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Former BMX Freestyle World Champion, Jay Miron Flips Over His Work As Bespoke Furniture Maker

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

It may seem like a surprising dichotomy of interests, but Vancouver’s former Freestyle BMX World Champion (9 medals) Jay Miron explains that his métier designing and making furniture shares similar attributes to playing a professional sport. “You know, they both take an incredibly high level of attention to master, patience and a passion to succeed,” says Jay Miron from his …

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With an eye for contemporary graphics, Iván Meade’s Mexican heritage is at the heart of his prolific product designs

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

“I remember playing with marbles on my grandparents’ tiled floor when I was a little boy in San Luis Potosi, a beautiful colonial silver mining town north of Mexico City,” reminisces textile designer, Iván Meade by phone from his eponymous interior design studio in Victoria. In fact, that memory had such a profound effect on the adult Meade that he …

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Chan Hon Goh – Vancouver Ballet Dynasty Raises The Barre For Dance Training And Education In Canada

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Perhaps her breathless exuberance is partially a consequence of a grande jeté (that’s ballet parlance for ‘big leap’) into a Toronto cab, but Vancouver’s Chan Hon Goh, director of the Goh Ballet Academy is always a force of nature. She’s about halfway through her annual, albeit frenetic, outreach programme giving masterclasses to ballet students across Canada and Seattle. “I keep …

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A Whirlwind Weekend in Toronto

In Culture & Style, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

A multicultural vibe permeates the soul of Toronto. Dotted with lush expansive parks, public art and cutting-edge architecture, its diverse ethnic neighbourhoods and fantastic foodie scene makes Toronto one of the most desirable and walkable cities in the world to explore. With over 6 million people of every ethnicity and the largest city in Canada, it’s no wonder it’s also …

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Hip Locations for Celebrity Spotting In British Columbia

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

With the moniker “Hollywood North,” BC is a great enticement for film production and foodie heaven when it comes to top restaurants in Canada. That combination is a fan’s map to celebrity spotting. But don’t forget to also check-out museums, sports events or bicycling along Vancouver’s seawall like Shania Twain did. You can rely on serendipity or give yourself a celebrity …

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History In The Making At Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s 125th Anniversary Year of Celebration

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

What do pop star, Céline Dion, Sir Winston Churchill, actress Grace Kelly, U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt and director, Alfred Hitchcock all have in common? Not only were they all guests at the illustrious Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada over its 125 year history, but many made history during their stay! “Throughout 2018 we’re celebrating the Anniversary …

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Paradise Found: The Best of Maui, Aloha!

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Whether you’ve dreamed of doing in Maui the downward dog at a secluded tropical yoga retreat; swimming with Mermaids; exploring secret caves and black sand beaches or eating gourmet Ahi popsicles while watching films with celebs under celestial skies, The best of Maui has got it all – and more! Known as The Valley Isle, Maui is the second largest …

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Bespoke furniture maker, Jason Klager is inspired by the simplicity of Japanese design

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Jason Klager has never visited Japan but it’s on his bucket list. The custom fine furniture and cabinet maker creates subtly elegant streamlined pieces in beautiful contrasting wood grains. Many designs have a distinct Asian influence: a pierced carving of tree branches resembling lace are all hand-made; brushstrokes emulate swimming koi and hidden compartments all inspire a Zen-like affinity with …

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Design & Décor Reign At The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

If you’re a fan of the sumptuous sets by production designer, Michael Howells in the fascinating British television series, Victoria you’ll marvel at how 21st Century designers mixed historical and modern elements to create the spectacular renovation at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria. “We wanted a return to its previous grandeur when we undertook the re-design of the iconic Fairmont …

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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 …