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FEBRUARY I MARCH 2017

VICTORIA LIFE AT ITS FINEST

THE inFLUEnCERS

CoLoUR ChaRgEd Interiors that pop for spring

a SLiCE oF thE SUn Sunny citrus serves up tangy flavours and bright hues

bowLEd ovER A delish dish that’s good for body and soul


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116 72 FEATURES 32 COLOUR CHARGED

On the Cover Dr. Cameron McCrodan, of McCrodan Vision Development, as featured in The Influencers. Photo by Lia Crowe

Bright, fresh interiors,

Citrus brings tangy

perfect for spring.

flavour and vivid colours to

By Chelsea Forman

brighten any grey day.

44 SPRING LOADED

By Chef Heidi Fink

Jump into the new season

with a splash of colour.

By Lia Crowe

50 BOWLED OVER A healthy, delicious food

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106 A SLICE OF THE SUN

trend that can even make us

more mindful.

By Jane Zatylny

124 ASCENT TO PEAK FITNESS

Indoor climbing benefits body,

mind and soul.

By Pamela Durkin


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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 6 OUR 20 INSPIRED PEOPLE CONTRIBUTORS Brad Pasutti 10 EDITOR’S LETTER

By Angela Cowan

130 TRAVEL NEAR

Girls' Night in Oak Bay

By Susan Lundy

Moments that Matter

26 TALKING WITH TESS

138 FRONT ROW

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INSPIRED STYLE

New on the Block:

What’s on this Month

Jessica Kerr

Alison Ross

By Robert Moyes

By Lia Crowe

By Tess van Straaten

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INSPIRED DESIGN

116 TRAVEL FAR

Hit the Wall

In the Jungle: an

Amazon Cruise

154 OUTTAKE

By Hans Tammemagi

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INSPIRED CHEFS

John Waller, Aaron

Bahadur, The Marina

148 SECRETS & LIVES

Being Bateman

By Darcy Nybo

By Cathie Ferguson

SPECIAL FEATURE

Restaurant

72 THE INFLUENCERS

By Lia Crowe/Don Denton

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS

JEN CLARK

ANGELA COWAN WRITER: INSPIRED PEOPLE PAGE 20

MAKEUP ARTIST: THE INFLUENCERS PAGE 72

"Walking up to Brad Pasutti's house, I had the distinct feeling I was about to enter another world. Between the heritage house's personality, the local art blanketing the walls and Pasutti's studio, it was like stepping into an artist's dream." Angela Cowan is a writer, editor and acupuncturist who contributes regularly to Boulevard.

STYLIST: COLOUR CHARGED PAGE 32

"All aboard the blot powder and lipstick train...destination E&N Roundhouse! I had a ticket to do makeup for some of the lovely faces you will see in The Influencers. It was cold, sometimes dark, but everyone stepped up to the platform and gave it their all!" Jen is a Victoriabased makeup artist.

"During the shoot Colour Charged, designer Janice Jefferson asked photographer Don Denton to open a beautiful wooden wardrobe, only to reveal a second door at the back of the wardrobe that opened into a secret, beautiful room that I can only describe as a Moroccan lounge/meditation space or — as Janice called it — Narnia. Total magic!" Lia is a stylist, creative director, photographer and writer with a long history of working in the fashion industry.

DON DENTON

PAMELA DURKIN

CATHIE FERGUSON

BOULEVARD PHOTOGRAPHER: THE INFLUENCERS

WRITER: ASCENT TO PEAK FITNESS

PHOTOGRAPHER: SPRING LOADED

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"This edition's Influencers feature was one of the biggest photo challenges I've faced since starting to photograph for Boulevard. Colleague Lia Crowe and I photographed 40 different groups or individuals over three days, a logistical and creative whirlwind in the atmospheric (and unheated) environment of the railway round house complex in Vic West." Don has photographed numerous highprofile events, including the Olympics, World Hockey Championships and a Royal wedding. GROUP PUBLISHER Penny Sakamoto ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Mario Gedicke 250.891.5627 EDITOR Susan Lundy CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lily Chan ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lia Crowe DESIGN Lorianne Koch Michelle Gjerde Claudia Gross ADVERTISING Mario Gedicke Pat Brindle ASSOCIATE GROUP Oliver Sommer PUBLISHER

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LIA CROWE

"Until a friend recommended it as a way to shake up my rather tedious fitness regimen, I had never entertained trying indoor climbing. Her enthusiasm and the information I garnered while researching this piece convinced me to give it a go. Now, I'd encourage anyone to try the sport — it truly provides the ultimate mind/body workout." Pamela is a freelance health writer and nutritional consultant whose work has appeared in Boulevard, Eat, Reader's Digest, Alive, Spa Business and more.

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

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“A big thanks to BoulderHouse Climbing Gym for letting us take over their space in the name of fashion. There was still some fitness going on, though, by way of the mini trampoline to achieve our jumping shots!” Cathie is a freelance lifestyle and commercial photographer based in Victoria.

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS

HEIDI FINK WRITER: A SLICE OF THE SUN PAGE 106

"It was a challenge finding special citrus like kumquats and blood orange ahead of their season, but we needed them for the recipe testing and photo shoot. We managed it, and had so much fun with the colours and flavours of all the beautiful fruit." Heidi Fink is a chef, food writer and culinary instructor, specializing in local foods and ethnic cuisines.

DARCY NYBO WRITER: BEING BATEMAN PAGE 148

“Interviewing John Bateman is like taking a meandering stroll with an old friend. His passion for what he does, his knowledge on all things Bateman, and his candor about his life is as refreshing as the ocean view outside the window of the Robert Bateman Centre.” Darcy Nybo is a freelance writer, writing instructor and author. She believes everyone has a story to tell, and each and every one is important.

JANE ZATYLNY WRITER: BOWLED OVER PAGE 50

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CHELSEA FORMAN WRITER: COLOUR CHARGED PAGE 32

“After interviewing Janice Jefferson of Modhaus Designs, I discovered the significance of introducing subtle pops of colour in otherwise clean and minimal spaces for a simple atmosphere makeover.” Chelsea is a writer of all topics lifestyle. She has also recently completed her first young reader’s novel.

ROBERT MOYES WRITER: FRONT ROW PAGE 138

“Front Row covers particularly eclectic territory this issue, ranging from the dazzlingly contemporary choreography of Alonzo King LINES Ballet to an exhibition on B.C.’s Ellen Neel, hailed as the first woman carver of monumental totem poles. And the music of David Bowie gets a unique acoustic interpretation.” A born and bred Victoria native, Robert is a longtime freelancer and editor whose focus these days is arts journalism.

HANS TAMMEMAGI

TESS VAN STRAATEN

WRITER: IN THE JUNGLE

WRITER: NEW ON THE BLOCK

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“Visiting the depths of the Amazon jungle, and surviving, was an extraordinary experience. I loved it!” Hans lives on Pender Island and writes articles and books about travel, environment, First Nations, and odd, quirky things.

“When I was assigned this article, I was a little dubious about the trend of eating a complete meal from a bowl. But after researching the topic and trying a few bowls myself, I have to admit: I’m a convert. I’m now layering many of my meals in a beautiful, handmade pottery bowl.” Jane is a magazine writer, editor and communications specialist. This is her first article for Boulevard.

“When I stepped into Kilshaw’s new space on Langley Street, it felt more like New York than Victoria. Inside, it has an upscale and modern feel and it’s the perfect backdrop for the vintage and antique pieces that go on the auction block each week. As owner Alison Ross gave me a tour, it was hard not to try to buy some of the treasures on the spot!" Tess is an award-winning journalist and television personality.


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EDITOR’S LETTER

Finding moments that matter BY SUSAN LUNDY

PHOTO BY ARNOLD LIM

in your life that make you want to get up in the morning? What drags you down? How can you bring passion, light and love into your days, and weed out dissonance? This issue of Boulevard does not attempt to answer such existential ponderings. But it does offer a few ideas to lighten the grey of winter and add pleasure — both simple and sublime — to your day. It also talks to a number of Victoria business people, many of whom share their thoughts on things like core values and success. To help brighten these last few winter months, consider our feature stories Colour Charged — how to bring splashes of colour to the home — A Slice of the Sun, highlighting the sweet, tangy flavours of citrus, and Bowled Over, a culinary journey deep into a hot, new food trend. Our travel stories trek into the Amazon and uncover “staycation” pleasure in Oak Bay. In Ascent to Peak Fitness, the journey presents a fun, social and mindful way to get a full body workout. There’s vibrantly coloured fashion, plus lots of fascinating people to meet, including artists Brad Pasutti and John Bateman (along with his dad, Robert Bateman); Alison Ross at Kilshaw’s Auctioneers; Marina Restaurant chefs John Waller and Aaron Bahadur; and fashion designer Jessica Kerr. Boulevard is also proud to present the aforementioned The Influencers, introducing many of this city’s most remarkable business people, beautifully photographed by Lia Crowe and Don Denton. Many speak to their passions, their values and the things that make them get up in the morning — bringing us back to the importance of finding those moments that breathe joy into our lives. There are no guides as to what should or should not make you feel good — it could be an explosion of colour, a thoughtprovoking painting, a slice of sweet citrus or a day spent adhering to core values like honesty and integrity. But it’s these moments that we need to treasure — and treasure like there is no tomorrow. PHOTO BY LIA CROWE

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N SEPTEMBER 14, MY HUSBAND stepped out of his truck at the entranceway to Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring, collapsed, and went into full cardiac arrest. A nurse, who happened to be leaving at the end of her shift, dropped to her knees to perform CPR. Paddles on a nearby crash cart were rushed into action. Bruce was stabilized and helicoptered to the Cardiac Care Unit at the Royal Jubilee, where within a couple hours, he had two stents inserted into his heart. Three days later, he went home — one of only seven per cent to survive this particular type of heart attack, also known as “the widow maker.” That’s the bones of the story. There’s a lot of flesh to it as well. Bruce’s family has no history of heart disease. He’s an average-weight, nonsmoking 56-year-old who, despite a fondness for beer and burgers, ate well and exercised a couple times a week — the heart attack hit on the blind side. Now several months later, lifestyle changes are in place. We’re eating even better, drinking less and exercising more regularly. (No longer able to consider french fries a food group — my heart is a little broken as well.) And we are beyond grateful at the miracle that is our medical system and all the amazing people who make it work. But the real “flesh” of the story is what an incident like this does to the way you view the world. Clichés abound — “seize the day,” “stop and smell the roses,” “enjoy life to the fullest.” But they are just words until you are forced to look directly into the eye of your own mortality. A lot of fear follows an event like this. For me, there were haunting images of what might have been — “What if it had occurred at home while I watched helplessly?” — and separation angst: “Will he have another heart attack while I’m gone?” Eventually time passes, diagnostic tests show excellent results, the cardiologist says the prognosis is good, and the acute anxiety fades. But you realize you’ve “dodged a bullet” (back to the clichés) and you try to make sense of it all. How do you “live each moment like there is no tomorrow” — now that you really understand there may not be a tomorrow? And this is the real meat of the story — the question that everyone needs to consider. What are the good, true, honest and joyful things

WHAT ARE THE GOOD, TRUE, HONEST AND JOYFUL THINGS IN YOUR LIFE THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO GET UP IN THE MORNING?

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


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FASHION UNIFORM: Leisure of course! CURRENTLY COVETING: A velvet clutch by Hunting Season. “I rarely buy the things I covet; I just Google them, daily. I don’t like to own things that go in and out of style quickly. I prefer to own fewer things that I will use repeatedly, for years.” FAVOURITE PAIR OF SHOES: The heights of my heels and the frequency I wear them has been steadily declining year after year. My Vince boots and my Pedro Garcia sandals have been my seasonal staples for the past few years.

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FAVOURITE CITY TO VISIT: "I must be fickle, as I have said many times 'this is my favourite city, I could live here!' and I really meant it every time." FAVOURITE HOTEL: "This is a very tough question for me as I love hotels, so I’ll settle on three; Hotel Du Cap in the South of France, Ballyfin outside of Dublin and Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda in Italy. I could go on for pages." FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD: "There is nothing quite like home! Especially in the summer, sitting in our Adirondack chairs underneath the Mulberry tree."


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ESSICA, WHO IS NOW WORKING ON her fourth collection (Fall/Winter 2017/18) of her clothing line Leisure, met me in her downtown, fourth-floor design studio. I wanted to find out who’s at the centre of Leisure, the beautiful contemporary women’s wear line, designed here in Victoria. Originally from Ottawa, the now 30-year-old has been a west-coaster for the last seven years. With an MBA from UVic and a lifelong love of fashion design, Jessica’s approach to her clothing line is equally creative and business-minded. “I love the whole process! When we’re in the design phase it’s so exciting. Fall/Winter 2017 is inspired by Japan during the Edo period. I love reading all about the history of that period — from READING the art to the traditional dress— and then meshing MATERIAL WHAT DO YOU READ that with the signature Leisure look." ONLINE FOR STYLE: Every morning At the core of the clothing line, aside from I read the daily edition of Women’s Wear Jessica’s unique personal aesthetic and latest Daily, Business of Fashion, Vogue.com and inspiration, is comfort. I scan the New York Times. FAVE PRINT “I can’t stand being uncomfortable in my MAGAZINE: Porter and Architectural Digest clothes. I like there to be a female silhouette FAVE STYLE BLOG: Lauren Santo Domingo is someone whom I would consider a style icon in everything. The fit has to be flattering, but and I always check the section called Lauren’s there is always some give, so you can sit and Closet on Moda Operandi. She has an eye for move comfortably.” all things fashionable. COFFEE TABLE With beautiful fabrics and flattering fits that BOOK: Botticelli because his paintings are feel good, Leisure (the clothing brand) is not beautiful and Lalanne(s) because I love unlike the noun itself, referring to pleasure, ease, the whimsical sculptures and, of course, the sheep! enjoyment and an unhurried grace.

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• Age: 48 • Born: London, England • Grew up: Mississauga, Ontario • Training: Started apprenticeship in Mississauga at the Chimo Hotel, and received his red seal after three years. • With the Marina Restaurant for two-plus years and before that, the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino. • Hobbies — gardening and hanging out with my dog, Luna.

WHAT ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR AS A CHEF? I’m known for my passion, my creativity and for mentoring others.

FAVOURITE DISH TO COOK AND EAT ON A WET, WINTERY DAY? Braised beef shoulder

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WHAT ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR AS A CHEF? My commitment to my kitchen and crew to get the job done.

WHAT ARE THE 10 OR SO MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS IN YOUR PANTRY? La Chinata smoked paprika, garlic, shallot, wine, spices (allspice, clove, coriander), cheese, hot peppers (serrano, Wiri Wiri, bird’s eye chili), hot sauce, fresh bread.

FAVOURITE DISH TO COOK AND EAT ON A WET, WINTERY DAY? My mom’s chicken curry and roti, and if I can’t get that, pizza pops, pepper sauce and a Pilsner will do.

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO ITEM WHEN SAMPLING OTHER CHEFS’ FARE? I'm open to any dish and pay the most attention to the accompaniments and sauce.

CAN YOU SHARE AN EASY, SEASONAL RECIPE FOR A QUICK BITE THIS WINTER? Red Wine Braised Duck Leg 4 duck legs with thighs handful garlic cloves a few sprigs thyme and rosemary (bay leaf) ½ cup black peppercorns 2 carrots ½ stalk celery 1 yellow onion 2 cups dried sour cherries ½ bottle of choice red wine 3 L vegetable or chicken stock Season duck with salt and pepper. Brown in frying pan, skin side first. Set aside. Deglaze pan with a few ounces of wine. Rough chop vegetables and place in bottom of braising pan along with garlic, peppercorn, cherries and herbs. Place duck on top of vegetables and cover with stock and wine. Cover pans and braise at 350 F till tender — approximately 2.5 hours. When finished, allow duck to cool in pan. Remove and set aside. Strain off braising liquid and put in pot to reduce until thick. To serve: Brown duck in frying pan, flip and add braising liquid. Place in oven until hot throughout. Put the cold butter on the duck and put a lid on it. Serve with risotto and seasonal vegetables. 18


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“I WANT MY PAINTINGS TO BE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN PEOPLE’S MINDS. VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE JUST IN THE MOMENT.”

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EHIND CREEPING IVY AND sprawling holly bushes, at the bottom of an octagonal tower in a house built well over a century ago, artist Brad Pasutti creates labyrinthine paintings that straddle the borders between dreams and reality. Figures blend into unusual architecture or fade partly into translucence, while disembodied hands and limbs provoke that surreal sense of disjointedness often found in our subconscious minds. The artist himself is softspoken and reserved as he moves through his home. Walls covered to the inch with pieces from local artists, shelves of figurines and models from classic works of art and his husband’s astonishing mermaid collection speak to the couple’s passion and dedication to the world of visual art. He sets down a cup of tea and takes a chair in his studio next to a four-foot-tall painting, glancing at the piece. “I hope to achieve some qualities of the dream,” says Pasutti of his work. “Dreams were very important to me. It’s so different than the waking world.” In dreams, we jump from thought to thought, flitting between ideas that don’t always have a clear connection. Stare at one of Pasutti’s larger-than-life pieces in person and you’ll find your eye roaming from detail to detail, unable to focus on any one thing

for long. It’s a reflection of the chaotic state of our slumbering minds, but also the wandering nature of daydreaming. It’s what Pasutti calls the “polyphony of being” and relates to how we can be out in the world doing ordinary things, but our minds are constantly moving from one thought to the next, propelled by memories, the things we see, conversations we have, even music we hear. “I want my paintings to be about what’s going on in people’s minds,” he says. “Very few people are just in the moment.” Pasutti’s formal training started with a three-year honours diploma in sculpture from the Kootenay School of Art, completed in 1979, after which he achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 1983. He was greatly inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, as well as Escher, Picasso and others. His original goals included researching conservation of artwork, but the intricacies of the science took him too far from the art itself. “I realized I wasn’t into the sciences,” he says. Though fascinated by lay science, the details of conservation “seemed too removed from the actual process of doing art.” The “geeky” side of painting continued to appeal, however, and the actual construction of the pigments attracted his interest. With his newest series, Pasutti has been experimenting with

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different mediums to mix with the oils to “see how they behave.” Linseed oil, a common base in oil paints, can be “light and flowing or heavy and viscous,” he says, “and that has a huge influence on how you’re working.”

“The technological or geeky part is a whole different part,” he says, becoming animated as he talks about the ingredients used: casein, egg, plant derivatives. “The actual handling of paint, I want to explore that too. They don’t teach you that in school.”

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“THE PAINTING HAS TO GO IN ITS OWN DIRECTION, AND SOMETIMES IT SURPRISES YOU.” But before he even begins work with his hand-ground colours, he starts his process by taking hundreds (if not thousands) of photos and then cutting and arranging them digitally to form a draft image he’ll work from. His newest works-in-progress explore youth and wonder. “I saw a small bush hedge that had a little dip down into the grass,” he says of his inspiration. “Childhood sees those as magical spaces. I wanted to capture childhood.” After enlisting the help of his great-nephew and niece as models, Pasutti is now in the digital draft stage, discovering the stories the images tell with each click of his mouse. Though, there’s no guarantee the final piece will look anything like the drafts, he says. As often happens in creative pursuits, the project takes on its own personality and the images “kind of grow” as Pasutti begins to work with actual paints. “Once I start painting, it becomes an object, and there’s a dialogue between the works,” he says. “I’ve had works where

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what I started with…almost none of that actually ends up on the painting.” And unexpected figures sometimes creep in as well. In several of Pasutti’s works, familiar faces from one of the artist’s favourite pieces, Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, kept appearing as he worked, sometimes to his chagrin. But “the painting has to go in its own direction, and sometimes it surprises you.” Inspired by a family with great respect for the arts, Pasutti has been exploring different perspectives since childhood. “My father was a poet and a writer,” he says. “He used to bring art books home all the time. And my uncle went to art school. He was like a big brother to me.” They encouraged Pasutti to explore his natural inclinations to view the world on a slant, and helped sow the seeds for his work to come. As a child, Pasutti would walk around his home with a mirror pointed at the ceiling, seeing how the world was turned upside down. And from early childhood he would often dream of being in the depths of a labyrinth, having found secret doors in his home, or hidden floors and spaces. “I was always so happy,” he says. “I enjoy just wandering.” These days, Pasutti lives every day in his art. Inspiration strikes while walking the dog, wandering library stacks, even working on his iPhone. “I’m always working,” he says with a laugh. He still dreams occasionally of labyrinths and secret places — his love of a complicated unknown as strong as ever.


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OR ALISON ROSS, EVERY ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE FIND that comes through the doors of

Victoria’s famous Kilshaw’s Auctioneers has a story to tell. “Every piece comes in with its own little history,” says the Kilshaw’s owner, auctioneer and appraiser. “It could be a story the consignor has told you, or something you know about the artist or designer that makes it special.” Ross should know. The 48-year-old has a Master’s degree in history and art from the University of Victoria. “It’s a fascinating degree but it makes me virtually unemployable,” jokes Ross. “Aside from teaching, it’s not easy to find work.” Yet it was teaching that led Ross to Kilshaw’s. Former owner Don Kilshaw opened up his auction house to Ross’ students at Camosun College each semester so they could see how the auction works. When a key spot opened up at Kilshaw’s 20 years ago, it led to a job offer. “It’s hard to find somebody to come into this world with the knowledge that’s required and a certain skill set so it was a really good match for the two of us,” explains Ross. It was such a good match that Ross bought the business from Don Kilshaw —a seventh generation auctioneer — 11 years ago. Since then, she’s set records for the highest-priced objects to sell at auction in Victoria. And this year, the company started a new

chapter, moving into a brand new location. “What I love best is the discovery of the find — and you never know what you’re going to see,” says Ross, who once starred on History Television’s Pawnathon Canada. “When I’m on a house call, what people think is going to be valuable often isn’t, but there will be some vase in a china cabinet that’s unusual and they’ll say, ‘Oh, I hate that! That’s Aunt Vera’s vase and it’s ugly,’ but it will be worth $1,000 and that’s the exciting part.” Despite the thrill of the find and a passion for selling a piece of history, running an auction house isn’t easy. Ross says the most stressful part of the job is the weekly turnover of stock from 100 to 150 different consignors. “Imagine moving your house every single week!” she says. “Every single week our showroom changes top to bottom.” However, that changeover and the ability to constantly take in new things, is also what’s helped the company sustain its success over the last 68 years as styles and tastes have changed. “The great thing about an auction house is we can change the type of thing we’re taking in on a weekly basis,” explains Ross. “Antiques aren’t really what people are buying right now, so our emphasis is on mid-century modern, post-war art, Danish design and Italian glass.”

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Kilshaw’s still brings in antiques, but many of the furniture items, like antique dining room sets, are fetching just a fraction of what they would have in the past. “There’s a huge amount of product on the market as baby boomers and their parents downsize, and it can be difficult because what was once worth a substantial amount at auction, isn’t anymore,” says Ross. “It’s hard to tell someone that what might have fetched $1,500 about 20 years ago is now only worth $150.” While a lot has changed since Kilshaw’s opened in Victoria almost seven decades ago, one of the biggest changes is technology. Items are now listed online every week so people can see what’s coming up for auction each Thursday, and specialty sales are hosted online so people can live bid from anywhere in the world. “We’re shipping to Russia, the US and back East — the market is no longer just little old Victoria,” explains Ross. The other massive change for Kilshaw’s came at the end of 2016. After 67 years at its Fort Street location, Ross was forced to move the auction house to make way for a new development.

“We were given the absolute minimum notice and finding a space that would work for us was very challenging,” she says. “My team was brilliant at running the business for the last six months or so while I was running around trying to get all of this in place.” Now settled in an iconic downtown heritage building with high ceilings and a modern feel, Ross couldn’t be happier. The 62,000-square-foot space owned by Pemberton & Son covers two levels and the company completely remodelled it, perfectly blending the past with the present. “We’re so lucky to have found this space,” says Ross. “It really reflects how people are living today, so in this kind of setting it’s really easy to envision how something will work in your home. Our old space was more like a warehouse.” As Ross embarks on this new chapter in Kilshaw’s history, she says her biggest success is keeping this historic business — and the history it sells — alive. “The Kilshaws did such an amazing job with the business and to be able to keep that going and to expand the business internationally is amazing.”

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ECENTLY, I SAT TRANSFIXED by the colour-charged interior of the Fairmont Empress Hotel’s Gold Lounge. Pristine white walls, lined with gold-accented shelves, were filled with books in a spectrum of beige. Feet tucked under me on a couch, I was ogling the books and wondering how on earth the hotel managed to find hundreds of them all in the same nude palette, when I glanced down and noticed the carpet. It was richly coloured in a kaleidoscope of glamorous gem tones. The sheer depth of the carpet’s colours had me peering over the side of the couch, mesmerized. I felt as though I could dangle my foot over the edge and swirl the tip of my toe in it. The carpet at the Empress Hotel was a burst of colour to an otherwise completely neutral canvas, and it effectively changed the room from clean and comfortable to sophisticated and glamorous. After this, I began to notice the impact of colour and how its presence changes the way I feel in a space. Curious, I delved into an exploration of colour. My Google engine now includes

AFTER THIS, I BEGAN TO NOTICE THE IMPACT OF COLOUR AND HOW ITS PRESENCE CHANGES THE WAY I FEEL IN A SPACE.

searches with words like “quarks,” “gluons” and “Does my dog really only see in monochromatic?” I learn that scientists have determined colour stimulates physiological changes in humans — sadness, happiness, hunger, creativity, warmness, coolness — and that it is a total influencer of perception. When it comes to interior design, the feelings we associate with different colours are often more significant than their aesthetic appeal. For example, blue brings back the calmness felt lying on the grass as a child looking at the sky. On the other hand, the red lights of Vegas are strategically designed to utilize that colour’s knack for stimulating adrenalin and increasing blood pressure, and therefore possibly encouraging gambling and riskier bets. So, when we reflect on what is quite possibly the most neutral era of modern day interior design, it begins to make sense. White and neutral colour palettes scream cleanliness, a larger sense of space and — total shocker — neutrality. Who wouldn’t feel comfortable in a space like that? But what if you made your space a reflection of your personality, or something to spark your most desired feelings? Would you call it science, magic or simply colour? Interior designer Janice Jefferson of Modhaus Designs notes the current minimalistic and neutral interior design trend may undergo a slight shift in the upcoming year. The clean feel of our minimal homes may be amped up, just a bit, with little colourful slices of our personality. Janice stresses the importance of not being too blunt in the aesthetic, noting that bringing colour in doesn’t need to result in a total home overhaul.

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a single Moroccan tile wall, and the turquoise Art Deco chairs that welcome visitors to the living room. None of the colours in the space are overwhelming; they do their job to enhance the mood in an otherwise clean space. “I suggested early on in the renovation that we add a secret room, which soon became known as Narnia, as it has a vintage burl walnut armoire you have to go through to enter. Inside is the Moroccan Lounge with built-in seating with custom screen printed fronts, oversized velvet, gem-coloured cushions, layered rugs, lanterns and a gold stencil,” Janice says, further demonstrating the ability of colour to add atmosphere in order to amp up the aesthetic goal. Spring is a time of rejuvenation and new beginnings, so what better time to introduce colour into your home? Try pulling colour inspiration from your personality, your favourite places or your fondest memories to stir nostalgia. Colour is light, and light is energy — our world is undeniably colour-charged. Embrace it, and use colour — like that Empress Hotel carpet — to simply but completely transform space and perspective. Flowers by Thorn & Thistle and Verbena Floral Design; three chairs (page 38) from Chester Fields.

“You could do something as simple as adding some vintage glamour wallpaper to just one wall, or changing out some upholstery.” When Janice was enlisted for a large scale home makeover/ renovation in Cadboro Bay (turning a 1990s Cape Cod style abode into a modern beach house), she knew that she was going to need to introduce a bit of colour to reach the clients’ desire for a relaxed, Bohemian atmosphere. “Overall the space is quite minimalistic, with primarily white paint. But the introduction of colour through furniture, art and accented walls transforms the home’s feel completely,” Janice explains, adding, “The plan was to give them the beach vibe without being too obvious.” She points to the home’s entrance, where she added a teal, sea-coloured grass cloth wall and a grouping of George Nelson bubble lamps that mimic jellyfish. The teal colour of the grass cloth entry-wall extends to the home’s exterior, which Janice describes as a bolder example of colour, used to achieve the homeowner’s request for a “bright and happy exterior.” The effect is quite successful, as just looking at the outside of the home almost takes one on a blissful, mental vacation to a beach in St. Lucia. In the living room, a large 1970s inspired floating fireplace hearth was finished in an unobtrusive sand shade to further the beach vibe. Other areas in the residence add splashes of colour, like the powder room with its mix of greens, grey and cream on 36


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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH INTERIOR DESIGNER JANICE JEFFERSON Quick facts: Location of house: Cadboro Bay Name of interior designer: Janice Jefferson, Modhaus Style of design: Boho Modern Beach House

Designer’s concept: The homeowner gave me one specific instruction— do not let the home be formal. After meeting the first few times and noticing we were heading down the formal path, I realized what they really wanted was a relaxed, colourful space, with many interesting elements. While this home was completely gutted, I mostly stayed within the current footprint.

Colour scheme: On the exterior we went with a bold turquoise, BM St. Lucia Teal with black trim and white Gaulhofer (from Austria) windows and doors throughout. The homeowners wanted a fun, bright and happy exterior. On the interior we used BM Simply White throughout, adding two colourful murals, turquoise grass cloth at the entrance, turquoise mudroom cabinets off the kitchen, gold stencil in the Moroccan Lounge, wood elements in the master and stairway. The kitchen has white, high gloss cabinets, Neolith Calcutta countertops and a wall with wrapped stainless steel cabinets.

Why did you choose this interior for this house? My mandate was to create something more casual — somewhere guests would feel comfortable enough to put their feet up. The plan was to give the house a beach vibe without being too obvious. As an example, at the entrance we added a sea-coloured grass cloth and a grouping of George Nelson bubble lamps, which together mimic jellyfish.

What are the standout features? • My favourite is the three-sided fireplace, which gives a partial separation of the living room and dining room without cutting off light and sight lines. It has a ‘70s vibe, and its large floating hearth provides additional casual seating on either side. We finished the hearth with a sand colour and textured plaster, again to bring a little of the beach inside. • Also, I suggested early on in the renovation to add a secret room —I believe this is the point we knew we had found the right client-designer partnership! This room soon became known as Narnia, as you enter it through a vintage burl walnut armoire. Inside is the Moroccan Lounge with built-in walnut seating and custom screen printed fronts, oversized down cushions, layered rugs, lanterns and so on. • We caused a stir for nearby beachcombers with a Gauguin mural between the kitchen and dining room with a floor-toceiling bare-breasted woman. 41


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• There are other areas, such as the powder room with its mix of greens, gray and cream Moroccan tile wall, Art Deco mirror and the clients’ own hall table as a vanity. • The staircase railing detail is also beautiful, with a mix of high gloss white railing and ash detailed boards flanking one side.

Anything else you’d like to add about it? As with all of my projects, I attempt to add vintage and modern elements. Every room has auction, vintage or the clients’ own items. I prefer to reupholster rather than always buy new. Some examples are the purple chairs in the living room, the Art Deco chairs in the family room and the clients’ own dining table, which was painted and stenciled to give it new life. You have to be flexible as a designer, not everything needs to be replaced, and I feel this project shows this well.

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Flooring: European Oak from The Finishing Store Tile: Decora Tile Windows: Gaulhofer

Paint: Benjamin Moore Kitchen: High-gloss white and wrapped stainless steel cabinets from Harbour City Kitchens Kitchen counter: Neolith from Stone Age Marble Fireplace: Plaster hearth by Wolfe Decorative Finishes Entrance lighting: George Nelson Bubble lamps from Chester Fields Entrance grass cloth: Phillip Jeffries Bespoke entrance bench cushion: Smoking Lily Murals: Wallsauce UK Narnia custom built-in seating: Silk screened by Smoking Lily Living room and family room sofas: Restoration Hardware Turkish pillows in living room: Picot Collective Brass foot stools in living room: Upholstered by Smoking Lily Eames chair: Lunds Auction Falcon chair: The Fabulous Find Leather dining bench: Lunds Auction Dining chairs: Chester Fields Custom shelving in living room: Biophilia Design Collective Custom bed and headboard-wall in master: Constructed by Kurva Design, designed by Janice.

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Colour is back! As the days get longer, the colours get richer — juicy sorbet shades, sweet candy pops and clear sky blues. Jump into the new season in colours that are bright, happy and spring-loaded.

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CREAMSICLE DREAM On Kailey: Ruched tube dress ($495) and printed square cape ($795) by

Black Goat Cashmere and from Black Goat; necklace made from natural materials by ELK ($56) at Caposhie; cobalt Marley clutch by House of Harlow 1960 ($195) and blue bangle ($27) from House of Savoy. On Buck: Patterned dress shirt by 7 Downie St. ($175), wool blazer jacket by Ted Baker ($695), straight, mid-rise jeans by 34 Heritage ($198), all from d.g. bremner & co.


SUGAR HIGH Multi-coloured tie by Ted Baker ($98), tailored dress shirt, 100% cotton by 7 Downie St. ($179), straight, mid-rise jeans by 34 Heritage ($198), wool blazer jacket by Ted Baker ($695), woven belt by Vernizzi ($150), all at d.g. bremner & co. 47


PURPLE POPS Lavender T-shirt ($140), jean jacket ($390), kick flared jeans ($300), all by Marc Cain; purple leather purse by Borgo degli Etruschi ($89), all from W&J Wilson; purple clutch by Burberry ($85) from House of Savoy; lace-up petrol shoe by Miista ($285) from Footloose Shoes.

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BLUE SKIES On Kailey: nylon and lace dress ($370) and knit tunic ($460), both by Liviana Conti, and all from Hughes; floral sling back shoes by Hispanitas ($210) from Footloose Shoes. On Buck: patterned dress shirt by 7 Downie St. ($175), celeste yachting sweater by Green Coast ($365) and straight, mid-rise jeans by 34 Heritage ($198), all from d.g. bremner & co. 49


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EEP BOWLS, SHALLOW BOWLS, bowls the size of large tea cups, traditional blue and white Chinese bowls filled with steaming portions of ramen noodles, whole grains or rice … bowls topped with sweet, savoury and spicy sauces, crunchy spring rolls, fanned slices of bright green avocado, crispy pieces of fish, soft fried eggs, spiced and sliced chicken, tender pulled pork and more, so much more. One-bowl meals are hip, healthy and incredibly popular, thanks to Goop’s Gwyneth Paltrow, cookbook author Nigella Lawson, food bloggers and legions of Pinterest and Instagram users. In her New Year’s Day blog, Lawson even goes so far as to say, “if I could, I’d eat everything out of a bowl.” Why did plates become passé? Part of the answer lies in the

LOCAL RESTAURANTS ARE RIFFING ON TRADITIONAL PHO, RAMEN, ACAI, BIBIMBAP, POKE AND RICE BOWL RECIPES, MAKING THESE DISHES THEIR OWN.

The Pondicherry Bowl at Fishhook.

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simplicity of bowl food. “When I come home late at night from work, I have a berry and kale smoothie in a bowl,” admits Dan Hayes, chef and owner of the London Chef cooking school. “It’s nutritious, hearty and comforting.” Couple that with the fact that fewer and fewer people are eating at the table these days, and you begin to understand the appeal of a meal in a bowl. After all, it’s far easier to balance a bowl on your lap while binge-watching Netflix than a plate. A healthy staple in Asian, Indo, Moroccan and Latin American cuisines, bowl food layers carbohydrates with a protein and vegetables, then adds flavourful condiments and sauces. Local restaurants are riffing on traditional pho, ramen, acai, bibimbap, poke and rice bowl recipes, making these dishes their own. “Bowls offer a creative way to incorporate multiple ingredients and flavours and ultimately maximize nutrition,” explains Reid Ayotte, general manager of 10 Acres Bistro + Bar. They entangle their ingredients in a way that’s just not possible with a plated meal, delivering surprisingly complex and delightfully new taste sensations. “The food in the bowl tastes better and better as you eat and the flavours co-mingle,” says Hayes. Some experts also believe that bowl eating may make us more mindful of what we eat, as we carefully discern, appreciate and consume the different ingredients nestled in the dish before us. Charles Spence and Vanessa Farrar, authors of a 2013 study conducted at Oxford University, even suggest that the weight of


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a bowl as we cup it in our hands could lead to greater feelings of satisfaction with a meal. As trendy as it has become, the idea of eating a full meal from a bowl isn’t entirely new. Ten years ago, a restaurant I really liked traded all of its plates for large, rustic pottery bowls. While the bowls were great for risottos and pasta, they were incredibly awkward for steak, which was sent slipping around the sides of the bowl. In my opinion, for bowl food to work well, slices of meat and other ingredients should be scaled down to easily fit on the tines of a fork or between two chopsticks — and should be soft enough to cut through easily without a knife. Before returning to Toronto in 2015, Victoria’s Lady Marmalade Restaurant and Catering served one of my all-time favourite meals in a bowl, the Baja Rice Bowl. My mouth used to water for this magical blend of brown rice, black beans, white cheddar, pico de gallo salsa, avocado, sour cream, scallions and cilantro. Fortunately, I don’t have to go east to order up delicious bowl food. Bao, for instance, serves a delicious updated version of bibimbap, the classic Korean dish. Their Belly and Egg bowl begins with a generous serving of sushi rice topped with caramelized pork belly, scallions, sesame greens, house-made

kimchi, chili sauce and two eggs — one fried and one deep-fried. “The bowl has a lot of different flavours and textures and it’s so great mixed all together,” says co-owner Kylie Arnot-Webb. On a chilly winter’s day, I also appreciate the fact that bowls keep food contained and warm — rather than starkly exposed on a cold plate. Fishhook’s Pondicherry Bowl holds nutty basmati rice at just the right temperature with its blanket of tangy, rich masala. The mildly spiced dish is topped with scallions, plum and sriracha sauces, and two perfectly moist, hand-formed, wild seafood koftas. Many of the bowls served around town are prepared with locally sourced ingredients and can easily be customized to suit your tastes. OLO’s is built with locally grown organic rice, house-fermented vegetables and whole organic egg, and can be topped with the establishment’s trademark organic confit pork belly. 10 Acres Bistro + Bar offers diners a choice of two different bowls, says Ayotte: “The first one we put on the menu was so popular we decided to come up with a second one.” 10 Acres’ Farm Grain Bowl combines lentils, barley, chicken and a medium poached pasture-raised egg in a mild Madras curry sauce. The vegetarian Quinoa Bowl changes regularly, but

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currently features tomatillo sauce, goat cheese, seasonal farm vegetables and crispy kale. With their nutritional power, great taste and casual ease, meals in a bowl are likely to appear on more and more menus in 2017. “It’s just a very comforting way of eating whole and healthy food,” says OLO’s chef, Brad Holmes. And that, as Martha Stewart used to say, is a good thing.

COOKBOOKS Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson (Chatto and Windus, 2015) The cookbook diva’s latest effort includes an entire chapter on “bowlfood.” The Power Bowl Recipe Book: 140 Nutrient-Rich Dishes for Mindful Eating (Adams Media Corp., 2017) Bowl food recipes designed to deliver specific health benefits, from weight loss to heart health. The Grain Bowl by Nik Williamson (Phaidon, 2016) A collection of 95 recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, made with grains, seeds, rice, and superfoods, plus slow-cooked meats, fruits and roasted vegetables. The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon by Sara Forte (Ten Speed Press, 2015) Beautifully illustrated, everyday recipes for single dish meals by food blogger and James Beard Award-nominated author.

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2540 Esplanade, Victoria, BC $2,699,000

2455 Tryon Rd, North Saanich, BC $4,950,000 | MLS 371714

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Unobstructed ocean vistas are presented from this home with a bright exposure year-round. Chef’s kitchen features stainless steel appliances. Warm Oak flooring extends throughout. The Master suite offers an ensuite and secluded balcony. Outside, abundant patio space and mature landscaped grounds. Clear panoramic views of the Olympics, Chatham & Discovery Islands; Oak Bay Marina & Cattle Point.

5.14 private oceanfront acres on stunning Curteis Point. Main home offers 4,000+ sq ft, ample space to develop; or renovate into your Oceanside dream. A fully renovated, selfcontained 2 bedroom, 1,300 sq ft Guest House. The private beach is easily accessible to enjoy a multitude of water activities year-round. Endless possibilities.

An impressive 4 bedroom family home; beautifully landscaped offering privacy, sport court, putting green and ample patio space. The decadent kitchen is topped with granite offering a large wrapping island, Viking gas range, and custom rich-cream cabinetry. The notable master impresses with dual walk-in closets, vanity, 6 piece ensuite, gas fireplace and walk-out balcony.

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310 Palmer Station, Victoria BC $1,695,000 | Coming Soon

Privileged ocean and Olympic mountain views. Brilliant contemporary, open design. A showpiece kitchen; with stainless steel appliances, Canadian walnut cabinets, spacious central island, and dramatic black honed granite countertops. Master suite features 30 foot ceilings. 2 private suites and a detached studio. Listed 1 million below replacement cost! Just 30 min from Victoria.

Elegant English Manor home with stunning panoramic views. Nestled at the 15th green, capture the action from the fairway in this truly remarkable setting with bright southern exposure year-round. This stunning, elevator equipped, home features a gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, a large master suite and a lower level with a large media room.

Amazing oceanfront executive family home designed by Zebra Designs. This impressive 3-bedroom home located in a private View Royal neighbourhood features hardwood flooring, granite counters, monitored security system, custom cabinetry, a 5 stop elevator and so much more. The large master suite includes a sitting room, dual walk-in closets and a 5-piece ensuite. Enjoy impressive views over the Esquimalt Harbour from all levels of this 3,900 square foot home.

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Country Chic $1,475,000

6540 Torin Road, Victoria: Idyllic Garden Gate family home of 4,218 sq. ft. on more than an acre in a community of fine homes. In addition to 4 bedrooms, the home includes a 3 car garage and in-law accommodation.

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469 Monterey Avenue, Victoria: Artists own very loved Oak Bay home where custom accents abound. Charming 2,131 sq. ft. home with 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Idyllic setting on a quiet street across from Lafayette Park & 4 doors from the ocean walkway on spectacular McNeill Bay.

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5660 Lochside Drive, Victoria: Designed & built in 2003 with timeless appeal the 3,600+ sq ft home on 2.75 acres has an air of seductive comfort and impeccable taste. Located on the Lochside walking and cycling trail it includes a 3 car garage & barn.

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SPACiOuS & luxurious 5 bedrm/ 5 bath Uplands home beautifully transformed top to bottom, on a gorgeous .72 acre, sunny & private property!

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Five useable view decks

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PRIVATE ELEVATOR & VIEWS TO FOREVER! Just short of 4,000 sq ft, this dramatic one storey condo offers two or three bedrooms, four bathrooms, five generous decks with views to the east, south and west. Large entertaining spaces, office/library, media room, eat-in kitchen with professional grade appliances, family room and a superb pantry. Stunning views of Inner and Outer Harbour, to the Cruise Ship Docks. Comes with large approx 19x15 storage room and two parking spaces. This complex has an indoor swimming pool, saunas, exercise room, social lounge, putting green and concierge. This first class Residence is within walking distance of downtown and all amenities that Victoria has to offer. $

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Completely Updated to the highest standards, with hardwood floors, fabulous chefs kitchen, open floor plan, hardwood floors, 2 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, with 1,684 sq. ft., of living space drenched with light with the floor to ceiling windows in this corner unit in popular building “188 On The Park”. Sunrises, and views over Beacon Hill Park to the Ocean, will stun you every day, and only a 10 minute stroll to the vibrant Inner Harbor, offering year round dining and entertainment. Lots of privacy with only 4 units per floor. Large common room available for any extra entertaining you may want to do. Seldom do homes come on the market in this building. A wonderful place to call home!

Coming Soon! Renovated 7th floor condo in Harbourside Complex with views. In excess of $250,000 was invested on renovations in recent years, including Cherry Cabinets in kitchen, granite, top of the line appliances, new ensuite with heated floors, 2 Bedrooms, and Den, 2 Baths, and 1627 sq ft. There are views from three sides, taking in the Inner, outer and West, as well as being within walking distance of first class restaurants, theatre’s, ocean walkways, downtown shopping,and Victoria’s Vibrant Inner Harbour. Please Call for further details. You won’t be disappointed.

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$1,195,000

Enjoy the ultimate in Victoria’s lifestyle & luxury living in the one of a kind gated community of Wedgewood Estates! The 2968 sq.ft., suite enjoys sweeping 180° Ocean and Mtn Views. Designed to take advantage of the stunning views, this beautiful, expansive 3 bed, 3 bath home, represents elegance. Features include an entertainment-sized LR w/picture windows & wood burning fireplace, large elegant DR, family room, spacious kitchen, all opening onto 1476 ft of deck. The Master retreat is a quiet escape w/ 4 pc ensuite, and walk-in closet. Enjoy the indoor pool /Rec Centre/, and all amenities close by in Cadboro Bay Village. This home will be appreciated by buyers who seek refinement & security in an ideal location.n

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Spectacular low bank waterfront custom home with gorgeous finishing details and progressive building technologies throughout. Featuring 4 bedrooms with ensuites + powder room and den, this 2,870 square foot home is unmatched in quality and design! Highlights include an open concept living area with 10 foot ceilings, oversized windows designed to maximize the water views and allow for incredible natural light, stunning master bedroom with expansive patio and spa-like ensuite, striking custom kitchen with wood and lacquered cabinetry, commercial grade appliances, quartz countertops, and custom millwork details throughout. Outside you will find a large patios and an easy care lot with private beach access. Situated in Robert’s Bay nature sanctuary and walking distance to the town of Sidney, this West Coast contemporary home has unprecedented qualities throughout and sure to impress!

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1580 Lands End Road, North Saanich MLS# 368041 2304 Grove Crescent, Sidney

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EXECUTIVE OCEANFRONT HOME This beautiful residence enjoys breathtaking ocean views to the San Juan Islands with Mount Baker front and center! The unique court yard entry ensures complete privacy with a carved feature entry door. Enjoy views from every room! The spacious kitchen offers a Center Island, granite counters, & abundant storage. The floor to ceiling windows bring the ocean in to create the sense of floating on a ship. A spacious 23’ viewing deck on the ocean side expands the living space with abundant marine life below. A lifestyle experience! Offered at $2,750,000 MLS 372581

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OCEANFRONT SANCTUARY!

This most spectacular ocean view sub penthouse in Swallows Landing, offers over 2,400 sq. ft. of artistic splendor with every surface designed to emulate a home of ultimate sophistication. The discerning buyer will appreciate the coffered ceilings, custom designed light fixtures, spectacular draperies, state of the art kitchen. Enjoy spectacular south west views to the Olympics, the Cruise ships, and gorgeous sunsets year round! Offered at $2,695,000 MLS 372440

This .5 acre oceanfront home will capture your heart and imagination from the moment you enter. The from all principal rooms present a scene reminiscent of a Tom Thomson painting; with vaulted ceilings and a wall of windows to frame the ocean, mountain & island views! The home presents a sumptuous and chic environment including a brilliantly executed chef’s kitchen & spa baths. You will also enjoy seaside decks, patios and a pathway down to the beach. Offered at $1,895,000 MLS 372513

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The Car Shop aT The e&N rouNdhouSe

The Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Roundhouse National Historic Site, completed by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1913, remained in service for almost 100 years. In its earlier days, large steam engines would roll into the Car Shop to be serviced by bustling teams of millwrights and mechanics. The site is being brought back to life as part of the 20-acre, master-planned Bayview Place development, combining 1.5 million square feet of residential development alongside the brick and rail yard district, which will include retail, public and performance spaces.

The establishment of a national railway was a promise made by Prime Minister John A. McDonald as a condition of British Columbia joining confederation. When the railway ended in Vancouver, Islanders became so angry that separating from Canada became a very active, public debate. The E&N rail line was built in part to appease Vancouver Island citizens and rebuff US expansionism. Scottish industrialist and coal magnate Robert Dunsmuir, along with a group of powerful business associates, built the E&N Railway as a means of transporting coal from mines located in and around Nanaimo. The E&N’s last spike was set on August 13, 1886.


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HE BRIGHTEST SPOT IN THE WINTER KITCHEN is a bowl of colourful citrus fruits — a taste of sunshine promised inside their brightly coloured skins. With its juicy tart, sweet and bitter flavours, citrus offers a perfect contrast to the otherwise boring winter produce rotation of root vegetables and cold storage apples. Citrus season is at its peak in the winter months; you’ll find the best quality and biggest variety from December to the beginning of March. That’s also when we can find some unusual or exotic types of citrus: satsumas, Meyer lemons, tangerines, kumquats, blood oranges and finger limes, to name just a few. Although most of these deliciously tart and fragrant fruits are perfect for out-of-hand eating, they are easily put to work in the kitchen as well. Citrus can be used in a dizzying variety of recipes, spanning the menu from dessert, to side, to sauce, to entrée. The following menu touches on citrus fruits’ flexibility and versatility in the kitchen: aromatic kumquats in a sweet-andspicy chutney, jewel-like blood oranges in a salad, tart limes to infuse a juicy pork roast and Meyer lemons to add an intoxicating perfume to a light-as-a-feather dessert. Enjoy! And, remember, the sun is on its way back to us. Kumquat Chutney

Makes about 500 ml Kumquats have a sweet and fragrant skin and a very tart interior, making them a perfect fruit to use in a complex and delicious chutney. Kumquats vary from quite dry inside to juicy,

so adjust the amount of water accordingly. Serve this chutney as a fruity accompaniment to grilled or roasted meats and poultry, or with vegetarian curries of any kind. 2 cups fresh kumquats (about 225 g) ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup apple cider vinegar or lemon juice ¼ cup fresh orange juice ½ cup water, adjust as necessary Pinch salt 1 cinnamon stick 2 whole cloves 8 pods green cardamom ½ tsp whole coriander seed ¼ tsp to ½ tsp chili flakes Cheesecloth 2 slices of ginger (optional)

Wash the kumquats and cut them into quarters, removing any large seeds as you go. Place the prepared kumquats in a mediumsized saucepan. Add the sugar, vinegar, orange juice, water and salt. Place the spices (including the ginger, if using) in a square of triple-thickness of cheesecloth; fold over the cheesecloth and tie it into a little packet. Place this spice packet in with the kumquats. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the kumquats are tender (their pith will start to appear translucent) and the juices are syrupy. Add

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more water, if necessary, to prevent the mixture from getting too thick and sticky. Or, if the kumquats are very juicy and the mixture is too runny, continue to cook for a few minutes longer to thicken. Remove from heat. Remove the spice packet with tongs or a fork, pressing the packet against the side of the pot to get all the juices out. Let the kumquat chutney cool completely before using. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Reverse Seared Pork Loin Roast with Lime Crust

Serves 4 large portions or 8 modest ones Reverse searing is one of my favourite ways to prepare a roast, ensuring meat that is evenly cooked and very juicy throughout, and with a crackling, flavourful crust. One 4-bone pork loin roast, chine bone removed (about 4 lbs) 1½ tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp light brown sugar 1 tsp freshly ground pepper Finely grated zest of 1 lime (about 2 tsp) Additional lime zest, plus juice, for finishing the roast

Preheat oven to 250°F and adjust oven rack to centre position. Score the fat cap of the pork roast in a crosshatch pattern, being careful not to cut into the meat. In a small bowl, mix together salt, sugar, pepper and lime zest. Rub this mixture liberally all over the pork, pressing into the meat. Place pork roast, fat side up, in the roasting pan and place in the oven. Roast until an instant-reading thermometer registers 135°F to 138°F, about 2 hours. Remove pork from the

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In a medium pot with a tight-fitting lid, sauté the sliced onion in the ghee or butter over medium-low heat until the onion is dark golden brown, at least 20 minutes. Remove onion with slotted spoon to a plate. Set aside. There should be at least a tablespoon of butter left in the pot. If not, add some more to make up the difference. Return the pot to the stove at a medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté briefly, until fragrant. Add the basmati rice, turmeric and cayenne. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until spices and rice smell toasty. Add the broth and the salt. Bring to a boil, stir to mix everything well, reduce heat to lowest setting and cover. Cook rice covered and undisturbed for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off. Remove lid, scatter cranberries over the top, replace lid and let pilaf sit for 10 more minutes. Meanwhile prepare the preserved lemon by cutting into quarters. Rinse and remove the insides, leaving only the peel. Cut the peel into very small cubes. After 10 minutes, remove the lid from the pilaf. Add the reserved onions (you may have to reheat them briefly in the microwave if the butter has hardened) and the prepared preserved lemon. Gently stir these into the pilaf along with the cranberries. Serve the pilaf topped with yogurt and chopped parsley or dill for garnish. Salad of Winter Greens, Beets and Pomegranate with Citrus Vinaigrette

Serves 8 Nothing says citrus season more than a bright salad full of bitter greens and sweet-tart citrus. My favourite to use here is blood orange, but navel orange works well, too. Salad 3 blood oranges OR 2 navel oranges 1/2 pomegranate, seeds removed 4 small or 3 medium beets, boiled whole, then peeled and sliced ¾ lb of mixed greens (micro greens, arugula, baby kale, radish sprouts) 1 small Belgian endive, leaves separated and sliced lengthwise ¼ small radicchio, sliced thinly Optional — ¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds OR pumpkin seeds Citrus Dressing 1 Tbsp very finely minced shallot ½ tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp honey or sugar Finely grated zest of 1 lime (about 2 tsp) Finely grated zest of 1 lemon (about 2 tsp) Finely grated zest of 1 orange or blood orange (about 1 Tbsp) 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed juice of orange or blood orange ½ tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup light oil (e.g. grapeseed, sunflower)

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Salad To cut the oranges into segments start by cutting of both ends of the fruit. Place one (now flat) end on a cutting board. Use a small paring knife to cut off the skin and white pith from top to bottom, following the natural curve of the orange, and not cutting


too much into the flesh. Once the skin has been cut off, pick it up in your hand and cut the orange segments out, slicing between the segment membranes with the paring knife. You should end up with a pile of orange segments that have no skin or pith on them. Squeeze the “core” you have left in your hand over a bowl. Use this juice later in the dressing. Repeat with remaining orange(s). On a large platter, arrange the salad greens, the prepared endive and the prepared radicchio in a pleasing arrangement. Scatter the prepared orange segments, the pomegranate seeds, and the optional toasted seeds over the greens. Drizzle with half of the Citrus Dressing and serve immediately, passing more dressing at the table. Dressing In a small mason jar, combine the shallot, Dijon, honey or sugar, all the citrus zest, all the citrus juices, salt and pepper. Screw the lid on tightly and shake well to combine, until the sugar and salt dissolves. Add both oils and shake again until well mixed. Alternatively, make this a small bowl, whisking well to combine. Dressing will last for two weeks in the refrigerator. Lemon Feather Cake with Meyer Lemon Cream (GF)

Makes one 10-inch cake, serving 12 people. This recipe is adapted from one I found years ago in the pages of the Canadian Living 20th Anniversary Cookbook. Gluten free, light, luscious, lemony — a keeper for sure. NOTE: for a dairy-free version, use the Earth Balance shortening and coconut milk to substitute for the butter and whipping cream, as directed in the recipe. Cake 6 eggs, separated 1 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest 1¼ cup berry sugar or superfine sugar ¾ cup potato flour (potato starch), sifted ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice Icing sugar, for decorating the cake Lemon cream filling 1/4 cup unsalted butter (or Earth Balance Buttery shortening) Pinch salt 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tsp finely grated zest of Meyer lemon 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed juice of Meyer lemon 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed juice of regular lemon 2 egg yolks 2/3 cup whipping cream (or solid coconut milk) Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 10-inch springform cake pan with parchment paper. Cake: In a large bowl, beat egg yolks with the lemon zest and half of the sugar for at least five minutes, or until pale and thickened. Set aside. In a separate bowl using clean beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. NOTE: It is very important that the egg whites are not beaten too stiffly. If egg whites are over-beaten, they will lose their ability to hold air when folded into a batter. 113


Sift one third of the flour over yolk mixture and gently mix it in. Fold in half the egg whites. Repeat steps once. Sift over and fold in remaining flour. Transfer one quarter cup of batter to a small bowl. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Fold this back into the remaining batter. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool on rack. Filling: Fill a medium pot about one third of the way with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a bare simmer and place a medium bowl directly over the pot. This is a makeshift double boiler. Put the butter (or Earth Balance) in this bowl and melt. Add the sugar, Meyer lemon zest and both types of lemon juice. Stir until sugar dissolves. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until frothy. Slowly pour in about ¼ cup of the lemon mixture, whisking all the while. This helps temper the yolks and keeps them from curdling when they are added to the whole mixture. Slowly pour egg yolk mixture into the bowl with the remaining lemon mixture, whisking the whole time. (The bowl should still be over the hot water.) Cook, stirring constantly, 5

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clouds, the stillness is shattered by the blood-curdling screech of a howler monkey. Ericson scans a spotlight along the shore and soon illuminates two bright dots: a pair of eyes. Slowly the skiff approaches. Ericson leans over the bow and, with a happy shout, he pulls up a three-foot long caiman by its tail. Holding its snout tightly, he lets us touch the reptile before releasing it. I renew my pledge to not fall overboard. Back on the Delfin II, I join the honeymooning couple and a pleasant American duo for the final dinner. It’s hard to believe this amazing trip will soon be over. A traditional Peruvian dish is laid before us. “This is the best trip we’ve ever taken,” says the American lady enthusiastically. My mouth full, I can only nod enthusiastically in agreement.

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General Peru information: visitperu.com Delfin Cruises: delfinamazoncruises.com. Dr. Jean-Jacques Decoster, a renowned ethnohistorian, will deliver lectures about the Amazon basin on some Delfin II sailings. Flights: Many airlines go from Vancouver to Lima. Then fly to Iquitos to meet Delfin staff. Currency: 1 Sol = $0.39 Canadian Electricity: Peru uses 220 V electricity. Their plugs use two rounded (not flat) prongs. Language: Little English is spoken, so bring a Spanish phrasebook. Visa: Canadians only need a valid passport.

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Impressed, but not persuaded that indoor climbing can give you the same “cardio-oomph” your morning jog does? Consider this — studies indicate ascending a rock wall can get your ticker pumping as effectively as climbing stairs or jogging. In fact, a one-hour climbing session can burn well over 700 calories — much more than the 560 calories you'd burn spending the same amount of time running at a six-mile-perhour pace. What's more, climbing utilizes almost every muscle group in the body, not just your arms. “It's a full-body workout — and one that has almost zero impact on joints,” says Ken Cronin, owner of Crag X Climbing Gym, “You're like a monkey when you're climbing,” echoes Max Considine, program co-ordinator at Saanich's Boulders Climbing Gym. “You use your whole body, legs and core to propel yourself up the wall. Climbing improves the strength, endurance, speed and flexibility in most major muscle groups and not many sports do that.” That full-body workout translates into a pretty attractive aesthetic. Proponents of the sport claim regular climbing can

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leave you with strong, toned shoulders, lean thighs, strengthened arms, back and neck and a rock solid core. In addition, the long reaches and intricate footwork needed to scale a wall can develop flexibility and balance, and leave you as limber, as yes, a monkey.

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In addition to helping you achieve peak fitness, climbing can enhance your mental health. According to research from Indiana University, climbers who totally lose themselves in the flow of the sport, enter a mindset that can create euphoria and even block physical pain. Rob Somogyi, co-owner of BoulderHouse, Victoria's newest indoor climbing venue, confirms this finding without hesitation. “The moment your body is on the wall, all the noise of life disappears and the only thing that matters is movement to solve the problem.” (Routes are referred to as “problems” in the sport.) There's even more good news for your noggin—some small studies have shown that indoor climbing can have positive effects on anxiety, depression and ADHD. Not surprisingly, some hospitals in Germany already use rock climbing as a therapeutic approach to treat depression. In Austria, where the sport is heralded as an activity that promotes mindfulness, self-awareness, self-efficacy and trust, there is even an Institute for Therapeutic Rock Climbing. Considine isn't surprised, “Climbing in general requires a high degree of concentration, focus and perseverance — it really builds confidence, puts you in a Zen sort of state and improves overall cognitive function.” He adds, “I've seen painfully shy children lacking in selfesteem, blossom into self-confident, outgoing kids within a month of taking up indoor climbing — it's wonderful to see that kind of development.”

“I'VE SEEN PAINFULLY SHY CHILDREN LACKING IN SELF-ESTEEM, BLOSSOM INTO SELF-CONFIDENT, OUTGOING KIDS WITHIN A MONTH OF TAKING UP INDOOR CLIMBING.”

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Another salient element in indoor climbing's trifecta of health perks is its inherent social aspect. Climbers are a supportive bunch. Spend time at any climbing facility and you'll see people swapping tricks and tips with individuals they've never met before, or several people climbing on a section of wall working out the route together. You'll also likely see folks who've completed a route gathered on the ground cheering on others, who are still propelling up the wall. “I love it when I see complete strangers cheering each other

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The mineral pools sit right on the rocks next to the ocean, and the area is licensed and open late into the night. Floating in the pools under the stars, wind on your face, and the sound of a murmuring or stormy sea in your ears is an experience like no other, and I was excited to share it with my daughters. The pools also sit next to the Boathouse Spa & Baths. As the quintessential destination for a girls’ getaway, it includes a eucalyptus steam sauna and has a spa menu as extensive as any I’ve seen. However, our 24-hour getaway didn’t lend time to a spa visit, so that is now firmly placed on our “getaway to-do list.” Amid this staycation, I also wanted to share with my daughters a bit of Oak Bay, which was such an integral part of my childhood. Both sets of my grandparents settled in Oak Bay in the early 1900s, and both my parents grew up here. Dad went to Willows school in the 1920s, and my mom a couple of decades later. Family photo albums reveal pictures of my ancestors dressed in long bathing suits, posing at Willows Beach in the 1920s.

AS THE QUINTESSENTIAL DESTINATION FOR A GIRLS’ GETAWAY, IT INCLUDES A EUCALYPTUS STEAM SAUNA AND HAS A SPA MENU AS EXTENSIVE AS ANY I’VE SEEN. I have other memories of Oak Bay, like afternoons spent walking through Uplands Park, hours at the plush Oak Bay Theatre and evenings drinking tea at the historic Blethering Place (now Oaks Restaurant and Tea Room). The theatre is long gone, but the OBBH offers weekly movie nights in the chandelier-lit David Foster Foundation Theatre, which is also the site of dinner shows and themed meal events. In planning our Oak Bay staycation, I decided to consult with Hazel Braithwaite — an Oak Bay Councillor and all-round delightful person — who offered up some grand ideas, and even pulled a few strings to get us dinner at the Victoria Golf Club, located directly across from OBBH. Dining options abound at the hotel, and we could have enjoyed dinner in the stately dining room, but it seemed a bit too grand for our stay. However, we did start and finish our evening in The Snug Pub, enjoying drinks and appys amid its comfortable, laid-back atmosphere. Dinner at the golf course’s Macan’s Pub and Restaurant — available on most occasions to members and their guests only — was divine. I noted ahead that the menu has a number of gluten-free options for us GF people, and we feasted on roasted yam and kale salad, Pad Thai and rare seared albacore tuna — all accompanied by the requisite Prosecco. (The club is known for its Scotch selection, with over 60 brands available, but we stuck with the bubbly.) Although it was dark outside as we feasted and chatted, I’ve


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been to Macan’s in the daylight and know that it offers a beautiful view overlooking several fairways. Our staycation’s fine food and drink carried into the next day, as we grabbed morning coffees at the hotel’s bustling Kate’s Café and matcha at Oak Bay Avenue’s Just Matcha Tea Shop, which gets a double thumbs up from my just-matcha daughter. Originally aiming for lunchtime sushi at the Marina

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ruthless inspector; bribes and flattery and obfuscation ensue, human folly escalates, and a grand farce unfolds. “I decided to set the play in Victoria in the summer of 2016,” says Linda Harvey, a longtime UVic theatre professor who spent five months doing a complete rewrite, which she also directs. Nineteen actors playing multiple roles will touch on such controversial topics as the sewage debate, downtown parking, Tent City, the bike-path incursion into arterial roads and other civic flashpoints. “Theatre should be socially engaged, and I thought this was a great opportunity for the students to feel involved with something current,” explains Harvey. But lest anyone mistake this satire for a current events docudrama, note that the media-savvy sewer trout known as Mr. Floatie gets to sing a perfectly poopy ditty as the intro for the second act. “This is a rare chance to see ourselves — and our city — up onstage … maybe laugh as we think about the choices we’re making,” Harvey adds.

Running March 9-18 at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre. For tickets, call 250-721-8000.

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brilliant roots/acoustic musician. Cox works in many bands and one he put together four years ago gets together intermittently to explore the music of seminal popular artists such as the Beatles and James Taylor. His latest project, Starman: An Acoustic Evening of David Bowie Songs, had just started to tour when news of Bowie’s death shocked the world. “I was afraid that people would think we were exploiting the situation, but at those first shows people in the audience were crying … it was very emotional,” says Cox. Now on the third and final leg of the Starman tour, Cox says the Victoria performance will be their last. Anything but a tribute act, the band’s seven members do personal, mostly acoustic interpretations of everything from

“Young Americans” and “Let’s Dance” to something off of Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. “It’s been a great opportunity to play with fantastic musicians,” says Cox. “Everybody that I asked to do this immediately said yes. Later they said they never knew how hard it was going to be,” he chuckles. The band includes longtime collaborator Sam Hurrie, Linda McRae (most famous for an eight-year stint with Spirit of the West), singer Helen Austin, guitarist Steve Dawson, percussionist Robin Layne, and super-bassist Rick May. “This has been a blast,” Cox adds. “Learning Bowie’s songs is like going to school … his songwriting is brilliant.”

Performing February 8 at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. For tickets, call 250-721-8480.

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All-female bands are a rarity in the masculine world of gypsy jazz, but Quebec’s Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have more than enough skill and passion to be headliners in this demanding genre. “They are superb acoustic musicians but also great entertainers who really connect with the audience,” declares Marie Bachand, who is presenting the ebullient quartet as part of the third season of her Beacon Ridge Productions. “The band works within the tradition of Django Reinhardt but they very much create their own style by incorporating Québécois folk music and other influences into their songs. Plus they’re gorgeous singers.” Bachand certainly knows her gypsy jazz — she’s the mother of Quinn and Qristina Bachand, virtuosic musicians with 146

national reputations. And she also knows how to book appealing, authentically funky music — she and husband Adrien have been increasing their number of shows and drawing everbigger crowds into the Upstairs Lounge at the Oak Bay Rec Centre. “It’s a mostly older clientele, and we often sell out the 170seat venue now,” says Bachand, who has brought in everyone from Shari Ulrich to Jim Byrnes. She presented les Imposteures last year and couldn’t wait to get them back. The quartet has been together for over a decade, and tours internationally — notably, they were the first Québécois band to perform at the Django Reinhardt Festival in France, one of the signature gypsy-jazz events in the world. “It’s obvious on stage that these four women are great friends,” says Bachand. “Their music is a joy to listen to.”

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S CHILDREN, WE BEGIN OUR JOURNEY to becoming our own person. Imagine how that might be different if one or both of our parents is famous. Now imagine you are drawn to the same field where they achieved their fame. John Bateman, son of BC’s celebrated artist, Robert Bateman, knows exactly how it feels. While Robert Bateman is known for his sweeping portrayals of wildlife, created by paint and brush, John’s medium is wood. He produces gleaming live-edge tables, smooth-as-silk and yet intricately designed wooden boxes and sculptures — such as the one that rises to the sky like a tree in his home gallery, Steffich Fine Art, on Salt Spring. John’s brother, Alan Bateman, and Alan’s wife, Holly Carr are also well-established painters. His mother, Suzanne Lewis, is an artist and John’s daughter, Annie, has exhibited an artistic flare since she was a young child. The Bateman family is an artistic bunch. How does it feel,

"DAD BELIEVES YOU NEED TO GO OUT AND EXPERIENCE IT. WE WANT HIM TO BE THE PERSONIFICATION OF WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE."

working as an artist amid all these “shadows?” When I meet John Bateman — who is currently chair of the Robert Bateman Foundation — I can tell he’s a man comfortable in his own skin. As a child, being the son of Robert Bateman had little effect on John. “I grew up in a lucky time. I loved that I could get up, eat and be outside by 9 a.m. and not be back until after dark. It was great. I would be in packs of kids all the time and I loved that.” He was born in 1968 in Burlington, Ontario. In 1973 his parents divorced and in 1978 his mother remarried and moved them to Nova Scotia. John and his siblings spent many holidays and summers with their father in BC, and after high school, John moved here to spend a year with him. Once back in Nova Scotia, he enrolled at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). “I naturally gravitated towards the arts,” he recalls. “But I wasn’t sure what I was going to get into.” In college, being the son of a well-known artist created some difficulty. “On many occasions, students and professors would challenge me about Dad’s work. They didn’t like realism, especially success based on realism or the fact that he did prints. I would often refuse to come to his defense. I was trying hard to eke out my own individuality.” He laughs, adding, “I dated a couple of times and the girls would ask me if they could have a signed calendar for their grandmother. The good part is, I met my wife, Jocelyn, at NSCAD — she wasn’t like the others.” Still unsure of which direction his creativity should take him,

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“ON MANY OCCASIONS, STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS WOULD CHALLENGE ME ABOUT DAD’S WORK.” John left NSCAD two courses short of graduating. He took a five-year break from school, ran a recording studio and found a new passion in printmaking. “I loved the process … the way printmaking lines up and all the things you do to achieve the final product,” he says. “Sometimes I would take an 18 x 18-inch zinc plate and set it up in an area outside, like on a road, and wait for something to happen to it. Then I’d print that.” John returned to NSCAD when the “soulless, unlimited computer time” at the recording studio began to eat away at his mental health, and depression set in — “I needed the college environment to get me out and more social again.” John put some serious thought into what he wanted to take and then signed up for a woodworking course, discovering finally where his true artistic passion lies. “It was there I met my mentor, Ken Lamb. After that, I was always in the woodworking shop.” John’s eyes light up and he becomes animated as he recalls his first year in woodworking. He leans forward, and smiles. “Our project for the year was to build a box,” he pauses. “I built six boxes and five pieces of furniture.” John’s enthusiasm and passion for woodworking landed him a job as a shop assistant, and that turned into a position as a night school teacher. In 2001, he and his wife moved to Salt Spring where John now runs John Bateman Woodwork. John’s face comes alive when he talks about his woodwork and his hands move in the air as if he is back in the shop. “I love the processes involved in creating pieces. I love setting up jigs to make them happen. It’s like smoke and mirrors.” He smiles and puts his hands down. “There is this illusion in what I do. I make a simple piece look very intricate.” Fatherhood has been another revelation for John, who pauses as he remembers the first time he saw his daughter. “As soon as Annie was born [in 2002], I realized there was a different level of love I never knew existed. Then in 2005 James was born. Now I know I was absolutely built to be a parent.” He adds: “I love the idea of being a mentor and role model. My daughter is really artistic, and has been since she was little. My son is the tool guy. He followed me around for years with a little tool belt on. I taught him safety and he’s my helper when I let him. They both come in to the shop and want to help. It doesn’t last long, as they have their own projects to work on.” Over the years John has learned a lot about what fuels his artistic passion and how to cope with periods of depression. “Each time I dip into depression, I want to make sure I learn 152

from it,” he says. “One of the things I learned is that I need variety and I need people. So I drop my kids off at school, I do a walk, I talk to people, I get some tea. I spend half my day doing networking, fundraising and policy for the Bateman Centre. Then I head over to the shop and work on the woodwork.” John loves his work as chair of the Robert Bateman Foundation. “I am the perfect conduit. I live near Dad and I’m good at talking to people and networking,” he says. “I have an excellent relationship with Dad and with the people at the foundation. I love that I have an integral part in establishing his legacy for him. It means a lot to me. My sister, Sarah, also works hard on the board as the secretary and has done so since day one.” John is as passionate about the Bateman Foundation as he is about his family and his craft. “The Bateman Foundation is a national, not-for-profit [entity], focusing on people experiencing — through the art — the environmental and educational philosophies of Robert Bateman. Dad believes you need to go out and experience it. We want to build it so the foundation appears to be the personification of him. He is all-inclusive and his ideas and philosophy have been honed over the past 70-plus years. Now it’s time for others to benefit from that. We are trying to connect more with other nonprofits in Victoria and beyond. Everything we make here goes right back into programming.” With his dedication to the foundation, his creativity and his passion, it’s certain that John — along with all the Bateman artists — will become part of the Bateman legacy.


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