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Once In The Blue Moon of Toruk, Kym Barrett Costume and Make-Up Designer; Time-Traveller

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

As a child growing up on tropical Christmas Island, an isolated and rugged Australian territory dotting the Indian Ocean, Kym Barrett was surrounded by a kaleidoscope of exquisite sunsets, spectacular flowers, lush coral reefs and exotic birds. In fact, it is so far away from other archipelagos geographically, that many species are indigenous to only that island. That sounds uncannily …

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Frank Giustra: How Empathy And Direct Impact Philanthropy Can Change the World

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

“I was devastated. I don’t want to sound melodramatic but what I experienced was so disturbing. What these refugees have gone through is beyond description-beaten by smugglers, living in the worst filth and squalor-it’s unimaginable-and it’s millions of people we’re talking about. Experiencing it first-hand changed my life.” Frank Giustra after arriving at Lesbos, Greece, seeing Syrian refugee arrivals, November 2015. …

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For Canada’s 150th, Disher House Showcased with 13 Iconic Residences in HGTV’s Great Canadian Homes

In News, Trending by Laura Goldstein

Great bones, exquisite historical detailing – even a secret room. A 105-year-old Arts and Crafts estate in Vancouver’s First Shaughnessy neighbourhood was lovingly restored over eleven years. It’s featured in HGTV’s documentary, Great Canadian Homes hosted by Tommy Smythe. It was love at first site for Murray and Val Nunns. The Calgary businessman, former geologist and self-proclaimed “serial restorer,” Nunns …

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The Walking School Bus Brings Literacy App Along For The Ride

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Late for school? No problem, Mom will drive you. Pouring rain and college lecture about to start? Just call Uber for a ride. “Everyday, over half a million students in Uganda walk over 5 kilometers both to and from school to attain an education. These students walk through some of the most unforgiving terrain in pursuit of higher education. I …

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Vancouver, Canada’s 2017 Eco Fashion Week Showcases Style With Sustainability

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

A parade of models wearing elegant eveningwear, strutted down a very untraditional runway alighting on podiums surrounded by a rapt standing audience. One dress recalled the vivid colours of the aurora borealis; another, the veining of the maple leaf with its analogy to branching multiculturalism. An intricately smocked-back sheath with fishtail train mimicked the scales of salmon while another took …

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Go Ahead, Play With Your Food. Makers Are Experimenting With Interactive Tableware That Brings Back Conversation

In News, Trending by Laura Goldstein

Remember when Mom scolded you for playing with the food on your plate? Not anymore. There’s a growing international trend by makers, designers and artists who are taking preconceived ideas of how Interactive Tableware and cutlery should relate to the user and turning them (sometimes quite literally,) on their heads. Former textile designer, Martin Kullik is one such provocateur. He …

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Michael Bublé Out of His Comfort Zone

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

On the line from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé is ecstatic: not about his new perfume, By Invitation launched in New York or the recent release of his latest album, Nobody But Me, or even his behind-the-scenes performance documentary, Tour Stop 148 that screened world-wide for one night only. “My son Noah just made me pancakes and eggshells with maple …

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Romancing the Stone – “Life is Art” for American Luxury Jewelry Designer, David Yurman

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

In Greek mythology, nine muses presided over the arts and sciences. For Renaissance man, sculptor, horseman and jewelry designer, David Yurman, ‘Sybil’ is the only muse he needs. Her name, which means oracle and prophetess, is his wife of 37 years; muse, painter and business partner for 47. When I mention that coincidence to the elegant Yurman, dressed all in …

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Japan Unlayered: Not Lost In Translation

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Master Architect, Kengo Kuma’s First Residential Skyscraper In North America, Is the Jewel In The Crown of Japanese Exhibition In Vancouver The Japanese philosophy of ‘layering’ in which architecture, craftsmanship and design cross-pollinate to create one lifestyle experience, is illuminated and demystified in Japan Unlayered. The Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver has been transformed into a microcosm of ‘the land of the …