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LUXURY Lydia Cou r t eille / 38 Beau Lak e Co x Lit ch f ield / 44 HOSPITALITY Fou r Season s Wh ist ler / 50
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Carson Guo Th e Pr odigalSon Gr adu at es Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC J une 24, 2019
ver the course of two weeks in January, 17-year old Carson Guo diligently tracked a Sotheby?s online auction. The world?s largest brokers of art, jewelry, and real estate had placed for bidding a collectibles lot of 248 Supreme skate decks?the only full set in the world and incredibly desirable, and Carson wanted it..
After being alerted to the auction by a friend who knew the young King George Secondary student was an avid collector of the uber-collaborative street brand, Carson registered and began bidding. His incredible USD800K winning bid was incredibly made during a school-day lunch break. In the world of collecting, Carson was a relative newbie with only five years under his belt.
THE FATHER AND MENTOR His father, on the hand, is the world-renowned and much respected Qingxiang Guo, art curator for one of the world?s largest corporations?the Dalian Wanda Group?the chairman of which is one of China?s richest men, Wang J ianlin, long time employer and close friend of the elder Guo. 8 8
In 2013, Guo arranged the purchase of ?Claude et Paloma,? a 1950 portrait by Pablo Picasso of his two youngest children. Expected to fetch between $9M-$12M USD, Guo acquiring it for $28.2M. In 2016, ?Claude et Paloma?was loaned to the Vancouver Art Gallery to be displayed as part of a 60-piece exhibition - Picasso: The Artist and His Muses.
EARLY FASCINATION As a high school student living with his family in Coal Harbour, Carson was attracted to the world of street art and streetwear. With fascination and youthful exuberance, he followed major brands such as KAWS, A Bathing Ape, and high-profile collaborations with luxury fashion houses. It was a set of Supreme chopsticks, in a Gastown skate shop, that sparked his interest in collecting. With his wallet USD 80 lighter and the red and white set in-hand, he returned home and tucked them away, heeding the advice of friends who advised him to resist the urge to use them lest the value drop.
Small accessories like keychains followed then larger items like a Supreme canoe. The passion for Supreme is strong, not only for Carson but also for his father. When we meet, both are decked in full Supreme looks but with Qingxiang favouring Of f - White kicks with his street look. He proudly showed me a photograph of himself with Virgil Abloh laughing together on the street in New York.
Working part-time at a local streetwear shop, Carson quickly realized the potential of buying and selling limited edition items and highly anticipated ?drops?to friends and online. When he began following the auction, he had a budget of USD300K-400K, and when it was apparent that the collection would meet and pass that figure quickly, he arranged financing to cover the difference. When asked which decks are his personal favourite, Guo replies that it is definitely the five-deck group created in 2000 which features Leonardo da Vinci?s The Last Supper, with an additional sixth board depicting J esus Christ which was released exclusively in J apan in 2002. The Supreme skate deck collection has only been displayed twice in its entirety. First for two weeks during the auction in January at Sotheby?s New York gallery and recently in Shanghai at a class car show hosted by a close friend of Qingxiang?s who felt the collection would add an extra element of excitement to her automobile event. BIRTH OF A COLLECTION The collection was a passion project of 13-years which saw SoCal entrepreneur Ryan Fuller successfully tracked down the complete Supreme archive produced between 1998 and 2018. Collaborations with influential artists like J ef f Koons, KAWS (aka Brian Donnelly), George Condo, Takashi Murakami, and Damien Hirst produced the buzziest decks. Always planning on displaying and selling the collection, Fuller says, ?The defining moment for me was when I finally secured the very last deck I needed to complete the collection, one out of the five Dan Colen decks that had eluded me for years.? With the collection complete, Fuller brought in his PR person Sandrine Charles and Sotheby?s Noah Wunsch to move forward with the sale of the collection. 12 12
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CBD boutique in Laguna Beach, and developing a mobile app TrailRoulette for the mountain biking/ hiking world with a childhood buddy, and world champion bike/ BMX rider Brian Lopes. THE FUTURE When the collection arrives in Vancouver later this month, the crates will be placed into storage, until Carson?s new streetwear concept store Chaotic Goods launches in spring 2020. With a 3,000-square-foot retail space secured at the end of Broughton Street, Carson envisions a collaborative space that showcases art and collectibles, streetwear by known designers (Fear of God, Readymade, Chrome Hearts), 14 and 14
his in-development fashion line. The Supreme deck collection will be installed on the ceiling and is ?definitely not for sale.? Educating and exposing young people to art alongside fashion is something that Carson feels strongly about. ?It will be a space for exciting things to happen,? he said having already revealed that collaboration with Hong Kong street artist Michael Lau will be happening. Although unsure of where he will be in five years, Carson Guo is preparing to attend York University in the fall to study General Arts, developing Chaotic Goods, and searching out the holy grail of collectible Supreme ? the Aalto iconic Tank chair.
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Fat h er of G-SHOCK Venue Nightclub 881 Granville Street Vancouver, BC J une 6, 2019
here was nothing flash about the speaker at the podium, save for a large red paper heart that was pinned to his polka-dot dress-shirt.
Known internationally to timepiece aficionados, vintage collectors, and lovers of haute horlogerie, Kikuo Ibe is the creator of the G- SHOCK digital watch and an industry trailblazer.
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Ibe was obsessed with designing a watch that would survive a 10-metre fall onto a solid floor and would keep working underwater. The resulting prototype was named ?G-SHOCK,?an abbreviation of ?gravitational shock.? Marketed initially as a timepiece for those in physical labour jobs such as construction, manufacturing, policing, and emergency services, the G-SHOCK watch has survived for decades and is beloved by many. Ibe fondly says that his creation ?is accepted by fashionable people, clubbers, and young people.? 'An Evening with G- SHOCK?tour began the previous night in Toronto, with the 66-year old as the main draw for an evening that included a showcase of local DJ?s and Canadian musical talent. Taking the stage in Vancouver, Ibe greeted a diverse crowd at The Venue on Granville Street, with a shy smile and a quirky 20-minute Powerpoint presentation, which he narrated from a series of cue cards. The appreciative audience laughed each time Ibe reinforced his story with his mantra ?never give up!? A 3-word phrase to which he says owes his success and happiness. Animated and entertaining, Ibe completed his presentation with a slight bow and a wave. Ibe told of his life?s devotion to creating for Japanese brand Casio. In 1983, he and his team began to doggedly develop a prototype of a smash-proof digital watch because of an unfortunate accident, a year previous, that served as impetus for the project?a distracted Ibe crashed into another pedestrian, which resulted in his watch, a gift from his father, to fall to the concrete and break.
Ibe?s presentation was followed by a fan meet-and-greet, where he autographed a litany of items and posed for photographs in his signature crossed-arm stance showing off his white G-SHOCK watch. In line with his quirkiness, Kikuo Ibe owns only three of the watches?white, red, and black?all versions of the original designs. Each only worn in its assigned season: red in the winter, black in the spring and 18 fall, and white in the summer. 18
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Fr om Can vas t o t h e Ru n w ay Versace Men's Wear S/ S 2020 Via Gesu, Milano, Italy J une 15, 2019
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or Spring/ Summer 2020, Versace men?s wear takes a sharp turn and forsakes the trappings of masculine character and challenges the bold amongst us to strike a new chord through tailoring, fabric, and the exploration of print. The brand?s maximalist style is most recognizable in elements reinterpreted in glorious saturated colour. An archive print featuring Bacchus, the Roman god, was hand-painted by Vancouver expat artist Andy Dixon. As a new friend of the venerated House of Versace, Dixon recently collaborated with Versace Home and interior designer Sasha Bikof f to create the most talked about installation at Salon del Mobile.Milano 2019.
In April, the interior of Gianni Versace?s palazzo on Via GesĂš was remade in radioactive neon and posh patterns created by Dixon?s brush. His paintings translated seamlessly into fabric for the Versace Home collection and into incredibly luxurious sheet-sets.
?For this collection, I wanted to explore the elements that empower a man. I t?s definitely the confidence, the freedom, and desire to express himself without hesitation.? Donatella Versace Versace chose the opulent vases and a race car motif from Dixon?s work to develop into seasonal patterns and fabrications. As the models walked the runway, it was a delightful thrill to see Dixon?s work represented throughout on the sleekest silk shirts, chic summer knitwear, and light metallic separates. Versace?s Spring/ Summer 2020 Collection invites a celebration of contemporary masculinity, and the House codes and colourful prints are 26 in combined with newly tailored silhouettes signature Versace style. The catwalk told a story of a young man?s journey, of coming of age and finding his confidence. Very apropos.
Abstract Black Ferrari & Florals Donatella Versace X Andy Dixon Milano, Italy J une 15, 2019
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Amber Lounge Charity Fashion Sho Race Against Dementia 22 Avenue Princesse Grace 98000 Monaco May 24, 2019
spectacular ?Ice White?themed fashion show was held the past May at the Monaco Grand Prix at Le Meridien Beach Plaza. The beach-side catwalk of the Amber Lounge Charity Fashion Event featured Canadian men?s wear designer Christopher Bates?chic suiting alongside bridal and evening gowns by renowned celebrity designer Yolancris and swimwear by Ladyship of Lady Victoria Hervey.
The drivers of Formula 1 hit the all-white runway in custom suiting by Bates. The sleek ?Made in Italy?tailored aesthetic had the drivers looking their best. Ferrari?s Charles Leclerc led the Amber Lounge Charity Fashion Show runway with fellow drivers George Russell (Williams), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), J ack Aitken (Renault), and Sergey Sirotkin (Renault).
The annual event?s guests included HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess MĂ¤rtha Louise of Norway, Victoria?s Secret model J osephine Skriver, fellow Canadian Pamela Anderson, her son Brandon Lee, and now-ex Adil Rami.
For the third consecutive year funds raised during the live auction went to racing legend Sir J ackie Stewart?s ?Race Against Dementia?Foundation. Auction-lots were generously provided by private residential community-at-sea MS The World, the transatlantic cruise ship The Queen Mary Cunard, and Snoop Dogg?s favourite bespoke footwear designers Duke and Dexter. Guests enjoyed access to Monaco via private jet partner GlobeAir, delicious spirits by Arctic Blue Gin, and refreshing bubbly by the unique porcelain-bottled 32 Cuvee Sensorium.
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Since its inception, Amber Lounge has raised over $5M USD for charitable organizations, and it is the world?s only event to feature Formula 1 drivers as models. Founded by nightlife pioneer Sonia Irvine, Amber Lounge creates the most sought-after events with Irvine?s winning formula that includes incredible race-viewing hospitality options, as well as celebrity-studded after-parties with top DJs, creative dining opportunities, and luxury fashion elements.
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Courteille La Vie en Rose Collect ion 231 Rue St. Honore 75001 Paris 38 38
he window display is moderate in scope, the exterior is painted a lovely dark green, it almost looks black, the antique door and tiny step it rests above, do not really belie what lies within. This is the world of Lydia Courteille. 231 Rue St. Honore, 75001 Paris. It is parallel to Rue Faubourg, another iconic street, and only a few paces from L?Opera, and from, if you are fortunate enough to be staying there, the Rosewood Hotel Le Crillon. But this address, for collectors around the world of Haute J ouallerie, is as important as 31 Rue Cambon is to fashionistas. The boutique itself is tiny, but beautifully calibrated shelves and cabinets hold treasures almost beyond imagining, jewellery from most of her recent collections, and while it may seem crowded, the fact is these beautiful pieces seem to actually expand the space. Lydia herself enters from her studio below, cordial, a touch skeptical of these people from Canada, soft-spoken and from the outset clearly a formidable intellect and artist. All her pieces are hand-fabricated. ?Most of the time what I envision is close to the result. Sometimes it is less, sometimes it is more. But the quality of the workshop is very high.?
She constantly shows the yin and yang of her approach, confidence, without ever assuming success. And, above all, an amazing modesty, despite the fact that one of her best clients, and an avid early supporter, was Karl Lagerf eld. One thing that makes Lydia unique is that she eschews designing custom pieces. Matter-of-factly, she says, ?I never make something for someone I don?t know. But also, I have over 700 pieces, from 54 collections, so why would I want to make one more?? She smiles at this, since there is another important point to be made. ?The consumer almost never knows in advance what they really want. And I do not care if people like what I do. If you try to please everyone, nobody will want you.? She says, ?You cannot be doing this to please others. You have to be doing it to please your self, to sustain your own vision. That is what people will respect.? She pauses, and looks at me, and smiles, then very gently laughs, and says, ?You are so right, my dear, and it is okay. You have to be brave.? She looks me in the eye, and then, even more directly, in the eyes of my companion, who is herself a jewellery designer.
?It is about courage, and faith in yourself, right,? my companion says. And Lydia replies, ?yes, always!?, her lyrical voice and gentle laugh carrying throughout the room, itself full of sublime creations that stand as mute witnesses. Later, long after we had left the boutique, my companion would say, ?She let us hold that ring from the Guatemala collection that had 3 pig?s heads at an angle, all a little different, with colourful stripes of precious gems running like racing stripes. Not something I would ever think I?d want, but damn it, I would wear that every day of the week if it were mine.? For me, that pretty much captured the somewhat rapturous response we had, holding some of Lydia?s pieces, putting on a ring here, a bracelet there, as she talked about the intricacies of each piece, how they were conceived, and how they came to life. We reluctantly exit the shop almost two hours after entering it. This side of the street, not as sun-friendly, this time of day, nonetheless beckons us to greet the rest of the day, regardless of knowing we will not meet another artist of this calibre any time soon.
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Beau L ake C Lit ch f ield in Gast ow n 38 Water Street Vancouver, BC J uly 11, 2019
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Four Seasons W 4591 Blackcomb Way Whistler, BC J une 9, 2019
estled in the heart of the Coast Mountains, the town of Whistler, is a favoured all-year-round destination, not only for Vancouverites but for international visitors. Over the years, this natural beauty has become a popular location for many of the most celebrated, including Prince Charles, the Beckham?s, Ashton Kutcher, Katie Holmes, and comedian Ricky Gervais. In ski season the mountainside affords visitors anonymity under helmets and goggles and in the off-season chances of running into fans on the extensive hiking trails is low. It is a win-win for all who need a break and an opportunity to breathe away from day-to-day pressures. In February, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler took home the Five Star Award for the fourth consecutive year at the Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Awards. The resort is the only one in Whistler to be given the elite status of a Five-Star property. Highlighted by Forbes for its one-of-a-kind Ski Concierge service, friendly and efficient staff with local attractions tips, heated pool and hot tubs, the resort was also recognized for relaxation treatments at The SPA.
The SPA was the only spa to receive an accolade in the resort town achieving a Four Star Award for its picturesque location, tranquil setting, post-treatment amenities and locally sourced, natural products such as the glacial clay and sea salts.
?We are thrilled to receive this important CHECKING IN accolade once again. It?s a true 54The warm wood and testament to the tremendous efforts put not betray the incre in by the team each day to ensure our mountainside setting guests have a memorable stay here in harmonious with wa Whistler,? says Ali Mohamed, General music, cozy lounge a Manager. and, unbelievably, a polar bear sculpture
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We were greeted with an unexpected upgrade, and a warm berry tea served in tiny tin cups on a wooden plank. The hotel offers 273 guest rooms, suites, and townhouses; each is generously sized, and all have a gas-burning fireplace. Our Deluxe Suite was complete with the requested animal-free bedding, a large balcony off the bedroom with a 3-piece table setting?perfect for early morning steamy coffees in plushy robes, gas fireplace, large screen television, and in the bathroom a double vanity, spacious shower with a powerful rain shower head, and a wonderfully deep soaker tub.
PLANTBASED DINING SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar is The Four Seasons feature restaurant with 265+ seats between the restaurant, lounge, and the outdoor patio. We were delighted to find numerous vegetarian items on the menu that were further veganized for us. Whistler Farmers Market provides the kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and growers. During busy season, reservations are advised through opentable.ca, to ensure an enjoyable evening without disappointment. Chef Eren Guryel?s Beetroot Wellington is visually impeccable, perfectly cooked, and well worth the 45-minute wait time. Beets are difficult by nature to work with, but the iron-rich star of this plate was firm, sweet, and complemented by a layer of course-chopped mushroom and shallot, crackling pastry, and vegetable jus. My Avocado Dukkah dish was spicy and perfectly proportioned with hummus, crisp chickpeas, chopped salad, and fluffy pita. The dressing was slightly tart, light and refreshing, and the encrusted deep-fried avocado ripe and incredibly smooth.
Before our meal, we took advantage of the daily wine-tasting to stimulate our palates, and after indulging, we relaxed with other guests at the courtyard fire pit with complementary boxes of s?mores and sticks. As the stars twinkled above, we were pleased that the last minute decision to unplug and breathe was so far so rewarding.
in a custom-ordered bedding package and in-room dining option.
For pups that enjoy company while owners enjoy cocktails, concierge can connect them Whistler Dog Sitting who wi hang-out and walk them.
Four Seasons hotel guests who travel with their pets will enjoy the recently launched Doggo Amenity Program. Furry best friends can now be comfortable
Around the resort and throug Whistler are countless pet-friendly trails where dog families can find explore and refresh. There is a carefully crafted dog hiking map, and concierges can provide the b 58 advice on all the favourite tra for dogs.
THE SPA EXPERIENCE Summer visits coincide with the new spa treatment announcements. Designed by the team at The SPA to revitalize and awaken the senses after our gloomy winters, the treatments use organic spa-grown ingredients to craft handmade treatment oils and scrubs infused with citrus and floral aromas.
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ART & SCULPTURE Hanging adjacent to the main floor elevators is the 3-dimensional ?Couples in LOVE?painting by J ane Waterous. It caught our eye with its colour and humour, and soon we found ourselves seeking out additional artwork in corridors. We encountered many incredible pieces in common areas with others tucked creatively throughout each level.
Three newly introduced treatments that are already popular are the Cooling Aloe Body Wrap with house-grown lavender and cucumber; Orange Blossom and Mint Body Scrub with oils of orange blossoms, peppermint, and bergamot with Dead Sea salt; and a refreshing Water Lily Facial with a skin analysis and brightening booster spray.
The artwork is provided by The Whistler Contemporary Gallery, which is on-site across from check-in and promotes distinctive Canadian and International contemporary art. Curators source work from top art fairs such as the Art Expo New York, Toronto International Art Fair, and Art- Miami. The gallery has a solid representation of figurative, abstract, and landscape paintings, as well as multi-media work, glass, and sculpture.
RECREATION The Four Seasons has a fully heated 23-metre free-form outdoor pool and three hot tubs that are open all year round. Poolside beverage service was swift, the mojitos refreshing, and the complimentary fruit smoothies packed a flavourful punch.
Additionally, 35-minutes away is the Big Sky Golf and Country Club designed by Robert Cupp. These world-renowned courses will satisfy even the most seasoned golfer.
For the early morning risers (who aren?t tempted by wilderness safari options), the fitness facility is world-class and conveniently connected to the pool area. Included in your stay are pilates, spin, and yoga classes, and a trainer is on hand for circuit training.
The Four Seasons Resort creates many experiences to encourage guests to take time and enjoy the moments of summer in all its brightness. Before check-out, enjoy a picnic at the picture perfect Lost Lake with a packed lunch from SIDECUT.
The Nicklaus North Golf Course and the Whistler Golf Club are within 5-minutes walking distance to the Four Seasons, and guests receive special privileges at both.
A jaunt to Whistler for a 2-day get-away will have you feeling refreshed, invigorated, and ready to 62 tackle all your workplace challenges! 62
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o Chay L aunches Saigon Veget ar ian Rest au r an t 1392 Kingsway Corridor Vancouver, BC J uly 11, 2019
here is a new restaurant in Vancouver that opened its doors so quietly last month, but loud word-of-mouth is making it one of the hottest spots to experience amazing flavourful plantbased meals. The Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian at 1392 Kingsway, is a 32-seat, plant-based restaurant that is creating popular street food dishes in a sit-down setting. Opened by Patrick Do and Amanda Clark, the menu is almost all plant-based with many gluten-free offerings. The spacious restaurant was designed by Tom Do and is modeled after the former tenant?a Chinese herbal medicine shop?which used to occupy the space. New is water wall treatment, large glass containers displaying unique ingredients, and a large welcoming wooden door. ?Do Chay has been two-plus years in the making,? says co-owner Patrick Do. ?The building burnt down, and it was an uphill battle to get to where we are today, but everything has been worth it so far. The positive reception we?ve received has been humbling.?
Popular dishes are the fluffy Coconut Rice Cakes, finger-licking XO Potstickers, crunchy Seitan Calamari Lotus Salad, and delightfully light Vegan Pho with avocado. Vancouverites are curious and hungry for this modern take on Vietnamese and Do says ?Our name means vegetarian stuff. Plant-based is not only delicious, but it can be interesting. It has been incredibly fun and fulfilling to experiment with all the vegan flavours and to see our guests embrace and enjoy our dishes thus far. I?ve always wanted to open a Vietnamese restaurant that was both approachable and yet still stays close 70 to my family?s roots.? 70
The Do Chay menu is broken down into three categories: street noodle bowls, and rice bowls, with new items already lined up release over the course of the summer.
The hot spot is licensed with a full beverage menu, open every from 11:30 am until late. Reservations available at the large ro for a large group, otherwise seating is f irst come, f irst serve.
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histler in the off-season is a haven for those looking reprieve from their day-to-day schedules. A short drive or shuttle from downtown Vancouver, lands you in nature's playground. Waking up with the sun and joining an early morning photo safari will take you deep into the mountains where you can experience the west coast rainforest, lush vegetation, expansive glaciers, and observe wildlife in their true home.
Our Four Seasons concierge recommended an early morning start, with Whistler Photo Safari, so the following morning we were in the lobby at 6 am sharp enjoying a fresh brewed coffee, ready to explore. We met Nick Aubertin, an avid wildlife photographer and guide for Whistler Photo Safari, who instructed us on the etiquette of wildlife watching before leading us to a new J eep Wrangler J K. Strapped in and comfortable, we pulled out of the Four Seasons on a mountain mission to locate and photograph the78 elusive bears. 78
The Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are home to many animal populations, but it is the powerful and impressive bears that people, from around the world, come to see. Recent estimates have the bear population around 60 and best months for viewing are May and June.
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after prompting, shared his story of traveling to Canada from the UK and his decision to make Whistler home. Although known for its snowy peaks and its thriving community of winter sports enthusiasts, Whistler is also a fantastic destination in the spring and summer time for those who cherish the opportunity to connect with nature?albeit at a much slower pace. Our guided mountain experience was amazing and by 9 am, we were back at the Four Seasons, energized, enjoying a hearty buffet, a strong cup of coffee, and mapping out the rest of the day.
The official Whistler Blackcomb website is fantastic for planning your day in search of wildlife sightings. As you venture into the mountains of Whistler Blackcomb, prepare to enter a world of pristine natural beauty and the home of a variety of species including eagles, hawks, pika, marmots, hares, deer and of course, bears.
Bear Images by Nick Aubertin
Squamish L il'wat Cultu 4584 Blackcomb Way Whistler, BC J une 9, 2019
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he Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre resides on six-acres of beauty near the Fitzsimmons Creek in the Upper Village of Whistler, BC. Conveniently located across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Four Seasons Whistler visitors to this gem of a mountain get-away will enjoy visiting this exciting destination and take a breather from the hustle of the Village. The Centre showcases the history, art, and heritage of the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations through incredible drumming performances, guided tours of the museum, interactive, contemporary and outdoor exhibits, and craft workshops such as cedar grass bracelet making. The main feature, The Great Hall, captures the spectacular mountain and forest views through curved glass plank walls. Showcasing hand-carved cedar welcome figures, pictograph-embossed boulders, massive spindle whorls, and a series of cedar canoes, some which are suspended from the hall's soaring ceilings.
Unique to Whistler, the Ă?stken Hall is a stunning circular glass room with a natural cedar wood interior that makes it a breath-taking location for events, especially for those seeking a unique wedding venue.
Before the opening of the SLCC, Squami and Lil'wat culture 84 had been virtually invisible in Whistler, even though artifact dating from 25,000 years ago have been discovered and dated.
The three-storey facility also features specialized meeting spaces, a museum, multi-media theatre, an expansive patio overlooking Blackcomb Mountain, gift shop with authentic Squamish and Lil'wat art, and a cafe.
The Squamish Nation are the original inhabitants of the tract of land starting i Vancouver's Stanley Park, across to No and West Vancouver, over to the Gibson area, and up to Squamish, and Whistler.
The Lil' wat First Nation are the original inhabitants of the Whistler and Pemberton regions. In fact, European contact did not occur in British Columbia until 1791!
The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is open daily offering guided tours and forest walks, programs and events, cafe, and is available for catering, special event rentals.
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Events "Should I Be Worried" J ustin Langlois, Artist- in- Residence False Creek, Vancouver, BC J une 4, 2019
MI NI Cooper OpenRoad Auto Group - MINI Vancouver 1717 West 5th Avenue Vancouver, BC J une 27, 2019
n 1959, the MINI was introduced to the world and the diminutive vehicle has become one of the world?s most beloved automotive marques. Synonymous with fun and spontaneity, the MINI evokes fond memories in generations who have grown-up with this dynamic car. Ever evolving and engineered to reflect the changing needs of today?s owners, MINI has introduced the 2019 Mini E Countryman?a delightful plug-in electric hybrid with three different electric driving modes.
On a warm Thursday evening, the team at MINI invited more than 250 VIP guests and media to join them in Kitsilano to the reveal of the 60th Anniversary MINI Cooper and grand opening of Western Canada?s number one volume MINI dealership (new and pre-owned) at 1717 West 5th Avenue adjacent to Vancouver BMW.
After 17 years in operation, the dealership relocated MINI Yaletown, now named MINI Vancouver, so as to be able to offer better accessibility and enhanced customer service. The tony new dealership also offers complimentary valet parking, a coffee bar, communication in multiple languages including Italian, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Farsi, and a relaxing lounge area. 92 92
?We?re delighted to bring a new era of MINI to the Vancouver area at our new location in Kitsilano that will allow us to better serve our MINI customers for many years to come,? said Aly J iwani, Area General Manager, OpenRoad Auto Group. ?We expect MINI Vancouver will become a flagship MINI dealership supported by the top sales team in Western Canada.?
Guests enjoyed a red carpet entrance, dynamic media wall, live DJ sets, appetizers by Cocktails and Canapes which included a savoury marinated tofu sofrito soft taco, chilled Slingshot IPA and Project 9 Pilsner by Fernie Brewing Company, Moraine Winery?s Chardonnay 2017 and Cliffhanger Red 2016, and a refreshing signature vodka cocktail featuring the tartness of crushed local raspberries. We are looking forward to taking the new MINI hybrid for a test drive,
Discover the newest MINI models, latest special offers, and much more from the exciting world of MINI at the new Sales Centre. Open 7 days a week.
MINI Vancouver Sales Centre 1717 West 5th Avenue Vancouver, BC 604.899.6464
Whisky Wiseme 3r d An n u al Ch ar it y Golf Tou r n a Westwood Plateau Country Golf Club 3251 Plateau Boulevard Coquitlam, BC J uly 5, 2019
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n Vancouver, there are two words that when uttered together, create a reaction that spurs even the most complacent into action. These two magical words are ?golf ?and ?whisky.? Created by Kevin Shaw and J ordan Scott in 2013, the not-for-profit organization Whisky Wisemen was founded on
the belief that ?the glass is always half full?and an even stronger belief that enjoying a dram of whisky is glorious but it is an experience meant to be shared. With chapters around the world (Canada, USA, Cayman Islands), Whisky Wisemen have partnered up with local establishments to have an agreed kick-back of 10% of the groups entire spend for the
evening, donated to the Whisky Wisemen Society, where they, in turn, donate98the money to charity. On July 5th, the Westwood Plateau Country Golf Club welcomed Whisky Wisemen CEO Lesley Anne Brown and a full cadre of foursomes for the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
Golfers and non-golfers had signed on not only for their love of whisky and the enjoyment of the sport, but to support the day's official charity - KidzFirst Canada. This after-school program enables youth to overcome barriers in their lives and to empower their future by providing them with the tools for social awareness, inclusion, and expression. KidzFirst Canada creates positive change through the arts, healthy living activities, and community enrichment projects. Players were of all ages and backgrounds, suited up in their course finery and rolled out for 18-holes. Organizers had done a fantastic job of ensuring a mix of fun and games at each hole including the Hole in One Challenge on 3 with MINI Canada, golf ball cannon on 7, and on 15 the Whitecaps FC tested tee shot skills with a grid challenge.
Colony Bar satisfied snack cravings with pizza slices, while Whistler Glacial Spring Water provided samples to cleanse the palate between tastings of Central City Brewers?Queensborough and Botanist gins, Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Whisky; and Nude Vodka Soda. Hole 13 was the place to be for cigar aficionados as Yaletown?s Revolucion Cigars held court with The Glenlivet. Brown helms the Vancouver-founded Whisky Wisemen society. A recent listee
in BC Business Magazine?s annual ?30 Under 30,?Brown has helped the organization grow with new chapters, charity sporting events, a speaker series, and a whisky festival.
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IMAGE CREDITS COVER / Todd Duncan Table of Contents / Courtesy of Carson Guo PERSONALITIES / Maxine Bulloch via The Social Concierge CARSON GUO / Pages 8- 15 / Helen Siwak / Page 11, 13 / Courtesy of Carson Guo KIKUO IBE / Pages 16- 19 / M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment FASHION / Helen Siwak ANDY DIXON / Page 23 / Monica Nouwens / Pages 22- 29 / Versace CHRISTOPHER BATES / Pages 30- 35 / Amber Lounge LUXURY RETAIL / Helen Siwak LYDIA COURTEILLE / Pages 38- 43 / Courtesy of Lydia Courteille BEAU LAKE CO / Pages 44- 45, 47 / Litchf ield / Page 46 / Helen Siwak HOSPITALITY / Helen Siwak FOUR SEASONS WHISTLER / Pages 50- 63 / Helen Siwak CULINARY / Helen Siwak DO CHAY / Pages 66- 73 / Sophia Cheng PR ADVENTURE / Helen Siwak WILDERNESS WILDLIFE SAFARI / Pages 76- 81 / Helen Siwak / Nick Aubertin SLCC / Pages 82- 85 / Helen Siwak EVENTS / Helen Siwak MINI COOPER / Pages 88- 89 / Helen Siwak / Pages 90- 95 Todd Duncan Photography WHISKY WISEMEN / Pages 96- 101 / Two Peas Photography MATIERES FECALES / Pages 102- 103 / MBAMTL CLOSING / Helen Siwak