My Vancouver – Then & Now: TERRY DAVID MULLIGAN

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Terry David Mulligan, veteran radio and TV broadcaster, actor and wine connoisseur.
Photo: Terry David Mulligan

My Vancouver – Then & Now Series

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds. Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common: MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


It seems Vancouver’s Terry David Mulligan has lived multiple lifetimes with hundreds of yarns to prove it. From Royal Canadian Mountie to eclectic radio host; film and television actor; 14-year Western correspondent and VJ for Citytv’s MuchMusic then host of MuchWest; author and wine connoisseur.

“I’ve interviewed almost everyone,” quips Mulligan matter-of-factly and immediately jumps into a barrage of great anecdotes and juicy trivia. “I had a great working relationship with Janis Joplin. She’d break out the bourbon in a taped interview – drink me under the table- but I’d get so drunk I could only use the first half of the interview!” he admits.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: TERRY DAVID MULLIGAN

My Vancouver – Then & Now: TREVOR & CRISTINA LINDEN

Trevor Linden, retired, former Captain of the Vancouver Canucks, is an avid hiker, skier and cyclist. Photo Credit: Damian Cromwell

Trevor Linden, retired, former Captain of the Vancouver Canucks, is an avid hiker, skier and cyclist.
Photo Credit: Damian Cromwell

My Vancouver – Then & Now Series

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds. Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common: MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


“I remember that last game very clearly,” reminisces Captain Canuck,
Trevor Linden of his final NHL game, April 5th 2008 against the Calgary Flames when #16 stepped on the ice for the last time in GM Place (now Roger’s Arena) Vancouver .

“ It was really special because nothing had been previously announced officially that I was retiring that day, but the fans started to chant as soon as I came out and gave me a standing ovation. Then I did a victory lap after the game- it was so exciting.”

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Jim Erickson

Jim Erickson proudly holding his Oscar for Production Design (with Rick Carter) for his historically meticulous work on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln Photo Credit: Doug Hamilton

Jim Erickson proudly holding his Oscar for Production Design (with Rick Carter) for his historically meticulous work on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln
Photo Credit: Doug Hamilton

My Vancouver – Then & Now Series

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds.  Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common:  MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


When Canadian and Oscar-nominated set decorator, Jim Erickson was laid low by the flu and not able to attend the 2013 ceremony in Hollywood, he sat with friends and family in his Salt Spring Island home to watch the 85th Academy Awards. “ I didn’t believe it at first when they announced my name,” admits Erickson. He won the Oscar for Production Design (with Rick Carter) for his historically meticulous work on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. “We all threw popcorn and champagne into the air!”

What Vancouverites may not realize is that although Erickson was born in Badger, Minnesota, he began his professional career in Vancouver in the ‘70’s as an in-house props-master in the early years of CBC-TV. That’s when he discovered his passion for set decoration. He officially immigrated to Canada in 1974 and by the late ‘70s feature film scouts started to discover Vancouver’s incredible diversity for movie locations. In fact, you may be living or working in a converted Yaletown warehouse once used as a location for two of Erickson’s set decorated films: Nicholas Roeg’s gold-mining film Eureka (1983) and Disney’s The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) the latter starring the very young John Cusack as the romantic lead.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Jim Erickson

My Vancouver – Then & Now: Rick Hansen

Photo: Rick Hansen Foundation

Photo: Rick Hansen Foundation

My Vancouver – Then & Now Series

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds.  Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common:  MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


Inspired by the dream of creating an accessible and inclusive world and finding a cure for spinal cord injuries, Rick Hansen set out on a journey that would make history in 1985—the Man In Motion World Tour.

For 26 months, he and his team wheeled over 40,000 km through 34 countries raising awareness about the potential of people with disabilities and need for spinal cord research. They raised $26million and Hansen was heralded as a hero.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Rick Hansen

My Vancouver – Then & Now: Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley, Photo Credit: Manfred Baumann

Jason Priestley, Photo Credit: Manfred Baumann

My Vancouver – Then & Now Series

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds. Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common: MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


“Never become complacent- always challenge yourself ,” emphasizes Jason Priestley, who will be penning a memoir published by HarperCollins under its HarperOne imprint hitting bookstores next spring.

Priestley could have let his role as teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh, in the ‘90s hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, lead him by the coattails indefinitely. Instead, the handsome 44-year -old with many diverse interests, chose to diversify his talents as a director, producer, stage actor and entrepreneur- often away from Hollywood’s incessant scrutiny.

Vancouver-born Priestley “Started in the business at 5 years old. My mom, Sharon Kirk, was an actress and acting coach. Film and TV in the ‘70s and ‘80s in Canada was still pretty small but I took everything I could get into from commercials to CBC- TV series including one episode (shot in Vancouver) of Danger Bay, ” he laughs. Priestley made his feature film debut in 1986 in The Boy Who Could Fly, also shot in B.C.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Ashleigh McIvor & Jay DeMerit

Ashleigh McIvor and Jay DeMerit biking on the Vancouver seawall.

Ashleigh McIvor and Jay DeMerit biking on the Vancouver seawall.

My Vancouver – Then & Now Series

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds.  Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common:  MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


A mutual sponsor played cupid for two of Vancouver’s most heralded athletes while they watched a hockey game from the Bell Suite at Rogers Arena. Whether a match made in endorsement heaven or serendipity, Ski-Cross Gold Medalist, Ashleigh McIvor and Jay DeMerit, Captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC tied the knot on August 25th!

“The 2010 Vancouver Olympics was just a magical experience for me,” reminisces
Whistler-born McIvor taking a breather between wedding preparations. “I felt so calm – not nervous just excited-at the start gate and I felt the whole country was behind me before the race. I wanted to go out and have fun with it. It was just tremendous to win at the Vancouver Olympics because it was the first time that the International Olympic Committee agreed to debut ski-cross at the Games,” she explains.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Ashleigh McIvor & Jay DeMerit

My Vancouver – Then & Now: Steve Podborski

Steve Podborski: Chef de Mission 2014 Sochi Winter Games | Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

Steve Podborski: Chef de Mission 2014 Sochi Winter Games | Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

My Vancouver Then & Now Series – Introduction

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds.  Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common:  MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


The world was watching in 1980. Careening down a blistering course at 145 kilometers per hour in bone chilling weather with degrading visibility, Steve Podborski was one of the five Crazy Canucks on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (along with Dave Murray, Ken Read, Dave Irwin and Jim Hunter), so dubbed by European media for their reputation for taking unprecedented risks. ‘Pod’ was the first North American male to win an Olympic medal in downhill skiing, bringing home bronze in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid and 8 individual World Cup wins.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Steve Podborski