BUILDING WITH LEGO

ADULT'S PLAY.

Johnathon Vaughn sits by a large window in his Gastown apartment, wearing a black turtleneck. Besides his hands, feet, and neck, his entire body underneath the fabric is covered in tattoos—a far cry from the archetype of someone interested in Lego.

 

ROBERT GAGNO, WORLD PINBALL CHAMPION

DARK HORSE.

When Robert Gagno was in high school, he liked to do backflips to impress the cheerleaders. Now, as a tall and fairly lanky 27-year-old, he sits at the Lamplighter in Gastown and talks about how he still enjoys surprising people who underestimate him. Gagno has autism, diagnosed by the time he was three years old. 

 

SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM

SHOT CLOCK.

The year 1996 was a good one for basketball. Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to victory in the NBA Finals after an historic season; elsewhere, a young Shareef Abdur-Rahim was drafted to theVancouver Grizzlies, beginning his impressive career with the franchise. As their leading scorer and rebounder, he quickly became the star of the team. “I tried to be as well-rounded as I could,” he says.

 

WHY I DROPPED EVERYTHING TO HELP REFUGEES IN GREECE

HEART OF A LION.

I woke up from a dream, and in it I was drowning. When my eyes opened, I wasn’t drenched in sweat or gasping for air. I was simply lying on my back, looking up at the beige, cracked ceiling of my West End apartment. There was nothing special about the moment that indicated something within me had changed, but something had nonetheless.

 

Respect Your Universe Athletic Wear

On your marks.

Elevating a brand to the desired level of sophistication can mean, in some cases, burning the original idea to the ground.

 

Bench Accounting

Making it.

Ian Crosby has always had an obsession with solving problems in ways that no one else ever thought to. That’s why in 2010, he and Jordan Menashy started figuring out how they could innovate the accounting space, and co-founded Bench Accounting.

 

B.C.’s Green Wineries

Clean grapes.

Enjoying a bottle of wine may be a simple pleasure, but the process of getting from grape to glass is anything but. This is especially true for vineyards opting for environmentally-friendly practices that reduce their carbon footprint.

 

Photographer Jordan Dyck

Posting a message.

With great following comes great responsibility. Six years ago, Instagram didn’t exist. Today, the photo-sharing app has a network of 400 million users, some of whom have utilized the platform to springboard their respective careers. Vancouver photographer and 26-year-old rising Instagram star Jordan Dyck has chosen to use her following of over 87,000 to shed light on the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.