photos by catherine barr


PR gal Tara Parker-Francis and beverage manager Albert Chee know their Goldfish lounge and restaurant is sure to catch on big.


Restaurateur Bud Kanke is the newest big fish on the block in Yaletown thanks to last week’s opening of the new Goldfish Pacific Kitchen. Kanke, who has turned the old Umberto-owned Circolo location into a swank lounge and dining room, was one of a plethora of places that are rushing to open their doors for the upcoming summer season. It’s also a double win this week if you, like me, enjoy wining and dining your way around town because many restaurants are featuring live jazz and after-concert parties as part of the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which continues all week at various locations, some of them free, until July 1. Visit www.coastaljazz.cafor more.

Rock 101’s Bro Jake Edwards, famous for his “Champ” radio character, and wife Lori were among the celebs at the Goldfish opening.

Chef Kodai Uno and promoter Tiffany Soper entertain invited guests at Toratatsu restaurant’s opening night reception on Denman.

Looking like a real life goldfish in a bright yellow gown is bar manager Chelsie Gunderson with Rock 101 sportscaster bad guy Neil Macrae.

CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, centre, drops by the CFUN radio first-day-of-summer barbecue to visit show hosts Joe Leary and Jenn Thomson.

He’s swimming in a bowlful of beauties. Bud Kanke, of Joe Fortes fame, is angling his way into Yaletown at the opening of his new Goldfish Pacific Kitchen, which features private rooms, heated patio and private wine lockers for even bigger fish.

Education co-ordinator and party planner Kristin Fung, left, and jazz fest executive director Julie Smith hit all the high notes at the opening night reception of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival at Granville Island.

A guided walking tour of South Granville, in celebration of the upcoming centenary celebration on July 7, winds up at Ouisi bistro with Skanda jewelry owner Mary Wakefield, left, Ouisi GM Nigel Lutz, and fashion designer Stephon Ellis.

Celebrating the opening of the jazz festival are guests Christie Stoll, left, CTV-9 news director Charles Wright, and event MC/news anchor Pamela Martin.