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Flying Dutchman, Maestro Otto Tausk, Takes the VSO Helm

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

If frequent flyer miles were any indication of a conductor’s popularity, Maestro Otto Tausk, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director is about to become a household name. Following his exuberant September kick-off of the VSO’s 100th season at the Orpheum with the beloved American soprano, Renée Fleming and in subsequent weeks, The Masterworks Gold complete ballet score of Stravinsky’s …

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Wild At Heart: Seaflora Skincare Seaweed Adventure for Mind & Body

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Looking at Diane Bernard one could easily surmise that she was destined to work with seaweed. That’s because the first thing you notice about the Sea-EO of organic product line, Seaflora Skincare are her astonishing light green eyes the colour of sea lettuce. “They’re not green contact lens or from eating seaweed,” laughs the third generation harvester. “My Acadian grandmother, originally …

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Made From Scraps: When Leftovers Become A Feast For the Eyes

In Arts, Design, News by Laura Goldstein

The Pacific Northwest is not just a playground for tourists but has become a mecca for makers and artists environmentally attuned to creating without destroying the landscape.  Made From Scraps is a new collection of art and sculpture by four Vancouver artists collaborating at SPACE Gallery. Curated by maker, Pat Christie, the pieces evolved from or incorporate wood detritus scavenged from …

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Canada’s Olympic Gold Ice Dancing Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Ignite the Ice

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Chanting and screaming their appreciation and excitement, thousands of mobile phone flashlights lit-up Vancouver’s Rogers Arena like swarms of fireflies swaying to a beat. Rock stars usually receive that kind of veneration although on that night, the stars happen to be wearing skates. “It’s always fun when we tackle a tour because the pressure is off,” says the bubbly Tessa …

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Montreal For Foodies – C’est fantastique!

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Perhaps the key to devouring Montreal’s cosmopolitan food scene is put most succinctly by Food Network and celebrity Executive Chef, Chuck Hughes. When asked what he cooked for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his Montreal restaurant, Garde Manger, Hughes replied, “He likes to eat, he just loves food – simply executed food that showcases fresh ingredients.” That mantra is …

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Spirit Messenger: Japanese-Canadian Glassblower, Naoko Takenouchi Breathes Loss And Rebirth Into Her Abstract Sculptures

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

The blue translucent wings of Flightare in repose, as if wrapped around itself for warmth or seeking comfort; Winged Aspirationextend their life-affirming ruffled wing tips to the sky from nautilus-like heads. Glassblower, Naoko Takenouchi breathes loss and rebirth into her abstract creations of migratory birds and flowers, instilling them with her own life experiences in which coincidence (or fate) has …

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Karim Rashid Reshapes Design for Our Contemporary Culture and Shows His True Colours

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Speaking over the telephone from Toronto, product designer, Karim Rashid is a whirling dervish of ideas and opinions. With over 3,000 designs in production and 300 international awards in 40 countries, prolific seems an understatement. From furniture to running shoes, luxury goods to environmentally friendly water bottles, lighting, hotel and restaurant design to a subway renovation in Naples, does the …

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Isabey Interiors – Contemporary Luxury Design Meets Family-Friendly In This Thoughtfully-Planned Kelowna Home

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

With meticulous detailing, Kelowna based interior designer, Trisha Isabey of Isabey Interiors has created a show home – worthy residence while meeting real-life requirements for her family of four. “I sat and drew this home, then I told my architect at Baxter Design that I wanted a meandering house,” Isabey laughs. “That meant I wanted the rooms to unfold into …

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Back to the Future, a Burnaby Retro Gem Gets a Modern Update

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

“When we discovered this 1968 time capsule house and then purchased it from its original owners in 2008, I just found it so charming,” admits Joelle Bradley MD, a passionate collector of mid-century modern décor. “It had well-worn green carpeting, a sparkly popcorn ceiling and best of all, was filled with original 60s light fixtures.” While that description may have …