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Lori Muñoz Malcolm, pictured with her son Roman, is one of the many Victoria business people featured in this issue’s special section.
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BLUE JEAN BABY
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On the Cover
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SO YOU THINK YOU’RE NOT A BEER DRINKER
Tasting may be believing
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By Lia Crowe
130 FRESH AND GREEN
EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT
Recipes for renewal
By Chef Heidi Fink
Where tradition rules
By Chelsea Forman
Hothouse hot business: Dan Dagg
That day I was a life model
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BEHIND THE STORY
By Lia Crowe
Flavours of the West Coast
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What’s on this March and April
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26 WELL AND GOOD The evolution of self- improvement
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“Introverted? Here’s how to be more social,” reads the title of an Oprah Magazine article on social media. “Just once,” says the response, “I’d like to see an article: ‘Extroverted? Here are some tips on how to be quiet and reflective.’” For our special section The Influencers, we asked Victoria entrepreneurs, “What is your superpower?” So I’ve been thinking about superpowers and wondering how powerful I’d feel as an extrovert. Imagine walking into a roomful of people and crushing it — ping-ponging from person to person, giving each the perfect dose of chit-chat (albeit, often shallow) peppered with anecdotes (albeit, often incorrectly recalled) and salted with firm handshakes and the perfect conversational exit. My husband is an extrovert and I watch him with awe as, first, he’s always excited to go to a party; second, he’s not ready to leave after half an hour; and, third, he happily mingles amid the throng, seemingly eager to talk to everyone there. My introvert-spawned party goals are to arrive late, leave early and know exactly where the escape areas lie — back porch, bathroom and edges of the party where fellow introverts huddle. I’ve learned to seek out other introverts and embark on deeper — if not slightly awkward — one-on-one conversations. (The longer the conversation the better — and it usually is long because introverts don’t know how to gracefully move on). But is being an extrovert really a superpower? Years ago, when Bruce and I lived in Calgary, we attended numerous political functions. Since I was new to the city and he’d been there for years, I knew no one and stuck to his side as he made his mingle-and-jive moves. But soon something emerged. After the event, I’d ask him if he’d heard a certain comment, noted a new pairing, caught a bit of body language. Usually it was no, no, no. Also, it turned out that as he was chatting away to a group of people, I’d often fall into a side conversation with someone else in the group (usually another introvert), ultimately discovering all sorts of things unknown to my extroverted husband. Finally, I learned that being an introvert helps me listen. Extroverts, many of whom like to talk a lot, often chatter away to introverts (who are just thankful to appear engaged in a conversation). And as a good interviewer knows, if you want to find out something, say very little and chances are the speaker will fill the space with words. This brings to mind a certain interview I conducted about 11 years ago with a charming extrovert based in Calgary. To say the least, I left the interview extremely pleased with all the information I’d pulled from this man, who turned out to be my future husband. So bring on the introvert superheroes! Perhaps we can teach you extroverts how to be quiet and reflective. Find more superpowers and superheroes in The Influencers (page 78). I hope you enjoy your journey through this issue of Boulevard, with its fresh fashion, a gorgeous home, design tips, intriguing people, food, beer and a sassy narrative about being a life model. And speaking of our new Narrative feature, writers — don’t forget to submit your stories.
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The Royal British Columbia Museum’s popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit runs February 14 to March 29. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. Now in its 55th year, the competition showcases a global selection of outstanding nature photography. Each photo is presented in a huge backlit display with a caption exploring the image’s compelling story. The images evoke a wide range of emotions but are always visually stunning and thought-provoking. Definitely worth a visit!
vegans and food lovers rejoice A brand-new, 100 per cent plant-based restaurant — focused on hand-crafted pizza and ice cream — opened mid-January in Victoria. Located at 530 Pandora Avenue, this is the largest Virtuous Pie location to date. At over 2,300 square feet, it has 73 seats, a 653-square-foot outdoor patio opening this spring, and a communal bar area, featuring local craft beers, wines and cocktails. The owners say, “Join us to indulge in our signature plant-based pizzas, ice cream and small plates, plus unique menu items exclusive to Victoria!”
head of the cask The 10th Annual Whisky Awards in Victoria on January 16 saw Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point Distillery win the award for “Best All-Rye Whisky” in Canada, and take home 11 medals. Shelter Point won gold medals for its Single Cask Rye and for its recently released Smoke Point Single Grain Whisky, which is finished in ex-Laphroaig barrels from Islay in Scotland. Shelter Point also won six silver medals and three bronze medals.
brava! Pacific Opera Victoria Director of Development Yvette Guigueno has been selected to participate in OPERA America’s highly competitive 2020 Leadership Intensive program. Guigueno is the only Canadian selected and joins participants from the USA, Europe and Latin America. Her participation is underwritten by Opera. ca, the national association for opera in Canada. We say, “Congratulations!”
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MODHAUS DESIGNS Get moody with blues. Try powder blue reimagined or delicate chinoiserie set against blurred modern lines. This season’s interiors are awash in blues that reflect our landscape — the place where sea and sky meet and meld beautifully into each other.
1. Catalina earrings, lalobajewels.com, $130. 2. Small table planter, Buttata Ceramics, Smoking Lily, $35. 3. Libra blue and white vase, CB2, $22.95. 4. Whimsy plates, Mary Loria Ceramics, $15 - $30. Antigua linen duvet cover and shams, Chintz and Company, call for pricing. 6. Redondo accent chair, One Kings Lane, $2,305 USD. 7. Lamb fur pillow, Moe’s Home, $209. 8. Jam jams, Smoking Lily, $85. 9. Millie rug, Anthropologie, $68 - $998. 10. Chinese pile wallpaper, Cole and Son, Bespoke Design, call for pricing. 11. Kartell Mini Kabuki table lamp, Gabriel Ross, $581. 12. Gan Nuances Pouf, Patricia Urquiola, Gabriel Ross, $1,769.
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life.style.etc. WITH CLAUDIA KNOGLINGER, OWNER/OPERATOR/JACK OF ALL TRADES BERNSTEIN & GOLD
“It’s about trusting your instincts and being able to take risks. It can’t be boring, it needs to be fresh but still wearable.” WORDS + PHOTOGRAPHY LIA CROWE
Claudia has always been someone I’ve gone to for fashion inspiration. When I have a nugget of an idea but need to distil it into a concrete concept, I’ve relied on her knowledge of fashion and trends and her passion for all things visual. She also has a strong sense of personal style and with her boutique Bernstein & Gold, she brings a fresh, current and bold aesthetic that has elevated this city to the category of fashion forward. So, it is a real treat to meet Claudia for a chat about her life, style and inspiration, and what she holds as important. She’s owned a retail boutique in Victoria for close to 20 years, so I wonder what aspect of her work fires her up and keeps her going. “It’s the customers and the fashion,” she says. “There’s a thrill in the buying for the next season: the trends, colours and fabrics, and what direction I’m going to take the store next. And that all comes from feedback I get from clients while working on the floor; being on the floor is everything.” And what is Claudia most excited about for spring 2020? “There’s an interesting mix. The ’90s are definitely showing up again, and wild florals in big prairie poofs.” Asked what innate quality has led to her success, Claudia says her strength lies in the buying. “Choosing out of the million things you see, sifting through countless amounts of pictures and fabric swatches, going to the showrooms, meeting designers and really paring it down. It’s about trusting your instincts and being able to take risks. It can’t be boring, it needs to be fresh but still wearable. That’s what I spend the most time fretting about — it has to be right.” And what essential daily practice has she adopted in her work? 16
“Something that I try to show up with every morning is — listening to customers. They are coming through the door, they chose to spend their time with me and it has to be special, it has to be personal, it has to be meaningful to them in all aspects of the interaction. I have a great team and they all subscribe to that same philosophy.” Since she is the mother of a toddler, I asked Claudia: what is the best life lesson she’s recently learned? “One big thing I’m passionate about is self-care and wellness and making it a priority in my life. Going back to basics — from natural skincare to even the type of clothes and how much that you buy — incorporating the right things into your life, making better choices and honouring what matters to you. My self-care practice is focused on my garden because it’s something I can do with my son. It’s all about keeping your body well to preserve yourself, so you can be there for that person. You don’t think about that in your 20s very much, or at least I didn’t.” When it comes to personal style, Claudia says she likes things pretty and casual. “I’ve always liked flowing blouses, nice fabrics and patterns, but most days I’m in jeans and sneakers because I’m running around and I need to be able to move.” So what does good style mean? “It has to feel like it’s you. And it’s a feeling; it’s the way your body responds in clothes, the way you move. It doesn’t have to be expensive or be designer, it just needs to feel like there has been some thought behind it. It has to work for the person and you can usually tell by the way they carry themselves in it.”
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READING MATERIAL What you read online for style: Numerous style blogs but I still like traditional Vogue Paris and Schöner Wohnen (interior design) for style news and links to other sites and blogs. It’s truly endless. Fave print magazine: The Gentlewoman . Fave style blog: Who What Wear. Coffee table book/photography book: A Frame for Life: The Designs of StudioIlse by Ilse Crawford. Last great read: She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey.
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Where tradition rules The case for authentic tortillas and honest Mexican food WORDS CHELSEA FORMAN
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Mexico is a beloved travel destination of Canadians, luring visitors with the promise of vacations teeming with sunshine, fun-loving culture and delicious food. Cold months on the west coast have us yearning for a taste of Mexico, and it is through food that we find that in Canada. The brightness of traditional flavours warms both bellies and spirits, allowing us to relish in fleeting Mexican moments without ever stepping foot on a plane. But as all of us who have travelled south of the border know, the pursuit, and perhaps struggle, to find authentic Mexican food takes a bit of persistence, as professional chef Israel Alvarez quickly discovered after moving to Canada from Mexico City in 2008. Israel joined the Tasting Room at the Breakwater Cafe in April 2019, and soon after that proposed the switch to a traditional taco menu. The chef, who is dedicated to producing authentic Mexican food that adheres to ancient cultural traditions, rolled out the new menu in August 2019. “I felt some sort of responsibility to do something great outside of Mexico. To bring traditional, honest food to people,” Israel explains, “When I came to Canada I found that most tortillas are just a vessel to transfer food — lacking character, lacking aroma — and nearly all of them are made with instant corn flour. Due to political and cultural issues and for ethical reasons, I don’t ever want to use that ingredient.” In Mexican culture, the process of creating a tortilla is deeply rooted in tradition, with the art passed down for centuries. In a process called nixtamalization, corn is soaked and cooked in an alkaline solution, washed and then hulled. This ancient Mesoamerican technique transforms hard-to-digest corn kernels into a nutritious staple grain. In the early 1990s, there was a push by the Mexican government to remove the nixtamal process and support the mass production of instant corn flour. The change caused a domino effect in Mexico, spanning from thousands of farmers losing their jobs to compromised quality of the corn flour and a surge in health-related issues within the country. “I am part of a global chef movement to bring back the traditional process and support Mexican farmers,” Israel explains.
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At the Tasting Room, Israel sources the non-GMO corn used from two states in Mexico. Across the southern country, there are several types of corn native to the land that have been preserved and carried through several thousands of generations. “Corn makes Mexico greater — our people come from corn and have always survived off of it. There is a saying that goes: Sin Maíz, No Hay País, which means ‘without corn, there is no country.’ That’s how important it is to Mexico,” says Israel. Adhering to the traditional nixtamal process takes approximately 20 hours. Israel uses three ingredients in his tacos: water, calcium hydroxide in the form of lime, and dry corn. After simmering the corn for about an hour, he then leaves it to soak in water for 14 to 16 hours overnight. “I rinse the corn the next morning and then grind it and form the dough. Sometimes it requires more water, depending on the day, whether it is more humid or dry outside. You have to touch it until it feels right,” he explains. Israel next forms little balls of dough which are made fresh to order — on a busy day at the Tasting Room they produce 350 to 400 tortillas fresh off the grill. “A tortilla should be elastic, foldable and have character. It should never break. If it does the whole experience is ruined,” Israel says, “When you have the foundation right the rest is easy to execute and falls into place.” While Israel is the head chef at the Tasting Room, he works closely with the Breakwater Cafe’s executive chef David Furlonger to produce authentic Mexican tacos that honour coastal flavours. “We decided to use the Mexican techniques paired with Pacific Northwest ingredients. For example, our executive head chef is a forager who forages kelp, which will be on the taco menu consistently. A taco is anything you can put in a tortilla; there are no limitations or rules,” Israel says. Israel’s tacos are quickly becoming a staple in the Victoria culinary scene. Served family-style, his dishes offer respite from our day-to-day life, with ancient kernels and an honest approach that allows you to savour Mexican culture.
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flavours of the West Coast Pluviophiles in Ucluelet WORDS SUSAN LUNDY
Pluvio restaurant is a must-do experience for dining in Ucluelet. There is nothing else like it. Another excellent spot to dine is located right next door: Heartwood Kitchen features West Coast flavours served up from an expansive, vegetarian-friendly menu with lots of gluten-free options. For breakfast, try The Blue Room across the street; for waterfront happy hour, drive out to Float Lounge at Black Rock Resort. Be sure to drop by Zoe’s Bakery; it’s another local hot spot.
The Ucluelet Aquarium is a great place to experience local sea life showcased in exhibits designed to inspire respect for ocean habitats. Some of the displays are interactive and the entire experience is both educational and entertaining. The aquarium has a unique catchand-release program, releasing most of the exhibited sea life each year. Another must-see is the Amphitrite Lighthouse — the only active lighthouse in the area accessible by car. It can be accessed via the Lighthouse Loop section of the Wild Pacific Trail or via a short walk from the end of Coast Guard Road.
Walk the Wild Pacific Trail — there are lots of trail options and the sights are truly spectacular. Rent e-bikes and take a tour with Mario Chartrand at Pacific Rim Eco Tours (ukeetours.com); Mario is super knowledgeable and e-bikes are the best! Visit the brand new Ucluelet Brewing Company, located in a beautiful former church building right downtown. In the fall, visit the Thornton Creek Hatchery. If you’re lucky, you’ll get an upclose look at foraging bears.
Pluvio’s brand new rooms are located right downtown behind the restaurant and beside a kitchen garden. The four king rooms are sleek and spacious (at 400 square feet) and super comfortable. A lot of thought has gone into details small and large, making these rooms topnotch. Breakfast is delivered early each morning, left outside the door in a chilled cooler. It can be enjoyed inside the room in one of two cosy armchairs, or out on the deck beside the garden. Reserve a room ahead of time and ask for the pet-friendly room if you’re travelling with a pooch.
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e’re in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island’s west coast settling into seats at Pluvio restaurant + rooms’ chef ’s table. In front of us, Chef Warren Barr and his sous chefs seem immersed in a choreography as they spin and dance around the kitchen, creating cuisine that has our mouths watering. Suddenly, I spot something out of the corner of my eye. “Excuse me,” I say, pulling aside Lily Verney-Downey, who owns Pluvio along with chef-partner Warren, but who is also hands-on in the dining room. “Did I just see food plated on a bed of sticks and stones?” She nods and smiles. This is my first inkling that the dinner at Pluvio—named fourth best new restaurant in Canada just six months after opening in the spring of 2019—will be unique. It’s riveting sitting at the chef ’s table watching the transformation of ingredients from raw food to edible art. The plating is so unique but so obvious. Why wouldn’t you serve smoked spruce-flavoured candied salmon on plate of sticks and stones? It tastes like a campfire at the water’s edge, why shouldn’t it look like one? Still trying to decide my own meal, I watch Warren plate a ring of succulent-looking butter-soaked scallops, my absolute favourite food. “Would it be possible to make that for me without butter?” I ask (regretting my dairy allergy). Warren hesitates and then shakes his head. “No,” he says. “But I can add some scallops to your plate.” boulevardmagazines.com |
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At first, I’m taken aback because most restaurants meet this request. But suddenly I am thrilled. Here is a chef so proud of his creations, he’s not willing to compromise. This is the second time today I’ve met a sky-high personal standard and it says something about Ucluelet. Once considered the slightly dowdy cousin of hip Tofino down the highway, Ucluelet (or Ukee as it’s known locally) now bursts with its own flavour, personality and emerging food scene. It stands alone as a must-do destination. A few hours before our dinner at Pluvio, we stop by Pacific Rim Distillery, where Luke Erridge creates uniquely flavoured gin and vodka, using four generations worth of his family’s whisky-making techniques. Spirits don’t get more hand-crafted than this. Everything is fermented using Luke’s own wild yeast culture, propagated in nearby Barkley Sound. He hand-forages all nine botanicals used in his Lighthouse Gin, and everything is made on-site at a distillery hand-built by Luke and his grandfather. The spirits are made in small batches — each is unique — and when we visited in October, Luke had little stock left. Just three select restaurants carry the spirits (Pluvio is one), and Luke has no intention of ramping up production. In fact, he seems a bit reluctant to sell one of the last bottles of his hand-crafted vodka to any old bloke. “If you say you’re going to mix it with Coca-Cola, I probably won’t sell it to you,” he laughs. And for sure, his gin and vodka are meant for sipping straight up. The flavours are that unique. “I want Ukee to be known as having the best … a small humble town that people take pride in,” he says. To this end, topnotch hand-crafters are sprouting up everywhere around town, including the brand new Ucluelet Brew-
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ing Company and Foggy Bean Coffee Co. located in a beautifully repurposed church building. Ukee may not have the Pacific Rim’s signature long sandy beaches, but a hike on the Wild Pacific Trail offers breathtaking wild-sea vistas and relaxing immersion in a lush rainforest. There’s lots to see and do in this booming town that’s filled with young, creative people. Back at Pluvio, the theme that “local is best” continues to emerge as Chef Warren presents us with several courses of inspired Canadian cuisine, rich in seasonal and wild ingredients — many foraged from nearby forests and coastlines or grown in Pluvio’s own garden. Previously the chef at Tofino’s famed Wickaninnish Inn, Warren seems to relish his new role as a leader of the burgeoning food scene in Ucluelet. Pluvio’s 30-seat dining room has a wine-rack wall, open kitchen, high-top tables, separate bar and a regular cast of diners. The result is casual but intimate; accessible but out-of-this-world. The wine and cocktail lists are similarly inspired, with the wines carefully selected, frequently from lesser-known, small-batch wineries. Finally, even the name celebrates the site: “Pluvio” means rain in Latin, while a pluviophile is “a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.” Our meal is peppered with surprises, both in taste and presentation. In fact, this was the most inspiring and unique food adventure that I’ve experienced. We left completely satiated with the flavours of Ukee.
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new start can be exciting. The first thing many of us do after welcoming the new year is take on acts of self-improvement. We vow to be a healthier, fitter and better version of ourselves. We are far more likely to start a new diet, workout program or lifestyle change at the beginning of the year because there is a sense of rebirth and new beginnings; the possibilities seem endless. The trouble is, impulsive lifestyle changes almost always fail. This is due, in part, to the fact that decisions to better ourselves are often made in reaction to overindulgence or the feeling that we donâ€™t measure up, and the guilt and self-judgement that result. But motivation to make changes, when triggered by negative feelings about ourselves and our past actions, rarely enacts long-term, positive change. Besides being motivated by negative feelings, another self-improvement pitfall is that acting on promised changes often relies on internal motivation. This can be challenging because we are put in charge of our own accountability. Some people have concrete goals and make concrete plans that push them to the gym every day after work, or wake them up early in the morning to meditate. But many of us, most of us, struggle to start new activities and form new routines by willpower alone. Starting a new workout or wellness routine without external accountability and support, without proper guidance and more than a bit of enthusiasm, can be confusing and lonely. Humans are social creatures, and we are far more likely to succeed if we are surrounded by like-minded people. Our innate desire to be held accountable, supported and encouraged has recently led to an evolution in self-improvement. Many of the new activities gaining in popularity are centred around the idea of not only getting healthy but getting healthy together, in a community. One of the most popular and effective training programs that has wholly and completely embraced the community focus is CrossFit.
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CrossFit is, in essence, a collection of intense and varied activities that are almost guaranteed to leave you in a sweaty heap on the floor. Forming a sweaty heap may not be something you imagine wanting to do in a room with 20 other people, but the CrossFit model may pleasantly surprise you. Its success and its appeal are as much about building relationships and joining a community as they are about the health benefits of intense and varied exercise. I met up with the owners of CrossFit LoLo, Adam Davidson and Kelsey Goodwin. One of the first things you notice about them is that they are clearly very good at the exercise part of their craft. They are a strong, healthy and powerful-looking pair. But after talking with them for a few minutes, what outshines even the physical evidence of their commitment to health is their unwavering commitment to making the experiences at their gym transformative beyond fitness. Yes, at CFLoLo you will lift heavy things, but you’ll also make gains that can’t be measured by body fat percentage or squat counts. When asked what they envision for a fitness community, Adam speaks passionately about the possibilities of gyms forming communities centred around shared goals; not only fitness goals but goals that encompass holistic integrity and well-being, because, in his words, “When we see a health-minded community, we see that trickle into the businesses, families, the overall creativity of the community. It isn’t about fitness at all, it’s really about relationships with what we do in our lives, making them better.” So maybe instead of self-improvement by sheer force of will, instead of generating new plans and goals out of guilt or disappointment, we should join a community. We should
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He works out of a nondescript, detached suburban garage behind his home. The space echoes with the song of winter birds floating in from the glade out back, and
“Because I’m out there for days and days, I start to feel the little changes that happen and realize that maybe it’s not a one-way thing. It becomes a back-and-forth kind of thing. The weather starts to have an effect. It makes the paint thick or it makes the paint thin.”
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adequately capture a setting’s changing form and its subtle effect on him as observer and painter. “I’m out there and I can smell the trees and appreciate the light changes. I learn to really pay attention. In a way I feel like working outside is really special because these places get a chance to express themselves,” he says. “Because I’m out there for days and days, I start to feel the little changes that happen and realize that maybe it’s not a one-way thing. It becomes a back-and-forth kind of thing. The weather starts to have an effect. It makes the paint thick or it makes the paint thin. Or the rain comes and it makes the paint slip off and stick somewhere else. It’s almost as if the place is participating. I really love the possibility that this process of making a painting feels collaborative.” Years ago, when he was eight years old, Jeremy’s son looked upon his father’s work as short movies. These seemingly static representations of landscape encompass the continuous play of light, wind, moisture and growth found within each setting. “I would hope that somebody could appreciate that liveliness,” he says. In his recent works, Jeremy focuses largely on the natural. This new trail represents a transition from attempts to convey the liminal spaces between the constructed and the natural that have characterized much of Jeremy’s previous work. In his very earliest artistic efforts, undertaken as a young boy who’d moved from an off-grid family cabin near Squamish to downtown Toronto, Jeremy recalls painting many images of trains pointed towards the hills and forests. More recent projects comprise scenes of distant glass-clad condominiums glimpsed through ancient firs and swaying cedars, views that are characteristic of green spaces that endure amidst the built landscape of Vancouver, Surrey and other suburbs of the Lower Mainland. “Where do we really draw the line? Where does nature end and the human start? Is there such a thing as wilderness or is wilderness something a human could never know because as soon we encounter it, it ceases to be wild?” he asks. “I’ve always wanted to draw that blur, to paint in that blur where humans and wilderness meet because I think it exemplifies the concept that humans are actually nature. “I think that the old dualist thinking about humans and nature as completely separate has brought us to this situation now, where we find ourselves in such ecological trouble.” The human element may persist in the guise of his presence as the artist and observer, yet the canvas is now exclusively dedicated to representing Jeremy’s close commune with the forest. It represents an opportunity for creative expression, spiritual fulfillment and existential satisfaction, however fleeting that may be. “I really want to focus on the forest because it becomes a kind of meditation,” he says. “It’s a very satisfying experience to hear the creatures and the forest and to have a conversation with these places, and then to offer that conversation out to people at this stage, I feel, is an important job.” People in the Victoria area can glimpse the result of Jeremy’s conversations when his work is presented at Oak Bay’s Winchester Galleries in May and June. Exhibitions are also slated for Calgary, Alta. and London, Ont. later in 2020. Further information about Jeremy’s current projects can be obtained at jeremyherndl.com or on Instagram at @jeremyherndl.
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After more than three decades in the business, Victoria marketing guru Dan Dagg has learned the only constant is change. “I’ve learned to embrace change,” the 58-year-old owner and president of Hothouse Marketing says. “I think people are afraid of change because of fear of failure, but in the advertising industry, change is the operative word. It occurs daily.” With change comes opportunity — something Dan knows first-hand after growing Hothouse, which is celebrating 20 years this year, from a one-person firm into a marketing powerhouse. “When I bought Hothouse 12 years ago, it had one employee and everything was in a storage locker out in Langford,” Dan says. “We have 20 employees now and I grew it by doing good work. Our clients spread the word and more business comes our way.” Dan got his start in Vancouver, where his uncle had a public relations firm. Filling in for a maternity leave gave him a taste for the industry and led to other jobs, including stints at Copeland Communications and Palmer Jarvis. “I love problem-solving,” says Dan. “I love the creative, dynamic nature of the business. It’s very exciting — everything is new.” But it’s not without its challenges, especially in a highly competitive market where Dan says anyone with a computer and smartphone can call themselves a designer or marketing expert. “There are a lot of unqualified people with Mac computers and iPhones producing work out of their basement
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and that forces you to differentiate yourself,” he adds. “I always like to say we’re in the business of problem-solving.” After acquiring long-time competitor Suburbia Studios last year, Hothouse is re-branding this year after joining forces with H2 Digital, the digital marketing and online behaviour targeting company Dan started with partner Ed Chung in 2016. “It’s been very successful and digital has become a part of everything we do now,” explains Dan. “The traditional and digital worlds have converged to the point that we saw fit to merge the two companies and are launching under the evolved brand H2 Accelerator in 2020.” But instead of increasing client numbers, Dan says the focus moving forward will be to work with fewer clients in a more meaningful and strategic way. Turning down business is actually an important lesson Dan’s learned over the years, especially when the client is not a good fit. “One of the mistakes we sometimes make is chasing the bright and shiny objects,” he explains. “Our values don’t mesh but we ignore it because it’s lucrative. However, if we go into it for wrong reasons it often doesn’t work and we’ve actually fired clients, which is a frightening thing to do because you’re giving up revenue, but it’s almost always the right decision and makes room for the right client to come through.” Hothouse specializes in cause marketing, working with numerous non-profits and doing socially responsible work. And for Dan, the tragic death of his 19-year-old son Elliott from leukaemia five years ago is propelling him to work even harder to make a difference.
“A good friend forced me to go out for lunch with him not long after my son died and told me he’d lost a brother when he was about 19 and he said he’d lost his father that day as well because his father never recovered,” Dan says. “He reminded me I have four other children that need me, and that really touched me. As much as I may want to curl up and lick my wounds for the rest of my life, I have to go on and live a happy, productive life and be a role model for my other children [aged 13 to 26].” Dan recently wrapped up his term as chair of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and he helped start the South Island Prosperity Partnership to spur much-needed economic development in the region. But he also follows the work hard/play hard mantra, blowing off steam — literally — at a hot yoga class three times a week, and he goes skiing in the winter and water skiing in summer as much as he can. And he’s even teaching himself how to play the ukulele. “I’ve always wanted to play an instrument and make music and the ukulele only has four strings so that’s got to be 50 per cent easier than a guitar!” Dan jokes. A big fan of corporate positioning lines, Dan says his personal positioning line is still a work in progress. “I think people and organizations need to have direction and they constantly need to be growing and evolving,” he says. “Part of any great day for me is progress of some sort, and advice that sort of sticks with me is to do your best each day and acknowledge that your best may vary from day to day.”
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The owners of this fabulous view home were riding horses in North Saanich one day and saw another custom home Villamar had nearly completed. They really liked what they saw and contacted Villamar. They were torn as to how they wanted the finished house to look. One wanted a modern look while the other leaned towards a rustic feel. Enter Duane Ensing, the principal designer for Villamar. When Duane and his colleagues saw the location, they were immediately excited by this project. “We instantly fell in love with the views,” Duane said. “When we started designing the home, the plan was to be able to capture these one-of-a-kind views as much as possible from as many of the living spaces. The result is what you see today.” One of Duane’s favourite things is watching the view open up as you make your approach. “As you drive up, the first thing you see is a very practically placed double car garage. When you drive a little further you are mesmerized by one of the most spectacular views of the Salish Sea. You can see right through the house to the ocean beyond. It doesn’t matter if it is a stormy day or a beautiful day, the view is absolutely phenomenal. When you enter the home you are greeted by an atmosphere that is very warm and welcoming, especially for a contemporary build.” Most of the main living space faces the ocean, coupled with vaulted ceilings and windows. “Further back from these great views, we’ve added in a laundry area and a handy butler’s pantry right off the kitchen. The owners also wanted an office to take advantage of the main floor living, so we put it near the back door and formed another window area. That created storage space and a bright bathroom in between, flooded by the natural
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nally from Alberta and wanted a wooden mantel to help tell this story. So we sourced the mantel from a barn in Alberta and the stone from K2 here on Vancouver Island. Then on the exterior of the home we added complementary exterior siding to go with the feel of the stone facing. We used slate tiles from Decora Stone to surround the fireplace and an ocean pearl cut top hearth, which adds a rustic look to this modern fireplace.” Another unique feature of this home is the curtain wall with a patio door that leads out onto the upper patio. Stretching 22 feet across the living room and 14 feet tall, the glass is framed in white-powder-coated aluminium with a modern two-inch reveal. Designed and rated to withstand the elements, this feature gives an uninterrupted view of Haro Strait. While the ocean view is certainly mesmerizing, there’s another view just before the ocean that catches you by sur-
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a n e j b a e b u y l b Greet spring with 1970s flare in vintage-esque denim with an upcycled, pulled-straight-from-a-thrift-store, lived-in vibe. Boulevard visits the deliciously retro Big Wheel Burger and funky The Village Coiffure in Cook Street Village to celebrate the new denim that’s all about looking back in time. STYLING BY JEN EVANS
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Shirt ($18) by Vince from Turnabout Luxury Resale; jean skirt ($149) by Part Two from Bagheera Boutique; purse ($990) by Chanel and boots ($230) by Ganni, both from Turnabout Luxury Resale; earrings (stylistâ€™s own).
Stripe roll-neck knit top ($155) by JUST from Still Life; graphic blouse ($115) by Cinque from Bagheera Boutique; black jeans (custom pricing) by todaydenim.com; ankle boots ($170) by Rachel Comey from Turnabout Luxury Resale; gold hoop earrings (stylist’s own).
Faux fur coat ($440) by Des Petits Hauts and blouse ($119) by Part Two, both from Bagheera Boutique; jeans (custom pricing) by todaydenim.com; blue ankle boots ($320) by Sol Sana from Still Life; gold necklaces (modelâ€™s own); ring (stylistâ€™s own).
Fader stripe tee ($85) by Rolla’s and “Sherpa” denim jacket ($165) by Brixton, both from Still Life Boutique; flared jeans (custom pricing) by todaydenim.com.
Model: Lindsay Kryczka Makeup and hair: Jen Clark Styling and production assistant: Dylan Trodden A huge thank you to Big Wheel Burger and The Village Coiffure for hosting the team and inspiring our story. Thank you to Lee Grant of LG Speed & Kustom for the use of your vintage truck.
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like beer — sometimes. When it comes to beverages, it’s hard to beat the refreshing taste of an ice-cold ale alongside a dozen fresh-shucked oysters, or a dark, chocolate-brown stout with grilled baby back ribs. Still, my natural inclination when dining out has always been to reach for the wine list. But lately, as I walk by the banks of fridges devoted to craft beer at my local liquor store, I can’t help but wonder: am I missing something? For answers, I asked Joe Wiebe, author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to BC Breweries and all-round BC beer enthusiast, to lead me through a beer tasting. As we settle in at a back table at Victoria’s Refuge Tap Room, Joe orders a flight of beer for us to sample. We talk about how Victoria, with its long-established brewpubs like Spinnakers and Swans, has always been at the epicentre of the Canadian craft beer movement. “I like to say Victoria is the cradle of the revolution,” Joe says, noting that changes to liquor legislation in 2013 allowed breweries in BC to operate tasting rooms, much like wineries, further propelling the popularity of craft beer here.
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Sour beers are often the “gateway” beer for people who don’t think they like beer: “They’re very sour, and there’s a certain type of person who just loves them. They’ll taste one and say, ‘Oh! I didn’t know beer could taste like that!’”
Like alchemists, craft brewers today experiment with herbs, spices and fruits. They express themselves through the hops they use and through new interpretations of traditional brewing techniques. “They’re producing some incredibly exciting flavours,” says Joe. “Beer has really evolved in the last decade or so. It’s a tasting culture now.” It’s these more eclectic brews that I’m most interested in tasting, beginning with our first beer, Strawberry Hibiscus Milkshake IPA from Vancouver’s Russell Brewing (6 per cent alcohol). The name is intriguing, but how good can a strawberry-flavoured, milky beer taste? Surprisingly good, it turns out: this is no ordinary milkshake. “Milkshake” actually refers to the use of lactose by the brewer, an unfermentable sugar that retains sweetness in the beer. It’s the perfect complement to the star ingredient: ripe strawberries. The first taste reminds me of spring’s first strawberry, greedily plucked in the field, while Joe likens it to strawberry ice cream. Next up? A Beets by Sinden sour beer from Electric Bicycle Brewing in Saanich (5.5 per cent). Deep pink in colour, this beer is unusual for two reasons, says Joe. One, it’s made with beets, and two, it’s part of a category of beers known as sours. “They’ve erupted in the last few years as their own category of beer,” he explains. Traditional sour beers have a three-year aging process, but modern craft brewers figured out how to accelerate the aging process by heating the beer in the brewing kettle. Sour beers then became more practical to produce and more affordable for consumers. Sour beers are often the “gateway” beer for people who don’t think they like beer, says Joe: “They’re very sour, and there’s a certain type of person who just loves them. They’ll taste one and say, ‘Oh! I didn’t know beer could taste like that!’” Raising the glass of peony-coloured beer to my nose, I really can smell the beets, or at least a very earthy suggestion of beets. The beer is sour, but pleasantly so and very refreshing. If I didn’t know better, I would have said this was a cider. “This beer is proof of how far the craft beer industry has come,” laughs Joe as he drains his tiny glass. “Here I am, a big bearded guy in a flannel shirt, drinking a pink beer.”
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The third beer in our flight was another sour — the Corvus Lingonberry Lime Gose from Ravens Brewery in Abbotsford. Joe says that this salty sour beer won Gold at the World Beer Cup — quite an honour for a fledgling BC brewery. As I peer into the cloudy, pinkish glass of wheat beer, I can’t really distinguish the smell of red lingonberries. But I can taste the tartness of lime and the salinity of the Himalayan salt in my first sip. “This beer would taste great with seafood or a big bowl of mussels,” I mention to Joe. “Beer works really well with food in general,” he says. “It’s much more versatile than wine, and the carbonation is great for cleaning the palate between courses.” Interesting point. I’d never thought of that. Leaving sours behind for now, Joe introduces me to another sub-category of beer — the very popular hazy IPA. The Humans IPA from Parkside Brewing in Port Moody (6.3 per cent) is like lemon meringue pie in a glass: it’s golden-coloured with a pleasant froth and a sweet, lemon-drop scent. “Brewers have started to experiment with adding hops later in the process, so you get more of the fruity sweet characteristics of the hops and less of the bitterness,” Joe explains. “That’s what gives us that huge burst of lemon aroma.” The beer’s flavour is just as fruity but not sugary. It reminds me of tropical mango, pineapple and peach. It’s time for our second flight (I should mention at this juncture that neither of us are driving and we’re sharing six-ounce glasses). This time, we’re turning to nut brown, dark and stout beers, beginning with the Silk Road Chai Nut Brown Ale (5.2 per cent) from Spinnakers Brewpub in Victoria. You’d have to like the scent and flavour of chai tea spices to enjoy this amber-coloured brew, a
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THE INFLUENCERS Meet some of Victoria’s top entrepreneurs as they discuss their success, vision and … superpowers. Bam! Boulevard presents: The Influencers
rban renewal in the downtown core is exemplified by the new, architecturally stunning Johnson Street Bridge and its neighbour, the restored and rebuilt historic Janion building, with its micro-loft apartments and businesses such as Café 1891.
THE BRIDGE structure, which includes walkways, plazas at both ends, and the adjoining Janion heritage building, serves as the background for the photographs featured in Boulevard’s 2020 edition of The Influencers. It may be hard to believe, but the Johnson Street Bridge has already been a part of Victoria’s urban landscape for almost two years. It opened at the end of March 2018 after several years of sometimes contentious planning and construction. Replacing the beloved, although somewhat worn-looking (and worn-out), Blue Bridge, the new structure pays homage to its predecessor at night, when it is lit up in the glow of blue lights. While known as the Blue Bridge, the previous crossing was not actually painted blue until 1979 — not that long ago considering that bridge opened to traffic in 1924. It is the largest single-leaf bascule bridge in Canada and its iconic structure will make it a Victoria landmark throughout its expected 100-year lifespan.
THE JANION, originally a 48-room hotel, was built in 1891 and was a modern marvel of its time, boasting that all rooms were wired for electricity. During renovations, a contemporary expansion of rooms was added, while retaining the exterior brick look of the old building. CAFÉ 1891, which takes its name from the date of construction on the Janion heritage building, serves residents of the building as well as the passing parade of pedestrians and cyclists taking advantage of the dedicated bike paths and pedestrian walkways on the Johnson Street Bridge. An astonishing 50 per cent of the bridge’s surface area is given over to space for traffic on foot and two wheels, while still leaving three lanes for motorized traffic.
photos by Lia Crowe & Don Denton words by Sean McIntyre makeup by Jen Clark production assistant Vellar Chou A special thank you to SpaceHost for hosting our team at The Janion.
Strategic Advisor & Investor Covault Technologies
My superpower is SEEING INTO THE FUTURE and understanding when something needs a change. I’m determined to not always do things the way they’ve always been done and, instead, consider new and better solutions to get things done. — Amber Simpson covaultapp.com
I formed Canada’s most creatively acclaimed marketing communications agency (DDB Canada) and used my superpowers to CHANGE THE FACE of Canadian advertising from the West Coast. By getting behind Covault’s innovative technology, I want to bring communications and advertising into the 21st century. — Frank Palmer
Managing Partner The Agency
My superpower is my ability to CONNECT with people. I have always been a people person and can understand what they are looking for. My ability to cater to their needs is what makes me stand apart from the rest.Â theagencyre.com/bc 778-265-5552
My superpower is the ability to support and INSPIRE PEOPLE struggling with problematic substance use and addictions. Working with individuals, I utilize evidence-based tools and strategies to create customized sustainablechange plans for each client and place emphasis on the practical and functional aspects of quitting. While helping individuals change their relationship to alcohol or drugs, I also support their families to tap into their deeper potential to create extraordinary recovery stories. Iâ€™ve been there. I can help. Discretion is assured. michaelwalsh.com 250-896-8494
VICTORIA COURTNALL & HAYLEY GUSTAVSON
Owners of SPINCO Vancouver Island & Founders of SPAR Boxing Studio
My superpower is HONESTY – it’s a strategy that no one can outflank, outcompete with or out-invest in. It is about seeing and expressing what really is, in spite of difficult or uncomfortable circumstances. It requires going against the grain. The outcome of honesty is knowing where you and your team stand, continuous improvement and immense trust. I will always tell it like it is. — Victoria Courtnall
My superpower is EMPATHY because it unites your team, drives your vision and enables you to have a greater impact. When you can truly understand the experiences of others, your potential for growth is limitless.— Hayley Gustavson spinco.ca / 778-440-6888
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LORI MUĂ‘OZ MALCOLM
Founder HeartPress #BrokersOfGood
My superpower is RESILIENCE WITH GRACE. Roman was born just
two weeks after losing my dad to cancer. My inner strength has been tested by navigating how to be a new mom and dealing with grief while leading and managing the challenges of a startup. I show up everyday with grace and integrity for my family and my team. heartpress.ca
Owner/Designer/Project Manager/ Custodian MDRN Built Ltd.
My superpower is my VISION. Iâ€™ve worked as both a designer and a builder so Iâ€™ve developed an intuition for visualizing and anticipating how building elements come together. I experience the world around me through construction details, and I obsess about aesthetics and modern design. I love how good design influences your experience in so many ways. email@example.com
REBECCA BURROWS & CRAIG McCALL WILLIAMS
Hughes Clothing Store & McCall Gardens Funeral
Our superpower is HOW MUCH WE CARE for our community and the people within it. We both possess the genuine ability to soften any situation and make people feel understood and appreciated. Loving what we do, and combining for over 135 years of family business in Victoria, means our hearts are invested more than anything else. We both come from a long line of family entrepreneurs who set the bar high. We were taught at an early age that, in order to succeed in business, we first need to follow our moral compass and live with integrity in all avenues of our lives. The rest will take care of itself. “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt hughesclothing.com 250-381-4405 mccallgardens.com 250-385-4465
President The Salient Group
Iâ€™d like to think that my superpower involves BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
to achieve a common goal. Our projects build on the unique history and characteristics of a specific place. Iâ€™m constantly trying to learn from the people who understand the neighbourhoods that we work in so our projects are always complementary to their surroundings and help neighbourhoods evolve. thesalientgroup.com
Senior Manager, Development
Development Manager, West Coast Starlight Developments
I would describe my superpower as the ability to CONNECT WITH PEOPLE in the community so that we can work together to create exceptional new communities that will have a positive impact decades beyond my lifetime. — Mark Chemij I think my superpower is UNDERSTANDING that development is about collaborative city building — envisioning places that do not yet exist, for people that live here today and those that will come, with the goal of creating places that people will care about. — Andrew Browne harrisgreen.ca
Founder & CEO Elate Cosmetics
My superpower is
CREATING SPACES where
people feel like they belong through empathy and compassion. The culture at Elate allows us all to be ourselves, while solving sustainability and inclusion issues in the beauty industry. elatebeauty.com
Investment Specialist Scotiabank
The top expert who I know in the field of superheroes is my four-year-old son, Mateo. I asked him what he thought my superpower is, and he responded with â€œHELPING persons make their monies grow.â€? is.scotiabank.com/jakenemec
Sophia Briggs Personal Real Estate Corporation Sotheby’s International Realty Canada — Oak Bay
My superpower is simple:
I SHOW UP. It might sound simple;
however, I don’t only show this for my clients daily but for my friends and family. I am someone you can count on. — Sophie Briggs
If “POSITIVITY” was a superpower that would be mine. Buying and selling can sometimes be daunting, and having a positive attitude is key. I strive to let my clients know that there is always a silver lining. — Nancy Stratton strattonandbriggs.com
My superpower is reading and
UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE and their
needs. I love finding common ground with new people. I’m constantly fascinated by people’s life stories, and this inspires me to do everything I can to help them reach their goals. — Rebecca Barritt
Mortgage Broker Company Modern Mortgage Group DLC
My superpower is KICKING THE BANKS’ BUTT to ensure delivery of
service on time, every time, and the best rates the market has to offer without any gimmicks or sales pitches. BAM! — Andrew Wade
Dominion Lending Centres — Modern Mortgage Group
Although not gifted with a superpower from the Marvel Universe, I’d like to think I harness the power of COMPASSION. While I may be passionate about my profession, it’s compassion that drives me to provide my clients with the very best advice and experience. It encompasses a desire to educate my clients, reduce their stress and, most importantly, get their mortgage approved. — Denise Webster My superpower is being able TO
DELIVER EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER service
tailored to each client’s needs in a timely manner. Being flexible, conscientious and proficient is what I strive for with each transaction, and this is the foundation on which I have built my business for the past 21 years.
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RBC Dominion Securities
When it comes to superpowers, we pride ourselves on taking an interest in the SUBTLE DETAILS of our clientsâ€™ livesâ€Ś it helps that Jason has a photographic memory! This helps us take a comprehensive approach to wealth management, going beyond investments and retirement planning to provide solutions for insurance needs, tax minimization, philanthropy and estate preparation. Our team is committed to building long-lasting relationships based on trust, communication and transparency. Our clients have peace of mind knowing that we are putting their needs above our own.
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COACHING is my passion and my superpower. Whether itâ€™s helping members with their finances or encouraging employees to achieve their career aspirations, itâ€™s a journey that makes us all better. I find it personally rewarding to see people succeed and achieve their goals. islandsavings.ca
Owner Moeâ€™s Home Victoria
My superpower turns BORING INTO BEAUTY. With the snap of my fingers I can transform anything from dull to amazing. My power allows me to make your furniture, fabric, colour and the mood in your home instantly fabulous. moeshome.ca
Realtor RE/MAX Alliance
My superpower is the ability to offer my clients a PERFECT MATCH. I help them find exactly what they want: the beautiful home of their dreams. firstname.lastname@example.org
Design and Construction, Custom Furniture and Upholstery (KL Design Furniture)
Construction Manager, Renovations
The Larsen Group
OUR HERITAGE is our superpower. Our craft is in our blood, passed down for generations from our forefathers, who were masters in their trades. They inspired our passion for woodworking and construction, instilled within us an eye for detail and discipline in our work, and modelled the values we hold true today. larsengroup.ca
My superpower is HOSTING PEOPLE â€” it makes me happy, so it makes perfect sense that I built a business around connecting homeowners in Victoria with guests from around the world. My greatest pleasure in life is to host friends and family in our home over ambitious meals, wine and laughter. spacehost.ca
Front Store Manager
If I said I had one superpower, it would probably be my ability to take my AUTHENTIC particular genius and unique and specialized skills that they SELF wherever I go, and to hopefully inspire the people around me to follow. Whether it’s sharing bring to Pharmasave Broadmead. To inspire them to bring their personal best to work and help them achieve their own information, making jokes or telling stories, “superpower” is irreplaceable. They are no longer workers, I’m always showing my value to others, and by but superheroes who can save the day. It is not a skill but a doing that, I hope that I encourage them to do the same in return. — Caitlin Mitchell mindset of the way we work. — Theresa Barry My superpower is to bring out our team members’
NATURAL GIFTS AND ABILITIES, helping them find their
Founder T.A.G. Retail Innovators
Today, more than ever, exceptional customer experiences are the key to success. Being in retail all my life, The superpowers I’ve developed are GREAT INSIGHTS into human behaviour and the ability to understand what motivates today’s consumers. I’m a fixer. I love being brought into any project, old or new, to find and eliminate the pain points and help steer the company in the right direction. theadelmangroup.com
Personal Real Estate Corporation Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty
My superpowers are HONESTY, INTEGRITY and OPTIMISM. I like to inspire, motivate and support others. I am strong, independent, optimistic, honest, loyal, kind and compassionate. I treat all my clients as though they are family and treat them the way I want to be treated, with respect and professionalism. shaunnajones.com
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DR. RICHARD CHAMBERS, DMD DR. KATJA MCBEE, DMD DR. STEPHANE PICARD, DMD, Owner
Downtown Dental Victoria
My superpower is the ability to give people healthy,
BEAUTIFUL SMILES. I take pride in knowing that my
patients are given an extra boost of confidence to face each day. In a way, a smile is everyone’s superpower. One flash of those pearly whites can brighten the day for everyone around them. — Dr. Stephane Picard downtowndentalvictoria.ca
PAMELA ZWICKY, FMA, RRC
Financial Advisor Edward Jones
My superpower is the ability to not just hear but INTENTIONALLY LISTEN in a way that allows my clients to speak freely and share their life goals. Working together in this way lets me help them achieve their dreams now and in the future with sound financial decisions. edwardjones.ca
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ROBERT JACK, B.A., F.L.M.I.
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MARILYN BALL, BFA Hons. Realtor, CIPS, ILHM, SRES, MCNE, Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing Engel & Vรถlkers Vancouver Island
Our superpower is our passion for GOING THE EXTRA MILE both personally and professionally. With a combined 27 years of outstanding professionalism in the Victoria Real Estate market, we are forging our way and making a mark with our impressive ability to not just simply market homes, but bring to life the true feeling and value that each individual home exudes, selling to the lifestyle and vibe that truly connects a home to the heart of the right buyer. As co-founding members of the Rock 4 A Reason charitable society, we also have a knack for fundraising. We have raised more than $135,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation through an annual outdoor music festival featuring artists such as Randy Bachman, Tal Bachman, Mick Dalla-Vee, Doug and the Slugs, Prism, Jaimey Hamilton and The Steadies. lindabrown.ca 250-213-7194 marilynball.ca 250-818-6489
Personal Real Estate Corporation/Owner Pinnacle Luxury Homes Group @ eXp Realty
Realtor eXp Realty
My superpower is TENACITY. In many situations, tenacity is the factor that determines one’s chances for success. When everything around seems to be falling apart, I respond with determination, courage, persistence and strength. That’s my character — and genuine character is the highest form of power.
I have always loved the magic that comes with using my INTUITION as my guide. The results of listening to my inner “knowing” have been nothing short of miraculous in both my career and personal life.
TANYA STERLING, CPA, CA, CPCA, CFDS, CPC Sterling Financial Accounting Services My superpower is HELPING OTHERS to find and strengthen the connection with their own superpower. sterlingfinancial.ca
Owner Interactive Construction
Every day I set the bar for the company slightly ahead of whatever we did yesterday. Our superpowers are that we build on what we are already good at, stay OPEN-MINDED TO IDEAS and measure our success against ourselves and our values. It’s not a competition with others but a commitment to do our best work — always. That means investing in the team and trusting they are capable of the work that needs to be done. I believe that individual growth is company growth, and that company growth is industry growth. That’s really why we’re all here, to build things today that will make tomorrow better for everyone. interactiveconstruction.ca
Personal Real Estate Corporation/Realtor RE/MAX Camosun
I regularly see people in all states of emotion. By placing myself in the other person’s shoes, I believe I have the power of EMPATHY and COMPASSION. I’m always looking for opportunities to serve and encourage others, and I feel it’s less about getting and so much more about giving. mcmullenhomes.com 250-415-3355
NATASHA W. CRAWFORD
Owner Brown’s The Florist
As any good flower grows, I’ve learned everything from the ground up. My superpower of SPREADING JOY has helped me continue and expand the tradition of a locally owned flower shop, making it healthy and vibrant. Through adaptation and learning on the spot we’ve harnessed the power of social media and digital commerce while staying true to the personalized needs of our clients. brownsflorist.com Downtown 250-388-5545
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Owner/Operator Triangle Healing Products
My superpower is the ability to DECIPHER DIFFERENCES in products for quality and reliability while teaching people how they can take responsibility for their health. trianglehealing.com
Personal Real Estate Corporation RE/MAX Camosun Oak Bay
I have been told that my superpower is my infectious energy. “ENERGY THAT WORKS FOR YOU,” as my business cards say. I believe that you only get one chance at life, and I’d rather it not be boring. I strive each day to share my energy with my clients, my friends and my family. My hope is that it will inspire them, put a smile on their faces, and maybe even make them laugh. As Andrew Carnegie put it, “There is little success where there is little laughter.” sandralomas.com
General Manager Van Isle Windows Ltd.
My superpower is COMMUNICATIONS. I make myself available and encourage feedback and discussion about any matter of importance to our employees. Everyone knows they can come to me with concerns, questions or suggestions. Not having to worry fosters trust and honesty in our working relationships. vanislewindows.com
CEO, Acquisitions and Development Merchant House Capital, Inc.
CALMNESS is my superpower.
The end goal is always clear in my mind and provides the beacon towards which I strive. I am trusted to take a methodical approach in getting there, and to provide constant stability and honesty, no matter the challenges faced along the way. — Paul Silk merchanthousecapital.com
I have the ability to SEE THROUGH the CLUTTER and the obstacles to reach the heart of what’s important, the vision. I then build that vision into a force that runs through all further steps from that point forward.
— David Fullbrook
KELSEY CARRAGHER, B.Com
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My superpower is being
RELATABLE. I enjoy working
with people from diverse backgrounds and learning about their experiences.
— Kelsey Carragher
My superpower is being
DETAILED. I give care and
consideration to every challenge I take on and all of the people in my life. — Beatrice Kigodi
My superpower is being
DEPENDABLE. Clients and
colleagues are always able to come to me knowing that they’ll get the support and assistance they need.
— Tracey Cottrell
My superpower is
CONNECTION. I enjoy learning
about people and what is important to them. This understanding complements the work I do for my clients. — Amrit Lalli
DR. CHRIS TETLEY
Medical Director Tetley MD Medical Aesthetics
My superpower is my INTUITION â€” clinically, artistically and in relationships. Having the intuition to understand my patients and their motivations enables me to deliver exceptional results that are tailored to each unique individual. I care about my patients, and seeing them empowered, achieving their goals and increasing their self-confidence energizes me and gives purpose to my practice. tetleymd.com
DUSTIN C. MARNELL, HEATHER FISHER & PAULA BOSENBERG
Partners Horne Coupar, LLP
I provide clear, experienced and step-by-step advice to my clients on a number of matters, including estate planning, estate administration (probate) and real estate. Given that much of my practice navigates through difficult life situations, I’m attentive to the client’s perspective, using my superpower of providing EMPATHY and removing anxiety. — Dustin C. Marnell hornecoupar.com
My superpower is
LISTENING and providing
practical, clear advice for challenging or complex estate disputes. I craft solutions to achieve the best outcome for my clients, whether through litigation or settlement. — Heather Fisher
My team and I are deeply committed to best practices in the areas of corporate, trust and estate planning law. We care about the people we help and aim to ensure that our assistance is not only technically excellent but also COMPASSIONATE, when and where our support is needed because of a significant life change. — Paula Bosenberg
MARK GUTKNECHT & KRISTA VOITCHOVSKY
Real Estate Advisor Engel & Völkers Vancouver Island
My superpower is, hands down, my
RELIABILITY. My diverse educational
and career pursuits give me the ability to connect with people of varied backgrounds and interests. I am excellent at communicating all necessary facts in an uncomplicated and direct manner. — Mark Gutknecht kristavandmarkgteam.evrealestate.com 778-433-8885
My EFFERVESCENT PERSONALITY and GENUINE KINDNESS are my twin superpowers.
I have an empathetic approach to personal and business relationships. I am warm, gracious and thoughtful, carrying these traits through each and every aspect of my life. — Krista Voitchovsky
Owner, Creative Director & Interior Designer The HOUSSE and Josée Lalonde Design
My superpower is to INSPIRE THROUGH COLLABORATION. With my clients, collaboration inspires them to discover the design that fulfills their dreams. In turn, collaboration with my team is a constant source of inspiration. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people I work with. I owe them a great deal of gratitude. thehousse.com
Owner Baden-Baden Boutique Ltd.
I delight in looking at numerous fashion collections in Europe and finding unique fashion styles that will be appreciated by my West Coast customers. When I get excited about a style that fits with my idea of beauty and quality, I know I can trust my INSTINCTS. badenbadenboutiques.com 250-655-7118
CEO (Chief Exploration Officer) Niche Travel & Departures Travel
According to friends, my superpower is my ROSE-COLOURED GLASSES. I am eternally grateful for them as they allow me to
see the good in people and connect with them both locally and around the globe. They also show me the magic and beauty of our amazing world. This, along with a laser-like focus and attention to detail, helps me create extraordinary journeys through Departures Travel and offer unique and safe travel experiences for women with Niche Women’s Tours. nichetravel.com / departurestravel.com
Lawyer/Associate Beacon Law Centre
I understand the power of CREATIVE VULNERABILITY. In the words of Brené Brown:
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” beaconlaw.ca
Owner, Certified Financial Planner® Professional
Cooper Financial Group
If I were to name a superpower, it would be ADAPTABILITY. I work in an industry that is in constant change. I must respond, understand, assimilate and adapt to these changes in real time to stay on top of what’s best for my clients. I’ve grown to expect that the status quo isn’t remotely realistic, and I’ve trained myself to not only expect change, but to take it on as a new challenge, a new puzzle that I enjoy solving. — Richard Silver Our superpower is our TEAM. My role as leader is to assemble people with the right skills, aptitudes and experience, and support them to discover and grow their natural talents. Our team, also known as the CFG League, delivers on our mission to enrich the lives of individuals and business owners through investment and insurance solutions that give them financial freedom and security. — Carol Cooper My superpower is CONNECTION. I’m able to make meaningful connections easily because I focus completely on the people I meet. By tuning into someone’s life and needs, I’m able to support and enhance their well-being. — Bond Skillings
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Principal Designer Ryan Hoyt Designs Inc.
Finding maximum EFFICIENCY is my pursuit in every design project. Whether it’s the most effective and efficient use of space in a home or the most efficient structural arrangement to balance simplicity of construction and desired aesthetics, it’s a superpower that manifests itself in every design we do. Sometimes the best superpowers are those that aren’t fully appreciated until the project is complete and we can reflect on these successes. ryanhoytdesigns.com
Owner & Principal Designer Keith Baker Design
My superpowers? I have at least three. TELEPORTATION lets me take my clients into a creative future world through the process of the design of their new home. PASSION is the love, excitement and satisfaction I’ve experienced through nearly four decades devoted to serving my clients in the home-design process. Finally, HUMILITY — just as it takes a village to raise a child, so it is with the creation of a new home: it takes a creative and supportive team. keithbakerdesign.com
Realtor/Personal Real Estate Corporation Newport Realty Sidney – Christie’s International
People often comment on the PASSION, PERSISTENCE and PATIENCE with my approach to everything. These three Ps are
my go-to superpowers. I absolutely love people, anything real estate and being born and raised in Victoria, BC. My extensive background and global network have brought success to both myself and my clients. ingridjarisz.com
TENACITY is my superpower. From my morning workout, to my interactions with staff and clients, to my evenings enjoying the finer pleasures of life, I am fully engaged and loving all that life has to offer. I don’t quit until it’s done right. There is no room for fear or doubt in this life, only truth and goodness. — Ted Hancock incrediblehome.ca 250-381-6511 Ted Hancock 778-920-6588 (cell) Shawn Richardson 778-584-7504 (cell)
DETERMINATION is my superpower. Recovering from a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 2009 is the very proof of it. I apply this tenacious attitude to support my personal and work relationships. I am determined to have each and every member of our team feel valued and appreciated. — Shawn Richardson
President Patriot Homes
My superpower is my ability to
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My superpower is CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT. I’m a small piece of
Fallingwater’s success, one person among an exceptional team of 25. We develop experts in this industry through our Red Seal sponsorship, and mentorship from our in-house industry leaders. Our mission is to continuously look for ways to better our clients’ gardens through that developed expertise. fallingwaterlandscapes.com
SARAH WEST & BILL ETHIER
Realtors Properties in Victoria Professionals/ Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty
I believe that EXPERIENCE and hard work provide me with the skills to help people. Through my experience as a realtor, broker and owner of a real estate company, I share my knowledge so clients feel they are in the best possible position while buying or selling their home. — Bill Ethier I wouldn’t call it a superpower, but I prioritize being present. I LISTEN, get to know people and am able to make them feel comfortable, calm and informed while they make important decisions. — Sarah West propertiesinvictoria.com
WADE & VANGEL ROBERTS
Owners Wade Roberts Plumbing Ltd.
AUTHENTICITY is my superpower. Open
communication helps us facilitate valuable connections in our marriage, family and business. Working together has brought challenges and joys, but open dialogue keeps us focused, aiming at our dreams, not each other. When you are loved and valued, you can risk without fear, and nothing is impossible. — Vangel Roberts waderobertsplumbing.com 250-883-7545
EMPATHY is my superpower. In plumbing it’s important to build with strong connections that will last a lifetime. This is the same in business and in marriage. When you choose to listen first, you find common ground, and if you treat others the way they want to be treated, you can build connections that will stand the test of time. — Wade Roberts
Principal/Interior Designer Carly Sanderson Interiors
In my career, LISTENING is one of the most important aspects of my job. You have to be able to hear what your clients want and need in order to help them and determine their style. In doing so, Iâ€™m able to create for them a functional dream space that they can enjoy for years to come. csandersoninteriors.com
Owner Aurea Fashion Boutique & Essential Luxuries
My superpower is my partner Bev Stubbs and our TALENTED TEAM. Together, we are privileged to serve an amazing clientele, many of whom are valuable contributors to our community. We empower them all to shine in their own way. Aurea has been very blessed to be a fashion influence in Victoria for more than 12 years, and we invite everyone to come into our treasure box. aureagems.com
Owner Rep Lab Communications
My superpower is being the
BRIDGE between where an individual or
company is and where they want to go. I help them find the words, techniques and connections to bring themselves and their business to the next level. replab.ca
Owner & Operator Moden Boutique
My superpower has always centred on my PASSION FOR CELEBRATING WOMEN — who they are and what
they love about themselves — and providing them with the space to experiment and feel empowered through fashion and self-expression. modenboutique.com
JAMES LEBLANC & SCOTT PIERCY
Licensed Partners/Private Office Advisors Personal Real Estate Corporation Engel & Völkers Vancouver Island
What is my superpower? This is a question I’ve pondered for quite some time. I think the first thing that comes to mind is my ability to COMMUNICATE with people no matter who they are. I have received wonderful testimonials on my ability to listen when needed, ask the right questions to discover what people are looking for and to negotiate on their behalf. — James LeBlanc My real estate superpowers are my COMMITMENT to competence, passion and exclusivity. — Scott Piercy luxurybchomes.com James LeBlanc 250-812-7212 Scott Piercy 250-686-7789
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Winter salad with apples, pomegranate and celery.
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Recipes for renewal
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PHOTOGRAPHY DON DENTON
am starting to get tired of winter fare. My appetite for rich stews and rib-sticking carbs has turned to a craving for fresh, green, crunchy, bitter and sour — flavours that remind me of spring and renewal. We might still be in the throes of winter, but my palate is reminding me that West Coast spring is just around the corner. The notion of seasonal produce at this dreary time of year has always been fascinating to me. What is still considered “in season” in these hushed and cold months at the beginnings of spring? Many winter-storage vegetables and fruits are getting past their prime (although still delicious); many spring greens have yet to emerge or are in their earliest stages. How can I concoct something that satisfies my need for freshness without departing too much from the rhythms of our local growing season? We can honour this time of year with a combination of local foods, greenhouse fare and a few imported seasonal items. For the last, citrus has always been my February goto. The markets are overflowing with beautiful grapefruits, sweet limes, tangelos, Meyer lemons, blood oranges. Their sour, sweet or bitter juices taste of freshness and renewal, and perfectly complement winter vegetables than run to peppery, bitter or sharply green. For the rest, I rely on a combination of greenhouse herbs, in-season greens (kale, arugula, chicory and the like), along with crunchy winter-storage vegetables and fruits (green apples, cauliflower, fennel, celery and pomegranate, to name a few). Foods like this ignite a sluggish digestion, liven up a bored palate and possibly help to shed some winter pounds. More than that, they taste absolutely delicious. They satisfy my need for fresh and green.The flavour hit of fresh herbs, peppery greens, crunchy vegetables and sour citrus in late winter gives me the same feeling as when I emerge from a slow hibernation into the weak sunlight, to feel the fresh air and taste it. I like to create simple dishes from these basic ingredients. Salads, soups, side dishes, plates of raw veggies or perhaps a smoothie. The recipes I’m sharing here are among my favourites in terms of flavour, texture and visual appeal. From a tart yet creamy green smoothie to the sweet crunch and bitter juice of a shaved fennel and grapefruit salad to the garlicky herbaceous hit of a re-imagined Green Goddess dressing, these “Recipes for Renewal” have got you covered. Spring, we are ready for you!
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GREEN GODDESS DIP OR DRESSING MAKES 1 ½ CUPS (375 ML)
An updated spin on the classic herb and mayo salad dressing, this one pumps up the ratio of herbs and uses avocado for creaminess. Tangy, green and flavourful — you will love this. It can be used either as a salad dressing or as a dip for crudités. 1 cup (250 ml) packed flat leaf parsley ¼ cup (60 ml) sliced chives 1 ½ Tbsp. (22 ml) white miso (e.g. Hikari brand) ½ avocado, chopped ½ cup (125 ml) buttermilk 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) chopped cilantro 1 small clove garlic, peeled ¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil 3 to 4 Tbsp. (45 to 60 ml) lemon juice Place all ingredients in a blender and purée. Taste to adjust seasonings. Transfer to a bowl for serving, or a glass jar for storing in the fridge. This dressing keeps in the refrigerator for up to four days.
WINTER CRUDITÉS SERVES 6 TO 8
This extra-crunchy, complex and refreshing take on a classic veg-and-dip platter is just what the doctor ordered at this time of year. Allow the underdog vegetables to shine here. Pay special attention to how the vegetables are prepared and arranged. The platter will wow your guests. Choose three to four of the following vegetable options: 6 small carrots Hearts of 2 bunches celery (“hearts” means the small, yellowish centre stems) 1 bunch red radishes OR ½ large daikon radish 1 bulb fennel 1 whole endive 1 bunch broccolini or sprouting broccoli ½ head cauliflower, separated into florets ½ purple cabbage Green Goddess Dip (recipe above) CARROTS: peel and cut into very long thin sticks. RED RADISHES: stem, rinse and serve whole or cut in half, depending on size.
Daikon Radish: peel and cut into either rounds or long sticks. FENNEL: slice into the thinnest wedges you can. ENDIVE: slice off bottom end and separate the leaves; cut
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large leaves in half lengthwise if desired. BROCCOLINI: cut the bottom 2 cm of stem off; blanch broccolini for 30 seconds in boiling water and cool before adding to the platter. CAULIFLOWER: separate into florets; cut some florets in half. Blanch like the broccolini, if desired. PURPLE CABBAGE: cut into thin wedges.
Choose your vegetables based on flavour, shape and colour. You can pick a mono-chromatic colour palette (e.g. pale yellow-white with daikon, endive, cauliflower and celery hearts) or go for vibrancy with purple cabbage, broccolini, carrot and red
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radishes. Or focus on the shape: all long thin crudités; or contrasting shapes for a different visual appeal. The choice is completely yours. Arrange your selection of vegetables on a beautiful platter and place a bowl of the Green Goddess Dip in the centre or on the side. Another option is to arrange the vegetables in different sizes of Mason jars around the dip.
GREEN SMOOTHIE SERVES 2
Refreshing, slightly creamy and not too sweet, this smoothie is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. The unsweetened oat milk provides a lovely mouthfeel and light sweetness; feel free to substitute another milk of your choice. 1 medium ripe banana, peeled ¼ ripe avocado, peeled and chopped 2 cups (500 ml) packed spinach leaves 1 small or ¾ large green apple, peeled, cored and chopped 1 to 1½ cup (240 to 370 ml) unsweetened oat milk Optional - ½ scoop unflavoured protein powder Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.
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One of my favourite winter salads, this comes together easily with its simple honey-mustard vinaigrette. Make sure to slice the cucumber and apple as thinly as possible. Use a mandoline for the celery if you have one.
A S A B U S I N E S S OW N E R ,
DRESSING ¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) honey ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) Dijon mustard ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) salt ¼ tsp. (1 ml) ground black pepper 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) minced chives
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SALAD 4 to 5 large stalks celery, sliced very thin 1 large green apple, quartered and sliced very thin Seeds from ½ pomegranate Several handfuls of arugula leaves ¼ head radicchio, sliced DRESSING: whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until well mixed. Transfer to a small Mason jar or glass dressing cruet. Dressing can be saved in the refrigerator up to one week. Shake or mix well before using. SALAD: place arugula and radicchio on a large platter, evenly mixed. Arrange celery and apple over the greens. Scatter pomegranate seeds over the top. Drizzle with dressing. Serve.
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Winter salad with grapefruit and fennel.
FENNEL & GRAPEFRUIT SALAD SERVES 4 AS A SIDE
Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, super refreshing, this is a sophisticated salad, wonderful for use as a starter or palate cleanser for a meal of rich roasted meats. Make sure to slice the fennel very thin; use a mandoline if you have one. SALAD: 1 large fennel bulb, quartered, cored and shaved thin on a mandoline 3 large ruby grapefruit, peel sliced off and sections cut from the membranes DRESSING: 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) grapefruit juice 2 tsp. (10 ml) honey ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) salt ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) ground black pepper ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) Dijon mustard ¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil DRESSING: whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until well mixed. Transfer to a small Mason jar or glass dressing cruet. Dressing can be saved in the refrigerator for up to one week. Shake or mix well before using. SALAD: place shaved fennel and sectioned grapefruit in a large salad bowl. Add about ¾ cup (180 ml) of the dressing. Toss well to mix. Taste to see if it needs more dressing. Arrange on a platter and serve immediately.
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Built for beauty Rwanda is densely populated. It’s smaller than Vancouver Island but home to 12 million people, making its conservation achievements all the more impressive. “Wer’re getting closer,” says my guide, holding up a radio antenna in one hand and a receiver in the other. “It’s quite strong.” We’re looking and listening for M-7, a collared male lion who’s out there somewhere in the fading light of a September afternoon in one of the oldest national parks in Africa. A few minutes later, Hein steers our 4X4 off the dusty red ribbon of a road and we lurch over rough ground and around small shrubs. Just over the crest of a hill we spot him. He’s lying in long grass near a warthog burrow. His tan and tautly muscled body blends in with the grass and a radio collar is barely visible under his thick mane. He’s with his brother and they barely look up as we come to a stop a few metres away. “They might wait for this warthog to come back,” says Hein. “They love warthog.” The lions of Akagera National Park are just one of Rwanda’s conservation success stories in a country where “remarkable” seems to be more than just a tourism marketing slogan. Created in 1934, the government abandoned Akagera during the genocide in 1994. When that nightmare ended, people who had fled came here in search of a new home, bringing 40,000 head of cattle with them. Wildlife stood no chance against farmers and poachers and in 1997 the government downsized the park by two-thirds. What remains is still some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa with high ridges, deep valleys, lakes and plains. Lions were reintroduced in 2015 and black rhinos two years later, meaning Akagera is once again a “Big Five” park. Sizable herds of buffalo, zebra, impala and topi graze the plains, while hippos and crocodiles rule the shallow lakes and papyrus swamps, which form the largest protected wetland in central Africa. The government’s strong commitment to conservation has led Botswana-based Wilderness Safaris to open a new camp here, its second in Rwanda, with exclusive rights to the diverse northern corner of the park. “Don’t be scared,” says Anita, the manager at Magashi camp, as she shows me to my tent on a raised platform overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga. “You’re going to hear hippos all night.” And not just hippos, but nightjars — one of Akagera’s 500
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A collection of all things artsy, fun and spectacular happening in Victoria this February and March. Enjoy the Belfry’s annual SPARK Festival, the newly revealed artistry of a rebellious Dunsmuir granddaughter and a soaringly tuneful modern opera presented by POV.
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BEACON RIDGE PRODUCTIONS: CELEBRATING WOMEN IN MUSIC
An ongoing music series Various dates in February and March For seven years Beacon Ridge Productions has been presenting an impressive array of blues, folk and singer-songwriter performers, from Jim Byrnes to Ashley MacIsaac. This season, Beacon Ridge co-founder Marie Bachand has noticed that women have dominated their stage. “It wasn’t a conscious decision,” says Bachand. “My husband Adrien and I just realized that we were presenting a particularly large number of strong female artists.” They saved some of the most exciting acts for late winter, starting with Lynne Hanson and Linda McRae (February 15). “Lynne sold out last year and we’ve put together a one-off pairing with Linda McRae, who was with Spirit of the West but is now based in Nashville,” says Bachand. “Linda’s a great songwriter with a really powerful alto voice.” The iconic and inspirational Ferron follows them on February 22. “This is a solo show by a big, important artist, and one who hasn’t toured much for a long time,” she adds. Then comes Rosie & the Riveters (March 6), a trio of gifted singers who look like a retro “girl group” but perform charming and
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witty songs about female empowerment. “Their songs are inspiring and they’re fantastic performers ... they captivate the audience,” Bachand says. The next night stars dazzling vocalist Shakura S’Aida, a powerhouse performer of blues and funk. “Plus she fronts a killer band,” says Bachand. And on March 27 there’s the ever-inspiring Irish Mythen, a guitar-slinging troubadour whose big heart – and big lungs! – pour out an unforgettable mix of the personal and the political. Choices, choices, choices! For tickets, see Beacon Ridge Productions.
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March 20-22 If you’ve ever travelled along Douglas Street near the Conference Centre and been startled to spot Spider-Man or a medievally armoured female warrior ambling through the crosswalk you’ve doubtless chanced upon Capital City Comic Con, an annual convention inspired by comics, movies, science fiction and all things fantasy. “This year we’re expecting 12,000 attendees over the weekend,” says Candice Woodward, who helped co-found Comic Con in
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2018. “The event just keeps on growing.” One of the hallmarks of these increasingly popular conventions is called cosplay, where fans wear elaborate costumes that perfectly replicate the characters and superheroes from such realms as Star Trek, Harry Potter, Dr. Who and the ever-expanding Marvel Universe. “Up to 70 per cent of those attending will be in costume,” notes Woodward, who adds that there are contests for the truly serious. “Some people literally spend months making their costumes and they can be amazing.” Another highlight will be the panels and Q&A sessions where celebrities answer audience questions and share behind-thescenes anecdotes. (This year’s biggest catch is Star Trek: The Next Generation star Gates McFadden, a.k.a. Dr. Beverly Crusher.) There’s also a Lego group showing off elaborate creations, a number of vendors selling everything from Yoda mugs to specialized parts for serious cosplay practitioners, and an Artists’ Alley featuring both published and amateur comic book artists and authors. “Comic Con is exciting and electric ... everywhere you look there’s something colourful going on,” says Woodward. “And it’s so friendly, with lots of families coming out,” she adds. Running March 20-22 at the Conference Centre. For tickets, see Ticket Rocket.
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February 20-March 1 After their notable critical and popular success with Puccini’s almost-never-performed Il trittico, Pacific Opera Victoria is launching Flight, the Canadian premiere of a contemporary work by British composer Jonathan Dove. Inspired in part by the true story of a “stateless” Iranian refugee who lived covertly in a Paris airport for many years, Flight manages to be playful, risqué, witty, poetical and profound as the bland sterility of an airport transforms into a crucible of the human experience. A storm has grounded all flights and a motley group of passengers and crew spends an uncomfortable night in the departure lounge. There are 10 characters, ranging from an icy air traffic controller and a married couple hoping a vacation will rev up their sex life to an immigration officer stalking the elusive refugee. It’s a foible-rich group in a mostly funny script, leading some critics to call this a modern-day Marriage of Figaro. “The music is engaging but it has a modern aesthetic, a cooler form of expression,” explains POV artistic director Timothy Vernon, who compares it with the minimalism of John Adams. “It’s very lyrical, with beautifully descriptive orchestral passages and gorgeous writing for the voices,” he adds. Although it sure won’t outsell POV’s season-capping Carmen, Vernon thinks that programming a lesser-known piece like Flight is well worth the risk. “I hope that the audience will
understand that opera as a medium is still alive . . . and that it is expressive of the zeitgeist,” he notes. “Flight is a beautiful work.” Performing at the Royal Theatre from February 20 to March 1. For tickets, see RMTS.
THE POWER OF LIES
The Children’s Hour (produced by Phoenix Theatre) Classic 1930s drama by Lillian Hellman
March 12-21 Despite dating from the mid-1930s, Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour is disturbingly relevant in our age of online bullying and “fake news.” Based on a true story, Hour explores what happens after a vengeful student starts a rumour that two teachers at an all-girls boarding school are having an affair. A toxic cloud of misinformation and fear gradually engulfs the school, with tragic results. The play experienced both record-setting popularity and lots of controversy, its topic of lesbianism getting it banned in cities like Chicago and London. “In the 1930s it was even hard to find actresses to play the two women,” says director Peter McGuire. “But the play is really about the power of a lie ... and how malicious gossip can ruin lives.” McGuire, who’s 30 years into an internationally credentialed theatre career, has been teaching at UVic since 2005. He saw a production of Hour at the Shaw Festival 15 years ago and found it a compelling and important piece of theatre, and realized that Hellman was an underrated playwright.
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“She was dismissed as ‘difficult’ early on because of her outspoken politics ... and for getting embroiled in that notorious lawsuit with [fellow writer] Mary McCarthy. But she’s a very skilled writer and a superb dramatist,” he adds, noting that her themes of gossip and lies predate Arthur Miller’s award-winning The Crucible by 20 years. “These days, social media prevails and it’s dangerous,” McGuire says. “I hope that the audience walks away thinking about the corrosive effects of misinformation and malice.” Running from March 12-21 at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre. For tickets, call 250-721-8000. THE CHILDREN'S HOUR.
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Exhibition on Elinor Dunsmuir at Craigdarroch Castle The life of a rich, rebellious woman
March 19 to April 30 Built in the late 1880s for coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, Craigdarroch Castle was one of the grandest private homes in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been a historical museum for 40 years, but almost never presents temporary exhibits, hence the interest in Finding a Voice: Gender, Sexuality, and Music Through the Works of Elinor Dunsmuir. A granddaughter of the Dunsmuir patriarch, the creative, musically gifted Elinor was a high-society misfit. She eventually found her way to Europe, where a sophisticated arts community that included the likes of Noël Coward embraced her sharp intellect and open homosexuality. A gifted composer of everything from orchestral works to jazz and musical theatre — some of her songs ended up on Broadway — Elinor nonetheless struggled for recognition in a male-dominated field. Eventually forced by ill health to return home, she spent the rest of her days sequestered in luxurious conformity. Elinor died in 1938, but it was only a decade ago that her musical legacy became known after all her original scores were unearthed. “The exhibition will mostly be putting some context around her music and the life she lived,” explains curator Danielle MacKenzie. The exhibit will be primarily text- and image-based, with lots of photographs and information panels. A selection of her compositions and songs will also be available at two audio listening stations. “We hope to bring her music to a wider public,” says MacKenzie. Running from March 19 to April 30 at Craigdarroch Castle. For information, call 250-592-5323.
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March 9-22 Inaugurated just over a decade ago when artistic director Michael Shamata took over the reins of the Belfry Theatre, the SPARK Festival is an opportunity to enjoy outside-the-norm productions. “I choose work that wouldn’t otherwise be seen here,” says Shamata. “It should feel cutting edge and boundary-pushing.” This year’s four short-run plays include Busted Up: A Yukon Story, which is set in Canada’s far north, with real-life characters and verbatim dialogue derived from over 60 inter views. “The play is fantastic . . . bringing it in was a no-brainer,” declares Shamata. A deathbed in coastal Newfoundland is the setting for Between Breaths, which explores the final moments of Jon Lien, a whale researcher whose inspirational career included saving over 500
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whales trapped in fishing nets. “It’s beautifully written and performed,” Shamata notes. “There are four musicians on stage, and the form of Breaths is intriguingly non-mainstream.” Ten years ago Vancouver’s famed Chop Theatre created Kismet, a unique Canadian mosaic fashioned by four actors who went on the road and interviewed 100 people, aged one to a hundred. And for Kismet, things have changed, the actors revisited the surviving interviewees a decade on. Funny, profound and intimate, this is a remarkable portrait of Canada and the stories its people tell. Victoria writer Laura Anne Harris performs the autobiographical Destiny, USA, based on her work as a relay operator for the deaf in Syracuse, New York. “It’s in part a meditation on being isolated,” explains Shamata. “She feels out of place in the States, and her clients are isolated by their disability.” Runs from March 9-22 at the Belfry Theatre. For tickets, call 250-385-6815.
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wenty years ago, serendipity laid its hand onto Jean Cardno’s life when it presented an opportunity to open a shoe store in Duncan. And Cardino’s Shoes was born.
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Jean has dedicated the last two decades to making the business a success, and it’s clear her hard work paid off. Cardino’s Shoes is a coveted destination for both fashionable and high-quality footwear, with customers travelling from all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and farther afield to browse the selection. “I understood the need for the right footwear,” says Jean, a former nurse. “I’ve never done high fashion for the sake of high fashion. I’ll do high fashion and really well-made products. Some of the best shoes are made by small artisans in studios in Spain or Italy.” Driven by textures and colours, Jean loves to “look for the beautiful in things,” which she freely admits can vary widely depending on the subject matter. “I love colour intensities. I love roaming through places like Chintz and Company, and other places that still sell bolts of fabric.” A New Zealander by birth, she arrived 39 years ago to settle on Vancouver Island. But she still loves to travel. With one son locally, another in Australia and her daughter — the talented ethical clothing designer Eliza Faulkner — in Montreal, Jean loves to explore the neighbourhoods where her children live and work, and see the spaces through their eyes, always seeking the sublime.
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She reassures me. She tells me that the hardest part is coming up with and holding new poses. I suddenly realize I haven’t considered the logistics of this. Shoot. I don’t know a single pose. But Zoe says it’ll be fine, that they just come naturally and there are no wrong positions. She says to twist; twists are interesting. I mull over her advice as we hop into the car. In the back is a pile of clothes that she tells me to look over. I pull out a super-soft sweater — high quality and in black. It’s like it was made for me. “Have it!” she says. I stuff it in my bag, and am distracted from our destination just long enough to feel minor relief. Eventually, we park at the base of Charles’s driveway and the moment of “is it too late to turn around?” hits. It is. The dread takes over and fills my feet as we trudge up the driveway. Charles’s door is bright red. I am pulsing with anxiety as Zoe knocks on it. Charles opens the door. He is a small man with gray hair and a black beard. We head up to the kitchen and his wife, Sally, jumps right into the conversation. She offers us Girl Guide cookies. I can’t believe what we’re here for. I can’t believe I’m doing this. The studio is impressive. There are work tables easels, shelves of materials, drawers of different paper sheets, toolboxes of charcoals, and jars of sketching pencils. A grey paper backdrop hangs from a roller on one wall and onto the floor, making a stage. It is illuminated by a menacing spotlight. I am thankful for the professionalism it portends. Also intimidated. Charles says there’s a robe for me to wear in the bathroom whenever I decide to get ready. I follow his direction and head to “change.” This doesn’t seem like the right word when there’s nothing to change into — but “strip” is worse. I begin undressing. My body and I are on relatively amicable terms. I don’t fall too far outside of the desirable norm. But puberty brought large, heavy, wideset breasts to my otherwise petite frame. This is supposedly a good thing, according to almost everyone I complain to. To me, it has always been a source of deep insecurity.
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Jeans have never felt so comforting. I struggle to get the cuffs of my jeans over my ankles and realWhen I emerge, Charles and Zoe are comparing drawings as ize I’ve left my socks on last. How unsexy. Is that a good thing? I Sally gushes over them. They all applaud me as well, and I don’t avoid looking down at myself as I slip into the robe. It is silk. As I know how to take the compliments. We say our goodbyes and I step back into the room, they are still setting up their things and I run down the driveway. stand waiting, unsure of when to take the robe off. I’m anxious to “So, how did that feel?” Zoe asks excitedly. get it over with. “I don’t know. Fine, I think.” It’s the truth. I’m not quite sure Charles explains that we will start with a few one-minute how I feel. I’m glad I went through with it and I’m glad it’s done poses, then move onto two minutes, then a couple of fives, and with. I still feel nothing as we part ways. But later, as I travel back finish with one or two long holds. “Whenever you’re ready,” he home, I am suddenly struck with shame. I can’t quite place its prompts. source but I find myself pushing the memory of the day out of I slip the silk off and drop it in a pile to the side. Zoe is smiling my mind, avoiding reflection, not ready to process it. at me. I feel surprisingly relaxed now that I’m actually just naked. Was I expecting something bigger? I don’t feel empowered. I Yet I am certainly aware of the shallowness of my breathing. I move into the spotlight and decide to start facing backwards. I don’t feel exposed. I don’t feel a new confidence in my body. I just feel weird about requesting an arrangement to stand naked in a raise one arm over my head and twist my torso. They both restranger’s basement. mark that this is a great position. I carry Zoe’s sketches, rolled up with two elastic bands, under So it begins. One minute seems longer than it usually does. my arm as I wait to transfer busses. It’s late. It’s cold now, and I Then it’s done and I twist a different way. remember the sweater Zoe has given me. I put it on under my “You’re a natural!” Charles says. He is engaged in polite conbomber jacket and I’m instantly warm. I think of our relationship versation with Zoe. and how great it is to have a sister who knows me, who sees me, I listen to the scritch-scratch of their pencils. I examine who reminds me I exist beyond skin. Our closeness has nothing to Charles’s studio meticulously. It’s almost boring. Now the five do with our physical bodies. minutes. Time ticks away ever so slowly. I realize that I am so When I get home I unroll the three pages and show my girlfocused on staying still that the whole naked thing isn’t really a friend the drawings. thing. Finally Charles calls time and tells me I can take a break “Whoa. She got your tits perfectly,” she says. and stretch. I again become acutely aware of my nakedness and pull my arms across my chest. I feel my body’s awkward posture outside of a deliberate position. The break is the longest part yet. Do you have a good story to tell — and the ability to write it? Boulevard I am relieved when we start again. readers are invited to submit stories for consideration and publication in the We do a long pose and I read every single title on Charles’s Narrative section. Stories should be 800 to 1,200 words long and sent to bookshelf. They are organized by subject. Suddenly the session is managing editor Susan Lundy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place the word over; I slip back into the robe and briskly head for the bathroom. “Narrative” in the subject line.
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