Folio.YVR ☆ Issue 25 ☆ 2024 ☆ Luxury Lifestyle Magazine ☆ Vancouver, BC

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Contained within these pages are captivating tales of individuals who epitomize elegance, enrich our cultural tapestry, and infuse our vibrant city with the rhythms of music and more. This fusion of diverse cultures has given rise to the distinctive West Coast Lifestyle for which Vancouver garners international acclaim.

Diljit Dosanjh, the Punjabi pop/ film mega-star, who continues to break records worldwide, sold-out a stadium and mobilized a community to engage in an evening of joy and profound pride.

Hayato ' Cateen' Sumino, YouTube superstar, arrived and delivered an explosive performance with the VM O. Under the invitation and baton of M aestro Ken Hsieh, his presence 'brought the house down,' leaving a lasting impact on Vancouver's cultural scene.

In the world of bespoke footwear, Tommaso M elani of Stefano Bemer is a 'shoe-whisperer' to those who value the perfect additions to their tailored wardrobes. Held at the Style by Sarai showroom in historic Gastown, the SB Trunk Show brought the best of Italy to Vancouver.

In hospitality, the genius team from At Home Hospitality launched the much-anticipated Prophecy. This moody lounge is located below the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, with its entrance off Howe Street is ready to shake up the cocktail scene.

At The M et Gala, uber-stylist Karla Welch dressed no less than six influential persons! Hailing from Powell River, with time spent in Vancouver at Vij' s, this activist and entrepreneur continues to excel in multiple industries.

The S/ S2024 Collection has arrived at Stefano Ricci downtown. We share the journey of the Ricci family as they travel to the Galapagos Islands for a sanctioned shoot, with conservation at the forefront of this marketing campaign.

Watches and Wonders in Switzerland captivated everyone with displays of the latest ultra-collectable novelties, which will soon be available at Vancouver luxury retailers, and the delightful ' Walk the City' approach to expanding their audience.

Locally, Ballet BC presented its finale with FOR EVER, which included a years-in-the-making collaboration with Vancouver-based artist LYLE XOX, Jaxon Howell has launched IRL bespoke services, and Gallery Jones presented Fiona Ackerman' s 'Paper Trail' exhibition.

This issue marks the first time since launching Folio.YVR that I am sharing my photo with another. Taken at the Style by Sarai showroom by Rene Pierre (Pierre Production), this image of myself and Tommaso inspired this issue's theme of ' International Influences.'

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Jason Sarai, founder and creative director of Sarai Bespoke, recently hosted an exclusive trunk show at his showroom in the historic east side Dominion Building.

The two-day event was a rare opportunity for well-heeled guests to meet a master of Italian craftsmanship, Tommaso M elani, in person, view and discover a wide selection of Stefano Bemer's handcrafted shoes, flip through rings of luxury material samples, and enjoy the camaraderie of being in the company of others who appreciate the finest in men's fashion.

We were personally on hand as Melani presented his collection, took measurements, and helped guests navigate through the made-to-order and customization options.

On display was an extensive collection of sample shoes, shipped from Florence to provide inspiration and a plethora of samples and swatches. Under the astute guidance of Melani, guests created a unique pair (or two), which were finalized and ordered.

Melani shared, "Trunk shows are how I started 12 years ago, extending the reach of Stefano Bemer. What I learned back then is how interesting and exciting it is to, for such a niche brand, chart new territories and meet people in faraway cultures. I made friends and clients, and, to this day, I make time to go on trunk shows myself because it refreshes the memory of that thrill and rekindles a side of my entrepreneurial spirit that would otherwise get numbed if I was sitting in an office all the time!"

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Jason Sarai, who founded Style by Sarai a decade ago, understands the importance of offering this expertise to the Vancouver community.

"We aspire to surround ourselves with, and learn from, the best sartorial brands in their world ? brands that exemplify true craftsmanship, timeless design, and produce the highest quality products. Stefano Bemer, a company that has been making some of the best handmade shoes in the world for more than 40 years, is one of those brands."

"Our goal is to provide access and experiences to those world-renowned companies and brands with our community here in Vancouver. We live in a world- class city, and we should experience the best sartorial products the world has to offer."

"And we're excited to continue building our relationship in the future Not only is Sarai Bespoke one of a select few ateliers to offer access to Stefano Bemer shoes year-round (we are equipped with their exclusive fitters and range of material options so clients can build their made-to-order shoes even when Tommaso isn't in town), we are planning a destination soirée in New York, where Stefano Bemer has launched a brand new store on historic Park Avenue. "


The relationship between Sarai Bespoke and Stefano Bemer goes back almost seven years. The two esteemed brands began working together in 2018, with their collaboration at Cappelleria Bertacchi in Gastown. Sarai says, "It was at that first event that Tommaso and I really connected both professionally and personally, first over our love of craftsmanship and design, and then cycling I knew he was an avid cyclist, so I organized a ride from Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay so he could experience the beauty of our city"

In 2019, Sarai hosted a Stefano Bemer trunk show, this time at the Sarai Bespoke showroom, which included Melani's attendance at the ' Soirée by Sarai' event at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. The black-tie event included guests who arrived from Chicago, San Diego, and Toronto who enjoyed an art exhibition at Hublot, a four-course dinner in the York Room of the award-winning and M ichelin Guide- recommended Hawksworth Restaurant, cigars and cocktails in the penthouse, and an overnight stay at the hotel for everyone.



Stefano Bemer was a visionary who established his company in 1983 with the ambitious goal of creating the perfect Italian shoe. As the brand gained popularity, it attracted notable clients such as actor Daniel Day- Lewis, designer Gianfranco Ferre, and singer Julio Iglesias, to name a few.

Bemer's curiosity and passion for shoe-making drove him to master the infinite variations of this craft. He began by repairing shoes, then attended courses and workshops, and eventually developed his technique, which is now widely recognized and appreciated for its elegance and quality. The brand became synonymous with the highest standard of Italian sophistication, gaining a reputation for style and refinement.

After Bemer's untimely demise in 2012, Melani took the reins and pushed the company into its second phase of development.

Melani ensured that Bemer's legacy and vision would be given a more prominent stage through an exclusive shoe-making training program, the finest bespoke shoe-making, an unparalleled made-to-order line, and a perfectly crafted ready-to-wear collection. All these offerings reflect the same quality paradigm that Bemer established, ensuring that the brand continues to thrive.


"Quite early in my life, I realized that brand doesn't necessarily mean value I don't like being 'evaluated' based on the logos that I carry, and most of all, I believe that the way you carry it determines your appearance. I put the man (and the woman) first, and I create an impression that is unrelated to the brands they are wearing. Style, manners, and ease are independent of branding."

"You recognize a man of taste and can surely recognize the quality of his shopping choices, although you might not know who made the items they are wearing. Not every brand that claims to be ' M ade in Italy' is actually MADE in Italy Not every product that is 'Made in Italy' is handmade. Not every handmade product is well made. That's why we do not label our product 'Made in Italy' nor 'handmade.' We want the client to be the judge of the quality!"


In Florence, there is an academy dedicated to craftsmanship and uncompromising quality. It is an ecosystem where future artisans from all over the world learn and improve their skills.

Each program is led by M aestros, who guide students in completing their paths and learning to make products autonomously. Melani explained his relationship with the academy.

"Schola Academy was born as a natural development of the experience I have lived through my entire life. Scuola del Cuoio, my family's leather workshop, was created by my grandfather as a school to train orphans of WW2 in a craft and then became a company that hired those newly trained artisans to make quality custom leather pieces."

"Training has always been the way to create new master craftsmen and I adopted that paradigm when I took over Stefano Bemer in 2013 to grow our capacity of production without losing our commitment to the highest quality."

"When my partner at Schola, Alessandro Colombo, and I started thinking of how that applies to all the exquisite crafts we proudly preserve in our city, we decided to create this open hub for craft-learning and venture into other fields with the same spirit of really preserving and transiting craftsmanship to the artisans of tomorrow."


Melani, a fashion entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability, has also launched a stunning new label called RforPeople. This label is more than a 'feel good' fashion brand that speaks to the hearts of those who want their wardrobe to reflect their values

RforPeople encourages individuals to rethink their relationship with consumption and to act with intention, all while looking impeccably stylish.

One of the most fascinating aspects of RforPeople is its zero- impact promise. The brand encourages its supporters to send their ' lovingly worn- out sneakers (of any brand)' for refurbishing, repairing, refashioning, or disassembling and disposing of responsibly.

All footwear and garments in the collection are the result of an entire supply chain located in Italy, with workers receiving healthcare, paid leave, and retirement benefits.

The 'R' in RforPeople stands for Responsibility, Refashion, Reduce, Recycle, and Respect, which truly reflects Melani's values and vision for the brand. Having spent time with Melani, it Is clear that he is committed to creating a sustainable fashion industry that is respectful of the planet and the people involved in the production process.

"I have the utmost respect for issues concerning the environment, and I strongly believe that we must put effort into adopting sustainable practices to reduce CO2 emissions and preserve our beautiful planet."


"Nevertheless, it's us humans that we must put first, and there cannot be a program to protect the environment without a plan to foster humanity."

"Respect must come first, and that starts with labour, both in terms of conditions and compensation Rethink is the key to progress: we must challenge our knowledge and beliefs to have real breakthroughs."

"So, I put Rethink at the centre of RforPeople's philosophy to remind myself, my staff and the people who will come in touch with our brand and policies about it."

"I also made the RforPeople paradigm the leading policy for all the other brands I'm involved with so that we all are inspired to the same ideas and bring marginal improvements in each sector of our business."

"For example, all of our dust bags, shopping bags, and accessory cases are made by a social enterprise that only hires workers with disabilities and trains them for specific jobs and positions in the chain of production but also offers them a positively charged environment that provides fair compensation and a sense of personal accomplishment."

"On that note, my family has started the M arcello Gori Foundation, which provides six scholarships every year to allow youngsters who have gone through a rough patch in life to learn not just the skill but the way of craft as a life path itself."


"I was due to stay at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, but it was under renovations, so I was rebooked at the Wedgewood, an old-school hotel with wonderful service. The best meal I had was at Kissa Tanto, which blends, hear hear, Italian and Japanese cuisines in a lively, cool and sophisticated (just enough) setting It is always a pleasure visiting the city, and I wish I had more time to walk around. Next time, I want to make time to visit Vancouver Island by boat!"

Never forget that each pair undergoes a meticulous process that spans over 100 hours in an antique chapel in Oltrarno. The exquisite stylings of each shoe reflect the unparalleled craftsmanship and artistry that goes into their creation, making them a true work of art.

Stefano Bemer's legacy of crafting the finest shoes using the most exceptional practices and materials is a testament to his unwavering commitment to perfection.





HIn a finale that had been anticipated for months, M aestro Ken Hsieh and the Vancouver M etropolitan Orchestra culminated the season with special guest Hayato ' Cateen' Sumino, a New York- based Japanese pianist and composer known for his performances of music by Frédéric Chopin.

Founder of the VMO, Hsieh, shares, "I choose Hayato Sumino to close the 2024 season because he had been on my wish list! Several of my colleagues had recommended him to me, including my mentor Yutaka Sado, who said he had a fantastic time performing Gershwin' s ' Rhapsody in Blue' with Cateen He makes music so accessible to everyone and is truly a gifted and super talented pianist, versatile in any genre, and understands how to attract anyone of any age into loving music."

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During his visit to Vancouver, Cateen resided at the Listel Hotel. He enjoyed trying new and unique ramen dishes at multiple restaurants, delectable sushi at Octopus Garden, a leisurely lunch at Glowbal, and sightseeing along the world-famous Stanley Park Seawall.


Hayato Sumino's musical odyssey began with a resounding triumph, as he emerged as the Grand Prix winner of the PTNA Piano Competition in 2018, while still a dedicated student at The University of Tokyo.

In 2021, Sumino's talent shone on the global stage as a semi-finalist in the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland His international success continued with a third prize at the 2019 Lyon International Piano Competition, a gold medal at the 2017 International Chopin Competition in Asia, and numerous other accolades

This global recognition of his talent, along with the significant role played by his mentors, Jean- M arc Luisada and Katsuko Kaneko, in his journey, makes him an ideal collaborator for any musical project.



Sumino completed his M aster of Engineering at The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology in March 2020. His outstanding achievements in both music and academics were recognized with The University of Tokyo President' s Award.

Alongside his academic endeavours, he actively researched M usic Information Processing at the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/ M usic (IRCAM ) for six months, beginning in September 2018.This combination of musical and academic excellence makes him a unique and appealing figure for music enthusiasts, concert organizers, and potential collaborators

Sumino's musical style is a captivating fusion of classical techniques, innovative arrangements, and masterful improvisational skills. This unique blend of music, which he shares through performances at renowned venues worldwide.


Sumino's musical prowess extends far beyond the concert hall. He channels his creativity through writing, arranging, and sharing his music on YouTube under the moniker 'Cateen.'

His channel boasts a staggering 1.34 million subscribers, and each of his 225 videos has been streamed millions of times His versatility is further underscored by his role as the official navigator for BBC Proms JAPAN and his inclusion in the esteemed Forbes Japan ' 30 Under 30' list.

Furthermore, he has expanded his musical capabilities by performing contemporary pieces, including the Japan premiere of 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra' by Thomas Adés in 2022 and the Japan premiere of ' Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra, Op. 105' by Nikolai Kapustin in 2023.


In a bold move that marked a new chapter in his career, Sumino set his sights on New York in 2023.

This season heralded his American debut, where he shared his musical prowess with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the baton of Keith Lockhart.

Sumino also recorded Chopin's Piano ' Concerto No 1' with M arin Alsop and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, a recording that was unveiled in 2022.

His debut album, ' HAYATOSM ' (eplus music), was also released in 2020, signifying a significant milestone in his musical journey.

Since 2021, he has been a Steinway Artist and CASIO electronic musical instrument ambassador. As he continues establishing a solid presence as a classical pianist, he also draws audiences as a unique musician known for his thoughtful exploration of music that transcends genre boundaries.



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DThe city is still glowing in the aftermath of the gloriously hyped Diljit Dosanjh Dil- Luminati Tour stop, which saw BC Place Stadium sell out as 54,000 fans pushed the boundaries of capacity

Diljit became the first artist in the genre to sell out such a massive venue, headline both BC Place and Rogers Centre, and pull off the largest Punjabi performance outside India.

More than a concert, the performance had people from all over North America flying into Vancouver to be a part of history. In addition to the dancers, pyrotechnics, and dizzying light show, Diljit invited six-year-old Aanakh Bhuller to the stage, and together they danced bhangra to the song ' Vibe.'

DDiljit's power-packed performance included songs such as ' GOAT,' ' 5 Taara,' ' Lover,' ' Kinni Kinni,' and ' Ishq M itaye,' the famous track from his latest film release ' Amar Singh Chamkila.'

Diljit is not just an emblem of excellence in Punjabi music on the world stage; he is a unique presence that transcends geographical borders.

Hailing from the vibrant state of Punjab, India, Diljit has risen to become a global sensation, captivating audiences with his enchanting voice, soulful music, and power-packed performances. His unique style and stage presence are key aspects of his appeal and his influence on the music and film industry


Diljit's influence in the music industry is undeniable. His repertoire of chart-topping singles includes ' G.O.A.T' (236 million views), ' Lover' (123 million views), and ' Proper Patola' (364 million views), to name but a few In 2021, he released his twelfth album ' M oonchild Era,' which charted at # 32 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart, making him the first Indian artist to have three albums on the Billboard Charts.

In April 2023, he became the first Punjabi artist to perform at the prestigious Coachella festival, the annual music and arts festival held in California, announcing 'Punjabi aa gaye Coachella ve (The Punjabis have arrived in Coachella) ' He has become the most loved Indian artist when it comes to touring, generating more than $10 million in ticket sales from his ' Born to Shine Australia Tour.'

Before the BC Place Stadium sell-out, Diljit had already made history as the first-ever Indian artist to perform and sell out at Rogers Arena Centre in Vancouver, Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, and Rod Laver Arena in M elbourne.

He also became the highest-selling Indian artist at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Australia. His show in M elbourne proved his popularity, selling out 14,000 tickets in less than 72 hours.


Diljit's music has not only captivated the Asian diaspora worldwide but has also caught the attention of international music icons like Ed Sheeran, Diplo, and Sia. His collaborations, such as ' Hass Hass' with Sia, showcase his unique ability to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western musical sensibilities. This trait has contributed to his global influence

By partnering with touring industry giants, Diljit is leading a revolution in global touring culture for Indian artists. His association with these powerhouse companies signifies a shift in perception towards Indian music on the worldwide stage, paving the way for future generations of artists to follow in his footsteps

Diljit's journey is not just about music but also the power of passion, perseverance, and the ability to break barriers. As he continues to conquer hearts and transcend boundaries, his story inspires music lovers and dreamers worldwide, redefining the essence of global music culture



Born in 1984 in the small village of Dosanjh Kalan, Jalandhar, Diljit's early life was rooted in humble beginnings. His father, Balbir Singh, worked as a former employee of Punjab Roadways, while his mother, Sukhwinder Kaur, was a homemaker. Diljit, the middle child, has an elder sister and a younger brother.

He spent his early childhood in Dosanjh Kalan. Then, he moved to Ludhiana, Punjab, where he completed his formal education, graduating high school from Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School. While still in school, he began his singing career by performing Kirtan at local gurdwaras.

The beginning of his lifelong passion for music can be traced back to his days as a student when he often performed in which he would sing Kirtan and other religious songs. Diljit first appeared in the music industry with the T-series division in 2004 with the song ' Ishq Da Uda Ada.' During the same year, the same record label also issued his second studio album, ' Dil.' His third album, produced by Sukhpal Sukh and titled ' Smile,' gave him a much-needed business breakthrough.

The record received a lot of positive feedback. In 2009, he came out with not one but four singles all at once, including ' Dancing with M e,' ' Bhaga Singh,' ' No Stress,' and ' Power of Duets.'


By 2016, the momentum had grown so powerful that ' The Dosanjh Tour' sold out concerts throughout the UK. As a result, he became the second Punjabi artist to sell Wembley Arena after Gurdas M ann.


Beyond the realm of music, Diljit's talents extend to the silver screen, where he commands a legion of fans with his captivating performances. With a massive social media following and a stellar presence in Indian cinema, Diljit effortlessly juggles the roles of actor, entertainer, and influencer, captivating audiences with his undeniable charm.

Stepping beyond the realm of music, Diljit made his mark in the Indian film industry

His Bollywood debut came in 2016 with the crime thriller ' Udta Punjab,' for which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best M ale Debut and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Diljit continued to impress with his performances in ' Good Newwz' (2019), earning his second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

As of 2020, he has won five PTC Awards for Best Actor He has also showcased his judging skills in three seasons of the ' Rising Star' reality show.

Diljit's influence extends beyond music and into the world of Punjabi cinema His movies, including ' Jatt & Juliet 2,' ' Punjab 1984,' ' Sajjan Rangroot Singh,' and the filmed in Vancouver ' Honsla Rakh,' have been among the highest-grossing Punjabi films in history. This success is due to his talent and ability to connect with audiences through his performances.


On his birthday in 2013, Dosanjh launched an NGO called Saanjh Foundation. This organization focuses on underprivileged children and seniors and contributes to orphanages and nursing homes.

The foundation endeavours to empower youth with issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development. It takes its name from the second part of Dosanjh's last name, which loosely translates to " amity."

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PGet prepared to indulge in an unparalleled experience within Vancouver's nightlife scene.

Prophecy at Rosewood Hotel Georgia aims to usher in a new era of cocktail excellence in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

Nestled in the storied space beneath the Rosewood, Prophecy seeks to captivate patrons with its blend of timeless sophistication and innovative flair.

The creative minds behind Prophecy are the ' At Home Hospitality' team, led by a dynamic trio of operating partners

Justin M ensah- Coker, Teddy Wilkie, and M ike Rose Drawing from their wealth of experience that has driven the success of esteemed establishments like Banter Room and The Living Room at Hotel Belmont, they are committed to establishing a new standard for hospitality and exceptional experiences in Vancouver

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Prophecy's cocktail program transcends traditional mixology, offering an intricate narrative journey crafted by award-winning Beverage Director Jeff Savage (Botanist Bar) and Bar Manager Nicole Cote (AnnaLena, Published on M ain). From spirited stories to refreshing anecdotes, each section of the Prophecy cocktail menu is curated to transport patrons through old-fashioned tales and modern legends, drawing inspiration from writers, poets, musicians, and artists

To guide guests on their cocktail odyssey, a flavour legend is included in Prophecy's stunning Cocktail Book, directing them towards creations that align with their palate preferences and assigned Spirited, Refreshing, Herbaceous, or Lush

Elevated ' Short Story' selections (small serves to be consumed quickly) include options like ' Ponyboy,' from S.E. Hinton's famous novel ' The Outsiders,' offering a quick dose of Tio Pepe Fino Sherry, Christian Drouin Calvados, and nutmeg. Also featured in this short-serve section is a rotating ' Community Cheers' option, which will double as a monthly fundraiser for a local charitable organization. A complete menu section is also devoted to ' Free Spirits' zero-proof beverages.

Designed by the Ste. M arie Studio, Prophecy's interior seamlessly blends classic sophistication with modern allure, paying homage to the legacy of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and its role in the past and future of elegant nightlife in Vancouver.

Prophecy is the first in Canada to partner with Apollo, a pioneer in progressive art technology that promises an ever-evolving showcase of the world's most inspiring digital artwork, enriching the guest experience with unparalleled visual stimuli. When launched, Prophecy's live music program will feature live jazz during the week and DJs during late- night hours?another way to sip and celebrate in a vibrant style.


The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a cornerstone of luxury hospitality in Vancouver. It boasts an incredible building with an even more, often overlooked, fascinating history

Following its grand debut in the roaring 1920s, Hotel Georgia became a Vancouver legend for introducing unprecedented luxuries to the young city and Canada's West Coast.

Over the decades, it hosted a long list of Hollywood stars and royalty, from John and Ethel Barrymore, M arlene Dietrich, and her 40 suitcases, to Errol Flynn, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Gary Cooper. Notably, British royalty graced the hotel early on. HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, and his brother George, the Duke of Kent, stayed in 1927 for the Seaforth Highlander' s Ball, a gala event celebrated at the hotel.

During the Jazz Era, the hotel was home to BC's most popular radio station, CKWX, which broadcast from its studio on the penthouse level for over a decade up to 1941.

In 1950, the iconic pant-wearing Katharine Hepburn introduced late-night room service at the Hotel Georgia, preferring to dine in the privacy of her room, due to her preference to dining late and without bother.

Entertainment impresario Hugh Pickett often hosted show business legends like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and even the iconic rockers the Rolling Stones, further solidifying the hotel's status as a premier entertainment destination By the mid-century, the hotel had become a favourite gathering place for the immortals of show business.

After undergoing a complete renovation and reopening in 2011 as Rosewood Hotel Georgia, the hotel returned to its former grandeur with the additional elegance of extensive amenities and the impeccable service of Rosewood.

From the meticulous restoration of old-world craftsmanship to the installation of the most luxurious furnishings and the latest technology, Rosewood Hotel Georgia offers an unmatched combination of legacy and luxury? a return to the golden age of hotel travel.



On the first day of this year, Rosewood Hotel Georgia began a second extensive refurbishment of the adored gathering spot The refurbishment will encompass signature spaces throughout the hotel, including the lobby and 1927 Lobby Lounge, its accommodations, and the beloved Reflections Terrace.

The new design will seamlessly connect contemporary elements with classic luxury features, showcasing materials ranging from polished marble and rich dark wood to plush velvet textures that reflect our bustling city.

Additionally, a 6-foot Fazioli F183 in Burled California Walnut from M anuel Bernaschek' s Showcase Pianos has been installed in the lobby and its beautiful full concert grand sound will, without a doubt, add to the allure of the experience at the hotel

Rosewood Hotel Georgia has been consistently recognized as one of the best places to stay by the world's leading publications, travel magazines, and consumer organizations.

In 2023, it was named # 1 Best Hotel in Canada by the US News & World Report and received, for the 11th consecutive year, the Five- Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide



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W WThe Swiss watch industry's newest and most significant annual trade show, Watches and Wonders, returned to Geneva in April with a notable expansion in its public programming compared to previous years. This event, soon tobe a pillar of the watchmaking industry, continues to provide a platform for brands to showcase their latest innovations and trends, now with a broader reach and appeal.

The annual trade show is a highly exclusive event, and is the largest gathering for the Swiss watchmaking industry. It eagerly offers a unique occasion for renowned brands to unveil their significant new collections and timepieces.

This year's event saw a diverse range of over 49,000 unique visitors throughout the week, a 14%increase from 2023. This included 5,700 retailers and 1,500 journalists, all converging to explore the new introductions from the watchmaking brands exhibiting across two levels this year.

# watchesandwonders2024 shot to the top of social networks, with an estimated reach of over 600 million people at closing time. The arrival of several celebrities set social media ablaze. Among them were the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, the tennis champion Coco Gauff, and soccer superstar Kylian M bappé.

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As part of the public programme, a brand new LAB was inaugurated at Geneva's Palexpo. This LAB, a hub of innovation and creativity, served as a platform where schools, start-ups, and exhibiting brands presented their visionary ideas for tomorrow's watchmaking world Students from the Swiss art and design school ECAL presented more than a dozen groundbreaking projects for the occasion, sparking excitement about the future of watchmaking.

The expansion of Watches and Wonders public programme marks a significant step towards inclusivity for the trade show ? now in its fourth year ? from an exclusive event for industry professionals to a city-wide celebration of the culture of watchmaking, welcoming all generations and watch enthusiasts


Over 54 brands presented new watches? or novelties, as they are called in the watch world The tradeshow is by far the biggest event on the horological calendar, and its participants include A Lange & Söhne, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Grand Seiko, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger- LeCoultre, Oris, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Rolex, Roger Dubuis, Tag Heuer, Tudor, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Zenith.


This year, the fair welcomed a thrilling lineup of newcomers, including Bremont, Eberhard & Co, Gerald Charles, Nomos, Norqain, and Raymond Weill Swiss watchmaker ArtyA is also made its grand debut at the fair with the release of a new timepiece, ' Purity Stairway to Heaven,' which also commemorates the brand's 15th anniversary.

Piaget debuted the thinnest tourbillon, which clocks in at svelte 2 mm, or about the width of a nickel Bulgari broke its record for the world's thinnest mechanical watch (0.3 mm thinner than the Piaget), and Vacheron Constantin unveiled the most complicated watch in the world.

Eleven years in the making, the Vacheron Constantin Berkley Grand Complication, which features 2,877 parts and 63 complications, including the first Chinese perpetual calendar, was commissioned by insurance billionaire William Berkley, who also owns the second most complicated timepiece with 57 complications.

IWC has become the world's fifth watchmaker to make a secular perpetual calendar (complicated enough to handle leap year 'exceptions' so it theoretically will not need setting before the year 4000 ).

The colour green is still thriving, and Grand Seiko is still making beautifully textured dials inspired by random elements of Japanese landscapes, like the new Genbi Valley dial. Cartier has released some colourful Santos models.


For the first time, the public attended product presentations led by brands to learn about the complex mechanics behind luxury timepieces. Many watchmakers, like Italian Maison Panerai, also held exclusive events

Panerai is one of the pioneers advocating for a more ' holistic experience' for watch collectors that goes beyond buying a product. The brand ran its own ' Panerai Xperiences Program' for buyers of its limited-edition Experience timepieces, which has seen clients train with professional sailors and US Navy Seals

Watchmakers like Swiss heritage brand Baume & M ercier went beyond traditional presentations, offering unique experiences for attendees For instance, they held a ' treasure hunt' at their stand, engaging visitors in a series of tasks. The lucky winner was rewarded with a timepiece from the brand's signature Riviera collection, adding an element of excitement and anticipation to the event.


As for trends to look out for at this year's show, smaller watches ? with a diameter of 40 mm and under ? have been increasingly popular over the past year. This reflects the growing influence of female collectors in the luxury watch market, which is predicted to continue past 2024. As a result, tinier timepieces will likely feature prominently in Watches and Wonders, marking a significant shift in the industry's design and marketing strategies.

In a similar vein, gender- neutral styles have also been growing in popularity, as have jewellery watches by brands like Cartier, Piaget, and Chopard. The industry shift in consumer preferences signifies a broader acceptance of diverse design aesthetics in the industry, breaking away from standard models and opening up to various design possibilities. It also reflects the industry's efforts to cater to a broader audience and adapt to changing societal norms.


It took 3,500 steps to explore the entire Salon, but even more to realize the full experience, which included the ' In The City' program and new Watchmaking Village activities

Watches and Wonders Geneva opened its doors to an even broader audience this year, welcoming all generations while continuing to balance inclusivity and exclusivity around an industry that has become more inspiring than ever.

The celebration of watchmaking continued with an incredible evening party in the city centre that won everyone over.

Boutiques sold out late into the night, while the Lost Frequencies concert transformed Geneva's quayside into an open-air festival for all to enjoy





SThe M etropolitan M useum is in full bloom, due in no small part to the Costume Institute's new exhibit ' Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.'

The 2024 exhibit is a testament to the transformation and ties between the past and present, symbolized through nature It showcases a curation of archival and contemporary pieces from brands including Alexander M cQueen, Dior, Loewe, M arc Jacobs, M arni, Thom Browne, Schiaparelli, and many more.

All exhibits are themed according to organic life, with displays ranging from birds and marine life to foliage, shells, insects, and arrays of flowers. The concept is one that Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge, The Costume Institute, crafted when pondering fashion's connection to the human senses

BBolton shares, "When an item of clothing enters our collection, its status is changed irrevocably. What was once a vital part of a person's lived experience is now a motionless 'artwork' that can no longer be worn or heard, touched, or smelled."

"The exhibition endeavours to reanimate these artworks by re-awakening their sensory capacities through a diverse range of technologies, affording visitors sensorial 'access' to rare historical garments and rarefied contemporary fashions."

"By appealing to the widest possible range of human senses, the show aims to reconnect with the works on display as they were originally intended? with vibrancy, with dynamism, and ultimately with life."

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The 'Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion' exhibition features approximately 250 opulent, well- restored garments and accessories that are connected visually through nature

On entering the exhibition, a sequence of self- contained galleries is organized into three sections, focused on earth, air, and water.

One gallery, arranged as a garden, includes a glass greenhouse displaying hats blooming with various flowers and surrounded by subtle 'smell-scapes' that challenge olfactory expectations

The show takes advantage of life's sensory capacities. Throughout the exhibit, there are aromatic histories of hats bearing floral motifs; galleries' walls are embossed with select garments' embroidery; soft voices read poetry and stories, and birds chirp

While preparing for the exhibit, sewing artisans needed to mend some clothes, accessories, and other garments from various periods Some galleries feature actual ' sleeping beauties' ? gowns lying flat on the floors in vignettes? so fragile that they can no longer be used to dress mannequins.

"The Met's innovative spring 2024 Costume Institute exhibition pushes the boundaries of your imagination and invites you to experience the multisensory facets of a garment, many of which get lost when entering a museum collection as an object," said M ax Hollein, the Met's Marina Kellen French Director and CEO

"'Sleeping Beauties' will heighten our engagement with these masterpieces of fashion by evoking how they feel, move, sound, smell, and interact when being worn, ultimately offering a deeper appreciation of the integrity, beauty, and artistic brilliance of the works on display."

The section of the exhibit includes creations by couture foundation designers such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Hattie Carnegie, Lilly Daché, Hubert de Givenchy, Deirdre Hawken, Stephen Jones, Guy Laroche, M adame Pauline, M ainbocher, Elsa Schiaparelli, Sally Victor, and others.

Incredibly, a coat by Jonathan Anderson for LOEWE has been planted with oat, rye, and wheat grass that will start alive and gradually die during the exhibition.

Two examples of Charles James' ' Butterfly' ball gown? one in pristine condition, the other a 'sleeping beauty' with extensive damage? demonstrate a rare instance of duplicates in the collection.


Originally from Powell River, Karla Welch is an internationally renowned stylist, activist, and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles She dressed seven influential personalities for this year's red carpetEve Hewson, Sarah Paulson, Karlie Kloss, Greta Gerwig, Adwoa, M att Damon and Luciana Barroso.

Known for her 'edgy classicist' fashion sensibility, Karla also incorporates elements of grunge, punk, and skater style inspired by her upbringing on the West Coast in the 1990s, where she spent many hours indulging in the only high-fashion television available at the time' Fashion File' by Tim Blanks

As a young woman, Karla left behind working at her father's men's wear store, moved to Vancouver, attended and then dropped out of college to become the sommelier-trained manager of the renowned Vij' s Indian restaurant on Cambie Street

Karla's editorial work appears in Citizen K, Numéro, BlackBook, Teen Vogue, Vogue, Rolling Stone, W, Nylon, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and more. Her advertising and consulting clients include Tiffany, Forevermark, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Gemfields, Cole Haan, Apple, M ax M ara, Nike, Adidas, and J Brand.

STYLED BY KARLA WELCH: Sarah Paulson (Prada) Eve Hewson (Simone Rocha) Adwoa (H&M ) Greta Gerwig (Chloe) Karlie Kloss (Swarovski)

Her list of celebrity clients is extensive, including Karlie Kloss, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Paulson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Amber Heard, Elisabeth M oss, and, one of her first serious clients and the fashionably iconic - Justin Bieber

Karla also founded and created the clothing brand xKarla with Hanes, the WISHI online styling platform, and, most recently, The Period Company.

The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times have recognized Karla Welch as one of the world's ' M ost Powerful' stylists.


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Stefano Ricci has partnered with the Charles Darwin Foundation to support research and conservation of Galápagos giant tortoises.

To showcase the ecosystem's natural and fragile beauty, Filippo and Niccolò Ricci led a wonderous excursion to the Islands with world-renowned natural history photographer M attias Klum (National Geographic Fellow) to capture the S/ S 2024 Collection

Filippo and Niccolò Ricci were along every step as the team explored the remote corners of the legendary archipelago

From Las Grietas to Tortuga Bay, El Garrapatero, Santa Fe Island, Isla Guy Fawkes Sur to Punta Bowditch, Sierra Negra volcano, El Chato Ranch to Los Gemelos and Galapagos Safari Camp ? following in the footsteps of the great naturalist Charles Darwin who first explored the islands in 1835 during his expedition on the brig-sloop HM S Beagle

During this production, the Ricci brothers oversaw the styling of the Spring/ Summer 2024 Collection. They came into close contact with the Galápagos Islands' endemic fauna and flora, including sea lions, marine and land iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, brown pelicans, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches, sharks, Scalesia trees and Galápagos giant tortoises

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This new chapter of the Stefano Ricci Explorer Project was carried out under the careful supervision of the Galápagos National Park Directorate and with absolute respect for the archipelago's fragile and unique ecosystems With this vision, the company, founded in 1972 by designer Stefano Ricci, is joining the frontlines of conservation action by supporting the research efforts undertaken by the Charles Darwin Foundation to protect the emblematic animals.

"We saw the melting of Europe's largest glacier last fall in Iceland In this new adventure, we experienced raw nature up close in an ancient and primordial way. In these unique places, species have evolved independently to survive extreme conditions."

"The evolution of species is our beacon, our inspiration And it is by visiting such locations and meeting passionate scientists and researchers in the cradle of evolution itself that one can truly come to terms with the meaning of sustainability."

"It is a theme that many talk about, but that few truly understand. We are determined to continue with this mission: Explore the world, to explore ourselves," says Filippo Ricci.

This production was created under the supervision of Terry D. Garcia (CEO of Exploration Ventures, Former Executive Vice President of the National Geographic Society) and photographer Mattias Klum.


Since ancient times, and now more than ever, fashion has been expressing the tale of oneself, the letter describing who we are. Clothes are the mirror of the soul, the fulcrum of emotions and personality.

In the Stefano Ricci Spring/ Summer 2024 Collection, these archetypes appear as flashes of truth, according to the brand's tradition. The brand has always held a high standard of excellence and is truly ' M ade' in Italy The brand adheres to the needs of the modern man, who explores beyond any geographical and social border

The colours of nature are masterful, giving way to a symphony of pure, light, ductile elegance for the man who travels the world and comes to know unexplored lands

The collection is for a wardrobe that takes the best style and reinterprets it with the aesthetic elements of comfort. Nothing is excessive, even in the exaltation of an authentic luxury made of sublime materials and modern techniques which create an aspect of living. It is an immediately recognizable style because the highest manual skills are paired with excellence.


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Outerwear is in the colours of impenetrable forests, from neutral- to- bark green tones, with 'worn' pockets and collar; it is an unforgettable garment straight out of memories.

Cotton or linen and silk blend sweatshirts are perfect for the modern explorer, with the subtle logo hidden in the couture linings. Some colours recall the waters of the marshes, the cactus forests, the shells of giant turtles, the enchanted waters of the Ecuadorian islands, the rust and brown of the stones and cliffs, the SR blue that shines like a sapphire, the dark bursts of the colour of lava, and an antique pink.

Knitwear is prevalent, with refined finishings and yarns. The jogging suits have ease and style, in linen and silk or silk and cotton, which have become irreplaceable and refined, faded jeans with sharp details, or cargo trousers worn with an overshirt or light dust coat paired with trousers.

For the evening, outerwear fabrics woven by the mastery of the weavers of the Antico Setificio Fiorentino are paired with dreamy shirts with French cuffs embellished with precious white gold rectangular cufflinks set with diamonds, the details of the unmistakable style of the Florentine M aison.




J HAdventurer, rebel, artist, icon, whatever mark you are making, Jaxon Howell's hats are 100% unique and made to stand out. Each hat is carefully shaped, sewn, and styled by hand in Vancouver, using sustainably sourced felts, hand-woven Ecuadorian straws, upcycled textiles, and trimmings he collects from local fabric stores and vintage shops or markets and bazaars while travelling the world.

"As a kid, I quickly discovered an artistic streak and eye for details. You'd rarely find me without a pencil, paintbrush, or camera in my hands."

"In my teen years, I got more into creative expression, fashion, and wearing all kinds of hats."


In 2006, Howell owned a custom furniture and millwork company, but in 2019, a car accident changed his journey.

A wrist injury made woodworking very painful and often impossible, and the pandemic further impacted his craft With everyone's ability restricted, the demand for woodworking evaporated.

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Despite the sudden physical challenges, Howell's spirit remained undeterred. He made the courageous decision to close the woodworking chapter of his life and embark on a new journey.

"I needed to feed my love for craftsmanship in another way, so I started making hats as a hobby It allowed me to still create something with my hands without putting unnecessary strain on my body With the pandemic in full force, all millinery classes were on an indefinite hold, and the opportunity to apprentice under someone was not an option."

"It was a lot of trial and error in the beginning. Hat making is a pretty secretive trade so there's not much to find online in the way of learning. Luckily, I have a knack for picking things up so what I did find on YouTube I was able to put into practice. I polished my technique along the way and started creating some pieces I was really proud of."



As word spread through the community that Howell was now creating bespoke hats, he soon fielded calls and received orders from not only family and friends but also people internationally whom he had never met.

"To me, hats are an extension of personality. You want them to capture a person's essence. It's the same with a great portrait photograph. And no two people are the same, so no two hats should be either The rest of it comes down to quality. The antique finishing nail in each hat is my signature touch. It's a nod to my woodworking days, and the elegant, timeless feel I aim to invoke in all my work."

He truly believes, and his actions do not bely this, that in an age of fast fashion and mass production, as a society, we have lost the magic of enjoying things crafted meticulously with passion, things that will ensure

"My goal is to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that last a lifetime, and make you feel a spark of joy every time you slip them on "



Every Jaxon Howell hat is made to measure with the finest materials and personalized finishing touches. He works with every client and guides them through the entire process from start to finish, from picking the colour, shape, and design of the hat to, if you are in Vancouver, this includes custom measuring your head to ensure the perfect fit.

Even every online order receives that same attention to detail. During a 45- minute bespoke consultation, which can be done via phone or video call, Jaxon will ask questions to learn your unique style, preferences, and personality so that he can create the perfect custom piece. This includes guidance on choosing a felt colour that compliments your wardrobe and a crown shape and brim size that best suits your face/ head shape.

Crafting uniqueness is also key, and Howell suggests different design options, including the band, stitching details, and the signature nail finish, to suit your style best and help you select personalized design details you may want to add, like a favourite quote, lucky number, family heirloom, special name, initials, or dates.

All hats are conceived, constructed, and delivered worldwide in an 8- 10 week window and arrive in a custom Jaxon Howell hat box.



Howell prides himself on creating custom, handcrafted hats to assist sustainably minded fashion lovers in escaping the harmful cycle of buying, donating, buying, and donating.

Howells's mission is not just about creating beautiful hats, but also about making a difference. Adding a one- of- a- kind statement piece to a client's wardrobe that will turn heads, inspire conversations, and be passed on for generations fuels the process

We applaud him for his dedication to being an artisan educating clients on the eliminating mass fashion production and bringing elegance, pride, soul, and connection back to the closet, all while using upcycled fabrics and carefully sourcing sustainable materials.

Be sure to follow and support Howell as he builds this incredible bespoke brand in our beautiful city!

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The Works of Fiona Ackerman

"During the development phase of this show, I read an essay by German art historian Wilhelm Worringer entitled Abstraction and Empathy (1908), translated into English and published in the 1950s. He divided painting into two aesthetic schools: abstraction on one side - attempting to connect with the spiritual, existential and intangible, and on the other, what he defined as empathetic painting (naturalistic), projecting our physical connection to material existence."

"Worringer?s essay not only elevated abstraction to the ?respectable?level of representational artwork, it entrusted a fundamentally important role in the human creative project: to explore the fleeting, obscured and experiential aspects of mortal life."

"It struck me that I have never committed to one lane. I continually move in opposing directions, swerving freely across an invisible divide, pursuing a series of expressionistic abstract paintings, then veering into naturalism with surrealist recklessness."

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"My statements, however, have been sure: I work with action and reaction, tightening my realism hand for a series of paintings to manipulate, (or empathize with, for Worringer) the natural world, until I?m overcome with an urge to cast that world aside and run away into creative impulse. A next series of paintings is often born of a need to be spontaneous, expressive and loose, to look inside rather than out."

"Beginning this new series, my descriptive for these two directions in painting began to lose hold, perhaps even invert."

"I discovered that a very expressionistic piece, painted to feel loose, impulsive and fleeting could be transformed by the addition of a realistically painted piece of lightly adhered masking tape. With one small addition of something appearing less permanent than a gestural mark (tape, a post-it note, etc.), realism takes on an expressive fragility, and the gestural abstraction becomes the painting?s bones, the solid ground on which realism sits lightly."

"In his essay, Worringer wrote: ?The need for empathy and the need for abstraction are two poles of human artistic experience.""

"Walking back and forth from home to studio over the winter, I began to question whether this is true, in my experience."


"Do I flip flop between poles, or do I prefer to lose myself in a spectrum? As the series of paintings grew, I continued to walk back and forth along familiar streets, through the change of seasons, I began to feel increasingly uncomfortable with Worringer?s dichotomy. Without noticing, I diverted my attention to the actual poles on my route: the lamp posts hosting notices of people?s needs and offers. My empathetic and abstract paintings began to incorporate messages left by strangers. ?French Teacher From France?seeking students. Another evaporated cat All found their way into the paintings."

"Out of this came the title of the exhibition: Paper Trail. I paint my way back and forth, looking for my lane, refusing to stand in one place. It is not possible to separate engagement with the material world from personal interior space My paper trail of paintings leads to one conclusion: all of art is an abstraction, exploring the very real experience of fleeting life. There is, finally, no division between worlds."

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Following a season of sold-out houses, record-breaking fundraising campaigns, and rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, Ballet BC returned to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for three nights for its season finale ' FOR EVER: A Full Evening of Works by M edhi Walerski.'

The evening included three works from Artistic Director and French choreographer M edhi Walerski, including Chamber and SWAY? both new to Ballet BC's repertoire? and a world premiere, his sixth for the company since first commissioned in 2011, were presented

"I have been a part of Ballet BC for almost 15 years, so it brings me great pride to share each of these works with our audiences who have given so much to me over the years," shared Walerski.

"I am now at a point in my career, and in my trajectory with this company, where I deeply value the community we have built. Vancouver has absolutely become a global centre for dance creation, and I feel more fortunate than ever to have the opportunity to contribute to that, and to work next to some inspiring, like-minded artistic collaborators along the way."

The landmark evening featured a new creative collaborator for Walerski, the internationally acclaimed visual artist LYLE XOX [Folio.YVR Issue # 18]. Known for work that combines his experience in art, fashion, design and make-up artistry to create striking images using his face and body as canvas and plinth.

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At the company?s final program of the 23/ 24 season, FOR EVER, an artistic collaboration was years in the making Stepping out onto the stage wearing the creation was company artist Emanuel Dostine. Themes that were explored for the piece, which was featured in the world premiere of Medhi?s latest creation for the company ' Pieces of Tomorrow,' included loss, reuse, transformation, and reconstruction.

A central facet of Lyle?s multi-media work is discovering and utilizing found objects and discarded materials to create something new. For this collaboration, materials were sourced from near and far, including Japan, M exico, and from within the Ballet BC family itself, giving it special meaning.

Walerski said, ?The creation of 'Pieces of Tomorrow' began with the concept of legacy. Drawing inspiration from LYLE XOX?s sculptures made from found materials, the dancers and I aimed to create the choreography by exploring themes of destruction, creation, and reconstruction."

"Just as Lyle transforms materials, we focused on repurposing movement elements to breathe new life into them "

"Johan Ullen?s recomposed violin sonatas from Bach deepened our exploration with a profound layer. The recycling of musical material echoed our approach, enriching our work with a sense of continuity and growth. Loss, transformation, and rebirth. The cyclical nature of artistic expression, and life.?

To which, LYLE XOX added, ?Inspiration always begins with the found objects themselves Objects discovered or gifted from various parts of the globe, including discarded remnants from members of the Ballet BC family"

"It was essential to use pieces that reflected life in its many facets; embracing all genders and telling a story of creation, transformation, loss and rebirth. A sculpture that encapsulated strength and fragility."

"Medhi and I were instinctively drawn to the colour gold. A hue that is illuminating, sacred and precious; a colour with a spiritual connection The sculpture would live in the environment of movement, and so this particular piece was constructed in consideration of that "

"Watching it come alive on the dancer for the first time was an incredibly moving experience, a moment where two art forms bonded together "


In addition to 'Pieces of Tomorrow,' Walerski presented one of his most acclaimed and largest-scale works to date ' Chamber.' Inspired by Stravinsky' s ' The Rite of Spring," the piece is a visually rich echo of what the music provokes in the choreographer's imagination It was named one of the LA Times top performances of 2013, a testament to its artistic merit and impact

Danced by a large ensemble to a stunning score by decorated British composer

Joby Talbot, Chamber is a primal, ritualistic work that seeks to balance order and chaos, ultimately underlining the duality between the collective and the individual

' SWAY,' a North American premiere for seven dancers, joined Ballet BC's repertoire at FOR EVER. This piece, which invokes the lyrical movement language Walerski has become known for, is a unique ode to movement and its ability to communicate without words, offering a different experience from the other works in the program.

The evening concluded with a long-awaited world premiere, Walerski's sixth with the company and his second new creation since becoming Artistic Director. This captivating piece, set to music by Bach and featuring the entire company of 20 dancers, reinforcing Walerski's continued innovation and artistic vision.


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HGM C's electric supertruck lineup expands with the addition of the 2024 HUM M ER EV SUV, loaded with smart, purposeful technology

"GMC's HUMMER EV SUV offers an exceptional balance of on-road performance and off-road capability, enhanced by a unique structure that allows for our signature open-air experience," said Al Oppenheiser, HUMMER EV chief engineer. "New features debuting on the SUV reinforce its role as a tactical tool in almost any situation."

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New technologies include trail mapping available via the redesigned myGM C app, and a newly available Power Station generator that enables customers to utilize up to 3 kilowatts of power from the vehicle, turning the HUMMER EV SUV into a power source on the trail or a backup generator. These features are designed to empower you, giving you the freedom to explore without limits.

The interdependent body/ battery structure enables the Infinity Roof on the EV pickup as well as the SUV. Expected best-in-class off-road proportions help make the new SUV even more maneuverable while taking advantage of the HUMMER EV's signature features, such as CrabWalk, Extract M ode, and more These safety features are designed to keep you secure, no matter the terrain.


With a nearly 9- inch shorter wheelbase than the HUMMER EV Pickup, the all-new HUMMER EV SUV offers even greater maneuverability, with expected best- in- class off- road proportions and a turning circle of only 35.4 feet (10.8 meters) with 4 Wheel Steer ? smaller than a M ustang M ach- E

Without the constraints of a conventional propulsion system and traditional drive axles, the unique ' Ultium drive system' provides tremendous power and control to each wheel.

This innovative system can channel power to a single wheel, keeping the vehicle moving in some of the most challenging driving conditions and terrain ? including 13 inches of suspension travel, climbing 60 percent grades (forward and reverse), scaling 18- inch verticals and fording water more than two feet deep. Standard features on 2X, 3X, and Edition 1models include a 4-Wheel Steering with CrabWalk, which allows diagonal-drive functionality, Adaptive Air Suspension with Extract Mode, and 22-inch wheels with 35-inch-OD Goodyear all-terrain tires. e4WD with torque vectoring is also standard on 3X and Edition 1.


The 2024 HUMMER EV SUV offers a multi-sensory, immersive experience that puts drivers in the middle of every moment.

The user experience team worked with Perception, a creative agency best known for their science fiction thinking and technology design work within the M arvel Universe, to create a cinematic in-cabin experience that engages the senses.

Special features such as ' Watts To Freedom' bring unique multi-sensory, interactive experiences


This feature allows you to unleash the full power of the HUMMER EV SUV, with distinctive sound via the premium Bose audio system, feel through the haptic driver' s seat, and sight with custom screen displays showing the special performance mode is armed and ready.

The user experience is customizable through M y M ode, allowing the driver to tailor their favourite features, including steering, suspension, sound and acceleration, for a genuinely personal interface that celebrates every drive.

This vehicle's remarkable driving capabilities blend with these engaging technologies and a carefully crafted user experience, creating a sense of intensity and drama for drivers and passengers. In contrast, features such as the standard Infinity Roof and modular Sky Panels create an open experience, allowing customers to enjoy nearly silent movement during outdoor adventures.

The HUMMER EV was also designed as a two- row SUV with a shorter wheelbase to help optimize its off-road maneuverability while providing secure rear storage. Its instantly recognizable proportions convey the characteristically aggressive stance.

"Designing the Pickup and SUV simultaneously helped us give each their own unique features to maximize utility," said Phil Zak, HUMMER EV design executive director. "The SUV's tight proportions create a distinct profile and spacious cargo area, while maintaining a roomy and architecturally-inspired cabin."

The SUV's rear design is unique and incorporates a standard full-size spare tire mounted to a power swing- out tailgate. Using one of three button options, the swing gate automatically opens like a vault? even wider than the vehicle itself. The extra width allows for an unimpeded 48-inch opening to make loading gear and supplies easier The spare tire mount also creatively houses a rear- facing camera to assist with reverse maneuvers and trailer alignment


As with the HUMMER EV Pickup, the new SUV is built on a unique, interdependent body/ battery structure that serves two crucial functions: It reinforces the overall structure for exceptional rigidity while protecting the double-stacked Ultium battery pack.

"The HUMMER EV's body protects the battery while the battery supports the structure," said Oppenheiser. "That means the battery pack itself is a structural element, which enables a truly open-air experience and a rare combination of extreme off-road capability and smooth on-road performance in a body-frame integral platform."

With GM's unique ability to stack long pouch cells vertically or horizontally, the HUMMER EV SUV can pack its power in a relatively small space: the available 20- module, double-stacked battery pack, consisting of two layers of 10 modules It can deliver up to 830 horsepower and up to 11,500 lb- ft of torque and is capable of enabling 0- 60 mph in approximately 3.5 seconds.


The HUMMER EV SUV is loaded with smart, purposeful technology designed to enhance on- and off- road excursions. One of the latest features is an updated myGM C mobile phone app, redesigned with an all-new home screen and enhanced features, including new off-road trail mapping.

Tailored for HUMMER EV drivers, it not only helps plan and navigate off-road driving adventures, it incorporates charging locations and their distances from off-road locations and provides real-time energy consumption with community-based energy forecast.

Routes and plans can be downloaded from the app on the driver's phone and projected on the vehicle's infotainment screen for more straightforward, at-a-glance navigation while driving.


Standard HUM M ER EV SUV technologies include:

- Large, 13 4-inch diagonal infotainment screen and 12.3-inch diagonal driver information centre, including trail mapping projection from the myGMC app.

- The in-vehicle Energy App monitors energy use, sets up charging schedules, controls battery temperature conditioning, and more right from the infotainment screen.

- Digital Key allows owners to use their smartphone as the key fob for their HUMMER EV The technology detects the owner's phone and location in proximity to the vehicle, enabling several passive operations such as approach lighting, entry unlock and vehicle operation.

- HD Surround Vision offers up to 14 camera views, and UltraVision offers up to 17 camera views.

- Off-road widgets offer a myriad of information related to selectable capabilities and performance readouts in off-road driving scenarios? everything from the ride height and eLocker engagement to compass headings, pitch/ roll status, and more.

Additionally, all HUMMER EV models feature the enhanced version of Super Cruise. An available driver-assistance technology offering hands-free driving on more than 322,000 km of enabled roads.

It includes a new automatic lane-changing feature, where the system can determine when a lane change is optimal and initiate the maneuver while following signalling protocols.

The HUMMER EV SUV also incorporates a great degree of customer customization through available buttons that can be used for several accessory features, and nearly 200 accessories will be available from participating GMC dealers.

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