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APRIL I MAY 2017

VICTORIA LIFE AT ITS FINEST

LIGHT, BRIGHT & FRESH

WALL TO WALL

Hanging rug art is bold, beautiful and trendy

CATCH OF THE DAY Enjoy fresh and flavourful local seafood

FANTASY ISLAND New YouTube series reveals luxe Victoria


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37 FEATURES 28 BEACH, OCEAN, SUN AND MOON

On the Cover Interior of waterfront Cordova Bay home. Photo courtesy of Seabrook Developments.

Glorious dream home

rises in Cordova Bay

By Angela Cowan

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Hanging rug art makes a

bold, beautiful and

practical design choice

By Jane Zatylny

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Minimal daywear sets the

backdrop for bold metallic

Enjoy the flavour and

jewelry

freshness of local seafood

By Lia Crowe

By Chef Heidi Fink

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New Youtube series

Nixing bad habits is

good for your health

By Pamela Durkin

reveals Ãœber luxury

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Victoria

By Chelsea Forman


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CONTENTS

DEPARTMENTS 8 OUR CONTRIBUTORS

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INSPIRED PEOPLE 99 FRONT ROW

Chinatown

12 EDITOR’S LETTER

artists

By Angela Cowan

What’s on this month By Robert Moyes

108 SECRETS & LIVES

The moral to the story

Cruising with

INSPIRED STYLE

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Gregory Marshall

Marian de

King of the Sea:

By Hans Tammemagi

Monye

Alan McGillivray

By Lia Crowe

By Tess van Straaten

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INSPIRED CHEFS

92 TRAVEL NEAR

Juan Bochenski,

Sip, savour and swirl:

executive chef,

Divine wine in the

the Q at the Empress

Cowichan Valley

By Susan Lundy

114 OUTTAKE

Photo by Don Denton

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS

ANGELA COWAN

JEN CLARK

LIA CROWE

WRITER: UNSEEN SPACES

MAKEUP ARTIST: PRECIOUS METALS

BOULEVARD PHOTO STYLIST UNSEEN SPACES

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“From vibrant watercolours and bronze sculptures to alchemical collages and Looking Glass-esque drawings, the incredibly varied body of work of the Chinatown artists absolutely blew me away with the sheer amount of talent contained within a couple city blocks. I cannot wait to see them all on the Unseen Spaces tour!” Angela Cowan is a writer, editor and acupuncturist who contributes regularly to Boulevard.

“Copper, whites, wood and linen, silver and steel! These were some of the ingredients that made this shoot come to life. I was grateful to spend my day working with a talented group of women on International Women’s Day. It was a reminder of how fortunate I am.” Jen is a Victoria-based makeup artist.

"l live a typical life with my family, a cat, a dog on a residential street in Victoria. But in a parallel universe somewhere, I’m living as an artist in a brick Chinatown loft among painters, performance artists and general eccentric types. So I am very much looking forward to the Unseen Spaces artist tour to get a glimpse into the creative spring that bubbles throughout Chinatown." Lia is a stylist, creative director, photographer and writer with a long history of working in the fashion industry.

DON DENTON

PAMELA DURKIN

CATHIE FERGUSON

BOULEVARD PHOTOGRAPHER CATCH OF THE DAY

WRITER: SPRING BREAK

PHOTOGRAPHER: PRECIOUS METALS

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"Looking for an appropriate location, we photographed prawns for our seafood feature on Victoria's Dallas Road waterfront. We were obviously a curious sight for passing pedestrians on the Ogden Point breakwater who kept stopping to ask if we'd fished the prawns out of the water ourselves. (We hadn't!)" Don has photographed numerous highprofile events, including the Olympics, World Hockey Championships and a Royal wedding.

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“Spring is such a glorious season--it’s synonymous with renewal, making it the perfect time to let go of bad habits and embrace healthier ones. After working on this piece for Boulevard, I’ve identified two nasty habits I need to “break-up” with and I’ve committed to kiss them goodbye!”  Pamela is a freelance health writer and nutritional consultant whose work has appeared in Boulevard, Eat, Reader's Digest, Alive, Spa Business and more.

CIRCULATION & DISTRIBUTION Sarah Dodd 250.480.3208 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Angela Cowan, Lia Crowe, Pamela Durkin, Heidi Fink, Chelsea Forman, Robert Moyes, Hans Tammemagi, Tess van Straaten, Jane Zatylny CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Lia Crowe, Don Denton, Cathie Ferguson

“We were fortunate to photograph at a friend’s gorgeous rustic modern house in the Uplands for this month’s fashion story. The wooden walls added a sense of serenity and had me longing for a Gulf Islands getaway.” Cathie is a freelance lifestyle and commercial photographer based in Victoria.

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS

HEIDI FINK

CHELSEA FORMAN

ROBERT MOYES

WRITER: CATCH OF THE DAY

WRITER: FANTASY ISLAND

WRITER: FRONT ROW

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"As always, I had the most fun at the photo shoot for this article. Not only were we outdoors on a sunny day, and cooking with the freshest, most delicious fish, but I got to be a model for about 20 minutes!" Heidi Fink is a chef, food writer and culinary instructor, specializing in local foods and ethnic cuisines.

“I interviewed realtor, Jason Binab and Silver Arrow Cars owner, Tim Quocksister about their joint YouTube series showcasing multi-million dollar cars and properties in Victoria. I was amazed to uncover the hard reality of the fantasy lifestyle in Victoria, that slides quietly under the mainstream pulse of the outwardly humble city." Chelsea is a writer of all topics lifestyle. She has also recently completed her first young reader’s novel.

“Front Row has a yen for musicals this issue, from the Disney delights of Beauty and the Beast and the black comedy of Sunset Boulevard to POV’s debut of the remarkable contemporary opera Lilies. And Alberta-born Ronnie Burkett unleashes the dark art of political puppetry.” A born and bred Victoria native, Robert is a longtime freelancer and editor whose focus these days is arts journalism.

HANS TAMMEMAGI

TESS VAN STRAATEN

JANE ZATYLNY

WRITER: CRUISING WITH GREGORY MARSHALL

WRITER: KING OF THE SEA

WRITER: WALL TO WALL

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“Visiting and writing about a naval architect who designs worldclass yachts in the middle of an apple orchard was an unusual but enjoyable experience.” Hans lives on Pender Island and writes articles and books about travel, environment, First Nations, and odd, quirky things.

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“One of my favourite days reporting, in a 20-year career, was going out on a Prince of Whales whale watching boat off Victoria. It was a banner year for orcas and we got some amazing footage as the playful whales swam right up to our boat — they were just as interested in us as we were in them. It was so interesting to interview Alan and learn how he turned a glorified paper route into BC’s biggest whale watching business.” Tess is an award-winning journalist and television personality.

“The idea of putting carpets on the wall initially conjured up thoughts of a rec room from the 1970s. But I soon learned that the right rug can add a great hit of colour and texture to any wall. This is definitely a trend worth considering for your home.” Jane is a magazine writer, editor, communications specialist and regular contributor to Boulevard.


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EDITOR’S LETTER

A moral to the grad dress story BY SUSAN LUNDY

PHOTO BY ARNOLD LIM

found dresses in LoJo boutique shops within about three hours. And because the dresses were registered to avoid duplication, no one else turned up to grad in the same outfit. Shoes and jewelry followed. Then — surprise! — it turned out they also needed dresses for the after grad party. (Also found almost immediately on Johnson Street.) Everything was reasonably priced, until you add in the Portland trip and then the cache probably cost more than their final year of high school. “Buy local” would be the moral of this story— which brings us to this issue of Boulevard. We have “buy local” covered. Our fashion story features some of the very best in local clothing and jewelry outlets. Pick up fresh fish — it’s spot prawns season — at any number of Victoria specialty seafood stores and then check out Chef Heidi Fink’s piece on cooking up the ocean’s bounty in Catch of the Day. Victoria is rife with artists and in April, art-lovers have a chance to check out studios in Chinatown as described in this issue’s Inspired People section. For something a little different in the world of art, writer Jane Zatylny checks out the new interior design trend of hanging beautifully woven rugs on walls. Need a luxury yacht built? Naval architect Gregory Marshall, highlighted in Secrets and Lives, could be the man. Luxury lifestyles abound in this edition of Boulevard: check out the story on a new, locally produced YouTube series showing off snazzy cars and high-end homes in Fantasy Island; take a tour through a stunning, waterfront home in Cordova Bay; travel on a journey of discovery into the world of wines on Vancouver Island. And as always, meet a collection of interesting people from the Q’s executive chef, Juan Bochenski, to the style-savvy Marian de Monye and “King of the Sea,” the visionary Alan McGillivray. Boulevard readers are definitely in for a treat with this edition. And for those who take my advice and shop locally for special occasion outfits — you’ll have lots of extra time to sit down, relax and enjoy it. PHOTO BY LIA CROWE

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S I WATCH MY ELDER DAUGHTER walk across the stage to collect her MFA degree this May, I will be loving her gown — also called an “academic dress.” How blessedly simple: it’s black, baggy, universal. This is the time of year many head out to purchase special occasion dresses — grad, wedding, summertime galas. I’ve embarked on the delightful journey of “finding the perfect grad outfit” twice, and one of those excursions comes with a moral to the story. The first time around, my elder daughter — whose previous experience with heels amounted to half-inch-tall soccer cleats — decided to totter down the bleacher steps to her diploma in five-inch heels, while it seemed the entire auditorium held its collective breath. She donned a dress that happened to be the very first she tried on … but chosen only after rejecting the 100 others that followed. My younger daughter and her best friend were adamant they couldn’t buy anything in Victoria because obviously someone else would turn up to grad wearing the same dress. After they undertook fruitless shopping trips to Vancouver and up-island, the fellow mom and I decided to take the girls on a dress-shopping road trip to Portland. Somehow, we thought it would be easier there. Shari and I knew the chance of our daughters finding dresses early on was unlikely, but there they were at our first stop — a vintage clothing store, yet — totally grooving on their finds. My daughter emerged from the dressing room in a hideous orange gown, while her friend appeared in a blackand blue-sequined monstrosity. They were so taken with the dresses that Shari and I became terribly conflicted. On the one hand, the dresses were horrible. But on the other hand, it was our role as moms to be supportive of their burgeoning fashion tastes. And ... could it be they’d found dresses (well below budget) at the very first stop? We carried on for the rest of the day, but the girls couldn’t find anything they liked as much as those vintage gowns. It was only as we headed back to the store that the girls revealed — ha, ha, ha — they’d given us an Oscar-worthy, day-long performance and, no, they didn’t want those dresses. We left Portland with a good story but no bags containing grad dresses. When they grudgingly decided to try Victoria stores, both girls

I’VE EMBARKED ON THE DELIGHTFUL JOURNEY OF “FINDING THE PERFECT GRAD OUTFIT” TWICE, AND ONE OF THOSE EXCURSIONS COMES WITH A MORAL TO THE STORY.

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Boulevard editor Susan Lundy is a former journalist and two-time recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award. Her award-winning stories have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. She is also the author of Heritage Apples: A New Sensation (Touchwood, 2013.)


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STYLE INSPIRATIONS

STYLE ICON: Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley. PIECE OF ART: Transitions at Dusk by Adelle Andrew. “I thought the painting was depicting a European harbour in the 1800s; my husband thought it was a moose swamp. Turns out it’s a moose swamp. It just makes me love it even more.” FAVOURITE FASHION DESIGNER: Max Azria (BCBG), Kate Spade.

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UNIFORM: Michael Kors dress and Franco Sarto double strap ankle boots. ALLTIME FAVOURITE PIECE: Club Monaco maxi dress in aubergine: “I wore it so many times it became see-through!” CURRENTLY COVETING: “Poliee” bow detail sculpted dress by Ted Baker. FAVOURITE PAIR OF SHOES: Pewter sequin heels with zipper by Michael Kors. FAVOURITE DAYBAG: “Cameron Street Little Babe” bag in white by Kate Spade. FAVOURITE JEWELRY PIECE OR DESIGNER: My wedding ring V2.0, designed with Marsha Mara. FASHION OBSESSION: “Madge” leather cutout sandals by Michael Kors.

LIFE FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Il Terrazzo. "The ambience, service and food are always done to perfection, and my husband and I have celebrated many big nights there.” FAVOURITE COCKTAIL: Anything at Little Jumbo, or a 20th Century cocktail. ALBUM ON CURRENT ROTATION: My old school rap playlists. FLOWER: White tulips. FAVOURITE CITY TO VISIT: Whistler. FAVOURITE HOTEL: The Carlyle (New York), The Palace

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(San Francisco), The Wedgewood (Vancouver) – “I love anything with old world opulence." FAVOURITE APP: Instagram. FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD: "My parent’s dock on Sproat Lake, a scorching breeze blowing, surrounded by lounging siblings, children diving & friends making me a drink.”


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N A WINDY AND SUNNY AFTERNOON that hinted of spring days to come, I found myself winding along Prospect Lake Road to meet Marian de Monye to talk about life, style and where they intersect. I turned down a long driveway that opened to a 10acre property, where Marian lives with her husband and two children in a farmhouse, with a little orchard and perfectly picturesque barn currently under restoration. “For work I'm generally quite dressed up. Island Savings has always been pretty stylish and hip for the banking world. I enjoy coming into a company where people really get dressed up and are fashionable, even though it's a professional type of industry.” For her personal style, Marian likes quite a polished look “but one that includes a little bit of creativity and personality — a colour or an accessory that’s a little bit different.” Marian brings her educational background in science from UBC to her love of marketing: “A big part of marketing is an innate gut reaction to projects and messages, but good marketers usually have a lot of science behind them. I love that combination of creativity and science in marketing — you’re constantly recreating and constantly experimenting to see what works.” Living in a somewhat rural area is familiar to Marian as she grew up, one of five siblings, on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni, exploring in the woods and swimming in the many arms of the lake. So it’s no surprise that one of her passions outside of work is trail running. “If I could pass something down to my children, it would be a love of the beauty in nature. Learning to appreciate and having a curiosity about nature and all of the incredible science that is contained in it.”

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JUAN BOCHENSKI, EXECUTIVE RESTAURANT CHEF, Q AT THE EMPRESS TEXT BY SUSAN LUNDY PHOTOS BY DON DENTON

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QUICK FACTS:

• Age: 45 • Born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina and grew up in Buenos Aires • Trained at: Chez Nico, London; La Taillevent, France; Marque and Four in Hand Bistro in Australia • At Q at the Empress since January 2017 • Previously worked at restaurants in Europe, Australia, US and the Caribbean

Salad prepared by Chef Juan Bochenski.

WHAT ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR AS A CHEF? I am best known as a

ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW? I'm working on new menus at

fun guy in the kitchen! I make sure that everyone tries my empanadas and chimichurri. As we spend many hours together in the kitchen, I like to have fun and listen to my team’s ideas and points of view. We are constantly learning and looking for new ways to do things. My rule is to “never lose the passion and curiosity.”

Q, making sure there is something for everyone. I love to meet and greet so come and say hello.

WHAT ARE THE 10 OR SO MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS IN YOUR PANTRY? Good olive oils, balsamic vinegar, organic flour, Yerba mate and good coffee. I also like to have spices from around the world like smoked pimemtón, vadouvan, Ras el hanout, chiles from New Mexico and, of course, chimichurri and to never run out of dulce de leche. I cannot wait to see what BC has to offer — the mushrooms, the salmon — oh, and I always love fresh crusty bread.

FAVOURITE DISH TO COOK AND EAT ON A WARM, SPRING DAY? A nice asado (Argentinian barbecue), slow grilled show ribs, chorizo, a “picada” or charcuterie platter to start with, as well as empanadas and a Malbec or a clerico or white sangria to drink with family and friends.

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO ITEM WHEN SAMPLING OTHER CHEFS’ FARE? I let the chef serve me anything. It gives the chef the freedom to showcase anything based on produce and availability.

HOBBIES? Books, Minecraft or LEGO with my son; spending time with my daughter in her never-ending drama acting “scenes,” and long walks in the forest with family and dog.

CAN YOU SHARE A QUICK RECIPE FOR ENJOYMENT THIS SPRING? Spot Prawns and Pico de gallo 2 -3 lbs fresh spot prawns, peeled 8 limes, squeezed 8 lemons, squeezed Bring a medium-sized pot with water to a boil and salt the water (for every litre water, 20 grams salt). Remove from the stove and add the prawns, steeping them for 1 minute. Cool the prawns over iced water or place straight into a fridge. Once cool, marinate with lemon and lime mixture for 10 minutes, and then remove and discard juice. 2 large tomatoes, diced ½ sweet onion red, diced ½ bunch cilantro, diced 1 birds eye chili pepper, diced ½ tsp garlic, chopped fine 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp lemon juice Salt to taste Mix all the ingredients and season with lemon, salt and olive oil accordingly. Refrigerate until needed.

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ITH ITS NARROW ALLEYWAYS OF twisting brick walls and the ghosts of opium dens long since boarded up, Victoria’s Chinatown has both history — it’s the oldest in Canada — and mystery. It has attracted artists and those with a creative slant for decades. “It’s such an interesting neighbourhood. Come here in the day and it’s a living, breathing community. At night, the businesses close up like clockwork and it transforms into this lovely, magical place,” says Roshan Vickery, who’s the brainchild behind Unseen Spaces, a new series of studio tours that explores the back corners and tucked away spaces where art is flourishing in Chinatown. “This is basically all contained within two city blocks, and it’s a little bit of magic.” Last year saw two tours through the neighbourhood, each creating more demand for another. This April 22, Vickery is again inviting the public into a dozen unique spaces to meet the geniuses behind the art, and see where all that magic happens. “The studio spaces that exist are incredible,” says Vickery, a film projectionist whose studio is one of the stops along the tour. “It’s not like anything else you could experience.” “Our place is a mixture of old heritage brick and height, combined with a dishwasher,” laughs Denise Nicholls, coorganizer and fellow artist on the tour. She and her husband, G.J. Pearson, live and create on Herald Street, in a building that was once used as a cold storage warehouse, and then as rehearsal space for local punk bands. It was nearly obliterated in a massive fire and finally rebuilt. Filled to the rafters with paintings,

crafted jewelry and “crazy machines that fly and flap their wings,” their whole space is an “elaborate profusion of intricate wonders; a feast for the senses,” says Nicholls. Not far down the block, above a maze of right-angled hallways and heavy doors, is the studio space of celebrated author and artist Nick Bantock, who says finding this spot was like a convergence of time and predestination. “I feel like there are parts of your life, where it’s like stepping back and meeting something that had already happened,” says Bantock, who only moved into the space about six months ago. “That’s what this was like. I knew exactly what pictures I’d put up. I knew exactly where I’d put the furniture.” Bantock’s studio walls are adorned with his paintings, his three-dimensional works, all swirling with colour and gold dust and alchemy, and achingly beautiful. The floorboards are over 100 years old, and run in a diagonal pattern beneath his feet. Like much of Chinatown’s architecture, the space is “slightly out of kilter,” he says. This April will be Bantock’s first time exhibiting on the Unseen Spaces tour, though he attended the previous one. “It’s such a mixed bag of art and work,” he says. “I saw some very, very good people.” Artist Liz Dempsey is joining the tour for her third go round, showing her work in the Bubble Tea Place on Fisgard, and sharing the space with Kristofer Parley and Nathan Davis. “Chinatown’s been my zone ever since I moved here about a

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dozen years ago,” says Dempsey. “It’s one of the most beautiful areas in the whole city. Just the weird mystery that lingers, the life, the lights, the gates, the cherry trees, the amazing spaces.” Her own work straddles the lines where myth and history and legend intersect with reality, with characters that are sometimes sweet, and sometimes have a Lewis Carroll-like unpredictability. It’s a style that resonates well with the feel of the tour, which celebrates the discovery of hidden pockets of the city and seeing behind closed doors. “It’s like getting that VIP pass backstage,” says Kristofer Parley. “When you’re able to meet the artist, see how they talk and how they act, see how they get their inspiration. It’s great to be a part of that creative energy.” Parley first visited Chinatown with Davis when the pair came here on their honeymoon, and it swiftly captivated them both. “The positive and exciting energy drew us here and I’m super stoked

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“IT’S ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AREAS IN THE WHOLE CITY. JUST THE WEIRD MYSTERY THAT LINGERS, THE LIFE, THE LIGHTS, THE GATES, THE CHERRY TREES, THE AMAZING SPACES.” Chinatown artists seen here are: (back row) Hilarie Ann Higgins, Kristofer Parley, Nathan NAZO Davis, David Epp,(middle row) Miles Lowry, Mitchell Villa, Jimbo, Liz Dempsey, GJ Pearson, Michel DesRochers, Melanie Furtado, (front row) Roshan Vickery, David Ferguson, Hélène Cyr, Denise Nicholls and Nick Bantock.

to be a part of this community,” says Davis. “Kris and I moved here just over three years ago without really knowing anyone, and we were welcomed right away.” The couple’s individual mediums run down different paths, but show well together, adds Davis. “It brings in totally different people.” Parley’s incredibly vibrant watercolours take local scenes and imbue them with his love of his community. (“It’s definitely not your grandmother’s watercolour,” he laughs.) Davis’s “micro graffiti trains” show off his childhood inspirations from movies, television and video games on six-inch model trains he’s weathered to look aged and rusty. Around the corner on Government Street, Miles Lowry’s apartment awaits at the end of a long hallway, overflowing with towers of antique suitcases, stacks of paintings and potted plants that have rainforest aspirations, stretching towards the raised ceiling. Sculpted figures hang from the walls — a serene woman with a belly heavy with child, faces in repose, a collection of torsos and bodies succumbing to the passage of time with rusted cracks and dissolving edges. Lowry and his partner and fellow artist and dancer David Ferguson signed on for their third time showing on the tour as well, but they’re keeping the details under wraps for now. “We paint, sculpt, make music, write,” says Lowry, who’s 22

lived in his building for about 25 years, and has been captivated by Chinatown for most of his life. “When I was a teenager, I haunted this neighbourhood looking for treasures,” he says. “There were things here no one was paying attention to.” The holdovers from what was once a somewhat derelict part of town continue to inspire those who relish a little bit of colourful history, and where it was once the haven of artists thanks to cheap rents, creative types are now flocking back to the area. “What’s most interesting to me is there’s a revival in arts in this community,” says Lowry. As for the tour, he just smiles and adds, “It’s full of surprises.” Unseen Spaces will also delve into the worlds of painters Nicole Sleeth, Beverley Thompson, Michel DesRochers and Mitchell Villa, photographers Simon DesRochers and Hélène Cyr, sculptor Melanie Furtado, musician and multimedia artists David Epp and Hilarie Ann Higgins, and Jimbo, a set and costume designer and performance artist. Tickets are $25, with $5 from each donated to Suddenly Dance Theatre, a non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities for dancers and choreographers, and to increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of dance. For more information, email denisekathleen@shaw.ca.


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T’S A GREY AND DRIZZLING spring day — secretly one of my favourite kinds — when I arrive in Cordova Bay, set to tour Paul Regensburg’s dream home: a house built against a cliff, rising over three levels up from the beach. A few short steps down from the unassuming entranceway at street level, and I’m suddenly and instantly insulated from the traffic noise just behind me, the hum of passing cars replaced by the faint rumble of waves from far below. Paul answers the door with a friendly hello and ushers me in from the rain, but all the regular “how do you dos” and “may I take your coats” fall away as we come into the main living area, and I am literally stopped in my tracks by the view. A double row of floor to ceiling windows, 16 feet high, frames one of the most incredible ocean expanses I’ve ever seen on this island. Paul’s smile widens as he takes in the view like someone who’s just seeing the ocean for the first time. “It’s different every single day,” he says, before assuring me that it’s even more spectacular in full sun. Exposed beams the shade of sautéed honey stretch the length of the ceiling, warming up a clean and cool minimalist style throughout the living area and kitchen. The far corner boasts a linear gas fireplace with west coast style driftwood laid out inside. The hearth above is a large window giving yet another vantage of the ocean. A sea-green recliner, throw pillows and a pair of decorative sea-glass-like bottles all add pops of colour into the mix. “The primary motivation was, how can we [Paul and his girlfriend Janet] make a beach house that’s West Coast, contemporary, modern, somewhat minimalistic and stylish,” he says. “We wanted it to be beach and ocean, but also sun and moon.” It was lunar inspiration that actually spurred him to add the upper bank of windows in the living area, he says. “There’s this great big orange moon that rises over the San Juan islands. [It] goes travelling across there,” he points at the upper windows, “and it’s just incredible. It looks like it should be a movie effect.” There are only a few pieces of art on the walls, and clear surfaces throughout. “We decided we were going to be clean and let the ocean be the art,” he adds. That clean aesthetic carries over into the kitchen, with a few sleek stainless steel appliances on the counter, a small coffee station, hidden side-by-side fridges and glossy white cabinetry with no handles to distract from the smooth surfaces. Perhaps most interesting about the topmost level of the home

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though, is that it used to be the master bedroom. “I started out with just wanting to change my roof,” laughs Paul as he explains how the full-scale renovation got started. With its original, flat roof, the house would take on water in the rainy seasons, so Paul applied for a variance to build a sloped roof to solve the problem. “When I found out how high we were allowed to go, I thought, let’s go big,” he says. Nine feet of windows grew to 16 feet, and the extra glass meant an engineer had to be brought in to sort out the weight distribution. “We literally blew the roof off the place.” The main living area and kitchen then got moved from the second floor to the top to take advantage of the breathtaking view, and the master suite took over the middle of the house, with an amount of space Paul calls “almost obscene.” It was the collaborative effort of architect Randall Recinos, and general contractor and CEO of Seabrook Developments Pepe Martinez. “I’ve done a lot of renos and new homes in my life,” says Pepe, joining us on the tour. “This is a big project, and I liked the challenge.” He and Paul reminisce about the job, the view, the ocean, as we make our way downstairs past an office to the master suite, which has my second favourite view: a luxurious soaker tub tucked beneath an ocean-view window just across the room from another gas fireplace.

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The tub, glassed-in shower and double sinks are integrated into the open bedroom design so that it all carries a spa-like feel, complete with heated tile not only in the bathroom, but in the shower itself. The suite has its own private deck — and a spiral staircase leading down to the main patio — and I can easily imagine spending entire days here. We descend one more set of stairs to the lowermost floor, home to two guest bedrooms and a TV room complete with bar and walkout access to the patio. “This is the room my friends never want to leave,” laughs Paul. Just beyond the sliding glass doors, an outdoor gas fireplace sits in the middle of a circle of chairs, well-used in the warmer months. The breaking ocean waves get louder as we step outside. Paul stands at the edge of the patio and breathes in the grey day and the salt air. “You just can’t buy that sound.” We end our tour right down on the beach, with our shoes pressing into the soft sand and the crash of the waves behind us. Paul points down the beach to a little house with a suite where he lived when he first moved to Victoria in 2000, and then to another house a few lots closer, where he rented a handful of years later. For more than 10 years, he walked this beach, dreaming about owning his own patch of oceanfront, before he finally made it happen in 2010 when he purchased this home.

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LAN MCGILLIVRAY HAS A PASSION for the ocean. He grew up on the water in Saanich’s Ten Mile Point neighbourhood where he was always out boating and fishing. “I have lots of salt water in my boots and salt in my blood,” says McGillivray, the owner Prince of Whales, British Columbia’s largest whale watching company. But the entrepreneurial mariner also had a head for business and after completing an engineering degree at Queens University and a Masters in business administration at the University of Western Ontario, McGillivray returned to the coast — keen to combine his passions. “I always knew I wanted to build an ocean-side business,” explains McGillivray. “I was looking for either a business to buy like a tugboat company or an idea.” McGillivray settled on a water taxi business that would be based out of Sidney and service the Gulf Islands. “Nobody was doing it very well there because no one had a decent boat,” he says. “I researched the boats in the rest of British Columbia and [found] heavy-duty aluminum boats, tough as nails, that could go out in the middle of the night in storms.” McGillivray ordered one of the 12-passenger skiffs and in the summer of 1993, Inter Island Watch Ltd. was launched. The company initially undertook runs across Saanich Inlet but after a few months, the Times Colonist approached McGillivray to deliver newspaper bundles to the Gulf Islands. “We signed a five-year contract and all my friends joked, ‘there’s McGillivray with a brand new $100,000 water taxi and he had to get a paper route to pay for it,’” the father of three

“THE WHOLE MARINE TOURISM AND ECO-TOURISM INDUSTRY HAS GROWN SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AS PEOPLE LOOK FOR MORE EXPERIENTIAL THINGS TO DO.” recalls. “We were out there in the middle of the night hustling to Salt Spring and the other islands.” The following summer, McGillivray got a call from Canada Post, who’d heard about his cargo run and wanted him to do the mail run to Pender, Mayne, Galiano and Saturna. He signed another five-year contract and combined the runs, but they were back at the dock by 8 o’clock in the morning with nothing to do. That same summer, Victoria hosted the Commonwealth Games and it gave McGillivray an idea. “I saw the whale watching boats in the Inner Harbour and my boat was better,” he explains. “The Queen came to town and all the headlines in August said, ‘Prince and Princess of Wales to Divorce’ so I decided to get another boat and re-brand.” The water taxis were moved to the Inner Harbour and were full on the first day the new Prince of Whales business launched in 1995.

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“We’d do the cargo run at night, have a crew change and do three whale watching trips a day,” says McGillivray. “It was really fun and one boat was getting about 18 hours of use a day, all revenue-generating.” The next summer, Prince of Whales started adding zodiacs and in 2005, launched the Ocean Magic, a 74-passenger boat that made whale watching more accessible for more people. Ocean Magic II soon followed, as the company expanded to Vancouver and started sight-seeing day trips between Vancouver and Victoria. “We’ve grown every year pretty well for 22 years and we’re not slowing down,” says McGillivray. “The whole marine tourism and eco-tourism industry has grown significantly over the last few years as people look for more experiential things to do. They don’t just want to sit on a tour bus and be driven around.” McGillivray’s youngest daughter, 22-year-old Elspeth, is now learning the management ropes after spending several summers working at the family business while she was going to school. “It’s great to see all aspects of the business and I live with my

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ICTORIA REALTOR JASON BINAB HAS PARTNERED with Silver Arrow Cars owner Tim Quocksister and business manager Joel Friesen to develop a YouTube series exposing Victoria’s best kept secret: the ultra-luxurious side of an undeniably humble city. The series showcases magnificent cars and properties, while revealing the ultimate fantasy lifestyle on island time. Fantasy is a fascinating concept. Perhaps you fantasize about owning rare art or a Hermès Birkin bag, or to travel the world. The point is, no matter how unrealistic your fantasy, it puts thoughts in motion and inspires hard work. From fantasy we get hope, and from hope we gain motivation to fulfill those desires. For Jason, that process resonates with cars — a course that began when he plastered his first Porsche poster on his bedroom wall at the age of seven. “You can work as hard as you want and achieve whatever you want in life. Cars to me represent the next goal. A multi-million dollar car or property is a goal. Maybe you’ll never buy it, but it’s a fantasy,” Jason says. The YouTube series is a combination of Jason’s forte — luxury real estate — and his passion: cars. The episodes will air monthly and offer a close look at one of Silver Arrow Cars’ unique luxury


“THIS SERIES IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE SOMETHING SPECIAL THAT INCORPORATES BEAUTIFUL CARS, BEAUTIFUL REAL ESTATE AND FUN PERSONALITIES.” vehicles, which Jason will take for a spin, ending up at one of Victoria’s prominent real estate listings for a home tour. Viewers may access the series from Jason’s website, www. binabpropertygroup.com. Jason’s career history speaks for itself; this man knows how to spot a fabulous piece of real estate. The series offers a chance for dreamers and potential buyers alike to take a look inside some of Vancouver Island’s priciest pads. Jason will give tips on real estate throughout the episodes, aiming to use the series as an avenue to connect with viewers and answer some of their questions. “This series is an opportunity to create something special that incorporates beautiful cars, beautiful real estate and fun personalities,” Jason explains. Silver Arrow Cars has a roster of vehicles that have driven international roads and transported some of the world’s most famous celebrity passengers. Tim started the company in response to a demand for rare, collectible and supremely highend cars in Victoria. Like Jason, Tim’s passion for vehicles started at a young age. “I’ve had the [car] auction chant going through my head as

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VERY TIME I MOVE, I always bring along a special heirloom — a beautiful wool runner my mother wove in the early 1980s. The carpet was a perfect fit for my parents’ front hallway, but it’s always been too long for my use. Recently I had an idea: I could cut the runner in half and use it for curtain panels. As I searched Pinterest, Apartment Therapy and Domino for guidance, I discovered that rugs are being used as wall art in all sorts of ingenious ways. A rich red kilim brings a global vibe to an industrial loft. A bold, geometric area rug adds colour and texture to a dark Art and Crafts living room. And a circular raffia mat, repurposed as a headboard, channels the beach in an airy cottage bedroom. Although it’s not yet popular here in Victoria, interior designer Amy McGeachy confirms that larger cities like New York and Toronto are embracing this trend. Of course, the practice of hanging carpets predates the Internet — by more than a few centuries. “The nomadic peoples of the Middle East used carpets for walls in their tents for warmth on cold desert nights,” explains Babak Rezwani, owner of Babak’s Oriental Carpets. “Following the Middle Eastern example, the French also hung Aubusson and needlework carpets in their grand palaces.” While you may not live in a palace, a souk, or even a big city loft, there are many reasons why you might consider hanging a rug on a wall in your home. One is cost: although rugs can be expensive, they typically cost less than a painting of the same size.

“Many of our rugs are pieces of art, so I can understand why someone might want to do it,” says Greg Holz, flooring manager for Jordans. Then there’s the textural, three-dimensional appeal of hanging a carpet on the wall. “It offers a way to add a pop of colour to your walls that’s visually different than framed or canvas pieces,” explains McGeachy. Secured vertically on a wall, precious Persian and Oriental treasures are safe from everyday wear and tear and their detailed workmanship is on full view, not covered with heavy furniture. “It’s a way to preserve art, to preserve the time and effort that has gone into the carpet,” says Rezwani. “When you buy a carpet, you buy a piece of tradition… a story from the people to the people.” Victoria homeowners Sharon and Dennis Seemann spent 24 years in the Middle East and own many special carpets. “Some we bought while living in Saudi Arabia; others, while visiting Iran,” she says. “Each one is unique.” In their current home, the couple has positioned a dark blue and cream silk carpet at eye level beside their fireplace, where it can be easily viewed and touched. “This beautiful rug is from Qom, Iran and is one of our favourites,” syas Sharon. “It just is so much better displayed vertically — it shimmers.” Besides their obvious aesthetic appeal, rugs have other, more practical purposes. They can help dampen noise — perfect for condo dwellers who may share a wall or two with a neighbour.

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Rear view of a small carpet, depicting a young girl, by Nesami Dost from Tabriz, Iran.

And they can also be repurposed into beautiful window coverings, as I intend to do with my mother’s woven runner. “Hanging a rug on the wall just offers so many benefits to your space,” says McGeachy. “I expect the trend to grow in Victoria over the next few years.” Here are some tips to consider when hanging a rug on the wall: • Many rugs are investment pieces, so it’s important to do your homework and think about the quality you want before you buy, says Sharon Seemann. Research online, in store and at the library. “Be careful about colour, as many carpets can be very vibrant. And make sure you get something that really makes you happy,” advises Seemann. • Choose lighter weight materials for hanging, like silk/wool and all silk. “Some carpets that are made from these materials are designed to be multipurpose for wall hanging as well as for flooring,” says Babak Rezwani. • Consider buying an area rug at an auction, eBay or at a thrift store. “Older rugs can be cleaned prior to hanging or repaired to look new again,” says McGeachy. “A bit of wear and tear can also add a little old world charm to your space.” • Find the right hanging method for your rug. Some carpet dealers sew leather or canvas rod holders onto the back of the rug. Babak Oriental Carpets recommends a product called Smooth Edge. Available at Home Depot, it features tiny nails and was originally designed for installing wall-to-wall carpeting. “Avoid using clips for carpets,” warns Rezwani. “The weight will be distributed to the clamp, and the rug could be indented and damaged.” • Be creative in how you display your rugs. “Hang them as a collage with other pieces of art, or try hanging a large rug over a bed instead of a headboard, or above a fireplace,” suggests McGeachy. 74


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Serves 6 to 8 The fragrant Thai aromatics and creamy coconut milk in this soup highlight the sweet flavour and delicate texture of our local shrimp. The Thai ingredients can be purchased at Fisgard Market in Chinatown or at Fairway Market at Quadra/Hillside. Soup 1 lb small, unpeeled local side-stripe shrimp or spot prawns 1 Tbsp oil 2 shallots, sliced 2 cloves garlic, sliced 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro 4 stalks lemongrass 2-inch length of fresh galangal, sliced into thin disks 5 cups water 7 to 8 kefir lime leaves, roughly torn 2 cans coconut milk (400 ml) ½ lb oyster mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 4 Tbsp fish sauce 2 tsp red curry paste 2 kefir lime leaves, central rib removed, leaves finely sliced 1 to 2 tsp fresh lime juice

1 to 2 tsp crushed palm sugar or light brown sugar Garnish 3 green onions, thinly sliced ½ cup chopped cilantro 3 red Thai chilies, seeded and finely sliced Peel the shrimp or prawns and reserve the shells. You will use them for making stock. If the prawns you bought are on the large side, or if you want them to stretch further, cut the prawns in half lengthwise. Cut the lemongrass into 1-inch lengths, discarding the tough root and the grassy tops (you will only get about 2 to 3 inches of useable stalk from each piece of lemongrass). Smash each piece of lemongrass with the bottom of a heavy pan. In a soup pot, heat the oil. Add the shallots and sauté for a minute or two, until softened. Add garlic, prawn shells and cilantro and continue to sauté until shells are turning pink in spots. Add the prepared lemongrass and the slices of galangal. Stir and sauté for a minute, or until very fragrant, but do not let the aromatics brown. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, add the kefir lime leaves and simmer 3 minutes more, until stock is very fragrant. Strain the broth into a bowl. Discard all solids left in the strainer. Pour the strained broth back into the soup pot. Add coconut milk, mushrooms, fish sauce and red curry paste. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. (The soup can be made up to this point, cooled and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Bring to a simmer before proceeding.) Add the prawns, as well as the 2 thinly sliced kefir lime leaves. Simmer soup for 2 to 3 minutes (prawns cook very

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quickly). Add the lime juice and sugar. Now taste to adjust seasonings. You may need more fish sauce (salt) and more fresh lime juice and/or palm sugar. Serve immediately with garnishes. SIMPLE PAN-SEARED FISH WITH FLAVOURED BUTTERS Fish in season, cooked right, needs no seasoning other than salt; still, a small dollop of a flavoured butter adds some polish to a light and refreshing meal. Choose fresh, seasonal fish such as halibut, rockfish (snapper) or salmon (spring, sockeye or coho) for this simple pan sear. This can be made with either fillets or steaks; thicker steaks will need additional time in the oven to finish cooking. I usually serve this fish with steamed or boiled spring vegetables, choosing whatever is freshest and most appealing at the market: baby potatoes, young carrots, snap peas, asparagus, overwintering broccoli, baby beets or turnips. Fillets 4 fish fillets, approx. 150 – 200 gm each 4 Tbsp clarified butter or oil Salt Heat two large skillets (cast iron is a great choice) over medium to medium-high heat. While they are heating, sprinkle the fillets generously with salt. When the skillets are hot, add half the butter or oil to each pan, place fillets skin-side down in the pans and cook without moving for 3 minutes. Use a thin metal spatula to loosen the fish and flip it over. Cook for about 3 minutes more. Serve immediately, with flavoured butter and spring vegetables. IMPORTANT: The pan should be hot but not smoking for this. You should end up with a golden brown crust on the top, not a black one. The fish will be just barely cooked in the middle, to maintain moisture. Make adjustments in heat and timing depending on how easily your stove heats up and how thick the fish is. Steaks 2 fish steaks, approx. 200 – 400 gm each Clarified butter or oil Salt If the steaks are 1 inch thick or more, preheat the oven to 400 F. Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of the steak with salt. When the skillet is hot, add the butter or oil, and then add the steaks. Sear until a nice brown crust forms, about 3 minutes. Flip the steaks; if the steaks are thick, immediately place in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes. If they are thinner, continue cooking on the stovetop, but reduce heat to medium-low. Cook (either way) until the fish is just starting to pull away from the bone, but still gives some resistance. Remove to a serving platter and serve immediately with flavoured butter and spring vegetables. FLAVOURED BUTTERS The mayonnaise helps to both loosen the texture and emulsify the flavouring ingredients with the butter, and helps make a perfect creamy smooth texture. These butters can be made several days ahead of time and kept in the fridge until needed. Chive, Lemon, Herb (excellent with salmon) 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened 1 Tbsp mayonnaise

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2 Tbsp minced chives finely grated zest of 1 lemon ¼ tsp salt, or more, to taste 1 tsp fresh lemon juice Optional – finely chopped herbs (dill, parsley) Smoked Paprika, Honey, Garlic (excellent with halibut) 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened 1 Tbsp mayonnaise 1 Tbsp smoked paprika 1 clove garlic, pressed through garlic press or minced to paste 1 Tbsp honey ¼ tsp salt, or more, to taste

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PRING IS THE SEASON OF renewal, making it the perfect time to replace health-derailing habits with more salubrious practices that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve identified some prevalent and counterproductive habits we’d all be wise to exorcise. “Breaking up” with these bad boys, will not only ensure enjoyment of a more invigorating summer, it will optimize your health in myriad ways.

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NOT MAKING TIME FOR INTIMACY

If you’ve been too tired, busy or just not inclined to make whoopi with your significant other lately, you’re missing out on some significant health benefits. Sex releases the hormone oxytocin, which studies suggest may reduce the craving for sweets, relieve anxiety, boost memory and learning levels, lower blood pressure, enhance immune function and increase confidence. And that’s not all regular time in the sack can do for you. A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that men who had sex two times per week were less likely to develop heart disease than men who had sex only once per month. What’s more, when you climax, your body releases endorphins that are natural painkillers, rendering sex a great remedy for aches and pains. Sadly, in today’s hectic world too many of us are not making intimacy a priority — we’re either too tired or too busy catching up with emails and social obligations. “I have clients who will bend over backwards to fit in time at the gym or the kids’ soccer games, but they won’t schedule time for sex,” declares local intimacy and lifestyle coach Cherish Dorrington MCT. “To reap all the benefits of sex you have to set aside time for it — schedule date nights complete with candles and wine, a little adventure, something new that keeps you interested and lets you view your partner through a new lens.” Clearly, following this advice won’t just enhance your health — it will enhance the health of your relationship.

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NIXING CARBS

Pity poor carbohydrates — they’ve been vilified as fattening foes, and trendy diets like the Paleo diet and Whole30 suggest people eschew them altogether. If you’ve taken this advice to heart, you may want to rethink your decision for the sake of your health, and, surprisingly, your waistline. Admittedly, it’s irrefutable that refined carbohydrates, like white bread, can contribute to weight gain and associated diseases, but the reverse is true of complex carbohydrates. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that people who ate the most complex carbohydrates were 40 per cent less likely to be obese or overweight compared with people who ate the least. Another recent study conducted by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health reported that a diet rich in whole grains is linked to longevity. If you’re not convinced, consider the residents of “Blue Zones” — regions that play host to the world’s longest living people. Their diets are rich in complex carbs like whole grains and legumes. The take-home lesson? Ignore the social media hype and listen to science — those oats you’ve been avoiding are good for you!

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But here’s where the similarities end and where the joy of exploring local wineries begins. Unlike the charming, original farmhouse setting of Zanatta, Blue Grouse has a sleek, new building that rises, gleaming, above the rolling vineyards. It’s bright and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, modern wood counters and tabletops by Live Edge and a spacious tasting room. I love the Blue Grouse website’s explanation of the building’s design: “Our architects found inspiration for the building’s shape in our namesake, the Blue Grouse. The lovely curve of the grouse’s head and neck inspired the roofline. Inside the tasting room, a curved ceiling reminds visitors of a grouse’s belly, and the new entrance will highlight a beautiful shade of blue from the grouse’s tail feathers.” Owner Paul Brunner — a former mining engineer with family roots in the region— showed us around the facility, even stopping at the lovely home he shares with his wife, artist Christina Brunner. It overlooks a newly planted part of the vineyard and has a two-bedroom lowerlevel suite available for visitor accommodation. The Brunners, who moved to the area and purchased the vineyard in 2012, have lived (along with their opera-singing daughter) all over the world. According to the website, “The family’s interest in wines and vines stems from Paul’s need to repent for his sins. (After a life in mining, he’s going green).” The new building, which opened in 2015, features

earthquake-proof construction, geothermal heating and cooling, a state-of-the-art, “green” water system, and automated bottling system, which can produce 1,500 bottles of wine an hour. Blue Grouse currently produces 3,000 cases each year, but is gearing up to double production and has the capacity to produce 12,000 cases. We enjoyed sampling several wines, and left with a Quill Rose and newly released champagne-method bubbly (yes, I’m addicted). Then, we headed up island to our next stop. Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival is a weekend-long event hosted each February by two high-end, waterfront resorts — Beach Club Resort and TighNa-Mara. The festival includes Parksville Untapped — celebrating regional breweries, cideries and distilleries — two winemakers dinners and a Sunday morning Bubbles and Brunch. We attended the sold-out Swirl event (aptly named, as I’m quite certain the room was swirling for many by the end of the night), which was held this year at the Beach Club Resort and featured wines from over 100 wineries, plus stations of chef-inspired small bites. Amid the many, many wines we tasted, two Cowichan Valley wineries floated to the top of the barrel for us. First, there was the intriguing, lavender-infused flavour of Damali wines, a family-owned craft winery located 10 minutes south of Blue Grouse. Planted as a lavender farm in 2005, a vineyard was added six years later and today all Damali’s signature wines

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by one of that province’s most beloved cultural heroes, Lilies is doubtless destined to have less impact here than it did in Montreal. “But the drama is riveting and theatrically intelligent, and I’m sure that audiences will be touched by this love story,” Vernon adds. “It has a universal emotional truth.”

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ONTEMPORARY CANADIAN OPERAS ARE quite rare, so when Pacific Opera Victoria debuts Lilies (Les Feluettes) it will be of notable interest — not least because this co-production with Opéra de Montréal has already opened to rapturous reviews in Quebec. “It was hugely successful, the audiences were ecstatic,” says Timothy Vernon, POV’s artistic director and the conductor for both productions. “And we’re bringing the same cast here, which is great.” Based on a play by Quebec’s renowned Michel Marc Bouchard, Lilies tells the story of a devastating love triangle set in a college in 1912 that results in one lad dying, another going to prison, and the third eventually becoming a bishop. Decades later the bishop visits the prison to perform last rites and is compelled to confront the truth of his past when the inmates re-enact those tragic events from long ago. Lilies is substantially told in flashback, and the music ranges from Debussy’s Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian — which the students were performing as part of a play in 1912 — to a sophisticated modern score by award-winning composer Kevin March. “The music is varied and strong, with some folkloric elements as well as lyrical romanticism,” says Vernon. “It’s not aggressively modern.” Seeing as it is sung in French, set in Quebec, and was written

Performing April 20-30 at the Royal Theatre. For tickets, call 250-386-6121.

A PASSION FOR PAINTING WEST END GALLERY PAINTINGS BY ALAIN BÉDARD In the 1980s, Quebec painter Alain Bédard studied art at Laval University, where he embraced the tutelage of renowned Canadian artist Claude A. Simard. After graduating, Bédard worked as an illustrator and graphic designer before abandoning his own design firm and becoming a full-time painter in 1992. Both his training and the profound influence of Simard have shaped this eminently likable artist, whose vividly coloured figurative cityscapes make most viewers eager to step into the enticing world depicted on the canvas — or maybe just head off somewhere on their own vacation. “People are really drawn to the bright colours … his work is very joyful and full of happiness,” says Amy Boyle, assistant manager at West End Gallery. “He’s a very popular artist and the prices are still very reasonable.” The exhibition, Inspirations of Provence, will feature up to 15 acrylic-on-canvas paintings, with prices ranging from $700-$2,100.

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As Bédard has noted, “I’m the kind of painter who walks, stops, looks, listens and sketches a moment of life on the spot, which I then create upon canvas.” His delightfully innocent urban scenes feature keenly observed architectural facades as a backdrop for strolling tourists, vegetable sellers, a table of diners at an outdoor café or a passerby admiring boats bobbing in a sunlit harbour. “I would love to have a Bédard in my collection,” confesses Boyle. “The palette is so bright and there is so much joy and passion in his work.”

Running April 8-20 at West End Gallery, 1203 Broad St. For information, call 250-388-0009.

THE WORLD ON A STRING THE DAISY THEATRE LATEST EXTRAVAGANZA FROM PUPPET MASTER RONNIE BURKETT Award-winning marionette master Ronnie Burkett usually explores dark themes, so his latest show, the bawdy and provocative Daisy Theatre, may come as a surprise to his longtime fans. As it turns out, fans and newcomers alike have been flocking to this unique work, which debuted at Toronto’s 2013 Luminato Festival and has toured ever since. On the surface Daisy is a variety show for adults, and features more than 40 marionettes in a series of theatrical parodies of everything from opera and Las Vegas revues to French cabaret and old-fashioned vaudeville.

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“But it’s wildly political, wildly filthy, wildly satirical … Daisy is a great ride,” says Heather Lindsay, executive director of Intrepid Theatre. “We sold out every single seat for our run in November of 2015 and couldn’t wait to get him back.” According to Lindsay, the show is partly inspired by Czech marionette theatre, which mounted subversive performances after the Nazi occupation. “This was Burkett’s response to political unrest and the reemergence of right-wing ideologies,” notes Lindsay. “But it can quickly shift from the political to something incredibly poignant … or be amazingly funny.” The show is partially improvised, and you don’t see every puppet at every performance, so serious fans come more than once to get a richer experience. “It’s the marionettes that rule the journey each night,” explains Lindsay, who adds that Burkett, who voices all the characters, puts on a truly bravura display of technical skill. “Audiences hoot and holler; they get hugely involved in the puppet characters,” she notes. “Burkett is a Canadian treasure.”

Running April 13-16 at the Metro Studio, 1411 Quadra St. For tickets, see Intrepid Theatre.

GOING GOTHIC DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER PRESENTED BY LANGHAM COURT As a young man growing up in England, Keith Digby devoured the great thrillers of Gothic literature, from The Castle of Otranto to Dracula. Decades later, and after a long career


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in theatre, Digby was part of a group making suggestions for the latest season of Langham Court Theatre (he usually directs one Langham show a year with his wife and creative partner, Cynthia Pronick). Suddenly thoughts turned to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the timeless Victorian shocker about a wellintentioned doctor whose efforts to subdue the evil side of human nature backfire into madness and depravity. And when Digby discovered a new, streamlined, and very creepy version of the play, the search was over. “In this version Jekyll’s fantasies come out as four people instead of just one, and having four Mr. Hydes is more interesting and much more theatrical,” he explains. And like the best horror stories, real tragedy lies under the lurid surface. “Jekyll is looking to instill serenity by finding a chemical cure for the ‘beast within,’ but instead he is seduced, then trapped by desires that are ferociously over the top,” says Pronick. “It’s a morality tale writ large.” The two co-directors make serious

demands on their actors, who not only have to push beyond realism without teetering into campy melodrama, but also must keep pace with speedy changes between scenes, thanks to a revolving stage. “And Jekyll is extremely atmospheric — our lighting tech calls himself a shadow designer,” adds Pronick with a chuckle. “This is the Gothic version of film noir.”

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culminates in April with a gala presentation of Beauty and the Beast, the Oscar-winning animated movie musical from 1991 that later became a Broadway sensation. Based on a French fairy tale, it’s the romantic story of a selfish prince who has been transformed by a curse into a grotesque creature. Ah, but is there time for him to earn the love of a young woman and be released from that dire spell? “The movie has a special place in people’s hearts, and our job is to recapture the magic they remember from Beauty,” says Roles, who is confident his 60 talented students have the singing, dancing and acting chops to enthrall any audience. With impressive costumes and props rented from Vancouver, whimsical characters like Lumière and Mrs. Potts will come fully alive. And memorable songs, such as Be Our Guest, will be backed by a large, first-call live orchestra led by Brad L’Écuyer. “We have some of the top budding talent in the country,” adds Roles. “And we proved last year with Mary Poppins that we are definitely up for the challenge of presenting a Broadway-style show.”

Running from April 21-29 at the McPherson Playhouse. For tickets, call 250-386-6121.

READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP SUNSET BOULEVARD PERFORMANCE BY VOS Considered the swan song of the mega-musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard is getting its Victoria debut 24

years after it first opened in London. “The original Sunset had such massive, technically complex sets that it’s really beyond the reach of a smaller theatre,” explains director-choreographer Heather-Elayne Day, who is helming the production for the Victoria Operatic Society. “So we’ve gone to the original 1950 film version for our source material.” A jaundiced look at the underbelly of Hollywood, Sunset depicts a tragedy that unfolds after an ambitious young playwright gets entwined in the life of Norma Desmond, a faded star from the silent film era who dreams of making a comeback. “The story is about obsession … and about the danger of getting what you so desperately hope for,” explains Day. Although dominated by Norma’s gloomy mansion, this musical boasts a cast of 28 — playing over 40 characters — and opens up for some big outdoor scenes and even a car chase, which will be conveyed via projections. “It’s a challenging production to put into a small space such as the McPherson,” Day admits. “Plus the music is sweeping and gorgeous, but it’s also very complex, and we need 18 players in the pit.” There is little traditional dialogue, with much of the story emerging as the characters sing, imbuing Sunset with the dramatic intensity of opera. “This is a dark comedy, but also haunting and desperately sad,” adds Day.

Running from May 5-14 at the McPherson Playhouse. For tickets, call 250-386-6121.

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ERY FEW ARE BLESSED TO KNOW their life’s calling at an early age, and then successfully follow that path. Greg Marshall, naval architect, is one of these rare beings. From age five, he loved boats. He studied and drew them constantly — often to the dismay of his teachers — but always guided by his natural art talent and encouraged by his father, an architect. Today Marshall is at the helm of Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect Ltd., designer of some of the top luxury yachts in the world. When I went to visit, I thought I had arrived at a farm. There is no company name on the building, nor is there a sign by the West Burnside Road location. Snowdrops bloomed under the apple trees and daffodils poked up through the grass. Greg Marshall, a burly man of 54 years, greeted me at the door with a big friendly smile. He was casually dressed, as were all members of the staff. When he started the firm in 1994, he explained, it was located on the Inner Harbour. But it attracted too many visitors, so he moved to this secluded farm. As he showed me around, it became immediately clear that this plain-but-crowded building is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the glitz and ostentation of many offices; it’s intended for work and creativity. There is no waiting room, and walls, tables and desks sit crammed with computers and printers and, of course, pictures, plans and models of boats. Yachts are the theme, mostly in the luxury class. And there is

a pervading atmosphere of high technology: every office desk has two to four computer monitors, many with three-dimensional images of attractive top-end yachts, rotating and offering views from different angles. As we sat in Marshall’s modest, open-concept office next to the front door, he explained how this all came to be. Marshall was born and grew up in Victoria. “I am not sure where I got the yacht-design addiction gene from,” he said. “But I’ve had it ever since I can remember.” He studied marine architecture at Memorial University, Newfoundland, and then had the good fortune to study and work with William Garden, a legendary West Coast boat designer. Subsequently, he worked with a big boat designing firm in Houston, Texas, for eight years, then returned to Victoria in 1994. Again, fate smiled on him: he landed a major contract and started his company. Marshall’s story was frequently interrupted by banter and quips from Gordon Galbraith, the firm’s vice president, whose office was only a few yards away. Seeing the friendly casual interaction, I understood why the firm’s staff of about 14 has been stable, with very little turnover over the years. The firm specializes in boats up to 200 feet in length, although it occasionally designs larger ones. About 14 boats are currently on the drawing boards for customers around the globe. “Our best project ever was the 148-foot luxury yacht named bigfish,” said Marshall showing a few photos. “It was named one of the top 50 boats ever built and has appeared on the covers of 40 magazines.”

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Looking at the pictures and technical specifications, I was transported into the rarified world of the über-rich. bigfish is stunning, with elegant living and dining rooms and platforms around the stern for tying up seaplanes, sailboats and yacht tenders. “There is more to yacht design than efficiency and engineering formulas,” Marshall said. “To create a yacht that satisfies the owners’ dreams demands a balance of art and science, of creativity and technology. It’s this blend of artistry and naval architecture know-how that sets our firm apart.”

“BUT NOW IT’S THEIR COMPLEXITY THAT DRAWS ME. BOATS HAVE SO MANY FACETS. I’M NEVER BORED.” The most sophisticated current project is the 138-foot luxury yacht, Atlas, which has a cruising range of 6,200 nautical miles and carries a three-person submarine capable of descending 3,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. I was green with envy on learning that Marshall and his staff occasionally get to sail

aboard these magnificent crafts. “I’m married and my wife, Nancy, and I have three children ages 14, 16 and 19,” Marshall explained. “Our favourite family time is to go cruising on three- to four-week treks up and down the West Coast on our boat, the Linnet 3.” Even the family cruiser is special. Designed by Bill Garden, it is 40 feet long, has a plumb bow and top speed of 24 knots. On shore, Marshall enjoys entertaining but even his passion for cooking reflects his attitude toward boats: “I like all cooking styles, but the more complex, the better.” Asked about his lifelong passion for boats, Marshall said, “I have no idea what it was at an early age, but I was definitely addicted. But now it’s their complexity that draws me. Boats have so many facets. I’m never bored.” Marshall is fascinated by the application of advanced technologies to make boats better and is driving his company in that direction. He is looking at sustainable forms of power — his firm is currently designing an electric marine tender — and spoke of boat construction using 3D printing. He is connected with the Graduate School for Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, where his interests include research into advanced technologies to make greener boats that are more environmentally friendly. As I left, wandering through the orchard toward the carpark, my head swam with the graceful images I had seen. Marshall’s enthusiasm had quietly infected me with an appreciation of the beauty and complexity of boats.

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