HOT TALENT, SEXY SUITS
Ben Fray of The Shilohs is wearing the Lifetime Collective ‘3rd Beach Zach’ swim trunks. The Shilohs play Fortune Sound Club June 19. http://www.lifetimeclothing.com
Davinah Shell & Sarah Robo of Thee Ahs, Robo is in a Unif swimsuit and Shell in a vintage piece. Their record Corey’s Coathangers is out now. http://unifclothing.com
T. Nile wears her wetsuit to hit the surf. Her new full length Tingle & Spark comes out on August 5 with a tour to follow.
Sean Orr of Needs is wearing the ‘Kelly’ cropped rashguard from Vancouver swimwear designer Beth Richards. Needs play July 4 at The Cobalt with Greys. http://bethrichards.com
Zachary Gray of The Zolas sports Sitka ‘Drifter’ shorts, Bluefin hat, and Capital handmade ‘Morgan’ sunglasses. http://sitka.ca
Dustin Bromley of The Greater Wall and Music Waste director is wearing Lifetime Collective ‘Beta’ shorts. Music Waste runs June 5 to 8 in Vancouver.
Evan Wansbrough of The Isotopes is wearing Ripcurl women’s shorts from The Boardroom.
Mandy Steward of The Speakerphones is wearing a New World Design bathing suit, Shiverz Designs fascinator, and ‘Nettle’s Kimono’ from Nettle’s Tale. The Speakerphones play an early show June 20 at The Cellar. http://www.newworlddesign.ca
Geordie Hart of The Boom Booms is wearing a Brazilian sunga. The Boom Booms play the Art Gallery stage at the Vancouver Jazz Festival on June 21.
Dominique Fricot is wearing Lifetime Collective 3rd Beach striped swim trunks. His sophmore album Sweet Little Fantasy comes out June 17, album release party at The Rio with Hilary Grist and The Lion, The Bear & The Fox on June 26.
BeatRoute editor Glenn Alderson is wearing a Calvin Klein tank and vintage Terminal City Club swim shorts.
Tracy Vath of Love Cuts rocks the Beth Richards Breezy one-piece swimsuit.
Aaron Klassen of Hot Panda is wearing the Sitka full-piece women’s bathing suit. Hot Panda’s new album is currently in production.
Andy Dixon is a visual and sonic artist. He is wearing the Lifetime Collective ‘3rd Beach Zach’ swim short.
DJ Kasey Riot is wearing Daub & Design bikini top and seamless panties as bikini bottoms. Catch her at Twoonie Tuesdays at Heaven’s Door, and June 14 at Sin City: Club 23 grand re-opening party. http://daubanddesign.com
Ryan Dyck of B-Lines is wearing BeatRoute. B-Lines’ new record Opening Band is out June 27 with a same-day release party at Red Gate.
Tonye Aganaba of Red, Gold & Green Machine wears the ‘Bettie’ suit by Pin Up Girl polka-dot swimsuit from Scout Boutique. Red, Gold & Green Machine new LP Planet Africa drops June 9. http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com
Hilary Grist wears Nettle’s Tale ‘Britney’ tie-up top with the ‘Magic’ bottoms. Her new album Come & Go comes out June 10, release party with Dominique Fricot and guests on June 26 at The Rio. http://nettlestale.com
Brittany West of Koban is in the Beth Richards Gisele 1-piece ballet-cut swimsuit with a Wasted Effort necklace available from Nouvelle Nouvelle. Koban’s new EP Vide comes out June 28. http://wastedeffort.ca
Glory Days crew Jason Sulyma a.k.a. MGH!, rapper Genesis Mohanraj & Emma Lee Skillman sport vintage swimsuits. Jason is wearing Native ‘Verona’ shoes from Timebomb, LRG Hawaiian woven shirt from Livestock, denim hat from F as in Frank, and fake Gucci tank. Catch them at the Biltmore Cabaret every Saturday night.
If you’re a musician, it takes guts to get up onstage and perform in front of a bunch of assholes. But it takes a whole lot more than guts to put on a swimsuit on a cloudy day in May for BeatRoute’s inaugural local music swimsuit edition photoshoot. Breaking new ground in the ever-so-profitable world of print publishing, we invited some of our favourite Vancouver-based musicians to take part in this wet and wild feature. Pairing them with local designers and other pieces of swimwear that can be purchased from various ‘cool’ boutique shops around the city, we took to the pervert-infested beach at Crab Park with a purpose. Most opted to stay out of the questionable waters but Samantha Blondtron was the one brave soul actually willing to put the wet in wet and wild.
Vancouver is bursting with talented designers who can pack a punch of style, attitude, and glamour into a relatively small piece of nylon. Beth Richards creates looks for the pool party diva; Nettle’s Tale is the newest novel swimwear designer to cater to tasteful women of different sizes and modesties; and Daub & Design hand tie-dyes colourful panties that double as bikini bottoms in a pinch. As for the beach bros, there is no shortage of stylish trunks in the city designed for you as well. For the bro’s bro, head down to West 4th for the tried and true Boardroom in all their board short glory. Sitka is really getting in to it this season with their west-coast swim and surf gear. And for all the chill bros, Lifetime Collective is riffing hard on Van City styles with some really unique designs and patterns that pay homage to local landmarks such as Third Beach a.k.a. Club Third. We hope BeatRoute’s somewhat safe but super sexy swim style guide here has got you covered –or uncovered– for this year’s trendiest #trends. See you at the beach!
By Jessica Brodeur and Glenn Alderson
Photos by Ryan Walter Wagner