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Fox, Fluevog & Friends; Co-founder Tells of Fun with Funky Footwear

September 6th, 2010 @ 6:30pm (PT) by Guest Author

The following post was contributed by Anita Webster.

Peter Fox at MOV by Anita Webster
Peter Fox, photo by Anita Webster

Peter Fox has spent a lifetime looking at the ground.

“I started out in linoleum – I looked at flooring where ever I went. Then I moved into shoes and my gaze moved up about an inch.”

Peter is the Fox of Fox & Fluevog, the wackier-than-thou shoe emporium born in Gastown in the early 1970s. He spoke at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) last night as part of the exhibit Fox, Fluevog & Friends, an entrancing look at the lives of these Vancouver-based gods to the well-shod.

MOV’s Joan Seidl had to coax the story out of the self-effacing Fox, but we did find out he was working at Harrod’s in London in the ’50s when he was offered a job at Evans-Sheppard, a downtown Vancouver shoe store. He didn’t know where Vancouver was but over he came, family in tow.

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King Tut, photo by Anita Webster

Years later he took his aunt’s suggestion that he open his own store. He borrowed money from a friend at church on the condition the friend’s son – one John Fluevog – be part of it. So began the legend that is Fox & Fluevog.

(Fox intimated that there was talk of calling the store ‘How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet’. Hey, it might have flown! BTW, it’s a quote from the Bible).

Through the ’70s Fox & Fluevog presented Vancouverites and the fashion-forward with high-as-you-dare platforms and clogs that no Dutchman would recognize. In the early ’80s the partners went their own ways, Fluevog to pause then re-open stores in several fashion capitals and Fox to SoHo where he set up business and moved into satin shoes – especially a bridal line.

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Peter Fox, photo by Anita Webster

Fox was adept at going where the others weren’t. He told us for inspiration he’d examine what was out there, find what was missing, then fill in those holes. He took cues from galleries and art around him – for example a King Tut shoe came after he saw that exhibit.

Toward the end of the evening I noticed a loyal customer showing Fox a bag full of his shoes she’d brought along and I saw something I’d never seen before – a shoe-signing.

Fox, Fluevog & Friends runs until September 26th at the MOV.

Read more about Anita Webster on her website, Anita Webster Communications, blog, or follow her on Twitter.

Live at Squamish: Day Two

September 6th, 2010 @ 4:39pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Before John and I headed out to cover a second day of Live at Squamish we took a detour to the estuary for a quick stroll. Afterward, on our way back to the festival grounds, we ran into a roadblock setup by a black bear. It was a great start to another great day.

Live at Squamish 2010 - Bears in the area

Arriving at the festival grounds we noticed immediately that dancing, hopping, and sometimes somersaulting were just a few ways concert-goers kept warm on the breezy Sunday afternoon.

Live at Squamish 2010

As John and I spent about 10 hours a day at the Logger Sports Field in Squamish we survived on truck/street food. Pulled pork, gyros, jerk chicken wraps, mini-donuts, and homemade oatmeal chocolate peanut butter cookies. One thing I’d like to see next year is more of a “lighter” selection when it comes to the food. Inviting folks from the local Farmers’ Market to sell fruit and some vegetable options wouldn’t be a bad idea. However, I did hear the “Bucket o’ Poutine” was pretty good.

Live at Squamish 2010

There were quite a few families at the event and all of the young ones we saw seemed to be having a fantastic time. I think the kids really added to the fun and happy-go-lucky atmosphere.

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Live at Squamish 2010 - Tokyo Police Club

It also seemed the enclosed beer gardens helped control any rowdiness although I’m not sure what the perk of the VIP beer garden was other than it being closer to the stage (you still paid the same for beer). However, I’m glad we had VIP access so that we could use the washrooms that were inside portables (with stalls, running water, etc.)

At the end of the day, we were all there for one reason: the music. Here are just a few of the acts we checked out during Day Two of this first annual Happy Times in a Big Field event.

You Say Party
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Mother Mother
Live at Squamish 2010 - Mother Mother

Live at Squamish 2010 - Mother Mother

Live at Squamish 2010 - Mother Mother

Kuba Oms
I did a quick interview with Kuba and had to hold my Flip camera pretty close to ensure I captured audio so please excuse the poor framing of the shot.

Tokyo Police Club

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Live at Squamish 2010 - Tokyo Police Club

Bad Religion
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Live at Squamish 2010 - Bad Religion

Live at Squamish 2010 - Bad Religion

The bands were on fire (solid sets, great voices, rocked out instruments) and the mood was light and festive. My highlights included We Are the City, Jon & Roy, Mother Mother (who drew an immense crowd & hung out in the audience after their set), and Bad Religion. I tweeted last night that one of the first mp3s I ever downloaded in the mid-90s was ’21st Century Digital Boy’ and it was awesome to see Bad Religion — celebrating their 30 year anniversary — rock it out last night.

Live at Squamish 2010 - Bad Religion

One thing I failed to mention in any previous post was the abundance of Canadian content and I’d say well over half of the acts on the schedule were from British Columbia. Kudos to the organizers and host radio stations, Mountain FM and The Peak, for cultivating this enthusiasm for home-grown talent.

Live at Squamish 2010 - Bad Religion

We’re looking forward to seeing how this annual festival will grow; there’s definitely room for more people to come out and party in the giant venue. As long as they can maintain the mix of good wholesome family fun combined with beer garden silliness and carefree dancing to wicked tunes, I think Live at Squamish will become a regular end-of-summer highlight around here.

See also my recap of Day One. All photos used in this post were taken by John Bollwitt for Miss604.com. You can view the rest of John’s photos in his Flickr set.

Live at Squamish: Day One

September 5th, 2010 @ 10:28am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The first day of the Live at Squamish music festival was pretty awesome. The view is absolutely stunning as you sit out on the grass and listen to the tunes of local and international artists.

Live at Squamish 2010

The place is barely packed (far less than say, Surrey on Canada Day) so it’s easy to find a place to chill out on your blanket or get up and boogie. It filled up once the sun started setting but it still wasn’t at capacity.

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Live at Squamish 2010 Live at Squamish 2010

Got to hang out with some cool people like Andy and David from We Are the City, Jon and Roy, and The Peak crew (Tamara, Cory, James etc.)

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The festival has a really high production value in terms of bog screens, cameras flying overhead, and to-the-minute performances. You can walk from one stage to the other and catch acts on time without the sound from one stage drowning out the other.

Jon and Roy
Live at Squamish 2010

Said the Whale
Live at Squamish 2010

Live at Squamish 2010

We Are the City

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Furry dancers at the ClubZone stage

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John commented that this is really about the experience of the audience. Bring your blanket, bring your family and just chill on the grass or dance your heart out.

Random fun

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The Dudes
Live at Squamish 2010

Matthew Good
Live at Squamish 2010

Live at Squamish 2010

Devo

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Live at Squamish 2010 - DEVO

All photos used in this post were taken by John Bollwitt for Miss604.com. You can view the rest of John’s photos in his Flickr set.

Tips for attendees:

  • Bring closed-toes shoes because the dust will cake your feet by the end of the night.
  • Wear layers. If the sun pokes out it could get warm but it’s very breezy and gets super chilly at night.
  • There is a beer garden at every one of the 3 stages. Bring ID if you wish to partake.
  • There is a solar-powered ATM on site.
  • Food options include everything from pulled pork to gyros, coffee, and beaver tails.
  • Download the iPhone app so you don’t have to sit in front of the schedule board and take a photo with your iPhone to remember the schedule.
  • TAKE THE FREE SHUTTLE either from downtown Squamish or downtown Vancouver (especially if you plan on frequenting the beer gardens).
  • You can’t beat the scenery here (trust me, your breath will be taken away) and the vibe is fun and positive. We’ll see you at Day Two of Live at Squamish today for the big old party in a field.

    Live at Squamish: Sound Check

    September 3rd, 2010 @ 5:54pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    We arrived in Squamish this afternoon in preparation for covering the first annual Live at Squamish music festival happening Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a quick 360 degree shot of the festival grounds that I shot with my iPhone this afternoon:


    Sound check featuring Matthew Good

    The line up is impressive, the beer garden is prepped, and the scenery could not be more beautiful. John and I will be posting photos and video interviews with some of the bands throughout the weekend. John’s photos will be available in his Flickr set and mine will be on Flickr as well.

    Live at Squamish 2010 - Media Preview & Soundcheck
    Photo credit: John Bollwitt for Miss604.com

    Stay tuned and follow the tag #LASFest on Twitter to see everyone’s updates and pics from the festival grounds. My updates will be live on Twitter as well.

    Sedins at Metrotown Monday

    September 3rd, 2010 @ 10:46am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    To promote the launch of EA’s NHL 11 the Sedin brothers will be at Metropolis at Metrotown this coming Monday.

    Where: EB Games, Metropolis at Metrotown
    When: Metrotown on Monday, September 6th from 9pm-12am
    What: Play NHL 11 on Playstation 3 (live games and demos) and meet the Sedins

    Leading up to the Canucks pre-season it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the twins and try out the new game (even though it’s got a Blackhawk on the cover this year). The first person in line for the event will also receive a ticket to a Canucks regular season homegame.

    Starlight Casino Outdoor Concert Series

    September 3rd, 2010 @ 9:45am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Starlight Casino is presenting an outdoor concert series this month in New Westminster.

    September 4th, 2010
    Chuck Negron
    Founding member of Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World”, “Mama Told Me Not to Come”

    September 11th, 2010
    Foghat

    September 18th, 2010
    Blood, Sweat & Tears

    September 24th, 2010
    The Guess Who
    “These Eyes”, “Clap for the Wolfman”, “Hand Me Down World”, “No Time”, “Star Baby” and “Share the Land”.

    If you would like to attend the Chuck Negron show, head to the casino’s guest services tomorrow and use the keyword “Miss604″ for free tickets. Tickets can be claimed using the keyword on the day of the concert and this offer is valid for the first 50 people who drop by.

    The Starlight Casino is located at 350 Gifford Street (Queensborough) in New Westminster and the outdoor concert series will be in the North parking lot.

    Vancouver Video: Camera Testing and Time Lapse

    September 2nd, 2010 @ 5:42pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    At least once a month a really cool video of Vancouver makes it way around the internet. Whether it’s a tribute, news item, time lapse or miniature tilt-shift, it’s always cool to step back and get another view of the city.

    The latest video (to appear on my radar at least) is by Brandon Moza, who was testing out his new Canon camera a few months ago.

    Thanks to the Room With A View Blog for the heads up on this one.

    And just for fun, here’s a new video time lapse video (above) featuring Vancouver. Our city is only in about the first 35 seconds of this video but it’s a neat time lapse view of Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics.