24 Jan 2015

Monica Smith

Emily Carr is one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Her hand is immediately recognizable as she captures the spirit of B.C.’s forested landscape and our First Nations history. In 2013, Carr’s Crazy Stair painting fetched $3,393,000 at a Heffel Fine Art Auction. “Careful, please.” “No photos.” You can understand why Carr’s

13 Jan 2015

Tara Wohlberg

There is a musicality to much of the writing that moves us. As Ezra Pound wrote in 1850: ‘I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.’  And, as actor Antony Holland said in one of our recent profiles: “I have a theory that when you

10 Jan 2015

Alanna Sager

If you want to  be invited back to the theatre, do not wish any of the performers the accursed good luck. If you must add your two bits, you can try the break a leg approach with actors, maybe singers. With dancers, however, you can imagine that break a leg is no

06 Jan 2015

Cheralyn Chok

What do Fred Astaire, Jay-Z, Orville Redenbacher, Karl Lagerfeld, James Bond, Marlene Dietrich, Idris Elba, Winston Churchill and The Cat in the Hat have in common? A great deal, perhaps. But, the most visible ties that bind them are bowed. These are famous faces that have posed happily atop bow ties – an assertive

30 Dec 2014

Anita Jackel-Deggan

When Anita Jackel-Deggan was a child growing up in Hailer, Germany, she used to sneak into the local tannery to forage for leather scraps in their dump. She wasn’t supposed to be there, what with the toxic waste and all. But little Anita had a most specific goal: “I wanted

27 Dec 2014

Kathy Ramsey

They all come, handcrafted squares in tow, to sew together a quilt. It is a one-of-a-kind gift for Kathy Ramsey, founder of Gabriola Artworks. These artists are stitching to show their appreciation for all of the heart and hammer Ramsey has put into Artworks – a gallery that has showcased Gabriola

23 Dec 2014

Maurits Valk

Godfrey Harold Hardy – a British mathematician born in 1877 – was good with a turn of phrase. As he said to Bertrand Russell: “If I could prove by logic that you would die in five minutes, I should be sorry you were going to die, but my sorrow would

16 Dec 2014

Izabela Gereb

This is the home of an artist, blood to bones. When Izabela Gereb opens the door, she is in a floor-length dress of many colours. A knitted dress of her creation. A chorus of faces is there to greet me – the ever-warm Gereb herself and a wall of her

13 Dec 2014

Geoseph Domenichiello

The magic is in the details. Look closely and you’ll find Geoseph Domenichiello shaping owlet eyes, dusting gold dust onto chocolate nuggets and calculating the most delicious balance of raspberry and Grand Marnier. Chocolatier Geoseph builds his creations in the Gem Chocolates kitchen. He and owner/fellow chocolatier Glenn Knowles have great

09 Dec 2014

Leo Zuckerman

I would dearly love to take credit for the photo overhead. Sadly, I cannot. It is the work of Leo Zuckerman – a talented filmmaker and photographer. At the age of 23, he has already won multiple awards for his action sports short films. Fresh out of university, he is