The Contributors to Our Hello Friend Series
Through most of his life, Joe Chan has been accused of mumbling at near-inaudible volumes. Instead of straining his vocal cords, he’s spent much of his time communicating instead through writing and editing, whether for all of the various music/general interest magazines he’s contributed to, for two of Vancouver’s older food blogs Vancouver Slop and Slop Press, or in his daily travails as a business lawyer at Richards Buell Sutton LLP. When verbal communication was necessary, he made sure his voice was amplified, spending over a decade in college radio. And when even that doesn’t get his message across, he sits back, dives into as much art, fashion and music as he can, and steadies himself until he’s ready to mumble again.
Joann Pai is a food & travel photographer from Vancouver, Canada. Last year, she moved to Paris to pursue a relationship with croissants and butter.
She started taking photographs as a way to document small moments in life, mostly surrounding food, and continues to explore how food brings people together and keeps them connected. You can see Joann’s work in Saveur magazine, The New York Times, and EnRoute magazine. Her Instagram account, @sliceofpai, has been featured in notable publications such as Vogue magazine, Forbes, and The Telegraph.
Writing has been a lifelong love for May – as a kid, she wrote short stories on loose leaf paper (with a 2HB pencil), collecting them religiously in a little blue binder. Eventually, that passion turned into a writing, communications and marketing career, where she spent time as a fashion, lifestyle and arts & culture writer / editor for several print and online publications, including Rogers Media Inc.’s Sweetspot as Vancouver city editor, the Westender and Vancouver Is Awesome.
By day, she’s currently Marketing Manager at Rennie for both the brokerage and brand, but still has not lost her love for the written word (and, clearly, alliteration).
May would be lost in this world if art, music (see: rap / hip hop), architecture + design, travel, photography, fashion, dancing, symmetry and green tea-flavoured Pocky did not exist.
One can easily conclude that Michelle Nguyen grew up in Toronto from her brisk gait and bluntness. She has a degree in Environmental Design from the University of British Columbia but prefers to spend the bulk of her time painting and googling ‘Game of Thrones theories.’ She is currently trying to figure out what to do with herself like every other twenty-something year old dingus.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Talia Kleinplatz fell in love with food at the apron strings of her mother and grandmother whose kitchens wafted the intoxicating aromas of fresh dill, homemade pies and painstakingly slow-cooked brisket. She completed her degrees at Concordia and McGill, graduating with a Master’s in Social Work in 2009. Her six years in Montreal taught her to eat well but it was her move to Vancouver in 2011 that taught her to drink well. In 2013 she launched her award-winning cocktail blog, Two For The Bar. She lives in South Granville with her husband and her three-legged, curmudgeonly cat.
Tina Albrecht and Scott Rankin
Scott and Tina are two creatives who’s love for adventure and new experiences is only rivalled by their love for their home town. Based in Vancouver, Canada the pair believes that anticipation is often as exciting as the journey itself. They spend their free time planning trips, taking trips and documenting it all on video and in stills. Most often you can find these two photographers with cameras around their necks wandering through the woods or the city streets.