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A tantalizing selection of the must-see speakers and workshops at EP!C: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo, May 8–10, 2009


Vancouver’s annual sustainable living expo offers plenty of green inspiration and valuable education through speakers, workshops, cooking stages and exhibitors’ booths—plus, plenty of deals you can’t get anywhere else on a variety of eco-products. Held at the new Vancouver Convention Centre, it's the largest of its kind in Western Canada and provides a unique opportunity to get tips from the experts on everything from greening your home and your beauty regimen to cooking, shopping and playing sustainably.  


New this year are the farmers market-style Epicurean Food Market; the EP!C Workshop Stage, where industry leaders will speak and teach about a variety of sustainability-related topics; and the Kids’ FunZone, a cool interactive learning centre with games, arts and crafts, and more.  


Granville Online at EP!C

The Granville editorial team has compiled our picks of the show’s must-see speakers and workshops, but there’s lots more to see—including the Granville exhibitor booth. Be sure to stop by and say hello! 


David Jordan, editor, Granville magazine:

I’m looking forward to the session on the greening of B.C.’s film industry, on Saturday at 3:00. I’m interested in hearing details from an industry that thinks nothing of firing up the generators to turn night into day, or of building entire sets with planned lifespans of only a few weeks. 


(Read “Scene Change” in BCBusiness, for some background on the local film industry’s green initiatives.) 


Janet Gyenes, assistant editor, Granville magazine:

I confess; I’m a lipstick addict, so I’m really interested in checking out Get the Lead Out…Of Your Lipstick: The Beauty Products Workshop, by Stacy Malkan, Saturday at 2:15 p.m. Despite greening most of my daily routines—passing on plastic bags, buying local and organic foods, and switching to eco-friendly cleaning products—my cosmetics collection in a serious need of a makeover. There are so many products out there, but are any of them truly sustainable, and if so, why can’t I find them at my local drug store? 


Hilary Henegar, editor, Granville Online:

What don’t I want to see this weekend? So many great speakers and workshops—so little time! 


Friday, I don’t want to miss our very own Mayor McDreamy speak about city initiatives to make Vancouver the country’s greenest city (4:30 p.m.), nor the fashion show featuring local designers (7 p.m.), hosted by Summer Rayne Oakes, the world’s top eco-supermodel—whatever that is. 


Saturday, my first stop is Heather Haven’s Urban Chickens workshop at 11:15 to learn more about the responsibilities of chicken ownership. Later, I’ll pop in on Thomas Mueller’s presentation on how I can save money by making my home more energy efficient. 


Sunday, Andrea Potter of Radha Yoga & Eatery—one of my favourite vegan/raw food restaurants—will be giving a workshop on food preservation, something I’ve always wanted to learn. I’m also psyched about Alan Reid’s container gardening presentation—I want my back porch to look like a botanical paradise this summer. Then, at the end of sustaina-bonanza, I’ll cap off the weekend with Dan Zepponi’s Sustainable Winemaking talk and say cheers to a great expo! 


To learn more, visit www.epicvancouver.com.