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Kev, Adam, Lizzy Karp, Cory Ashworth

Vancouver may have a global reputation for beaches, mountains and scenic beauty but the really cool and interesting stories are often never heard.

Local photographers Adam Schelle and Kev Holloway are out to change that with the release of their book (and ode to Vancouver) So It Is: Vancouver.

Did you know Vancouver’s original city hall, also used as a prison and a morgue, is home to a music studio owned by none other than Bryan Adams? There are so many more untold stories, which is why Adam and Kev brainstormed a project that would take the form of a book through their photography, making a great gift for anyone interested in our city’s history and culture.

Cory Ashworth, Lizzy Karp
[Cory Ashworth, Lizzy Karp]

So It Is: Vancouver showcases 100 notable Wet Coasters from Chip Wilson to Jesse Keefer.

Jesse Keefer
[Jesse Keefer]

In keeping with our city’s rainforest image, each subject gets a soaking before the photo shoot! Adam and Kev recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to get the first 2,000 copies to press. UPDATE: The book is now a collector’s item (no longer available online).

Giving Back

Operation Mackenzie is an annual event put on by St. John Ambulance as part of their community care program. It’s a huge undertaking, from collecting health and hygiene supplies (distributed to Downtown Eastside residents by St. John Ambulance) to offering pre-hospital, preventative medicine. Kev and Adam aim to share 25% of profits from book sales to help make this annual event a sustained, year-round service.

Book Pick-Up Locations (more to come)

The Pleasant | 197 East 17th Avenue
Burcu’s Angels | 3128 Main Street
Museum of Vancouver | 1100 Chestnut Street
Jackson’s Meats & Deli | 2214 West 4th Avenue
Lululemon Lab | 511 West Broadway

Kev, Wanting Qu
[Kev, Wanting Qu]

The book retails for CAD $59.95. I’ve a copy to give to one lucky Vancouverscape reader! There’s two ways to enter:

1. Follow both Vancouverscape and So It Is Book on Instagram and TAG the So It Is book image in Vancouverscape’s Instagram feed

2. Follow both Vancouverscape and So It Is Book on Twitter and RT the following:

I’ve entered for a chance to win So It Is: Vancouver from @Vancouverscape & @AdamandKev http://bit.ly/1JsxHUQ

I’ll draw a winner at random on Thursday, January 28 at 5 pm. Contest open to all Canadian residents however our selected winner must be able to pick up the book in Metro Vancouver. Good luck to all entrants and here’s to a great new coffee table book honouring our fine city!

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