October 19, 2017
Small towns might not get all the attention of big towns, or the cachet of big cities, but they’re often fiercely independent, impressively creative, and…
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Vancouver, or “Hollywood North,” is an enticing setting for film production—and celebrities. The best way to see the stars? Frequent their favourite haunts, be it restaurants, museums, or sporting events. (Or, if you’re Shania Twain, it’s a bicycle ride along the Vancouver seawall.) You can rely on serendipity or give yourself a celebrity-spotting edge. Here’s a “map” to the hip haunts that draw big-name celebs, in Vancouver and beyond.
Hawksworth Restaurant in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a celebrity-spotting magnet. This summer, home-town boy Ryan Reynolds (a.k.a. Deadpool) was back in Vancouver shooting Deadpool 2; when he wasn’t in his signature red suit, he liked to frequent the award-winning restaurant. So did Sting when he performed at the iconic Commodore Ballroom. Justin Bieber brought his posse to the Hawksworth Bar; Blake Lively (Mrs. Deadpool) enjoyed a bite at Bel Cafe and glamourous British TV cooking star Nigella Lawson took tea in the hotel’s 1927 Lobby Lounge.
Rocker Steven Tyler, frontman of Aerosmith, loves to meet his fans. Tyler had such a good time dining at Notch8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver following his concert at the Orpheum that he asked for a photo with their culinary team.
This summer, actress Eva Longoria was spotted at Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio. The former Desperate Housewives star was in Vancouver filming the remake of the 1987 romantic comedy Overboard that starred Goldie Hawn and her partner, Kurt Russell. (Coincidentally, Hawn and Russell lived in Vancouver for a while when their son Wyatt was a goaltender for a Junior B hockey team.) The restaurant specializes in Japanese Peruvian cuisine, and chefs prepared a Hamachi appetizer for her and a companion, followed by lobster risotto with sides of grilled broccoli and mushrooms.
— Kelvin (Kalz) Chen (@Kalzerois) June 2, 2017
When model Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend visited Vancouver this month, another home-town boy, Seth Rogen, tweeted some restaurant suggestions including the “Asian Night Market for everything!”
It’s amazing what two-legged creatures can be spotted amid the jellyfish, dolphins, and new Steller’s Bay sea lion exhibit. With his family in tow, Neil Patrick Harris took a break from shooting Lemony Snicket to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, and captured this cute Instagram video of his daughter, Harper, who was enthralled with the otters.
Zoe Saldana celebrated her birthday with her family at the Vancouver Aquarium while in town shooting Star Trek 3, and posted a photo on Facebook.
If you’re a tennis buff, West Vancouver is a must-visit, particularly during Western Canada’s biggest professional tournament: Odlum Brown VanOpen. Teens can be part of the action by volunteering during this annual summer competition. Translation: ball girls/ball boys get to work the courts with their favourite tennis stars. Past sports celebrity participants have included Grand Slam players Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, Eugenie Bouchard, Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, and many others.
Fashionistas frequent Vancouver’s cobblestoned Gastown for designer shopping and go Gaga (yes, the Lady herself) for John Fluevog Shoes and luxe labels at Secret Location Concept Store (Julia Roberts and Sandra Oh).
And speaking of “sole,” the fascinating UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA) had a recent visit from French footwear designer Christian Louboutin—he of the celebrated red soles—who collects and is inspired by indigenous textiles and artifacts.
The Okanagan, with its vineyards and lakes, makes for an in-demand film location. Actress Christina Ricci recently sipped Cipes Brut at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, after shooting scenes for Distorted there with co-star John Cusack. Nicolas Cage filmed The Humanity Bureau at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos—he even went grocery shopping with the locals. As reported by a local paper, Denise Gray, an excited employee of Buy-Low Foods, said “I found him in the produce section.” She added that the experience “made her day.”
Ever wonder where celebrities stay in BC? Many reside in hotels but others who bring their families—including Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Tim Burton, and Jeff Bridges—prefer the comforts of a luxury home or condo. Unique Accommodations are rental agents who work with the film industry as well as mere mortals who want to experience the celebrity lifestyle.
Opening Image: Aerial view of downtown Vancouver. Photo: Destination BC
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