GoWestShore Magazine May 2018 E-Edition

In this Issue

Victory to Vinyl Competition Results

The spectacular ‘Vinyl to Victory’ music competition held at Darcy’s Pub in Langford in March attracted 56 bands of which 16 bands were selected to compete. Our congratulations go out to ‘Teenage Violets’ who took home the $3,000 first prize money on the final night of the competition (March 29). Well done, guys!

Langford’s No-nonsense Mayor

While workers diligently race to complete the final touches on the Bear Mountain Parkway in time for its grand opening, I caught up with Mayor Stew Young to find out more about him, and his no-nonsense approach to running the City of Langford like a business.

Langford is the fastest growing municipality in the CRD. To become West Shore’s business hub, Langford has attracted large retail and wholesale stores, light industrial companies, and dozens of small businesses with a streamlined re-zoning process to serve an ever-growing consumer market.

Business and population growth has allowed the progressive Mayor and Council to invest in community development. Beautifying city streets and creating more recreation options for their residents, indoor and outdoor, are just a few of the City’s public projects made possible by their increased tax base.


I met with Adam Barter, a founding member of this talented West Shore group, to hear about new directions that they’re taking right now.
High Noon to Midnight consists of four guys who share the simple notion that music sounds better when you have a damn good time making it. The rock tunes they create reflect this idea and pay tribute to each member’s very different musical background and influences. Simply put, this is a band that you must see live. With soulful, emotionally-driven vocals and blistering saxophone solos, their creatively crafted songs take on a life of their own. High Noon to Midnight delivers the goods every time they hit the stage.

Tips on Dog Park Etiquette

It’s easy to understand the dog park’s appeal. We imagine our dogs having a great time running around, meeting new dog pals, playing nicely and sharing the space. Unfortunately, sometimes, the reality doesn’t live up to our expectations. The truth is that dog parks are not a fun, exciting playground for every dog. Some dogs are nervous in off-leash, uncontrolled situations with strange dogs so it’s important that you understand your dog’s comfort level before visiting the dog park.


Cheers to leaving April showers in the dust and embracing the beautiful month of May! One wine you’ll find on our picnic table this spring is the ‘Mortar and Pestle Cabernet Merlot’. This Aussie gem offers aromas of red cherry and blackcurrants and flavours of milk chocolate on the palate. Try it with a Caprese-stuffed veggie burger and kick the whole experience up a notch for a fantastic spring pairing. The classic red blend has rich, ripe red fruit flavours and pairs perfectly with richer, intensely flavoured dishes. The intensity of the pesto and fresh tomatoes stand up to the bold fruit flavours while the creamy mozzarella matches the long, smooth finish. Don’t just take our word for it, try this delicious pairing for yourself!

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Over 3 million people in Canada are diabetic and over 5 million are pre-diabetic. Diabetes can affect the eyes in many ways, although the first symptom diabetics may encounter is fluctuation in vision. As the blood sugar levels in the body increase, it may cause a temporary hyperopic shift in a person’s prescription. While that may not seem too serious, every time it occurs it causes the lens within the eye to fill with water, which changes the uniformity of it. Eventually, this may lead to a cataract or opacity of the lens as well as a permanent decrease in vision. The only way to restore vision would be through surgery.

The Road Ahead: What’s an ERA Anyway?

ICBC’s new Enhanced Road Assessment (ERA) program has created a lot of questions for drivers. Here are answers to the most common concerns.

What is an ERA? It’s a driving re-assessment to evaluate a driver’s functional ability to safely operate a vehicle.

The Difference A Suite Makes

With housing development still booming in the West Shore, it’s no wonder that people want to move to our communities! While being a landlord isn’t the right choice for everyone, choosing to buy a property with a rental suite opens up your options for home ownership.

Long-awaited Gateway to Bear Mountain Now Open

The newly-constructed Bear Mountain Parkway extension—the City of Langford’s ‘Olympic Corridor’—is now officially open to the public. Approximately 3.5 km long, the $10.5M extension connects the areas of Bear Mountain and South Skirt Mountain to the Leigh Road Interchange/Trans Canada Highway and extend access, via an overpass, into areas of central Langford.

Reach Out to Support Grieving Parents

My mother told me nonchalantly the other day that she wasplanning on attending a friend’s funeral later in the week. She also told me that she has reached a point in her life where she finds herself searching obituaries for a familiar face or someone she had known. This has become part of her morning habit.

Over the years my parents have attended many funerals. Dealing with these losses can take a toll, as often the people they lose are part of their support system. As adult children, we can support our parents through this process, even though death is something that makes many people uncomfortable.

Mouth-watering Dishes from Economy Cuts

The terrific growth of the West Shore in recent years, paired with the strong building sector, has resulted in an explosion of food service businesses. It’s been a challenge for these operations to attract and retain qualified cooks and chefs. Cooking food professionally has always been a field where passion overrides the desire to make big bucks. Yet, in today’s marketplace, those who have the necessary skills, both technical and interpersonal, are in very high demand. When paired with a strong business sense and a determination to push the boundaries of gastronomic creativity, cooks in our current landscape can expect to be hugely successful.

West Shore’s Best in Live Entertainment!

If you are looking for great live, local entertainment—without commuting all the way downtown—Darcy’s Pub Westshore has you covered! Darcy’s always strives to offer the best in live entertainment. From concerts to sports, and weekly events, there is something for everybody at Darcy’s Pub Westshore. As the community around us grows and diversifies, we are excited for the opportunity to provide different entertainment for a range of ages and clientele. Check out this diverse line up!


Head to the beachfront every Friday and Saturday this summer for Colwood’s 2nd Annual Beach Food Days. Enjoy one of the most beautiful oceanfront beaches around with breathtaking views, ocean breezes, warm sand, good friends, live music, and hot eats from local food trucks.

Elevate Your Quality of Life!

Massage therapy continues to grow at a fast pace in the health field as the benefits of it continue to become more widely recognized. Massage treatments are most commonly known for soothing aching muscles to alleviate pain and inflammation, promoting relaxation, decreasing stress and tension and relieving aches and stiffness that could be impeding a good night’s sleep.

Beautiful Energy, Exciting Finds!

It’s planting season! All of us here at The Artisan’s Garden are already busy creating the most beautiful hanging baskets and planters for the summer season and for Mother’s Day.

With our greenhouse open now, you can come and create a personal planter or hanging basket of your own design, if you wish. We have a wide variety of healthy plants to choose from and, the best part is, you can leave the mess with us. Mothers, daughters and girl friends make an afternoon of it, while enjoying Mackenzie’s special coffee drinks and sweet treats in our garden. Just give us a couple of hours notice that you’re coming and we’ll be sure to have your planting station organized. After that, it’s up to you. Let your own creativity soar!

Your World, Your Inspiration!

My friends say that, as an interior designer, I must have a lot of fun choosing colours and fashions all the time. Well, yes, I do. But that’s a very small part of what needs to be done! Every client has different needs and budgets. One size never fits all. Every project is custom tailored to suit the client. Can we save some space by removing some walls? Support favourite activities with the right illumination, furniture, equipment? Can we hide a TV behind a painting that moves at the touch of a remote control? The answer is yes, we can do that and much more.

Carrying A Lot of Stress in Your Body?

Today, we live in a fast-paced world. Our body tries to keep up with all the demands from working long hours, but usually, there is never enough time to get rejuvenated, to eat well or get enough sleep. We are in a constant hurry to go somewhere and do something. Is it any wonder that we feel stressed and overwhelmed?

Living in a Place Worth Staying In

According to UN estimates (April 2018), the current world population is 7.6 billion. With over half the world’s population now living in cities, urban ‘liveability’ has taken centre stage. What can be done to make living in cities safer, healthier and less alienating? What creates the kind of city where people want to live, work and stay?

To support our ‘Growing Communities’ theme, here are a few approaches urbanists have proposed about liveable spaces in urban environments: