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From Her Art Student Beginnings As A Painter & Sculptor To Creator of Iconic Jewelry and Home Furnishings, Martha Varcoe Sturdy Comes Full Circle

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“Are you ready? ” she bellows at the photographer – not only from impatience but because the heavy 75-lb slab of electric blue resin she’s brandishing is about to receive a smackdown of epic proportions. As it hits her downtown Vancouver studio’s cement floor shattering into hundreds of ice-like shards – fodder for future canvases- the 71-year-old pumps her muscular bicep like …

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‘Being Canadian’ – Eh!

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Hot Doc of Emmy Award – Winning Comedy Writer/Director Rob Cohen, Seeks Mystery of Canadian DNA Rob Cohen is – well – nice! On the phone from Toronto where his documentary, Being Canadian has its World Premiere at the Canadian International Documentary Festival, he even asks me politely “Is it a good time to talk? ” The tall, lanky Calgarian, with …

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Sparkling Hill Resort – Wellness by Design

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Dr. No would be so jealous. Stealthily climbing up the secluded spiraling road by car, (helicopter optional – really!), one is suddenly confronted with an architectural marvel blasted into a mountain. A faceted ‘crystal’ of epic proportions embedded into Vernon’s Mount Royce sparkles provocatively over Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada. The entrance to the $122-million Resort invested by Gernot Langes …

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Jacqui Cohen Can ‘Face The World’ When Philanthropy Begins At Home

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We are walking up a steep, U-shaped pink stone speckled driveway, away from the Mediterranean – style villa surrounded by lush palm trees and foliage, in Vancouver’s tony Point Grey. Jacqui Cohen, voluptuous in a midnight blue silk Les Habitudes sheath dress, leans on my shoulder to remove her high-heels; barefoot, she continues her meet & greet. But not with the …

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Andy Warhol Revisited: Exhibition of Original Warhol Paintings

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“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” Andy Warhol In his own words, entrepreneur, Ron Rivlin is “a bit of a Forrest Gump character.” However, there is nothing slow-witted or naive about him. On the contrary – the 41-year-old LA businessman, art gallery owner/collector and restauranteur, identifies with Gump’s self-made man success story through his curious ability to fall into …

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Will That Be A Sculpture With Your Chardonnay? Okanagan Wineries Are Pairing Public Art With Sipping To Enhance All The Senses

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The old adage wine, women and song has been around since the 13th Century and translates from almost every language. While music and concert series are de rigeur at  Okanagan wineries – from local talent serenading on the patio to Grammy Award winners like Tony Bennett performing at Mission Hill Winery’s Amphitheatre, public art, including sculpture, art exhibits, even film, is a growing trend …

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ChocXO Chocolatier & Café Explores Kosher Treats

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Artisan chocolate makers, Richard Foley and Wade Pugh may not exactly agree with fellow Vancouverite, singer Sarah McLachlan’s lyrics that “love is better than chocolate.” The entrepreneurial duo have collaborated to open ChocXO Chocolatier and Café in Richmond, B.C. and Southern California,  based on their love for making chocolate and the artisan approach to small batch production. Pugh’s love affair with chocolate …

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NHL Hockey Legendary Defensemen Immortalized By Canada Post Unique Stamps

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It’s every NHL Hockey fan’s dream to have an opportunity to stand in the same room with one of the NHL’s legendary hockey players. Recently graphic designers Avi Dunkelman and Joseph Gault, partners of Mix Design Group, Toronto unveiled their newest collection of postage stamps for Canada Post- Legendary Defenseman from the NHL’s Original Six Era at the Hockey Hall of Fame. On hand for the …

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Game of Thrones Exhibition Tel Aviv – ‘The House of King David’ Meets The Seven Kingdoms

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Spoiler alert: don’t eat lunch before trying this – As you shoot to the top of the 700-ft ice wall in the winch elevator on the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, a blizzard of snow is swirling against your face. The ghostly White Walkers stalk the bleak arctic landscape. Teetering on the edge with the other Night’s Watch, arrow after arrow …

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Rockwater Secret Cove Resort: Taking Luxury Camping To A Whole New Level

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Spoiled Alert: If the smell of mildewed sleeping bags, schlepping your own tent, not showering for a few days and using leaves for toilet paper is not your cup of Dom Pérignon, Vancouver based interior designer, Lucille Fares of LMF International, has created the answer to your camping quandary. She has designed Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s permanent luxury Tenthouse Suites …