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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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Lyndon Cormack’s Urban Hideaway

In Design, Newsby Laura

Like Alice falling down the rabbit-hole or in this case, navigating an endlessly curvaceous road down through dense forests, one becomes “curiouser and curiouser” about Lyndon Cormack’s Woodlands hideaway in North Vancouver. Once found, the property of the Herschel Supply Company’s co-founder that overlooks the ocean at Indian Arm, is as playful and laid-back as the owner himself. These aren’t …

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Going Undercover Is A Family Affair From Lingerie to Loungewear, Christine Lingerie. Celebrates 45 Years of Helping Women Feel Beautiful

In Design, Newsby Laura

When Christine Morton recently received a photograph of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex practicing yoga wearing the silk crepe T-length gown in ‘Pearl’ from Christine Lingerie’s Gatsby Collection, the designer was thrilled. “Then I thought, well that’s how I want everyone who wears my brand to feel – like royalty!” she explains. Christine Morton is turning back time. Reminiscing …

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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 …