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a bit about Tate
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in Marketing for a software company founded in Vancouver. I studied Psychology in university, but found myself drawn to learning about how people make decisions and can be influenced or persuaded. Sounds evil, I know. But after learning about cults, politics, and advertising, I realized I could implement this in my career by Marketing to the right people at the right time with the right message. I like working in the digital world with cutting-edge ideas and the super inspiring people behind them. I like being both creative and analytical. As much as I hated statistics in school, it's actually kinda useful to make informed decisions...
Were you born and raised in Vancouver? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Vancouver?
I was born and raised in North Van(couver). I went to England for a year of university and Ontario for the rest of it, and came right on back to Vancouver afterwards. You can't keep me from the mountains and the ocean I call home on the west coast for too long.
What’s your current hood in Vancouver and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
East Van(couver). The worst part is there are still some unfortunate homeless people traversing up and down The Drive (Commercial Drive), but really they're harmless. The best part is that East Van is full of beautiful homes, parks, families, farmers markets, cute shops, good eats, and it's not too busy. It doesn't feel like it's been "discovered" yet, despite being 2-3 Skytrain stops away from downtown.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I mostly listen to 60's and 70's music like the Bee Gees, the Beatles, James Brown and Jackson 5. I'll listen to most genres all the way from Disney, to ACDC, to Trap, to Top 40. But I hate Screamo and I hate Metal. I used to hate all Country, but I'm warming up to some old-time classics like Patsy Cline.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Mostly Billie Holiday. That woman's voice is nostalgia in a bottle. Adele, She & Him and the Hushsound might make a guest appearance.
Name some spots in Vancouver that are good for a Tinder date.
Colony Bar Main: a good middle point between downtown or Kits(ilano) and East Van(couver). Revolver: impress them with great taste in coffee. Finch's: cutest sandwich lunch spot with Cartem's donuts across the street (!!!) St. Augustine's: show off your inner beer connoisseur with this extensive menu and glow bowling across the street. Earnest Ice Cream: get to know each other in the massive line, then comment on how it was worth it. I could go on...
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
I mean, I get to see Donald Trump roasted almost every day. Isn't that enough?
Who’s your hero and where in Vancouver would you take them out for a serious hang?
My mom is my hero and we hang out all the time... A good hang for us would be at the Trout Lake Farmer's Market in the summer where the dogs can swim. Ideally, there would be an antique show on at the Croatian Cultural Centre, but if not we might swing around Main Street. For good chats, there's nothing better than curling up with tea on the couch.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Err... when it comes to clothes, I'm actually very basic. (Don't judge me.) I recommended 8th & Main as they always have great pieces, but I get lots of my clothes from Aritzia, when I can afford it. I don't shop for clothes that much. It's mostly about housewares and plants! I actually have a pretty great collection of vintage clothes that I don't have an excuse to wear very often, but the store I got most of them from is now closed :(
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Don't go to Surrey. There's never a good reason to go to Surrey.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love being out on the water in a boat, but I rarely get to! Sometimes I'll take the little Aquabus in False Creek to get a taste of it, but motor boating around Coal Harbour, around Stanley Park and into False Creek right when the sun's thinking about going down on a beautiful summer day is heaven on water.
Where do you go in Vancouver for a casual night out?
Bandidas is probably my most current go-to. Great Mexican-inspired place on The Drive that happens to be really close by and be so delicious, I didn't realize it was all Vegetarian until my third time there.
What’s your choice of transportation in Vancouver and why?
I take the Skytrain to/from work because it's faster to get into the city than driving in rush hour and cheaper (no pay parking)! It's also handy to get to/from downtown when I know there will be drinks involved. To get to North Van, Kits, or adventures a little further afield like Hemlock Valley or Whistler, I drive my car.
What are the Vancouver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Aquarium. The North Shore mountains, like the view of the city from Cypress on your way up for a hike. English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach, or Spanish Banks. Heck, any beach, they're all amazing. Capilano Dam's view of the Lions if it's a clear day. Biking around the Seawall of Stanley Park. What time of year are you going? It all depends!
What are the Vancouver spots tourists should run from screaming?
Tourist shops in Gastown (but there are cute shops and great eats and bars there too). Fly Over Canada wasn't really worth the money. Science World, unless you have kids or there's a special exhibit on that interests you. Then definitely go to Science World. The Revolving Restaurant. Get a drink and a picture then leave. No need to buy an average, overpriced meal. Rogue Wetbar + Grill. Conveniently located in tourist-central, but terrible service. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is way too packed unless you're coming in off-season (October - November, January - April)