17 Jul 2015

The Norris Crab

But who made it? It’s surprising how difficult it can be to find  information around who made certain buildings or pieces of outdoor art. There will be thousands of photographs from every which angle. Exact weights, heights, patina. Detailed logs of who had their picture taken by the artwork in which year. But

14 Jul 2015

Jessica Stuart

‘It will not be easy But I plan to keep My quiet revolution on.’ Jessica Stuart’s quiet revolution is marching right through creative boundaries. Armed with a 13 string Japanese koto, a Brazilian agate guitar pick and folk-jazz-indie rock vocals, Jessica Stuart resists easy labeling. She and her “fantastic” rotating cast

07 Jul 2015

Tamara Wouters

When Interior Designer Tamara Wouters is in New York, she has one can’t-miss destination: abc carpet and home. “New York is my #1 city for inspiration and abc carpet and home is my favourite store. I like that it’s eclectic; it’s just done so creatively. I met the owner once

05 Jul 2015

Afternoon Tea

A British tea in British Columbia? Victoria is the first place that comes to mind, with the Fairmont Empress as the ultimate example. ‘Steeped in tradition since 1908,’ they say. Afternoon tea at the Empress offers hand-made scones, bite-sized pastries, tea sweets and the tea, of course, offered in a

03 Jul 2015

The Bard And Our Beach

Time to make your English teacher beam with pride. That, or deny ever having met you. ••• 1. Which author is famously known as The Bard or The Bard of Avon? 2. Match the quotes to the plays… a. ‘Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.’ b. ‘If

30 Jun 2015

Hilary Miles

Marion Crane: “Do you have any vacancies?” Norman Bates: “Oh, we have 12 vacancies. 12 cabins, 12 vacancies.” Hilary Miles has long been a fan of Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller. “I love that movie.” She was thrilled when she was asked to bring her floral wizardry to the set

28 Jun 2015

Hard Luck Lions

They sit regal, if a little mucky, on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. They watch the goings on in the courtyard and scare off anyone who tries to come in the wrong way. These fifteen ton lions look self-possessed and stern, but they have had a hard-knock life. The

23 Jun 2015

Sarah Daniels

Sarah Daniels was holed up in the green room, waiting to do another real estate segment on the Marilyn Denis show. Having made her way to Toronto from Vancouver, her outfit needed some smoothing. Spotting the steamer, Daniels fired it up and got to work. Soon after, the producer came

20 Jun 2015

Dads & BBQ

Now that Father’s Day is upon us, the tongs, hickory chips and blazing Texas sauces are hogging store displays. If you play the free association game, any mention of men or food quickly triggers words related to meat and barbecuing. Experts debate the whys. An ancient connection to successful hunting quests and

18 Jun 2015

Car Free Days

Usually, I just stumble into it. We’re driving to Main or through Denman to do this or that, and suddenly we’re in the middle of a street party. Instead of cars, the streets are filled with couples doing salsa, locals selling their honey and chocolate, shoppers modelling jewellery in tiny hand mirrors and