Modern Luxuria Vol 27 August 2022

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VOL 27 AUGUST 2022


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Highlights Note Summer resolutions – Editor’s Note


Profile Nella Mirante, the first female concierge to attain the Gold Keys of Les Clefs d’Or 8 Fashion “Clothing is a need, fashion is a choice” – Sean Farmer, Suits by Curtis Eliot


Cuisine Where to get the best view of the city, featuring: Alchemy, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and Le Petit Iza Wine Vintage wine picks – hidden treasures to add to your collection


Arts & Culture Lorna Shultz Nicholson’s new book, ‘Good Morning Sunshine’, dedicated to Joey Moss

Decor The modern home trends and must-haves with Expressions at Home






Mona Butler

Beryl Bacchus

Twyla Campbell Marcia J. Hamm


Shawn Hicks

Brandy Belitsky

Dong Kim Nev Ostoin


Tom Sedens

Lucie Oosterveld

Emily Welz


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COVER Photo by Emily Welz

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Beryl Bacchus Managing Editor

Beryl Bacchus has had an extensive career with over 20 years in the fashion, events and entertainment worlds. Spending time in Montreal, Toronto and New York, she moved to Edmonton just over a decade ago and is excited to bring her passion for community to Modern Luxuria Magazine and help showcase the talent and vibrancy of Edmonton from a fresh perspective.

Contributors Twyla Campbell is a freelance writer

Marcia J. Hamm is a lover of all things

and food columnist for CBC Radio

wine, but is especially passionate

(Edmonton). She is a seasoned traveler

about Italy's native grape varieties.

who seeks unique destinations both

She is a WSET diploma holder, an

local and abroad. A proud supporter of

Italian Wine Scholar and one of only

Canadian wine and sustainable food

15 Italian Wine Experts In the world

producers, Twyla is a regularly sought

through the Vinitaly international

food panelist and judge for culinary

Academy (VIA). Marcia also loves to

competitions in Canada.

sing, ride her bicycle, have dinner parties and relax on the patio.

Nev Ostoin is a lover of the outdoors, and winter being her favourite season

Emily Welz is an internationally

makes her a perfect fit in Edmonton. Her

published photographer and stylist.

passion is capturing every-day moments

Before running her photography

around the city, obsessing over perfectly

studio full-time, she worked in media

framing each shot. Nev's favourite

communications and literacy

transportation method is her bike, and

advocacy. Her passion for storytelling

she can be found enjoying coffee at

inevitably led her to pursuing

Kaffa or a good glass of wine at Rosso.

photography, creative direction,

Her photography focus is always on and

modelling, styling, and set design.

the camera is always within arm's reach. Mona Rose Butler, originally from

Tom Sedens is a husband, father of 3,

Vancouver, brings with her to

lover of pie and a world traveler that

Edmonton a background in lifestyle

has explored over 50 countries. He is

writing within the luxury realm. When

an accredited member of AJAC

not working or training for her next

(Automobile Journalists Association of

strongman competition, she can be

Canada) who loves driving anything,

found exploring the restaurants and

anytime, anywhere.

coffee shops of Edmonton or taking her dog, Pixel, on adventures.


Editor's Note "

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. " — HENRY JAMES

Next on the resolutions list: explore all the things Nella Mirante mentions in the profile story. Getting to know our city better, finding these hidden gems, and introducing more people to it; that’s actually the mandate of Modern Luxuria, so why not make it my new resolution too? I may start with the Aga Khan Gardens visit, and then make my way through the Have you ever made summer resolutions? I think

rest of the spots Nella suggests, including having a

it may be a good part of the year to revisit all the

cocktail in the infamous red chairs at the Fairmont

decisions we made in January, and figure out what’s

Hotel Macdonald.

still relevant and what got old. Course correct, create new resolutions, and start fresh. In any case, I’m

With the temperatures finally reaching summer days,

giving it a try this year.

patios in full bloom, the river valley looking as lush and vibrant as possible, all of us at Modern Luxuria

First one: from now on, I will be traveling with a

hope you’re enjoying summer and taking advantage

carry-on bag only, no matter what the destination

of every nice day. We hope that our stories will inspire

is. After years of dealing with lost luggage, this year

you to make similar summer resolutions - try new

was particularly stressful. As I’m writing these words,

spots in the city, check out stores and restaurants

one of my suitcases is still missing - 22 days after

you haven’t been to before, and explore some hidden

the original travel date. I totally understand that

gems that may become your regular hang-out places.

the system is operating beyond capacity all over the

Happy August!

world as post-Covid air travel has escalated, but I’ve always had bad luck with luggage and will try this

— Jelena

new approach.


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Unforgettable Experiences, Hidden Gems, Niche Service An attitude of extraordinary service by Nella Mirante When travellers and guests arrive at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, they expect luxury and remarkable service. Nella Mirante’s job is to exceed those expectations, and the crossed gold keys on her lapel confirm she can do that. In 2012, Mirante became the first female concierge in Edmonton to attain the Gold Keys of Les Clefs d’Or, and she wears her keys with honour and pride.


Tell us about a day in the life of a luxury hotel

When it comes to interesting requests, I once arranged


for a wedding proposal via helicopter from Edmonton to Jasper.

As a professional concierge, every day is truly different How did you fill your time during Covid?

because every guest interaction and requests are different. A day can include anything from organizing authentic prairie oysters to arranging a wedding

I continued working at Edmonton’s river valley castle,

proposal inside of a helicopter!

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Although there were many uncertainties during that time, there was

I am constantly connecting with concierges from

absolute certainty that despite what was going on

around the world to create incredible moments for our

in the world, our guests needed to stay safe and

mutual guests as they arrive at their next destination.

comfortable, while still delivering luxury service.

My passion for delivering incredible service and

During those times, I worked tirelessly to ensure that

experiences goes beyond the doors of Fairmont Hotel

guests would not only feel safe, but also celebrated. I

Macdonald, as I work to ensure my guests are well

worked with guests to create remarkable experiences,

taken care of when they arrive at their next location.

from anniversaries to romantic escapes inside the comfort of their private rooms, all while putting safety

What are some unusual and interesting requests

protocols at the forefront. To this day, I feel tremendous

guests make?

gratitude to those guests who put their trust in me to create experiences that were not only safe, but also

I once had the unusual request to find prairie oysters


for a special group arriving for the Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Edmonton in 2015. The guests were visiting

What are some of the city’s hidden gems you would

Alberta for the first time and wanted to enjoy local


cuisine – to which they thought meant prairie oysters. To be entirely honest, prior to this request I was not

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s Patio and Gardens at any

familiar with prairie oysters, so you can imagine my

time of day. With the sunrise or sunset, you can enjoy

surprise when I realized what I was looking for! When

chef’s creations with fabulously crafted cocktails, or

the guests were served their prairie oysters, they were

just take a moment in our infamous red chairs and

most impressed at how the hotel was able to organize

enjoy the panoramic views of some of the city’s most

their request so seamlessly and inquired on who was

sought-after views.

responsible. When I went and introduced myself, the guests immediately noticed the gold keys on my lapel

Then, a little outside of the city, the Aga Khan Gardens

and said they knew that was HOW I was able to make

at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, and the

the “oysters” appear. (If you aren’t familiar with what

Twilight Picnic is a must-do experience.

prairie oysters are, I will leave that to you to Google!)

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Favourite thing to do in your free time? I am continuously in search of new things to explore in Edmonton, always finding new places that I can recommend to guests who are looking to experience the city like a local. You can also find me in the kitchen – I love to cook.

Must see spots in the city?

Rewards of the concierge career?

1. Edmonton River Valley: Has so many wonderful trails that take you off the regular

For me, it is the experience I create for my guests.

paths; my favourite is the Government House

Making their stay memorable and exceeding their

Park trail

expectations, so that when they return back home to their friends and family, they speak of their time

2. Muttart Conservatory: Spectacular views

in Edmonton with fondness and joy. At Fairmont,

and walking trails

we have the mission that our guests Experience the Grandest of Feelings, and it’s my pleasure to be a part

3. Alberta Legislature Grounds: Wonderful for

of that every day.

walking trails and picnics on the manicured grounds

Being a concierge offers opportunities to travel to beautiful destinations. This year I will be travelling to

4. Old Strathcona: Stroll, shop and eat on

Rio de Janeiro as the Concierge Award winner of the

Whyte Avenue, and be sure to stop for “Made

Warren Anderson Award with Les Clefs d’Or. This award

by Marcus” ice cream

is granted to a deserving Canadian member for their dedication to the industry and role of the concierge,

5. 104th Street: Great little places to visit and

granting them with a full bursary to attend the Pan

view Canada’s only Neon Sign Museum - the

American Congress 2022 where we will gather after

best viewing time is at dusk

two years in the waiting! This Congress will allow us to network with our peers to share stories, insight, education, and paving the way in our hospitality industry.

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Modernizing the World of Custom Tailoring Boasting over 3,000,000 custom orders made, Sean Farmer’s suits have graced the likes of athletes, Grammy Award winning singers and actors. Gone are the old days of made to measure when you enter the Suits By Curtis Eliot sphere. He has created a brand educating clients that anything is possible when it comes to developing personal style.

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Clothing is a Need, Fashion is a Choice

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Jewelry: Pale Blue Czech Glass Necklace and Gold Fill Links Dress: Iris Setlakwe Zebra Print Chiffon Dress with Belt – Navy/ Ecru Zebra Print Shoes: Gadea Nonti Mid Calf Boot – Storm Blue

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August in the City Passionate about slow fashion, Kelly Campbell Duguid is still shy when it comes to calling herself the designer behind the Kelly Wollf brand. In her dual role as fashion designer and owner of C'est Sera which focuses on Canadian designers, her eye for an international style ensures there is something for everyone when you walk into the boutique on Whyte Avenue.

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Blazer: Kelly Wollf Urban One Button Blazer – Fuchsia Top: Kelly Wollf Kelko Raglan Sleeve Blouse – Pink Floral Pant: Kelly Wollf Urban Flat Front Cotton Pant – Fuchsia Shoes: Aloha Sophie Heeled Suede Sandal – Black

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Jewelry: Pale Blue Czech Glass Necklace and Gold Fill Links Dress: Iris Setlakwe Zebra Print Chiffon Dress with Belt – Navy/ Ecru Zebra Print Shoes: Gadea Nonti Mid Calf Boot – Storm Blue

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Sunglasses: Ichi Sunglasses Cilla Jewelry: Orange Avocado Jewelry PETAL 37” Mixed Metals Long Necklace – Sterling Silver & Gold, Elsie Grey Rolo Cable Chain Necklace – Gold, Elsie Grey Jewelry Rennes Earrings – Gold Dress: AAKASHA Nessebar One Sleeve Long Dress – Red Shoes: Angel Alarcon Textured Boot – Volga Black

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Fine Framed: The Styles of Summer with Smith & Wight Opticians WWW.SMITHANDWIGHT.COM

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Whether you need glasses or are just looking for a fashion statement, eyewear is a huge part of your total style. An extensive variety of shapes and colours is on display at Smith & Wight and we picked the best frames that could really transform your summer look. From classic elegance to futuristic, avant-garde designs, the styles are endless with these fashion necessities.

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2022 Lexus NX 350 Luxury and Sport Intertwined Empowering your driving experience The all-new 2022 Lexus NX Series. Reimagined and completely redesigned, inside and out.

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Lexus’s best-seller has a new look. Designers have taken the NX’s dynamic shapes and given them smoother, more streamlined lines and a modernized face and rear end. It is a fresh approach, but it remains instantly recognizable, wearing the latest expression of the Lexus design language. Lighting is all LED, including the Triple-Beam headlights, the signature driving lights and the Blade Lamp tail lights. The blacked-out spindle grille combines aggressive sportiness and modern luxury, and the 20-inch black alloy wheels fill the fenders to complete the look. The luxurious interior has a stunning asymmetrical driver-centric cockpit design and offers meticulous craftsmanship using world-class materials - beautifully textured soft-touch plastics are everywhere, complemented by aluminum and gloss black trim. The two-tone perforated NuLuxe sport seats are heated, ventilated and incredibly comfortable - even on the longest of road trips. Thigh and kidney bolsters keep the driver and passengers in place during the most aggressive driving. Behind the race-inspired leather-wrapped steering wheel is a completely customizable digital dash, offering a wealth of information but only showing what the driver chooses to see. Front and centre is a crisp and responsive 14-inch touchscreen that integrates navigation, phone, vehicle settings and the controls for the incredible 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

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You’ll find some nifty modern touches such as push levers to open the doors, rather than traditional latches. A gorgeous ambient lighting system elevates the interior to the next level and with its 64 colours, becomes fully customizable to suit your mood. Rear seat passengers travel in style as well. They get plenty of leg and head room, heated seating, USB charging ports and an airy space, thanks to the massive panoramic sunroof overhead. Motivating the NX 350 is a new 2.4L turbocharged engine putting out 275HP. Paired to an 8-speed transmission and an all-wheel drive system, this powertrain is buttery smooth. Add to that the adaptive variable suspension that is constantly monitoring and adjusting to road conditions and your driving style, and you have the makings of a vehicle that does it all. Want to take things up a notch? The NX is ready to play. With multiple Sport drive modes, paddle shifters to change gears manually and the aforementioned variable suspension buttoning down to tackle sporty city driving and curvy mountain passes alike, the NX is equally happy in the fast lane. From its instant get-up-and-go torque and imperceptible shifts to the relaxed near-silent cruising ability at highway speeds and flawless ride and excellent handling, everything works in concert to provide a perfectly balanced driving experience. Safety is at the top of Lexus’s priority list - the new NX gets LSS+ 3.0, the full suite of the most advanced driver assistance technologies. It all works superbly and remains completely unobtrusive during normal driving. Lexus has reimagined the NX Series, and in the process has made an already impressive vehicle better in every way. It’s a luxurious and capable technology-laden safety vault - and it’s built in Canada. WWW.LEXUS.CA

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Rooms with a View Three prime locations to enjoy top tier food and drink. Looking for a place to sip and savour while enjoying a spectacular view? Read on!

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to an intimate space on the fifth floor of the JW Marriott in the ICE District. Beyond the threshold is a banquet of brass, glass, wood, and velvet that gleams with sunshine during the day and candlelight after dark. The Italian wallpaper, in a swath of teal and floral elements, is the crowning glory of this well-designed room. Alchemy is a cocktail-forward venue with knowledgeable bar staff ready and willing to fill your glass with something special. They’re also responsible for making the syrups, shrubs, and elixirs used in several of those cocktails. The bourbon-based Cigar Lounge contains a tobacco syrup made by infusing the base with shredded cigars, and the B&B Old Fashioned, made with Dorado rum, is elevated with Banane du Brésil, a liqueur that the staff washes with clarified butter and steeps with warm spices. Place your trust in them and ask for a dealer’s choice—you just might get a magic potion made of Greek liqueur, pearl dust, and rose petals. The food at Alchemy, while limited, is elevated yet approachable. A glass of La Tournée Blanc with the spot prawn ceviche or a locally brewed beer with the sizzling lamb chops scottadito are solid choices. Find a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the view of shimmering high-rises, Rogers Place, or the Neon Sign Museum on 104th Street. Time it right and you’ll also drink in a spectacular sunset. WWW.ALCHEMYBAR.CA 10344 – 102 STREET

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An attendant pulls forward the bookcase allowing access


The patio that spills beyond the Confederation Lounge and the Harvest Room has long been considered one of the best in the province. History, luxury, and stunning vistas are enmeshed in this locale and while the space is large, nooks and crannies sheltered by shrubs and potted plants allow for privacy and solitude for those in need of peace and quiet. Large umbrellas over tables provide shade for guests seeking a more formal dining experience, while comfortable seating options under an awning are perfect for afternoon cocktails enjoyed with food made fresh in the outdoor kitchen. A panoramic view of the River Valley is available wherever you sit or stand in this space, with the city’s most iconic attractions visible at every turn: the glass pyramids of the Muttart Conservatory, the gleaming white arch of the Dawson Bridge, the sharp points of the Tawatinâ pedestrian bridge, and the newly renovated Edmonton Riverboat chugging its way up and down the North Saskatchewan River. This grand terrace has long provided a regal backdrop to commemorate special occasions, but really, any occasion, be it a wedding or a Wednesday, is a special occasion on the patio at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. WWW.FAIRMONT.COM/MACDONALD-EDMONTON 10065 – 100 STREET

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1900. Bronze lamps and a hand-painted glass ceiling create warm light in an elegant main room finished in dark wood panelling. Beyond the interior is a three-season, open-air sanctuary that offers a north facing view of the River Valley and the city’s downtown skyline. Details are everything at La Petite Iza: the fine stemware, the cobalt blue vases, the fresh flowers, the linens, even the servers’ aprons are above par, as is the service, food, and drink. Beef tartare, escargot, foie gras and bouillabaisse are de rigueur. And if you’re looking for somewhere special to pop a cork, this patio is perfect. What to have with that champagne? Oysters, of course. WWW.LAPETITEIZA.COM 10926 - 88 AVENUE - 3RD FLOOR

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Stepping into this brasserie is like stepping into Paris circa


Vintage Feature 2017 Frost, Wildfires, Successes & Failures...Yet, Glimmers of Hope When one discusses Vintages when referring to wine, it is a big deal in the Old World, while the New World tends to bring consistency year after year in their wines. The year 2017 was a challenge in many wine-making countries of the world; and by challenge, Mother Nature brought Spring frosts or wildfires, both which devastated crops, yields and wineries. With that said, the 2017 vintage had some ‘glimmers of hope’ with good winemakers able to separate the good from the bad and make something that they can be proud of which also represents good quality.

2017 Fournier Père é Fils Grande Cuvée La Chaudouillonne While the regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy suffered debilitating Spring frosts which resulted in the loss of whole vineyards, the wines from the Loire Valley, a northern region that runs west to east, from the Atlantic Ocean to just south of Paris, fared well. Sancerre is proof. Made with 100% sauvignon blanc, there are layers of flavour here with citrus, mango, and stony undertones. If you buy wines based on points, this one scored 92 from Wine Enthusiast but the best part is, it’s under $50.

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2017 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Northern California (which includes Napa & Sonoma) can best be remembered for the devastating wildfires of 2017 that in early October, destroyed over 10,000 buildings and over a million in acreage land. If there was a blessing in this, much of the harvest was completed before the fires started burning, due to a hot and dry September leading to a faster than expected ripening. This was especially important for cabernet sauvignon, which needs a long growing season of hot and dry weather for proper ripening. Freemark Abbey fared well with this full-bodied wine showcasing flavours of dark cherry, chocolate, cedar, and black pepper, along with smooth and polished tannins all free of smoke taint. This one scored well with James Suckling with a 94 and is available for under $65.

2017 G.D. Vajra Bricco delle Viole Barolo Collectors and aficionados of Barolo wines are strongly influenced by vintage and with the 2017 being flanked on both sides by excellent vintages (‘16 & ‘18), it seemed the 2017 was doomed to fail. Barolo is judged by its staying power as vintages that offer aging potential will gain more points with the critics, whereas lighter bodied, less complex wines typically receive less. The 2017 belongs to the latter and with an incredibly hot summer, harvest occurred much earlier than usual for this ultra late ripening grape. This nebbiolo is gorgeous with layers of floral rose and lavender, red fruits of cherry, raspberry with hints of cinnamon and star anise. Despite the heat, the acidity was maintained which gives any wine aging potential. This will most certainly cellar for 20+ years and is well worth the price point of just under $100. A score of 96 from Wine Enthusiast and 95 from Wine Advocate are fantastic scores from what was claimed to be a bad vintage. In many cases, the disparaging comments from the 2017 vintage are unwarranted. There are some hidden treasures within this vintage, so get your hands on some of these bottles and see for yourself.

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The Serendipity of Lorna Schultz Nicholson

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many can say they have interviewed

How did your transition into the children’s genre

Betty White, been an athlete, or are


an award-winning Canadian children’s author all in one sentence. Lorna Schultz Nicholson talks about

I started off writing adult mystery novels. I love that

her new book Good Morning Sunshine, dedicated

genre of thriller and suspense. I’ve always read and

to the late Joey Moss and the Moss family.

enjoyed it. I got my fair share of rejections; it’s part of the game. It’s part of writing and being a writer.

When did you realize your passion for writing?

I belonged to a writer’s group in Calgary and one of the gals in the group was a children’s writer. Her

As a child I was more of an athlete, but I was

name is Jacqueline Guest, a great, brilliant Canadian

a voracious reader and I also liked to write. I

writer. She was writing sports’ books and she knew

remember entering a contest when I was in grade

that I knew a lot about sports so she would phone

eight and winning second prize. I also got my very

me all the time and ask me questions. One day we

first publisher’s rejection when I was about twelve. I

were laughing and I said to her, I’m going to write

went to this two-week summer camp and I thought

one of those books and she said, actually, you should,

it was the best thing in the whole world. I came

because she really didn’t want to write sports’ books

back and I wrote an article and I mailed it to the

anymore. She was moving into writing young adult

magazine. Then I got the rejection letter from them

novels. Then I thought of an idea from an old past

saying they couldn’t use it. I ran upstairs crying and

story of mine when I was a rower. I had a friend who

my mom asked what was wrong. I said, nothing,

had type one diabetes and nobody knew about it.

because I had sort of secretly done it.

I’d just make it about a hockey player and make her a boy. I sent in the first chapter and a synopsis and I

So I always liked reading and writing, but then I got

got this call and it was like, we really want your book

into athletics and I didn’t think of that part of my life.

and I thought, oh gosh, I haven’t written it yet! I had

It was something that I never really figured I would

never done that before. All of a sudden I had to write

ever do. A lot of writers will say, oh, I knew right

it, and she wanted it ASAP.

away I wanted to be a writer right from the time I was little. I teach a lot of writing courses to kids and

I literally turned the book out in fourteen days. It was

I can see that there are kids in there that want to be

crazy, but I finished it, sent it in and they published

writers. If someone asked me what I wanted to be, I

it. I worked well with the editor. She’s brilliant. We

would say that I wanted to be an athlete.

really connected, so I just kept pitching ideas to her and I started a career in children’s writing. I’ve never

I got into it when my children were really little. I

looked back because I absolutely love it. I love being

remembered how much I loved writing as a child

able to encourage literacy amongst kids.

and how I used to write lots of stories. So it was almost like a full circle for me.

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Nicholson * CARTER

Lorna Schultz Nicholson has published picture books, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, YA fiction, and adult hockey nonfiction. Her books have been nominated for many Canadian awards.

The Joey Moss Story

She loves visiting schools to talk to students about reading and writing. Joey Moss was an inspiration to her. She is so happy she

fashion show! Learn more about Lorna at

Alice Carter is an illustrator, animal lover, and dream chaser. Over the years, she

Joey Moss loved making people feel good.

has worked as a puppeteer, an art teacher, and a caregiver for orphaned baboons. Alice loves sharing her imagination, and believes in the power of a great story. Alice has illustrated many picture books, including the

Joey Moss first became known to many Canadians because of his work with the NHL Edmonton Oilers team. Joey loved connecting with people. Whether he was singing “O Canada” on a jumbotron screen at a hockey game, welcoming a new friend with a playful wrestling match, or dancing on a runway for a charity fashion show, Joey loved making people feel good. But his impact and influence started long before he joined the Oilers.


Pierre & Paul series, Angus All Aglow, and My Puppy Patch, which was short-listed for


got to dance with him to “La Bamba” onstage for the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society

the Jean Throop Book Award. Alice lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her favourite humans, a magical old cat, and a very goofy puppy. Good Morning, Sunshine! The Joey Moss Story is her eighth picture book. Alice loved learning about Joey Moss, and is honoured to help tell his story. Visit Alice’s imagination at or on Instagram @alicecarterillustration.

The inspiring true story of Joey Moss, a champion for all to have an opportunity to live a full, purposeful life, comes alive in this heartwarming picture book for young readers.

Joey was born with Down syndrome at a time when many children like him were institutionalized. Instead Joey lived at home, surrounded by his supportive family, who were determined that he should receive the same opportunities as others. From this loving environment grew a caring, energetic man who went on to show the world that people like him could do many things and contribute greatly to society.


Lorna Schultz Nicholson Illustrated by Alice Carter

Manufactured in the United States. TM

Jacket illustrations © 2022 Alice Carter

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Joey Moss has left an important legacy in

but she took the book and my words and she found

Edmonton. Let’s talk about your new book, Good

Joey. She did a fantastic job with the illustrations

Morning Sunshine.

and I’m very excited.

I am so excited about this book. When Joey passed


away, I thought, Lorna, you’re the children’s writer. You’re the one who can write this book. I really

Lorna is giving back to the community through

believe in story. I really believe that stories need to

her literary success. Her young adult novel, When

be told and I really believe that stories told in book

You Least Expect It, just won the R. Ross Annett

format last a long time. They go to shelves and they

Award from the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. From the

sit on shelves. Kids ten years from now can pull it

award, she is creating a scholarship for a female

off a shelf and read it. Somebody that’s born with

rowing athlete through the St. Catherine’s Writing

Down syndrome can be active in the community

Club, honouring where she grew up and where she

and I really wanted to get that across. I approached

started her rowing career.

my agent first and asked, what do you think about this? She said, it’s a great idea but you need support

She will also be giving a portion of her royalties

from the family, and I agreed.

from Good Morning Sunshine to the Joey Moss Literacy Centre for Excellence in Edmonton.

Joey’s eldest sister and I got into this great conversation. I said, Pattie, I really want to write this


book; I think it will be a beautiful story. A book is that treasure that a parent can read to a child or a child can read. I just felt that it was important that we got this story out there and I felt that I was the vehicle because I was a children’s writer. So, two and two went together and the family was brilliant. They helped me out so much and they all read it before it went to press. I’m honoured that I was able to write this book. I’m absolutely ecstatic about the illustrator. Illustrations are really critical to a book and Alice Carter is 50% of this. I wrote it, I did the research and I know Joey,

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A Lakeside Vacation Worthy of Royalty

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Take a step back into an age of sophistication without sacrificing those modern comforts. The Eldorado Resort pays homage to its aristocratic roots while also offering all the amenities and sensibilities one would expect from a resort in the modern age.

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on the gorgeous Okanagan Lake,

an ongoing mission of the resort, they’ve taken

the Eldorado Resort is steeped in a

on quite a few initiatives in-house and work with

sense of old-world luxury. With a long and dramatic

the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s

history, the resort wears its history well, without

Biosphere program to put on events such as

accidentally appearing out of date. Spanning the

cleaning up waterways, Earth Day, and Bike to Work

waterfront, it is the perfect place to relax in between


days spent boating or exploring the wineries of the “Our resort is Green Key certified and the measures

Okanagan Valley.

we have taken include switching all our lights The resort recently opened a new restaurant,

to LED, offering EV charging stations, removing

located on the Manteo side of the resort, which is

plastic straws and stirrers from our restaurants,

designed to whisk you away from the Okanagan

using seasonal regional foods whenever available,

to the shores of the Mediterranean: Maestro’s at

and providing labelled bins for mixed recycling and


refundables throughout the property, just to name a few,” Sarah said.

“Driven by the cuisine of Valencia, Genoa, Split, and Nice, featuring sea-inspired dishes, local vegetables,

For all its modern luxuries, the Eldorado is proud

with a generous usage of oils, spices, and grains,

of its aristocratic, yet salacious, past. Stretching all

their unique dishes make up the vibrant space

the way back to 1926, the resort was founded by

that is Maestro's. The terrace is just a stone’s throw

an English woman, Countess Bubna who, by the

from the lake and is the place to be on a sunny day,

standards of the time, was a scandalous individual.

cocktail in hand!” said Sarah Bradshaw, Creative “After 7 years of marriage, she was divorced, turning

Design Manager of the Eldorado Resort.

the Countess into a social outcast for it was during a When you’re ready to come in from a long day on

time when divorce was quite uncommon. She was

the water, the health and wellness team at Eldorado

already accustomed to controversy however, as her

offers everything from deep tissue massages to

mother was the mistress of the supremely wealthy

facials, scrubs, and mani-pedis. For all of their

Duke of Sutherland. After the Duke passed away,

services, they use Eminence Organic Skin Care

the Countess’s mother inherited a sizable fortune.

products, a sustainable brand which formulates all

In 1926, Countess Bubna built a Victorian-style Inn in

their products with natural ingredients. Sarah adds

Kelowna’s Mission area at 4519 Eldorado Road called

that they chose this brand as they want their clients

the Eldorado Arms. The Inn became a popular and

to be assured that they are getting the best quality

sophisticated social spot for locals and visitors alike,


hosting many celebrations and weddings over the years,” explained Sarah.

As demonstrated in their products of choice for their spa treatments, they value sustainability. As


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The Modern Home Must Have While trends in home accents come and go, there are certain styles that have become enduring. And one, in particular, has become a must-have for the modern day smart home: automated shades.

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Trends in interior design are ever-changing and it is Luis Caceres’ job as the owner of Expressions at Home to keep up. In his ever adapting showroom, you will find enduring styles and up-to-the-minute offerings in shades, drapes, and wall coverings, like bold patterns and minimalist hardware. However, automated shade systems have become a must-have for style and convenience. “We’re trained in automated shades, specifically Powerview Pro. This is the automated shade operating system that Hunter Douglas uses to install these systems that are hard-wired and can be integrated into third-party automation systems. This is more elaborate than a simple motorized shade,” Luis explains. As many new homes come prebuilt with smart home systems, Luis suggested having a motorized shade system built into your home during the construction phase to avoid having to do any renovations. That way everything from your lighting, heating, security system, and window coverings can be programmed from one smart hub. For those who are renovating, or adding shades to their current home, there are rechargeable power options for those who can’t tie the system into their electrical.

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“This really goes to show the convenience aspect of

design elements but keeping the existing window

what is available now for window treatments. Most

coverings like those dusty rose aluminum blinds. It’s

of these new homes have multiple windows in one

not going to work.”

area and at a push of a button, you could have them all raised up, or all closed. Further to that, you could

Expressions at Home is not just a destination

even program them to operate at a certain time

for window shades, they also carry a gallery of

during the day. It’s just so convenient.”

wallcoverings and drapes for you to freshen up your space. Whether you want something soft and natural,

When refreshing a space, window coverings can often

or bold and eclectic, Luis ensures he has it all available.

get left out of the equation. The primary focus is often

For those who prefer a custom touch, there are options

on the walls, the floors, cabinetry, and then finally

for you too.

the finishing touches of updated furniture to match the new look of your home. This is one of the biggest

“We’ve been seeing a lot of requests for custom

mistakes Luis sees in home renovations. No matter

murals lately. In fact, we can take any high-resolution

how elevated your space is, outdated or mismatched

image and put it on your wall; even pictures of your

window coverings will always diminish the overall

fur babies.”

look. When done right, the selection of your window covering system is almost a once-in-a-lifetime choice. “A mistake I see customers make is taking the effort


to update the interiors by changing all the other

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Nestled among estate homes and mature trees, a true gem has made its appearance on the Edmonton housing market. Easily living up to the expectations for a home in one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city, it’s not hard to imagine what a privilege it will be to be able to call this house home.

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not every day a home like this comes on the market. In gorgeous Glenora,

the homes are typically passed down, upkept and updated, and rarely see the day when a For Sale sign is staked into its manicured front lawn. Calm, walkable, but with the bustle of downtown only minutes away, it’s not hard to imagine what a privilege it is to be the team that gets to help match this magnificent home with its new owners. “It’s always noteworthy, especially in the real estate world, when something comes up in Glenora. Most agents would take it into consideration as they probably have clients who are highly invested in moving to this area,” said Matthew Labas, a managing partner and realtor at Black Label Property Group.

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The home opens up to a grand foyer, featuring a custom teardrop staircase. It’s open to the floors above, which give it incredible height and brightness. Walking straight through, you come upon an addition to the home: a vaulted great room.

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“They reconstructed their outdoor patio into a stunning sunroom, dining and living room space. It allows so much light to come in and it’s easily the most popular and most talked about amenity when people see the house.”

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Built in 2009 by the current owners, light is abundant throughout the house, as there are windows and skylights wherever possible. Not only is it immaculately kept, but it was also constructed with thought and intention. “The home is an award-winning property. The homeowners were meticulous about its construction and anything that needed to be fixed or addressed was addressed immediately, with no expense spared. It’s got a sense of home and welcoming but it’s also grand.”

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The home is not just a delight on the inside, the current homeowners also invested in the outdoor spaces as well. The well-designed and well-groomed backyard makes for a great space to enjoy your morning coffee or host gatherings with friends. “You have flagstone walkways, intentional shrubbery and greenery throughout. It’s very tranquil and garden-esque. When you come outdoors, you have these wonderful sliding doors that open into the yard. It’s unexpected for being this close to the downtown core to have a beautiful outdoor space like that.” The home is a true masterpiece of the craftsman's style and this home boasts amazing curb appeal. The oversized front veranda is a wonderful spot to spend time, especially during summer evenings. Matthew says that the current owners are often found out front, chatting with neighbours whenever he arrives. Though the current owners have put plenty of time and money into developing their dream home, they are eager to see it bring joy to a new generation of homeowners. With 4,286 sq. ft of living space, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it’s a great family home. “These homeowners adore their property and they’re most excited by the idea of a young family taking it from them and really growing into their own.” WWW.BLACKLABELPROPERTYGROUP.COM

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Imagine Monet Something Old - Impressionism. Something New - Immersive.

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photo or video could ever quite capture the

Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, in collaboration

intensity and grandness of the magical

with Art Historian Androula Michaël are the creative

immersive exhibition genre. A portfolio journey of

masterminds behind Imagine Monet. Mauger is one

endless environments in moving light and colour set

of the pioneers of immersive exhibitions and has been

to soundtrack, is an experience one will never forget.

developing the original concept of Image Totale© for 20 years. In 2008, she created the first immersive

The first immersive exhibition was created in 1977

exhibition on Vincent Van Gogh at Cathédrale

by the French photographer and filmmaker, Albert


Plécy. Plécy transformed the abandoned underground quarries of Baux-de-Provence into Cathédrale

Mauger explains that she wanted to create an


exhibition on the Father of Impressionism, Claude Monet, who is also considered the precursor of

Plécy copyrighted this innovative audiovisual

the immersive image, because the Impressionist

technique as Image Totale©. His aim was to transform

movement had the will to step out of the "frame" in

the passive viewer, seated in an armchair staring at

order to create an infinite image.

images on a screen, to that of an active spectator, immersed in a reality of enlarged images where viewers can engage and walk inside the scene.

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Over a century and a half ago, Claude Monet was born. Historians consider the Impressionist movement as a key transition to Modernism. Monet brought vibrancy to his artworks by not following traditional painting methods, adding a range of tones to his shadows, and preparing canvases with light coloured primers instead of the traditional dark ones that were being used in landscape paintings. And of course, there is his revolutionary technique, using brighter colours without placing them directly on the canvas, but instead, by making small touches of paint, which gives an illusion effect. Mauger goes on to explain that the finest example of her desire to create Imagine Monet was Claude Monet’s Water Lilies at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris. The paintings were installed in 1927 shortly after his death and are 17 meters long, placed directly on the wall, thus creating an unlimited space. Mauger wanted to create a complete retrospective of Monet’s work with three essential chapters for this exhibition, starting with Impression, soleil levant (1872) and ending with his infamous Water Lilies. She explains, “On the one hand, the paintings of Monet in his first environment (his garden, his family, his friends). Secondly, his work on light, characterized by what is called in art history the “series" (the Stations, the Millstones, the Poplars and the famous Cathedrals). Finally, a third part is devoted to Giverny (the famous water lilies) and which represents a large part of his work." The exhibition features more than 200 paintings created by Claude Monet. Mauger is looking forward to 2023 which will be the 50th anniversary of Picasso's death as she is working on the Imagine Picasso exhibition which will travel worldwide. Imagine Monet runs until September 2 at the Edmonton Expo Center. WWW.IMAGINE-MONET.COM

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