

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There were 769 detached homes in West Vancouver that were sold in 2013. This was up 26% from 2012 (609) at an average Sales Price of $2,327,000. 

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West Vancouver resident Amanda Wood will be performing at The Kay Meek Centre on Sunday December 8th at 7pm for a family friendly Christmas Concert.

 

You'll notice her as the new Vancouver Canucks anthem singer, and Amanda just had a sold out show at The Orpheum Annex with this amazing 8 piece band. She had a busy summer taking part in all of the major Jazz Festivals and is set to tour Asia from late December until early April 2014...so see her whil you can!

 

This is a family friendly event with amazing local sponsors such as: The Truffle House & Cafe, Baracos + Brand, Blush Bridal & Special Occasions and Jesse Dean Cook Real Estate.

 

For Tickets (only $20) go to the link below and find Amanda Wood on Dec 8th:

 

https://tickets.kaymeekcentre.com

 

Facebook Event Page:

 

 
See you there.
 
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Jesse Dean Cook
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