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Dara Vandor Interview

49 Questions and Art Ain’t 1

  1. Favourite Colour? Blue, especially navy.
  2. When you were growing up what did you want to be? Artist or muse… with a strong astronaut and veterinarian phase. 
  3. Name the Place you’d most like to live in? I can’t say that I’ve decided yet.
  4. Seaside or Countryside  Seaside
  5. You’re hosting a dinner party what’s your signature dish?  I’ve always been too focused on the next dish I’ll make to truly stick with anything long enough to call it a signature… for me, cooking is an ever-moving goal post.
  6. Dogs or Cats?  Both, and ideally they get along.
  7. What was your nickname at school? V.
  8. Most influential person in your life?  A few years ago, I was lucky enough to enter the orbit of a terrific artist and titan who has deeply touched the way I work and think, as well as being a dear friend.
  9. If you could go back in time to which period would you go to?  With a full set of vaccinations, a load of cash and the opposite gender, I’d love to see the Golden Age of the Roman Empire.
  10. Name an Instagram account you follow.  @lepetitvoyeur
  11. Favourite Museum or Gallery  Tough. The Rijksmuseum, the Frick or the Met.
  12. If money was no object, what luxury item would you buy yourself?  A vineyard.
  13. First single/album you bought. Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.”
  14. Person you’d love to meet?  Malcolm Gladwell
  15. Describe your ultimate romantic date.  A well planned surprise.
  16. You are happiest when…….  Cooking, eating, travelling, probably in that order.
  17. What makes you sad?  Futility.
  18. If you could change one thing about the world.  Global warming.
  19. Whats the first thing on your bucket list?  I’d like to reach all of the continents in my lifetime.
  20. Favorite Restaurant? Impossible to pick just one… off the top of my head, Canis in Toronto, Gjelina in LA and Lemeac in Montreal.
  21. Book shop or Record Shop?  Bookshop.
  22. Name your favourite book “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov.
  23. Pet Hate  It would be a tie between willful ignorance and entitlement.
  24. Prize Possession  Patience.
  25. How many tattoos/piercings do you have? Zero.
  26. Gym or Jim Bean?  Gym.
  27. What colour are your eyes?  Green.
  28. Junk Food which is your dirty secret?  I make no secret of my deep and eternal allegiance to the divine union of potatoes & fat: chips, fries, hashbrowns, smashed potatoes, au gratin…. endless.
  29. What’s your poison?  Champagne.
  30. Describe your morning routine.   Get up, get to work. Maybe some eggs. The rest is negotiable.
  31. Where do you call home? I’m not sure yet.
  32. What makes you laugh? My friends. 
  33. What perfume/aftershave do you use? Labdanum by Le Labo
  34. Whats you favourite season and why?  Spring, for its sense of promise, and the fact that it feels so well earned after the winter.
  35. Describe the wildest night out you’ve ever had. I’m fanatic about my privacy…
  36. What opportunity have you turned down?  None I regret. 
  37. Have you ever been arrested?  No.
  38. Favorite Quote?  “You can’t give what you don’t have.”
  39. First Gig?  I don’t remember! Probably something boyband-y. Alas, I came of age at the wrong time.
  40. Biggest Regret?  None. Regrets are a waste of time.
  41. Describe something that you are proud of  The ability to concentrate.
  42. Describe yourself in 3 words.  Curious, Restless, Solitary….
  43. Favourite film.  Amelie
  44. How many pairs of shoes do you own?  Not that many, though I do own six pairs of a discontinued favourite sandal. 
  45. Describe a favourite walk  A future one.
  46. Tell us whats in your bag/pockets  Utter chaos….+ lip balm.
  47. Who was the last person you called?  I loathe talking on the phone and can’t remember the last person I actually telephoned. 
  48. Whats the tune/band that you are listening to the most?  Wolf Parade.
  49. Whats your cure for a hangover? Take a vitamin B *before* the drinking, then take another dose + an Advil before bed. Then eggs, toast and tons of water the next am…