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Best of Richmond 2014

Sopranos Robin Eder-Warren and Jacqueline Ko are on the cover of this year
Sopranos Robin Eder-Warren and Jacqueline Ko are on the cover of this year's Best of Richmond.
— image credit: Richard Lam

Welcome to our seventh annual Best of Richmond edition.

The Best of Richmond is our biggest edition of the year and certainly the one we most enjoy putting together.

It’s a chance for us to take a break from news beats to take a snapshot of the many things we love about this community. Many “best ofs” came to us through our day-to-day work, but a lot of eating and shopping went into our lists.

We’ve also asked some of our readers what they like best about the community.

And readers took part as well in our annual Best of Richmond Reader’s Poll, where you got to pick your favourite things in Richmond.

The top finisher in each category gets to place a funky Best of Richmond sticker in their store.

Congrats to all the winners and finalists!

Best of Richmond: People & Places

Best of Richmond: Food

Best of Richmond: Arts & Entertainment

Best of Richmond: Shopping & Services

Best of Richmond: Sports & Recreation

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About our models

Robin Eder-Warren and Jacqueline Ko are on the cover of this year’s Best of Richmond. The young women are opera singers and the creative minds behind Opera Mariposa, a company dedicated to showcasing the Lower Mainland’s most promising opera performers.

Ko, who serves as the company’s artistic director, is a versatile artist with a voice ready for everything from opera to jazz. Her awards include a Most Outstanding Talent prize from the Richmond Music Festival.

Eder-Warren, the company’s managing director, caught the performer’s bug at Gateway Theatre during a summer musical theatre camp years ago. Also a recipient of a top music festival prize, she went on to study opera in university and honed her craft in Europe. She now regularly shares her voice with local audiences, and teaches voice from her private Richmond studio.

The two sopranos have also dedicated themselves to giving back, having hosted two successful fundraising shows for the B.C. Women’s Hospital Foundation, benefiting the complex chronic diseases program.

In their most recent work, The Butterfly, the singers tell the true story of their lives through song, weaving in music from Frozen, Wicked and Les Misérables, creating a narrative about adversity, friendship and transformation.

Richard Lam took the cover photo and James Marshall designed the cover.

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