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Ronald McDonald House: A Home Away From Home Keeping Families Close

In Culture & Style, Design, Newsby Laura

The old adage ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is a mantra practiced by Richard Pass throughout his long career in the social services industry. Empathy and, what appears to be boundless energy made him the perfect candidate for CEO of Ronald McDonald House British Columbia & Yukon in 2006. Previously, a Ronald McDonald House in Shaughnessy accommodating …

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Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze Celebrating 30 Years and Still Taking Risks

In Arts, Culture & Style, Newsby Laura

In his office at the BMO Theatre Centre, Artistic Director, Christopher Gaze is waxing poetic about the 30th anniversary of Bard on the Beach. He’s surrounded by a lifetime of theatrical ephemera, autographed photographs, and an uncanny look-alike ventriloquist’s dummy perched on the corner of his desk.  The former Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival actor had envisioned a niche in …

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Jessica Mulroney: A Passionate Influencer For Canadian Fashion

In Culture & Style, Design, Newsby Laura

When Canadian fashion strategist, brand ambassadour and royal wedding insider, Jessica Mulroney, recently took the stage at Fleur Luxury Wedding Show & Forum at Vancouver’s JW Parq Marriott to discuss bridal trends, there was one question on everyone’s mind: What was Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding really like? Intrepid host, Erin Cebula pressed Mulroney for the behind-the-scenes details. “You …

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With A Heritage of Makers Going Back 500 Years, Furniture Designer, Sumer Singh Innovates For the Future

In Culture & Style, Design, Newsby Laura

Talk about pressure to succeed! When you come from a long line of artists, poets and authors, an engineering degree alone just didn’t cut it for Calgary’s Sumer Singh. His passion for the arts dictated his continuing education at ACAD and Vancouver’s Emily Carr University in jewelry and textile design, sandcasting and later earning a Masters in Architecture. The New …

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Remembering Florence Knoll A Beacon for Architects, Designers, Women and Modern Thinkers

In Culture & Style, Design, Newsby Laura

If you were a fan of the Emmy Award-winning series, Mad Men, the intrigues weren’t merely plot and character-driven. We were all hooked on the timeless elegance of the show’s stunning interior design; from office to living room, seven seasons of a luxe but functional ‘60s aesthetic were very often characterized by Knoll furniture and textiles. Meticulously researched by set …

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Resilience: Through Laughter The Versatile Canadian Designer, Corrine Hunt Surmounted Adversity To Celebrate Life With A New Exhibition

In Arts, Culture & Style, Design, Newsby Laura

Da’lalan – I laugh. Overseeing and tweaking the mounting of her art panels in Gastown’s Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, Corrine Hunt, a Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit jewelry designer and mixed media artist, exudes both confidence and gentleness. She’s a survivor of some of life’s most brutal crises and doesn’t sugarcoat the anger and grief she experienced working through them. Coping with tragedy …

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Making A Layover As Much Fun As A Stayover At Fairmont Vancouver Airport

In Arts, Culture & Style, Design, News, Travelby Laura

Travelling the globe is exciting until weather or other unforeseen circumstances puts your schedule in a tailspin. But whoever said ‘it’s the journey not the destination’ must have experienced a layover at YVR and  the Fairmont Vancouver Airport! Whether you need to catch up on much-needed sleep, workout in the gym, relax in a spa setting for an hour-long facial …

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Oakridge Vancouver Centre 2025 “A Micro-City” A Futuristic Vision of The Shopping Centre Redefines Community

In Culture & Style, Design, Newsby Laura

In Steven Spielberg’s 2002 sci-fi thriller Minority Report starring Tom Cruise set in the year 2054, self-driving flying cars speed past contorted condos and inside a sterile shopping centre, talking billboards call-out to indifferent consumers, their names gleaned through eyeball recognition at the check-out counters. Unlike film dystopias, it’s the cultural component of bringing diverse people together as a mix-use …

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Haute Couture Designer Guo Pei Conjures Fantasy Into Fashion

In Culture & Style, Newsby Laura

When popstar Rihanna wore a spectacular imperial yellow 24-karat-gold embroidered silk cape that trailed 16-feet behind her as she slowly walked up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the 2015 Met Ball Gala, the photos were splashed around the world. The theme was China: Through the Looking Glass and Rihanna had searched the Internet to …