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February 2013 is here

Get your February 2013 issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery story, library and community centre.

RCCNews February 2013Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Collingwood Cinemas: A cultural meeting place
  • Ramada Hotel on Kingsway bought by city of Vancouver
  • Eating Out in RC: Poor Italian Restaurant
  • Quick Mind, Quick Feet: Claire Fergusson works to follow her softball dreams
  • Collingwood’s newest community garden
  • Artists welcome neighbours to Art House in the Field

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Collingwood Cinemas

A cultural meeting place


With their passion for movies and entertainment, it is no surprise this husband-and-wife duo took over the old Raja theatre. Naz and Mike Jamshedian love to draw groups of people together.

They met 18 years ago through a mutual friend and have been together for 17 years. Now they have the Collingwood Cinemas (3215 Kingsway ) and an active, sporty 10-year-old son.

With 18 years of experience in the theatre industry, their dream was to have their own venture. This came true in 2010 when they opened up Denman Cinemas in Vancouver’s West End. Unfortunately, the landlord pulled the rug out from underneath them and they lost the theatre in October 2012.

However, they remained positive and persevered. In November, they took over and created Collingwood Cinemas.

This warm couple are enthusiastic about building community. They want a place where you walk in and recognize faces. They hope for a sense of trust to emanate and for people to be true neighbours to each other.

When they first started, they weren’t sure what to name the place so they held a Facebook contest, letting the community give their input, sharing a tiny piece of the place.

“Places like this have to be preserved for a cultural meeting venue,” said Naz.

She opens up the theatre for different focuses, providing a space for meetings and events.

About 150 people from a church group, in early January, held a mass ceremony one morning.

During Christmas, there was a free screening of Madagascar 3. Naz said there was an excellent turnout after promotions at schools and the Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

Collingwood Cinemas requires a lot of love and attention. Naz and Mike made a few renovations, upgrading the sound systems to digital and installing cushy red seats that rock gently.

“We want to make it a personal movie experience,” said Naz.

In the future vision, she said she wanted it to be a place where people can stop by and talk to them. Be friends. She also, eventually, wants to have a dine-in service for the balcony area.

At Denman, on average, Mike booked about three to four events per week. Some of them were birthday parties and some were fundraisers. He hopes to have the same results at this new location.

He admits the movie business is always going down, especially with Netflix, high-definition TV and big multi-screened theatres, but he believes Collingwood has a chance against the odds.

When asked what makes them stand out, “cheaper prices, customer service, less commercialized and more community based,” said Mike.

They are advocates for charities, open to hosting fundraisers. That bond of connection is what they hope to achieve when people attend one of their events.

For movie genres, they mix it up with mainstream media, Bollywood flicks and cultural films.

This February, Skyfall will be playing and they will be hosting the Serbian film festival.

To book an event, call Mike at 604-671-0148. For updated information on movies and times, check out their Facebook page ( or the website (

Prices (incl. Tax)
Regular movies
General: $7.95
Tuesdays: $5
Seniors (66+): $5.95
Children (2-10): $5.95

Bollywood movies
General: $10
Tuesdays: $5
Seniors (66+): $8
Children (2-10): $8

Deanna Cheng is a resident of the Renfrew community and a journalism student at Langara College. She practises Shito-ryu Karate at Odokan Dojo.

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ChoSun Korean BBQ House

3846 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC


For this rousing edition of Eating Out in RC, we travel to Korea in the form of ChoSun Restaurant for a taste of their traditional barbecued meat.

ChoSun, which has been gracing our culinary crown here in Collingwood for seven years now, really is a fun place to go if you haven’t been there. I’m not sure if it was because of the seating set-up, which kind of divides people into private areas of various sizes (for parties and such), or the fun aspect of cooking the meat right there at your table added some sort of social element, or the cheap drink specials, but for a Tuesday night, the place seemed packed and buzzing with a lively, fun atmosphere. Was it due to some extraordinary food being present? We were about to find out.

As quickly as was possible, which was quick, due to excellent service, my trusty accomplice and I went for the BBQ Combination A: chicken, pork, sliced beef and beef short ribs. Designed for two ($32.95). This came with about 10 delectable side dishes. Even though we were Korean BBQ newbies, we were able to turn out some super-delicious barbecued meat, which doesn’t take long when it’s sliced so thinly. You can’t really go too wrong. My trusty accomplice (and sweetie) handled most of the manouvers on this occasion, though I did throw in a few select moves of my own.

So as you can guess, it was all completely out-of-this-world delicious! And yes, it was quite possible that all of the excitement in the air had something to do with the added excitement of barbecuing at the table. It’s pretty cool.

“It is unique to have the barbecue right in the table,” says manager Jin Soo. “Most Korean restaurants will not.”

Apart from your BBQ meat combinations, you are also going to find a whole lot more on the menu. ChoSun is a fusion restaurant, blending Korean with Japanese and Chinese dishes. “The menu, though,” states Jin Soo is 90 percent Korean. Still you will find a full selection of sushi and rolls, sashimi, donburi and teriyaki, noodles and fried rice.

For Korean cuisine, we have soups: spicy kimchi; seafood and tofu; spicy sparerib and cabbage. We have Bibimbob, which is rice mixed with assorted marinated vegetables, meat and hot sauce; casseroles, spicy or mild. There are delicacies, including tofu with pan-fried kimchi, stir-fried small octopus and vegetables, fried prawn with sweet and sour sauce, and Jobchae (vermicelli noodles with beef and vegetables). There are also plenty of items to go on the BBQ, such as Bulgogi (a deliciously marinated sliced beef), beef tongue, prawns, squid and assorted mushrooms.

So it really could be the great food also contributing to the buzz at ChoSun. It definitely would help explain why the place was packed and received an Honourable Mention for Best Korean Restaurant by Vancouver Magazine. Apart from the great service and fun atmosphere, I’m sure Chef Ki John Kim, with 25 years’ experience in Korean cuisine, has something to do with it.

And hey, the Korean and Japanese beer, soju, sake and wine probably don’t hurt matters. Nor the green tea, mango or chocolate ice cream for dessert. Or that from Monday to Friday, from 11:00am to 3:00 pm, the ChoSun Lunch Box is a big hit. Four lunch boxes featuring beef, ribs, braised ribs, chicken *$8.95-10.95) comes with a wide assortment of side dishes.

It may also be the superb hospitality and philosophy of owner Seo Woong Kim. “I love serving food and introducing people to Korean food,” says Seo Woong, which is why I have three restaurants now.” He thanks everyone from the community who has been keeping him busy all these years and invites everyone to come and try his Korean recipes. “We do our best to continue developing new dishes, to keep our customers happy and coming back.”

No matter how many reasons there might be, the buzz and the words are out! And this time they rhyme.

There’s good food and fun, over at ChoSun! So go there to eat, and bon appetit.

* ChoSun is an ancient name from Korea’s last dynasty in Korean history, which reigned for five centuries, from 1392 to October 1897.

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