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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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Herschel Supply Co. Takes Flight From local label to international brand

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

As soon as one walks in the door, a roaring jet (albeit a floor-to-ceiling video,) takes off to parts unknown. Faceless travellers disguised as sculptures throughout the store, appear to be frozen in activity like the aftermath of Pompeii. Tropical bird calls fill the air beckoning consumers to expansive sliding glass windows overlooking the North Shore mountains and giving the …

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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 …

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The Mystical, Wild Wonders of the Island of Hawaii

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

If taking a helicopter ride over the active Kilauea Volcano is still on your bucket list (don’t be deterred by recent eruptions;) exploring the hidden wonders of a coral reef in a submarine adventure or re-tracing some of “Indiana Jones” jungle exploits from the film “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” the mystical Island of Hawaii will leave you mesmerized. As the …

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Catherine Regehr: Couture That’s Second Nature

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

A non-descript industrial area of East Vancouver belies the atelier of one of Canada’s hidden gems, couture fashion designer, Catherine Regehr. Sought after by Saudi princesses, film stars, New York’s tony fashionistas and Russia’s elite as well as international retailers, Regehr ironically flies under the radar in her own country. And yet, at this point in her life, she seems quite …

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For Interior Designer, Janie Hungerford Charity, Like Design, Begins At Home

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

A symphony of tropical bird calls and a very early morning Maui trade wind are kicking up a competition during an outdoor Facetime interview with Vancouver interior designer, Janie Hungerford. But she’s completely unfazed. The mother of four children is soaking up some R&R at her parents’ home on Maui but her creative and philanthropic passions are never static. “No, …