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Chloe Lai

Step Into Spring With a New Outfit

By CHLOË LAI

Mar. 2020

New season, new outfit, new you.

1 See the world through rose-coloured Harlow sunglasses from Bailey Nelson.

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Bill Reid Gallery’s Centennial Exhibition

Exhibition highlights the legacy of an iconic Haida artist

By CHLOË LAI 

Mar. 2020

Carver and multimedia artist Gwaii Edenshaw is Bill Reid’s last apprentice (Photo by KK Law)

“[Bill Reid] had this rich voice that was made for storytelling,” says Gwaai Edenshaw (pictured). “After dinner, he’d pull a book of poems off the shelf and read a passage.” Carver and multimedia artist Edenshaw is Reid’s last apprentice, and the guest curator behind To Speak With a Golden Voice at the Bill Reid Gallery (Apr. 22 to Oct. 4). The exhibition celebrates what would have been Reid’s 100th birthday, showcasing his work and drawing from the “intimidatingly large” pool of Northwest Coast artists influenced by the 1920-born master goldsmith, carver and sculptor. Artifacts include masterpieces by Robert Davidson and Beau Dick, specially commissioned sound-based works that integrate Reid’s voice, and a never-before-displayed paddle built during the making of his famed “Spirit of Haida Gwaii” sculpture. 

“One of the biggest challenges is trying to narrow it down,” says Edenshaw. “There are so many things we’d like to do, and a hundredth birthday only comes around once.” 

All-In-One: Columbia’s Carson Pass Interchange Jacket

By CHLOË LAI

Jan. 2019

Travelling light is especially challenging in winter. Fortunately, Columbia’s versatile Carson Pass Interchange Jacket fits a lot of function into one sleek package. This clever design pairs a waterproof-breathable shell with an Omni-Heat thermal-reflective insulating layer. Both pieces can be worn individually, or zipped together for maximum protection from whatever the wild West Coast throws at you. Plus, the cozy sherpa-fleece-lined hood is trimmed with faux fur. It’s the perfect way to stay warm, dry and stylish—with plenty of suitcase space to spare.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

By CHLOË LAI

Don’t miss FRONTERA at the PuSh Festival (Photo by Adrián Morillo)

Jan. 21 to Feb. 9, 2020 Cross-pollination fuels creativity, and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is positively buzzing with genius. More than 20 companies from nine countries showcase boundary-breaking contemporary dance, music and theatre. Don’t miss FRONTERA, a masterful collaboration between dance company Animals of Distinction, post-rock band Fly Pan Am, and UK-based scenographers United Visual Artists.

Total Reset in the Fraser Valley

Soothing hot springs, farm-to-table flavours and real-life Sasquatch sightings: the Fraser Valley offers plenty of ways to relax, refuel, and renew your sense of wonder

By CHLOË LAI

Jan. 2019

Duft & Co Bakehouse (Photo courtesy Duft & Co Bakehouse)

Seeking a restorative side trip? You don’t have to go far. Just an hour’s drive from Vancouver, warm community vibes welcome world-weary visitors to Abbotsford, affectionately known as the “city in the country.” Bonus for foodies: many local eateries source their ingredients directly from Fraser Valley growers. Explore the historic downtown area’s charming shops, then settle in at Duft & Co Bakehouse to reconnect with your travel companions over homemade sandwiches, or pastries such as cinnamon buns and twice-baked almond croissants. Everything is made fresh daily, using recipes developed by husband-and-wife team Tyler Duft and Cassandra Crocco. Right around the corner, gluten-free cafe The Polly Fox beckons with cheesy pizza buns, I-can’t-believe-they’re-vegan apple fritters and (on Saturdays only) vegan waffles served sandwich-style or with tasty toppings. Even delicious sips such as cappuccino and hot chocolate can be made vegan thanks to tasty nut mylks provided by next-door-neighbour The Habit Project. (more…)

Keeping Cozy

By CHLOË LAI

Dec. 2019

There’s a lot of outdoor fun to be had in Whistler, whether it’s whooshing down a ski run, snowshoeing through the woods or shopping in the Village. But there’s nothing fun about freezing your buns off. The solution? Smartwool’s merino wool accessories and base layers, which regulate body temperature, wick away sweat and control odours. They’re also incredibly soft—none of that old-school itchy stuff here—and available in a variety of eye-catching colours. Perfect for staying toasty, stylish and stink-free in the great outdoors. Layer up at McCoo’s.

Holiday Gift Guide: Offerings for the Adventurous

By CHLOË LAI

Nov. 2019

Vancouver-based RYU’s (page 32) innovative Locker Pack Lux 24L backpack features a drop-front opening for easy access to all your gear, all the time.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Keepsakes for the Style-Savvy

By CHLOË LAI

Dec. 2019

True North pride shines through in these delicate alphabet pendants by Lugaro, crafted in BC using dazzling Canadian diamonds and white, yellow or rose gold from the Royal Canadian Mint. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for the Pint-Sized

By CHLOË LAI

Nov. 2019

What’s more fun than a toque with a pompom? A toque with two pompoms, like this Double Pom Hat by Canada Goose. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Festive Finds for Foodies

By CHLOË LAI

Nov. 2019

Tsimshian artist Morgan Asoyuf created the Running Raven design for these jacquard cloth napkins, the perfect gift for discerning diners and messy eaters alike. At Bill Reid Gallery.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Goodies from the Great White North

By CHLOË LAI

Nov. 2019

This red silk tie beckons to the suave suit-wearing set with its stunning eagle imagery—symbolizing power, courage and prestige—created by Haida artist Dorothy Grant. At Bill Reid Gallery.  (more…)

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

By CHLOË LAI

Greg Hill pursues a carbon-neutral path to outdoor adventure in Electric Greg

Nov. 14 to 19, 2019 Deep alpine powder. Steep granite walls. Rugged backcountry bike trails. At the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, adrenaline-fuelled documentaries, photography exhibits and multimedia presentations take audiences deep into nature’s most spectacular—and challenging—terrain, led by legendary athletes. Highlights include: superstar climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold race a dizzying 914 m (3,000 ft) up Yosemite’s El Capitan in The Nose Speed Record; a trio of intrepid bikers takes an unprecedented approach to Africa’s two highest peaks in Mt. Kilimanjaro & Mt. Kenya on MTB; and acclaimed skier Greg Hill pursues a carbon-neutral path to outdoor adventure in Electric Greg (pictured). Talk about next-level entertainment.