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Great Okanagan Winery Restaurants in British Columbia

In Food & Wine, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

A visit to a winery usually includes a requisite swirl and sip, but few destinations including those just south of the border are able to serve restaurant meals with your glass of Chardonnay. Okanagan Winery restaurants paired with local menus, stellar reds and whites and unique winery events are a feast for all the senses. Okanagan Winery Restaurants in West Kelowna …

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David Foster, Music Man, Philanthropist

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

After Celebrating his 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert, David Foster the multi-talented Canadian takes a big bite out of Broadway Renaissance man, musician-composer-producer, philanthropist and 16-time Grammy Award-winner, David Foster is holding court in the panoramic 6th floor D6 lobby lounge of the DOUGLAS, Parq Vancouver’s new luxury downtown hotel. Dapper and fit, (he’s claustrophobic and never uses elevators …

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Vancouver Artisans Make Small Production Pieces Unique

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Imaginative, playful, and a passion for hand-made craft with enduring design describes Vancouver artisans whose unique, small production pieces can be found in the Pop-Up Shop at SwitzerCultCreative and online at Oden Gallery. Their labours of love easily translate into your own conception of what makes a comfortable and luxurious living space in 2018. Ceramicist, Anyuta Gusakova expresses joy through clay …

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The Haida Spirit Of Creativity Is At The Heart Of Fashion Designer, Dorothy Grant’s Tsawwassen Home

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Sounds of ferry foghorns roil through the haze across the Salish Sea and over miles of beachfront, a ghostly boneyard of logs and driftwood. Fashion designer and Haida artist, Dorothy Grant is quietly contemplating the spectacular views through floor to ceiling glass across her corner penthouse condo. But her hands are rarely still. “I hadn’t expected to find this place,” …

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Celebrated Spanish Designer, Jaime Hayon “Transforms Spaces Into Experiences”

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

If Jaime Hayon’s day job doesn’t work out, he can always be a stand-up comedian. The charismatic Spanish artist and designer whose international accolades include Time Magazine and Wallpaper naming him in their 100 most relevant and influential creators of our times, is sitting in his Arpa Armchair (for British company, Sé) at 2017 IDS-Vancouver. He’s a headline speaker sponsored …

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Spruce Up Your Home Gym With Star Wars Workout Gear or Frank Underwood’s WaterRower

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Outfitting the luxury home gym is the latest trend on the custom fitness landscape. Forget clunky weights relegated to the garage or basement. Today, equipment is as sculptural as it is functional. But sweating in luxury, as expected, comes with a hefty ticket price. If you’re a fan of Netflix’s diabolical, House of Cards, you’ll recognize Claire’s gift of the …

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A Cathedral Of Art: Bruce Munro Wright

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Bon vivant Bruce Munro Wright’s passion for the arts, entertaining and philanthropy are reflected in his eclectic Arthur Erickson designed Choklit Townhome. What appears to be silver Mylar helium balloons with Mandarin orange streamers left over from a celebratory party, are hanging from the soaring 30-foot ceiling in Bruce Munro Wright’s front room. “Those are actually sculptures by Berlin-based artist, …

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Art By Design Furniture & Lighting By Israeli Makers Are Both Sculptural & Functional

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

When Hagit Pincovici was a little girl in her grandparents’ atelier in Tel Aviv, she remembers the exhilaration of playing with and running between colourful sheets of plexiglass that would eventually be molded into trays, frames and furniture by her artisan grandparents. “When my grandfather left Romania for Israel, he brought the recipe for making plexiglass and I remember it …

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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. …