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Michael Wex: Rhapsody in Schmaltz, Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating it

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Rhapsodizing about Yiddish cuisine with best-selling author, Michael Wex, is like having a conversation with Woody Allen with a history degree. The witty, Toronto-based Yiddish scholar, playwright and lecturer who assures me that he didn’t gain an ounce while researching his new book, is a featured author concluding the 2016 Vancouver Jewish Book Festival, at the Jewish Community Centre, Thursday, …

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Design Director, Francesca Amfitheatrof – A Glittering New Era For Tiffany & Co

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In the opening scene of the 1961 classic, Breakfast At Tiffany’s , an insecure Holly Golightly, (the stunning Audrey Hepburn, pretending to be a wealthy Manhattan socialite in order to nab a rich husband,) looks longingly into the display windows of Tiffany & Co., New York, resolute that one day, she’ll have the independent means to shop there. Fifty-three years …

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IDS-Vancouver Wows This Year With Big-Name Talent And Bright Ideas

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“The Pacific Northwest has experienced a major design boom and we really need to recognize ourselves as world-class,” says Jody Phillips, IDS-Vancouver’s show director. Now in its 12th year, it may be Toronto’s Interior Design Show’s younger sister, but it’s no shrinking violet, annually attracting 36,000 people to view 275 designers, speakers and distributors. “In addition to Vancouver’s hotbed of talent, …

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Fashion Designer Duo, Smythe & ‘Kate Middleton Effect’ On 2016 Royal Tour

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With a celebrity following including Kate Middleton, casual never looked so elegant! Behind the scenes at Holt Renfrew, Vancouver, Toronto-based womenswear designers, Andrea Lenczner is dressed in casual luxe Gilet Jacket with detachable Waistcoat, jeans and hot orange stilettos while partner,  Christie Smythe wears a masculine-cut, Classic Blazer in Dragon Print, over loose trousers. They’re prepping models for a fashion show …

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Larry Weinstein’s, Leslie Caron – The Reluctant Star

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“There we were outside in Los Angeles after the Premiere and I felt absolutely awful – sick. And Gene (Kelly) said “‘how do you feel?’” “ ‘I said, oh I think I have the flu’”. “And Gene said, ‘Oh honey, you don’t have the flu, you’ve just seen yourself on the screen for the first time!’ ” Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star on …

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Oscar Winner Set Decorator Jim Erickson At His Salt Spring Island Home

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Historical Details & Treasures Combed From Exotic Film Locations Are Reimagined In Oscar Winner Jim Erickson’s Salt Spring Island Home Viewing the immense Salt Spring Island property from the north pasture, there is a bucolic peacefulness that immediately calms the soul. Based on an 1850 Shaker meeting house, pink heirloom Constance Spry roses languidly climbing its shingles, the house is …

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Heather Marks “Walks For Water” – From Tomboy to Vogue Cover Model

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The Prairie Girl Stays Grounded By Her Calgary Roots Surrounded by the world’s top South Sudanese models, many of whom fled their native civil war – ravaged country as refugees, Calgary-born supermodel, Heather Marks reflects on her own good fortune to grow-up in Canada. “This is really an amazing experience for me as I haven’t worked together with the Sudanese …

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Sipping Wine With Olympic Cycling Champion Steve Bauer

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I wore the ‘White Jersey’ (from the Gap), pressed the pedal to the metal and sipped wine with olympic cycling champion, Steve Bauer. Steve Bauer has great calves. The Canadian Olympic Cycling silver medalist who rode in 11 consecutive Tour de France races, wearing the coveted ‘yellow jersey’ as leader in the 1988 and 1990 races, isn’t even sweating. He is leading a group of 25 …