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Stephen Quinn

In an alternate universe, Real Housewives hits East Vancouver Add to ...

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2012.

The world’s most buzzed-about reality-television franchise is coming to Canada!

Joining Orange County, Atlanta, New York City, Beverly Hills, Miami and other exotic locations, the Real Housewives of East Vancouver premieres this April! Finally, the internationally acclaimed series has a home on Canada’s West Coast, and these girls plan to set the city on fire!

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Make no mistake, these are real women who live east of Ontario Street, taking you on a whirlwind tour of the never-before-documented world of simultaneously maintaining a career and a home, paying the bills, doing laundry, and drilling their kids on French-immersion homework that they don’t understand! It's a wild ride down Kingsway all the way to Boundary Road and back again! On the bus!

Meet the Cast!

This week, we introduce you to the Real Housewives of East Vancouver – the four lucky women whose lives will become fodder for hours of shallow, meaningless conversation and wasted bandwidth by people so sad and void of imagination it’s a wonder they’re still breathing without being told to!

Amanda

As the 33-year-old mother of two and a brand-new mommy-blogger, Amanda is embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! A life-long Vancouverite, Amanda is on a non-stop roller coaster of fun – feeding and entertaining her two boys 2 and 4, while trying to figure out a way to monetize the time she spends in front of the computer. If the kids ever nap, you’ll find her tweeting moderately humorous anecdotes about her East Van mommy life and crafting sporadic blog entries. Amanda put her promising career in public relations on hold to stay home with her kids – and not just because daycare cost more than she earned! Spending her days with her boys is the only reward she needs! There's been no looking back for Amanda. Who knows where she’ll turn up next? Look beside you, that might be her in the Superstore line up! But watch out! She’ll stab you in the eye if you get in the way of her dreams!

Siobhan

Siobhan is as wild and exotic as her Celtic name suggests! A fourth-generation Canadian, Siobhan still cherishes her old-world traditions and values. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to let down her fiery-red hair every now and then. Siobhan considers herself a Vancouver pioneer since she and her husband of 12 years left a long-term rental building in swanky Kitsilano and bravely purchased a Knight Street bungalow with the intention of renovating it. (Stay tuned!) The rumble of container-truck traffic shaking her out of bed for the past three years has prompted this go-getter to become a passionate and vocal advocate for relocating the truck route, a cause that continues to inspire her today! Siobhan appreciates the finer things in life. Her hobbies include dragging discarded furniture out of the back lanes of Fraser Street and restoring it to nearly new condition. It’s a passion she shares with her husband who collects mid-1980s American sedans, which he proudly displays in their backyard! But sparks fly when hobbies collide!

Mrs. Lee

As most of her customers will tell you, Mrs. Lee has an enchanting smile and an easy manner. A first-generation Canadian from mainland China, Mrs. Lee has combined her love of family with her business on East 35th Avenue. Everyone knows her by name, especially the children, who also know that if they’re quiet and leave her alone during Coronation Street, there’s a free piece of penny-candy headed their way! Downstairs in the corner store it may be all business, but behind that curtain and up those stairs there is a world of family drama, heartache, pain, and betrayal. And fabulous exotic food!

Emma

With her long golden locks, freckled face and diamond nose stud, 29-year-old Emma is an all-natural knockout! She’s easy to spot on her bike in her flowing Indian silver-thread crinkle skirt, hemp hoodie and tuque.

Emma is a local organic-food entrepreneur with stalls at two of the city’s most happening farmers’ markets. To her friends, she’s the Queen of Kale, and other leafy greens rich in anti-oxidants. As the mother of two young girls, this is a woman who puts the “dynamic” in biodynamic! When she’s not working or attachment parenting, you’ll find her wowing the crowds at the Cafe Deux Soleils with her spoken-word magic!

Emma’s life-partner is one of Vancouver’s most successful driftwood artists. Together, their basement suite is a gathering place for artists and artisans of all kinds. You know that anything can (and will) happen!

Stephen Quinn is the host of On the Coast on CBC Radio One, 690 AM and 88.1 FM in Vancouver! stephen.quinn@cbc.ca

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