Calgary - ARTS & CULTURE
March 20th, 2013
For the travel set, there is nothing more exciting than planning your next adventure.
A perpetual explorer, Calgary photographer Lori Andrews inspires you to go forth and wander in her newly published photo book, I'll Wait Here. Andrews takes both self-portraiture and nature photography to the next level due to the lengths she will go for the perfect snapshot. Climbing mountains, traipsing through fields and camping in tipis - she goes the distance to evoke that special feeling of wanderlust.
A girl and her camera…and the world. —Kait Kucy
March 13th, 2013
Canadian contemporary art has found a state-of-the-art new home.
Challenging minds and provoking cultural conversation, the Esker Foundation is a non-profit gallery featuring innovative and exciting temporary exhibitions. An ever-changing landscape of mixed media works, workshops and tours, the Esker is an ideal spot to rekindle creativity and inspiration. The key to visiting? Being open to discovering new and often experimental Canadian artists.
We're feeling art smart already. —Kait Kucy
Esker Foundation, 1011 9th Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-930-2490, www.eskerfoundation.com
February 21st, 2013
A visionary among illustrators and graphic designers, Calgary ex-pat Matt Luckhurst reimagines the tale of Paul Bunyan and Babe… with pancakes.
In this fun and hilarious re-telling of the classic American tale, Paul and his best BFF go off in search of work and pancakes only to learn that you need to eat a variety of foods to feel good inside. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure is certainly an escapade worthy of a spot on the coffee table.
And now we're craving a short stack. —Kait Kucy
$14.40 at Chapters.ca
February 20th, 2013
Whether you're planning to watch in your pjs or rolling out the red carpet for friends, here's 5 ways to make your Oscar viewing an A-list experience.
1. See the movies
Gone are the days of long lags between theatrical and video release - iTunes has a section dedicated to the nominees, including all 9 Best Picture contenders, which makes deciding who to root for much easier.
2. Gossip Watch
We'll keep on eye on the red carpet with eTalk, and then follow up on the backstage scoop at LaineyGossip.com, where the post-Oscars coverage gives us the details we really want to know (like who snuck out for a smoke and which couples were putting it on for the cameras).
3. Swag Bag
Along with the traditional ballot, you'll need door prizes for the winners: snack-of-the-stars Popchips, the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair and a cheeky selection of celeb-endorsed products like Chanel No. 5 samples (Brad Pitt) and Smartwater (Jennifer Aniston).
4. Dish it Out
While the celebs will be preparing for the red carpet with an all-air diet, you can serve guests something much more substantial. Our husband-in-residence Murray Bancroft (who runs his test kitchen out of the VitaminDaily.com Vancouver office) has simple and impressive recipes, all available via Western Living: adult lollipops, paprika spiced almonds and - don't forget the drinks! - raspberry infused vodka.
5. Social Media
Pop culture expert and managing editor Maria Tallarico will be live tweeting the red carpet and the ceremony: follow along @vanvitamindaily.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards, Sunday, February 24, watch the live stream at http://www.ctv.ca/Oscars.aspx
February 4th, 2013
Ever dream of spending a day in a designer's prop closet? Us too!
Kate Spade New York, known for its posh, uptown girl aesthetic, is sharing all things lovely in its latest coffee table book. With beautiful antique furniture pieces and vintage brass instruments, it's the perfect dose of inspiration to start living a lively and colourful life. —Kait Kucy
$29.70 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
January 16th, 2013
From the street style bloggers to iconic fashion archives, our editors and bloggers are always first on the scene (with camera in hand). Here's our top 10 blogs of 2012. And remembering, sharing is caring: Support your favourite blogger with a Like on Facebook and hit the Tweet button on any blog post to share it with your followers.
1. Bloggers run the world: The Sartorialist was in town for an event at Secret Location, and sat down for an exclusive interview (click here to read his thoughts on interesting hair cuts).
2. Man Repeller knows how to draw a crowd: the smart and insanely stylish Leandra told her the secret to true man repeller style (think plaid). Read it here.
3. Ombre, reverse ombre and the magic of twist dry are all part of our chat with hair stylist extraordinaire Mark McLeod. Read it here.
4. Canada takes Manhattan! Well, Joe Fresh at least. The Canadian brand made us proud with its store opening on 5th Avenue (we were there rubbing elbows with supermodels and the NYC literati). Read it here.
5. Does the camera make my bag look fat? Canadian trailblazer Tommy Ton collaborated with Club Monaco on a bag fit for the busiest on-the-town women. Read it here.
6. We spent the day with American Idol alum Adam Lambert just as his album hit #1 in Canada. He's as sweet as he is famous - read more here.
7. We talked freckles and Celine Dion with chart-topping Canadian songstress Kay. Read it here.
8. Ain't no mountain high enough… for us to scale. We hit the top of Whistler mountain on a rugged and adrenaline-inducing climb. Read it here.
9. We love to support a local industry - especially when it's the wine industry. Check in with our boozy Okanagan weekend here.
10. We swooned over street style in Paris - and caught a glimbse of a very famous designer seated next to us at a cafe. See our candid photos here.
January 11th, 2013
We’ve declared 2013 the year of the party. And since we're looking to celebrate more often, what's more festive than a bunch of balloons?
LA-based Geronimo Balloons creates bold and graphic designs and sparkly, ruffled frills to go with them. And these aren’t you're average floaters – they are those huge, perfectly round balloons that you’ve dreamed about since your 5th birthday party. Jihan “Jihanimo” Zencirli, the mastermind behind these delicious party supplies, does an incredible job of helping you come up with décor ideas for your next big shindig or just-because celebration.
Up, up and away. —Kait Kucy
Geronimo Balloon Troopers, http://geronimoballoons.com
January 9th, 2013
Need a shot of positivity?
Jimmy Marble, a video and textile artist based out of California, has optimism to spare in the form of framed fabric banners with whimsical, hand-drawn fonts and tokens of wisdom. Our favourite piece is The Future is Bright ($151.81), which would be great in an office space as a daily reminder of the goodness yet to come. —Kait Kucy
Find Jimmy Marble banners on Etsy: www.etsy.com
January 4th, 2013
While, sadly, you won't find us at Art Basel rubbing elbows with Beyonce, we've made acquring an original artwork collection our high-brow New Year's resolution.
But how? We're starting by learning about people like Sheila Kernan, an Alberta College of Art & Design graduate and up-and-coming contemporary artist who creates paintings rich with sparkling layers and vivid colours, along plenty of graphic patterns. We love the piece ‘Turning Point’ ($1,190) - the perfect snapshot into city life. Inspired by travel and the movement of cities, Kernan’s approachable artwork is a great place to begin a collection.
Find Kernan's work at Gibson Fine Art, 102, 628 11th Ave SW, Calgary, http://gibsonfineart.ca
December 26th, 2012
Boxing Day is made for three things: shopping, leftovers, and watching movies in our pajamas. To that end, our movie rental list (all available on iTunes) for a well-deserved couch potato day.
A sweet tooth isn’t the only thing we’re indulging during the holiday season: the sappy romantic in us needs a little love (and Jude Law) from our go-to movie The Holiday. —Christine Laroche
Between the soundtrack, the costumes and the locations, I could spend every day of the break watching Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. The parties and bonbons feel very appropriate this time of year, don’t they? – Kelsey Dundon
It’s not Christmas without a classical musical from my childhood. This year it’s My Fair Lady that’s on continuous play. My daughter loves the scene when grimy flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) is given a bath. —Athena Tsavliris
Moonrise Kingdom tells the hilarious and quirky story of two 1960s pre-teens on their quest for maturity and love. A Wes Anderson film, it is pretty much guaranteed that this film is chock-full of delicious costumes and props, beautiful panoramas, ridiculous wit and a big-name cast. —Kait Kucy
Sure you know what it's about (male strippers), but did you know Magic Mike was made for a relatively low-budget $7 million, catapulted Channing Tatum to A-list status and earned Matthew McConaughey a Best Supporting Actor award from the the New York Film Critics Circle? Don't be surprised if this film bumps-and-grinds its way to an Oscar nomination. —Maria Tallarico