Dote Magazine Issue 1

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D OT E MAG AZINE . a well-styled and meaningful life issue one

fall 2014








The journey of a family from what was, is, and will be

A SOUP AND BREAD THANKSGIVING Revisiting the basics of gratitude

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MARKET COLLECTIVE :: HEATHER BUCHANAN Mystical, Magical, Majorly Amazing










Creating a warm and refreshing entrance into your home needs to start with a glimpse into your heart

A simple event recipe for a well-styled gathering

This one’s for you

creators and co-founders













































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and welcome to Dote Magazine!

It is a joy and delight for us, with help from so many local contributors and collaborators, to bring you our first issue of Dote Magazine. We started pursuing this project in 2013 with the hope to create something new for Calgary that highlights what so many of us are looking for and appreciate about this city. We have such an inspiring community of local artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and professionals and it is our goal to show our readers what Calgary has to offer and bring our creative community to light. Our mantra over the last year has been “attainable”. There are so many magazines out there that you can flip through, see some interesting things, and say, “well, that’s not something I could do.” We want to bring you, not just a magazine, but a handbook full of helpful hints and inspiring yet realistic ideas to help you live a well-styled and meaningful life. Something happened over the years that made striving for beauty a faux pas and made putting a little extra effort into things, “trying too hard”. Well, we’re bringing beauty back and we’re not afraid to work hard at it. We want to see style in everything from your daily meals to your home décor, your interaction with your family and your community. With the help of our invaluable style editor, Alexandra Wig, and our special collection of talented Calgary photographers, we will show you that so many parts of daily life, with a little bit of extra care and attention, can be a source of beauty and style. Our goal isn’t to break news to Calgarians about what’s new, hip, and trendy, but to go deeper. Our city has a thirst for local talent and a wonderful heart for supporting each other. We want to tell these stories in the hope that they will inspire others. We are so blessed to be surrounded by a community of creative people that were interested in being a part of our vision and are grateful to everyone who contributed to what you’re reading today. We hope you enjoy Issue One of Dote Magazine. Love, Kate & Jenny

Is n 't i t s p l e n di d to th i nk o f a l l t h e t h i n g s t her e a r e to fi n d o u t ab o u t ? I t j u st ma kes me feel g l a d t o b e al i ve–i t' s su ch a n in t e r es t i n g w or l d. It wo ul dn' t be h al f s o i n t er esti n g i f we kn ew a l l a b o u t e ver yth i ng, wo ul d it ? Th e r e' d be no sco p e fo r im a g i n a t i o n then , wo ul d th er e? - A n n e of Green Ga bles , L u c y M aud Mont gomery

A Styled Home

Welcome Home Written and styled by Erica Cook Photographed by Shannon Yau

Creating a warm and refreshing entrance into your home needs to start with a glimpse into your heart

How fitting to write an article about the art of welcoming one in to your home as we welcome you in to ours. The foyer, or entrance of today’s home, has had an interesting history. The word foyer is of French origin, meaning “the place where the fire is kept”. Traditionally, regardless of the size of the space, this area would house the home’s largest hearth. Today, in the common home, we’re likely to find a space with some standing room and a closet. It’s often one of the last addressed areas in a home, overlooked in favour of living rooms and kitchens; however, this space is truly one of the most important in your home for many reasons and should be decorated as such. The foyer not only welcomes anyone who enters your home, but it indicates to them how you live and who you are. It also functions as a powerful welcome to the homeowner. We often overlook this detail, but having a home to walk into and feel immediately at ease in is a comfort we should all experience daily. This has no bearing on the size of the space, whether you rent or own, etc. It’s entirely about the feeling one can create with a few key pieces. It’s an area where we want to strike a balance. We don’t want to reveal too much about ourselves to the outside world, but at the same time we want to have enough meaningful elements that we are immediately reminded of the things we love. For instance, in my own home, I keep some favourite trip mementos on the console by my front door. To anyone else they look like a bowl and a tray, functional and pretty, but to me, they signify two great trips and they trigger that memory daily.


The entrance area that we redesigned for the pages of Dote Magazine was in the lovely home of Mike and Kate Klassen, (co-founder and Creative Director of Dote Magazine) that has a repetition of fresh greens, peaches, and blues. We brought that palette into the front hall with the use of some stacked books, each of which has some sentimental value. We also layered in some glass, art from a family craft day, and an oversized striped area rug. A new mirror not only provides a spot to do a last minute look over as we run out the door, but it also serves as a way to help bounce around natural light and visually opens the space. These are all small prompts with regards to what one will find in the rest of this delightful home. They are easily applied to any entrance and are a lovely way you too can dote on yourself.

8 tips for a wellstyled entrance:

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A mirror is a functional addition as it will visually enlarge any space and reflect light.

Meaningful accessories trigger memories and are the elements that bring soul to your home.

A tray or bowl to catch keys, pocket change, and mail will keep things tidy.

Keep a waste paper bin for recycling discarded mail and flyers so that they don’t pile up on the front table.

A lamp on a timer is a nice touch on dark winter evenings.

If space allows, a seat for ease of shoe removal can help eliminate disorder and chaos.

Plants breathe life into a space and fresh flowers impart a pleasant scent.

An area rug will prevent slipping and ground the space. Horizontal stripes will widen a foyer and vertical will draw the eye in.

Painting by Kate (homeowner) of Uh Oh My Deer Fig tree from Lowes Basket from Ikea

“Black Spruce Study” triangle print by Amy Victoria Wakefield of North Birch Grove Mirror from Bouclair Home

Succulent garden from Plant Terrariums Cactus garden from The Home Depot Pot painted by Kate’s daughter, Emma Table from Bouclair Home

Rug from HomeSense

Stools from Target Ceramic pineapple from HomeSense Blue glass bowls from The SAIT Art Sale

Driftwood mobiles made by Kate and Emma


H o s t i ng a t Ho m e A simple event recipe for a well-styled gathering Written and prop styled by Alexandra Wig Photographed by Blair Inkster

Too often I default to meeting friends or clients at coffee shops and restaurants. Someone else to pull the espresso, someone else to manage the playlist, someone else to clear the dishes. I grew up in a house always full of guests, and as an advocate for throwing parties, large and small, I find myself wondering why I’m sometimes prone to migrate towards spaces away from home. Opening your home is exposing a glimpse into your private dwelling and offering an intimate look inside your world. Perhaps there is a certain apprehension that comes with that reality. I glance now at dust on the blinds, baseboards that need to be installed, and a succulent that hasn’t seen water in weeks. Most houses bear similar, insignificant blemishes, but ideally, a happy home is a place of refuge, of relaxation, and of rest. These are things I feel when I’m here in my home, surrounded by my little family, in the physical place we call ours. Why hesitate to experience that haven with others? Being welcomed into a house, sharing food and conversation, and enjoying a new experience together, there’s nothing better. Well-thought-out details and the creation of an inviting atmosphere is all it takes to host a memorable assembly of friends. Let’s get back to the beauty of hosting at home. Through these words and images, I hope to re-ignite some interest in holding a thoughtful, yet simple gathering in your household. With our well-styled event recipe, you will have the tools necessary to pull together a relaxed, mid-morning coffee table book exchange.

Function The function of a gathering is all about the goal, the purpose, or the activity to be shared. This particular cozy get-together includes an offering of bagels, quality coffee, and pretty books. Most surfaces in my home are stacked high with beautiful hardcover coffee table books boasting incredible imagery perfect for inspiration and decorating. Have each guest bring along a few favourites and do a temporary exchange to enhance each other’s collections. Be sure to include a label inside your prized hardcovers to ensure that you can switch back at a later date.

+ Form Form encompasses the theme, the aesthetic, the dÊcor, and the details. We decided on a warm and simple look for this party. White ceramic dishware, seasonal pops of coral and orange, and a simple floral arrangement to add life to the vignette. We opted for some hearty little blooms from a local farmers’ market stand, but make things even easier and simply forage from your yard. We also used the actual coffee table books for levels and display purposes. To ease into hosting, keep in mind wellstyled does not need to be fussy. Start with a clear vision and use what you already have.

+ Food A gathering is never complete without the sharing of food and beverage. For the sake of simplifying your to-do list, opt for store bought but meaningful goods for this particular event. We sourced eats and sips from our favourite local bagel stand and neighbourhood coffee shop. Assorted toasted bagels, cream cheese, and a press of coffee are all it takes. A menu of simplicity at its finest, and just as thoughtful and delicious as homemade treats.

To help you get started Our top local picks for bagels + coffee Wayne’s Bagels, Calgary Farmers’ Market Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Printable label Visit for a free printable template for your own “From the library of…” labels.

The perfect playlist We suggest soft, energizing tunes for this kind of midmorning party. We’ve been relaxing to Songza’s Coffee Shop Sway.

The Fine Art of Pastry Written by Nadine Dzisiak Photographed by Genevieve Renee Prop Styled by Alexandra Wig

For some, food goes beyond nourishment and sustenance. Food is an art form, an expression of oneself, an outlet for creativity. Not all artists have the fortune of basing their career off of their art form, but when your art form consists of little morsels of delight, beautiful sculptures made of butter and sugar, and chemistry experiments that end up in little miracles, it’s not hard to believe that a pastry artist could have a successful business in a booming city.

Vicki Manness is a young entrepreneur with a vintage passion for pastry arts. Through her business, Pretty Sweet, she markets hand-made baked goods. “My ‘thing’ is taking old recipes, usually from my Grandma, and modernizing them,” says Vicki. “I have an old soul in a modern world, so I try and mimic that through my baking. After all, who doesn’t love a good dainty or square?” Who indeed! Vicki started Pretty Sweet in 2007 making cupcakes and cakes for people she knew and before long she was getting other customer orders as well as bulk orders from a local ice cream shop, Village Ice Cream. “I started out selling privately, making things at home, and then I found out about a great local artist and artisan market in Calgary called, Market Collective,” explains Vicki. “I started selling my baking there and it was received really well. Market Collective helped me get my name out there. I now rent a commercial space to bake, but I still sell privately and deliver right to clients’ doors.” Vicki knew at a young age that she wanted to be a chef. Ever since she can remember, she loved to wander around the kitchen and watch what her mother was whipping up. “Both of my grandmothers and my mom are masters in the kitchen, so I’ve been around good food since I was born.” Her love of cooking and trying out recipes stayed with her and influenced her direction in education. It was the baking portion of her culinary arts program at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) that hooked her. “I realized I was meant to bake. As soon as I graduated from culinary arts, I enrolled in the baking and pastry arts program, and it just felt so natural to me.” She honed her skills by working in restaurants and bakeries throughout the city to gain the most experience she could. Vicki says that she always knew that she would have a business of her own; she was always coming up with new concepts for restaurants. But when she fell in love with baking, she knew it was the right career path for her.

I’ll make something and then I’ll think, ”maybe I should put some caramel in this”, and then everyone is happy. She spends a lot of time experimenting with recipes, learning from mistakes when experimenting, and tweaking her brand to make it better. “I’m always thinking of my brand. My sister, Kate, is an amazing artist and graphic designer. My brand would definitely not be what it is today without her.” There is more than thinking about brand and trying recipes in being a success in the pastry business. “As a pastry chef, you have to have a good palate, time management, common sense, and passion,” says Vicki. “Passion isn’t really a skill, but it’s an integral part of this business. I can be baking from 6:00 a.m. to midnight one day, go to bed, and then go back for more the next day – it’s something that’s ingrained in you.” For Vicki, the creative process of making desserts is one of her favourite parts. Once she has a bit of background about the event, the people, and the story they are trying to tell, “then the process really begins and the wheels start turning.” She loves to work with colour in her dessert creations, but she also likes things to be natural. “A touch of colour,” says Vicki, “can make something that was good, amazing.” The chemistry of baking and the creativity of being a chef go hand in hand for Vicki. “For me, the knowledge I have from both gives me the edge that I need. In baking, it is believed that everything must be measured to the gram and you shouldn’t go off-recipe, but that’s not me. The chef in me wants to throw in a bit of this and a lot of that. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, but I might just create a masterpiece.” Flavour is a major factor in her creations, of course. “I work with every flavour imaginable,” she says, “but I’m a sucker for caramel. I like to sneak caramel into everything. What isn’t better with caramel? I’ll make something and then I’ll think, ‘maybe I should put some caramel in this’, and then everyone is happy.”

And her instinct about caramel has proven to be correct. Her numberone top seller? “I make a chocolate cake with a salted caramel frosting and salted caramel sauce draped over it. It’s just so visually appealing. I’ll post a photo and people will call me immediately saying, “What is that? I need that.” Presentation is also part of the creation, and Vicki gives her temptations that extra allure by dressing them just right. “A lot more goes into an itty-bitty pastry than someone might think,” confirms Vicki. Colour, flavour, and presentation are all necessary in this business making the creative process that much more gratifying for the chef and customer alike. Vicki loves being a pastry chef and business owner because she can express herself through her baking. “I have had a lot of creative freedom in most of the bakeries I’ve worked for, but you’re always a little limited when it’s not your own company. Now I have the freedom to experiment with anything I desire – I can keep creating and learning and never reach any sort of limit.” Balancing creativity with generic market demand can sometimes be a challenge. As a business owner, no one can afford to ignore what the customer wants, but there can be a cost to that, too. “I need to set some sort of line that I won’t cross to keep me in check with my original vision. I think that my brand is unique, and I try to make most of what I create unique. How else can I set myself apart from what’s already out there? If I’m compromising the integrity of my brand, it’s not worth it to me.”

I can create something with a few simple ingredients and it can turn into a piece of art.

What is Vicki’s advice for someone interested in becoming a pastry arts chef and/or a business owner? Success comes with time. “You have to truly want it and love it,” affirms Vicki. “If you don’t, you won’t last. I’ve seen so many people leave this industry because they don’t want icing in their hair all the time, they want normal working hours, they don’t want to be on their feet all day, etc. To last in this business, you have to have a passion for it, simple as that. My philosophy with baking and business is to always be the best I can be and to never stop improving.” The personal rewards of doing a job you love cannot be given a price. As Vicki says, “I can create something with a few simple ingredients and it can turn into a piece of art. I think that’s pretty sweet.”


Your Dream Job

HE Y C REAT I VE B USINESS O WNER S! This one’s for you Written by Andrea Strand Photographed by Blair Inkster

I never felt an interest to go the “normal route” in life. You know, the one where you get a nine to five job, get up at 6:30 every day to fight traffic or take transit downtown. The kind of life where you enjoy your passions in your free time on Saturdays and Sundays. For me it’s always been different. Creativity must be part of my career. It’s not just because I like it, it’s because I need it. Without it, I would never feel satisfied. The thing is, I’m not the only one. There are so many other creative Calgarians (and beyond) choosing to go this route. It’s so incredible that we are living in a time where this lifestyle is really accessible in a way it never has been before. And although it can sometimes be a hard path to choose, it definitely is a fulfilling one. My story isn’t unique. I know lots of people that have felt like they just don’t fit into the mainstream nine to five sort of life, nor are they interested in it. In the past few years on my own journey, I have watched not only the local creative community grow but the online creative community, as well. And what used to be a small outsider community only a mere five years ago has now become a billion dollar industry! It’s to the point where we can’t really deny that there is a movement going on. A shift in the economy where we’re supporting smaller businesses that make or produce things themselves more than the bigger corporations, whenever possible. And it’s really exciting to think that this shift is just getting started. During my own incredible journey (which I have shared on the Dote Magazine website,, a new passion started coming together for me, something I knew I’d be amazing at. A little over a year ago I started The Dream Job Shop. The Dream Job Shop is a community focused on helping and promoting the indie lifestyle to anyone that wants to be part of it. I teach business tips and strategies and feature inspiring people around the globe doing what they love to do.

Marketing for Makers My job here at Dote Magazine is to write about business for creatives. Luckily, that’s what I do, so this should be easy right? For each issue, I’m going to focus on one key topic that relates to being a creative business owner. For this first issue, I thought I’d kick it off with a bang and get straight to the root of most creative small business owners’ struggles; marketing. Yes, my friends, it’s a topic that can sometimes be neglected, and if I’ve learned anything about working with artists and designers in business, it’s this: You know your craft, and you do it well. Being creative comes naturally to you and making products to sell isn’t the problem. Figuring out how to market and promote yourself effectively, on the other hand, that’s a whole different story.

How to Market to Your Friends I have always felt that the word “marketing” is like a mysterious secret that everyone else knows about. Marketing and selling go hand in hand. You can’t sell your products if no one knows about them, obvi. So what is marketing? I could tell you a fancy business

definition of what that means, but it would be no different than me giving you a math problem to solve, not my thing. (If Johnny is riding on train A and it’s going 200 km an hour and Susie is on train B going 150 km an hour… remember those?) So instead, let’s look at it this way. Think of your customers like your friends. How would you talk to your friends about your products? How would you tell them about what you’re doing in your business? You’d probably be a lot more light hearted in your tone, and it would probably feel a lot less stressful. When you have a new product, you take a photo, write a short blurb saying, “Hey! Check it out!” and then move on not worrying too much about it. In today’s Internet world, we are seeking connections with other businesses that feel authentic. Don’t you love finding the Instagram account of a favourite business of yours so you can see the behind-the-scenes of what they’re about? Of course you do. I do too! If you want to build a relationship with your customers, you need to turn them into friends. You can do that by allowing them a peek into your life and a look at the behind-the-scenes of your business.

Here are the three biggest ways that you can market your products to your customers (ahem, I mean friends). Focus on these, and you’ll be good to go:


Social Media:

Just like what we talked about above, you need to hang out with friends online. How do you do this? By creating a relationship with them and having an ongoing dialogue. These days, in order to make enough of an impact, you have to do it daily. I post to my social media accounts Monday-Saturday, twice each day. I take Sundays off. For most of us, when it comes to social media, we’re flying by the seat of our pants. As soon as we come up with something, we post it. We’re not really planning ahead. I’ve tried doing it that way, but it’s hard to stay consistent. So, I now make an editorial calendar for my accounts. I plan promotions and other things I want to share about my business ahead of time and I even auto-schedule them. Then, I sprinkle in personal photos and links to give it a personal touch. The key to social media is consistency. Make a plan for how often you’ll post, then stick to your plan. Tell yourself that if you don’t stick to it, the whole world will die!


Mailing list and newsletters: Do you have a newsletter yet? If you don’t, you

need to start one. Why? It’s one of the only methods you have to contact your customers directly. You don’t own your list of contacts in your social media accounts, and you only have about three seconds to capture their attention in a newsfeed, but a newsletter is a special experience you can give to your customers. The beauty is that when they open your newsletter, it’s just you and them–no other distractions. And you get a lot longer than three seconds to capture their attention. Now, imagine if you created a bi-weekly newsletter, full of behindthe-scenes photos, new product shots, and special sales–that’s a powerful way to connect with your customers that you won’t get from a three-second glimpse at your newsfeed. If you’re not sure how to start one, try, then share the mailing list form link on your social media to get people to sign up. You’ll also want to have a sign-up form at markets and other events. This is a great way to build your mailing list.


Partnering with other businesses:

What if you found some business owners doing cool things that complimented your products, and then you partnered up? For example, if you’re a jewelry designer, partner with a handbag designer, then, cross promote each other in a contest. The winner will receive a product from each of you. First, you promote it on your social media accounts and then through your newsletter. You will both be growing your followers (or friends as we’ve been calling them) and you won’t feel the fear of competition, either. Now, what if you did that once a month with different partners? Imagine how many new followers you could have by the end of the year. Like, a lot!

So there you have it, three incredibly powerful ways to market your products. Now, here comes the hardest part… actually doing them. I can tell you this stuff and you can say to yourself, “Hey that’s a great idea and I already knew that I needed to do those things,” but are you doing these things consistently, and do you have a plan to help you stay on track? Well, it just so happens that I’ve created a handy worksheet on the following page for you to get your ideas together. Complete the sheet and you will have officially created your marketing plan! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about marketing and how easy it really can be. Just remember, treat everyone like your friend and you’ll be surprised at how much of an impact that can truly make. Here’s to making new friends! Lots and lots of ‘em.


D OT E M AG AZINE’S Marketing plan worksheet for your creative business soc ia l me dia how often i’ll post : what i’ll post about :

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3 . pa r tn e r ships potential partners : 1. 2. 3. 4. what we’ll promote together :

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Small Business Spotlight

A Vintage Love Like This Written by Kait Kucy Photographed by Blair Inkster

Making coup les’ sp eci a l d ay m or e b eautiful, o n e vintag e p iece at a tim e , Bre Tem osh awsky is r ed efinin g what p re -lo ve d m eans. Spending an afternoon with Bre Temoshawsky is more like sitting down with a member of royalty who also happens to know a thing or two about working in a wood-shop. Her collection of beautiful vintage furniture makes you feel like you are visiting an exquisite Parisian bakeshop, while her knowledge on furniture restoration and band-saws is something to be awed by. As owner and Creative Director of VintageLoved Event Rentals, this woman is constantly on the move and dreaming up her next big project. VintageLoved originally started off as a custom and reclaimed furniture shop, where Bre would take found items and fabulous vintage pieces and breathe beautiful new life into them. However, pretty quickly into her little operation she realized how hard it was to part with these works of art that she had literally poured so much of her heart and soul into.

“When I was a little girl, I always followed my dad and grandpa around with my little pink tool belt. So, I always thought that would lead to furniture design and interior design. When I started the restoration business, I realized that I didn’t want to lose the creative control over each piece. Creating pieces specifically for clients was hard for me,” Bre shares. “The idea of giving it all away broke my heart. VintageLoved Event Rentals came to be and it is the perfect place for me.” Instead of giving it up all together, she knew that she couldn’t keep all of these beautiful furniture pieces completely to herself and had to think of a plan B, which resulted in VintageLoved Event Rentals. The perfect solution to her dilemma; she could keep those pieces she painstakingly reupholstered and restored but others would still get to rejoice in their beauty at weddings and other special events. Since then, the business has taken off for Bre. “So far, I have been part of a couple of styled shoots which has been quite nice. I have some weddings booked for this year, which is really exciting. I am hoping with more quantities of items, like farm tables that can seat up to 100 people, we can expand to more corporate events, as well. I love working on weddings and collaborating with really talented people like Pink & Honey Event Styling and Blair Marie Photography. I am definitely looking to expand more into that,” says Bre excitedly as she starts working on some sketches while we chat. While VintageLoved is still her creative side project as she works fulltime in human resources, Bre attributes her time working on the business as her creative outlet, allowing her to indulge her girlie side and collaborate with some really inspiring people who are also in the wedding industry. She says that time will tell if she ends up taking on VintageLoved full time. When I met with Bre, I was so impressed as she started whipping up a fresh new project in her studio. Between sketches and power tools, we got to talking about her creative process a bit and how she finds inspiration on the daily. “It is definitely a creative relief from daily life. Traveling around is pretty inspiring for me, as well. There is a flea market tour trip you can take for two weeks that I am dying to do – everyone rents a storage container together and ships all the goods back to Canada. Seriously, a dream trip,” she says. “I am looking to start adding a bit more to my website and sharing bits of things that really inspire me, like architecture. Winnipeg really inspires me – the buildings are just beautiful there. Beyond her stunning selection of vintage rental pieces,

this entrepreneurial talent also offers up custom and handmade items for your special day, like chalk menus and reclaimed wood signage. This girl thinks of everything, so combing through the collection on her website can be much like searching on Pinterest for “pretty things”. You’ll basically want everything you lay your eyes on thanks to Bre’s perfected eye for design. As wedding season extends well past the fall into winter now, I am sure we’ll all start seeing Bre’s creations out

and about at the next wedding or holiday soirée. As for Bre herself – what is next? “I am definitely hoping to continue working with other creatives and professionals in weddings and events. It is an exciting time for me.” YOU CAN FIND BRE ON INSTAGRAM @VINTAGELOVED AND CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE VINTAGELOVED.COM TO SEE HER BEAUTIFUL SELECTION OF RENTAL PIECES.

A Man With a Passion

TH E R O C K N ’ ROL L B AR B ER Written by Ryan Gartner Photographed by Blair Inkster

In a city where time is money, there are few places built and groomed just for a man

A place for a guy to sit down and relax, let his guard down, turn off the act, be himself, and just be a man. Life has become a parade float of sorts: smiling, waving, keeping up our appearances, keeping up with the Joneses. We are constantly forced to portray an ideal image of ourselves, our careers, and our families. We live in a pageant culture, and for men, our role has become demanding yet blurry, and there are few places to escape to. Once upon a time there existed a place where men could be men, a place to take refuge and escape from the day-to-day grind, a place where there was no prerequisite to be anyone or anything: no work, no bills, no wives or girlfriends, no expectations or judgment. Peace. Freedom. Crude jokes and smoke would fill the air, as well as conversations, debates, and grumblings about sports, politics, farming, and work life. I’m not referring to a garage or nightclub, strip joint or country club. No, I’m talking about the barbershop. On the corner of 7th Street and 12th Avenue S.W. you’ll find a little spot that is bringing that classic barbershop vibe and culture back: Corbett’s Rock n’ Roll Barbershop. It’s small, humble, and tucked away in the back room of a salon, but what the man behind the name has created with his space and his talent to deliver one bad-ass haircut is speaking volumes as loud as the music he has been pumping out from behind a drum kit as a pro musician for the last 26 years. Corbett Frasz has been a professional drummer since the age of 17. He’s been the man behind the kit for such bands as Corb Lund, The Road Hammers, and countless others. He has gained success in the music industry that many musicians dream of but never find. The Juno Awards and magazine covers that he now uses as shop décor will testify to that. So what would drive a successful musician to trade his drumsticks for clippers and a comb? I made my way to Corbett’s shop for a cut and to find out how he ended up here, and why bringing back that old school environment is so important to him. Corbett grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. He remembers spending his summers hanging out in a barbershop that was run by a friend of his grandfather. “It was my first playboy magazine, some of my first dirty jokes. It was some of my first involvement around men who were not my family, just grown men, anywhere from teenagers to old farmers. They would just hang out in this place. I remember there was a pool table and they would smoke cigars and cigarettes. It was a place where only men went, and I remember as a young boy really digging that.”

The barbershop environment and his experiences there were enticing to a young Corbett, but any interest in hair at that time was non-existent. “It resonated with me at a young age, but at the time I didn’t really give a shit about hair, especially men’s hair.” Corbett did, however, grow up to develop a passion for playing drums and making music. Like most hot-blooded teens in the early to mid 80s, Corbett was bitten by the heavy metal bug, but it was the music played around the house during his childhood that would eventually make its way into Corbett’s playing. “I had a big influence from my dad and mom. They were all hippies and they would play tons of Motown music, and that’s kind of what I grew up with. As a young teenager I was totally into metal, Iron Maiden and all that stuff. But when I started playing and learning how to drum, I really had that aptitude of the swing and shuffle from listening to those guys play that stuff for years”. By the time Corbett hit high school he was making $200 a weekend playing drums for a country swing band. “The only reason I was playing with these guys was because I was my dad’s son. My dad was a great drummer and a great all-around musician, so that’s the only reason these guys would give me the time of day. I was just this long-haired little punk that wasn’t very good. So I would go into these Legions and play this western swing and country shuffle, and I didn’t have a clue how to do it.” It was a great steel guitar player who sat and played alongside Corbett who would really help shape his playing and understanding of country drumming, which, unknown to Corbett at the time, would play a big role in his success as a musician in the coming years. “He sat beside me every weekend for two years and said, ‘Don’t do that,’ or if I played something right he’d say, ‘That right there, that’s what you do in this song.’ In the scheme of my whole musical career, that was the best music lesson I ever got, and the whole time he was doing that, I thought he was a complete dick.”

Corbett’s talent and knack for the swing and shuffle would take him all over the world and in 2004 landed himself a gig as drummer for one of Canada’s most successful country bands, The Road Hammers. By 2009, Corbett found himself living in Nashville, Tennessee where the idea to start a barbershop was something he thought could be pretty cool. The seed, however, was planted earlier on in his career. “I was touring music and touring around the world having failures and some success, and over that time I dated two girls, one for a long period of time who was a pretty successful hair stylist, and that was my first exposure to the hair industry.” Corbett had caught a glimpse of the creativity and freedom, which in many ways paralleled many aspects of the music industry. “She was, you know, a pretty rad looking chick for the time. She could look the way she wanted and it was a good form of creativity. It was entrepreneurial in the sense that you could dictate the business. So, then I lived in Nashville for a few years where barbering was becoming popular again. I started building hot rods, getting into old Harley`s, getting into the Americana, and the barbershops and tattoo thing really came along with it. I always thought, man, if I ever get out of music full time I`d like to learn how to be a barber and open up a kick-ass barbershop.” I imagine, like many of us, Corbett was imagining a hypothetical, “wouldn`t it be cool if…” kind of scenario, not realizing he would soon be in a position to make a real decision on what direction he might take in his career. “So, I was living in Nashville full time, and we were coming to the end of our ride. The business was done, I was going through a separation with my wife, I had essentially run out of money, and I really missed Canada. It was the height of the foreclosure debacle in the States and things were really tough, really bad, and I was just like, you know… f*#% it. I wanted to come back to Canada and start over. Unfortunately, being in Canada, even with all those doors open and all the success I had, coming back just to play music again would have been a serious hustle, and I was pretty tired at that point. Not tired of playing but tired of the hustle. You know, when you do that kind of stuff there are a lot of variables out of your control that really dictate the outcome of any scenario. I just wanted to regain some control again.” In a recent interview with Conan O`Brien, Jack White posed the question, “What good can come from comfort?” The answer is… not a whole lot. Who has ever had the desire to make change or take a risk while sitting in a real cozy spot in life? Instead we have our “wouldn’t it be cool if…” conversations without really ever giving them a second thought. But something beautiful can happen in the midst of a difficult road or trial in life. Instead of imagining “what if” we are forced to ask “what now?”. We have to make real life decisions that affect real change, and in many cases

result in positive new direction in life. This was the case for Corbett. He packed his bags, headed north, and began working towards his Red Seal as a hairstylist. “When I told people in hair school I wanted to be a barber, they were like ‘pfft… whatever’. Literally, all through hair school I maybe used my clippers ten times. The idea was that clippers were for people who don’t know how to use scissors. When I finished all that stuff and was a licensed hairstylist, so to speak, I was like, now I want to be a barber. The tapers, military cuts, fades, and pompadours, stuff I like to do, I wasn’t taught as a hairstylist. So I had to re-learn how to be a barber and take barbering courses. That’s when I realized the clippers that were held in such low regard in school were actually an art form in itself. Once you master the clippers, that’s when you really work towards becoming a barber. “I came up with the environment when I was at Marvel College, which is surrounded by all these oil and gas companies. I remember in school all these six- or sevenfigure CEO guys coming in, getting crappy haircuts from students just because they didn’t want to spend the time. They were too busy. But, you know, they’ll go eat wings with their buddies or go to a pub to watch a hockey game or watch a band. I was like, why don’t I create an environment that’s fun, that people will enjoy? “I feel like in Calgary I’m the first. I’m the originator. Sit down, have a beer in an old school environment. You’re

sitting in a ninety-year-old barber chair getting a modern version of a classic haircut in a place that celebrates men’s appearance and being a man in general. Had I done this five or ten years ago, this might not be the case, but now you have in Hollywood, movies [or TV shows] like Lawless, or Boardwalk Empire, or even Mad Men to a certain degree. All of a sudden there’s, like, this hip thing. It’s cool to get a good haircut and look good and feel good without, you know, getting your nails done and getting a twenty-minute head massage and being surrounded by women: where guys can go and be guys. Because no matter what the scenario, when men are around women, especially attractive women, they change. You breathe differently, your pupils dilate differently, you suck in your gut, you get self-conscious about a bald spot, or you’ve been working too hard and you’re dirty or sweaty or whatever. None of that stuff matters in a barbershop. We’re just here, being dudes, talking about cool shit and just enjoying our time. As Corbett made his final touches on my hair I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted to hang just a little longer, maybe a lot longer. There is something about the freedom you find in a spot like this. It’s like time stands still for thirty minutes and you know once you hit the exit, real life is going to hit you right in the face. Corbett has hopes of expanding the shop to a place of its own with more space to hang out and lounge, more vibe. More cool. For now, however, it’s one chair and business is booming, which means it’s time for me to bounce. Besides, my hair looks too damn good to hide from the world.

Market Collective

H e a t h e r B u ch a n a n Mystical, Ma gical, and Majorly Amazing Written by Angel Guerra Photographed by Blair Inkster

Heather Buchanan is somewhat of a mystical creature who was first introduced to Market Collective in 2009. From the minute she joined the roster of artists, we knew there was something special about her. She had a type of magic about her that was captivating, quirky, endearing, and funny all wrapped up into one. Over the years it has been an absolute pleasure to watch her grow as an artist and as a person. I had the chance to sit down with Heather to hear a bit about her life, her view on art, and why she has chosen to pursue the type of work that she has. Angel: Why don’t we start at the beginning, since a lot of your work seems to have beautiful childlike motifs. Tell us a little about your life as a kid? Heather: I feel like as a kid I was just a more amplified version of myself now. Clumsier, more awkward, more painfully shy, more addicted to drawing, and more wildly imaginative. I was an odd little dreamer, always making up stories and running around trying to fly. I made a whole neighbourhood from Lego, complete with a hair salon and hardware store. As a grown-up, I’ve really been trying to reconnect with that endless well of imagination that we all used to have access to. Angel: What are some of the pop culture icons that have shaped your life and work over the years? Heather: Pop culture sort of accidentally stumbled into my work. In 2012, I had the marvelously naive goal to paint a portrait every single day. I had been really wanting to improve my portrait painting skills, so I dedicated hours every day to practice. After a few months, poaching Facebook profile photos from friends got old. So I started painting people I admired, like Dory Previn, Françoise Hardy, Miranda July, Steve Martin, and Bill Murray. I knew my friends would like that first Bill Murray painting, but I didn’t anticipate how excited people would be about it. It was fun.

I saw Moonrise Kingdom right after that, and the way Wes Anderson developed characters through colours and clothing and every tiny detail was such an inspiration. I painted eight characters from that movie, studying how a button or badge or whisp of hair helps to visually construct personality and a personal narrative. So, really, it was just my desire to practice portraiture that led to pop culture icons inhabiting so much of my work. Painting Wes Anderson characters is especially delightful because Wes enthusiasts have a very unique and beautiful passion for his movies. It’s so much fun to share in that. I’m really interested in the way that we use pop culture to define us and connect to each other. When you meet someone who loves the same movies or bands as you, there’s an immediate bond. I get to experience that all the time. When someone relates to a character I’ve painted, and then looks at me, their eyes say “we know something about each other.” It’s an instant connection, and I love getting to share that with people. So, even though I once felt like painting actors was a bit of a gimmick, I can now honestly say that it’s some of the loveliest and most meaningful work I could do. Knowing that when I make, say, a greeting card with Dr. Venkman on it, I’m letting that same moment of connection and understanding happen between two other people. I really can’t say how much I love getting to do that. Angel: Over the years, how have you used your work to connect with your community? Heather: I honestly don’t do enough right now to connect with my community. I have a tendency to be a bit of a hermit, and just make paintings on my own instead of getting involved with all of the incredibly inspiring people and amazing projects happening in the city. But I’ve been trying to get out and do more. It’s wonderful to be building a little network of creative friends. Signing up for Market Collective was probably the best thing I’ve done. It’s wonderful to sell on Etsy and ship packages all over the world, but it’s unbelievably incredible to be face-to-face with someone buying my work and to get to smile and share stories and let them know how grateful I am. Angel: What does a typical day in the life look like?

Heather: Some days I just paint all day. I wake up, pour myself some black coffee, and start painting. On those days I usually don’t stop until the middle of the night, except for snacks and bathroom breaks. I’m not as good at that as I used to be, though. Sixteen-hour days take their toll, no matter how much you love what you’re doing. Nowadays, even when I have a deadline, I’ll try to fit in a run by the river, or going for nachos with a friend. I’m really trying to have more balance in my life. It’s also amazing how much business management there is to do. When you hear the word “artist”, you might not picture someone updating their quarterly expenses or developing strategies for inventory management. But when you’re a onewoman show, you’ve got to learn everything you can about running a business. It would be wonderful to hire someone to handle that side of things so that I can just focus on painting, but I’m a long way from that. Besides, sometimes I need a break from painting, and developing marketing plans can be fun. Angel: Anything upcoming year?





Heather: I have a few collaborations in the works that I’m really excited about. I’m trying to find a balance between my celebrity paintings and my more personal paintings, so I’m hoping to work with a few people I admire who will let me photograph them myself. I’m also trying to reintegrate some elements of surrealist imagery back into my work. I’m not sure what form this will take yet, but my first few attempts have been a lot of fun.


I’ve been making lots of very silly illustrations, too, based on bad puns and little jokes. It’s nice to break up a day of work by using some different mediums, so getting more into drawing and watercolour is good for me. I tend to have more ideas than time, but I’m pretty good at picking an idea and focusing on it for long enough to develop it. YOU CAN FOLLOW HEATHER ON INSTAGRAM @HEATHERBUCHANAN AND CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE AT HEATHERBUCHANAN.CA.

A So ng B i r d F l i es Home Written by Kait Kucy Photographed by Blair Inkster

Calgary native, singer/songwriter Lindsay Kupser, returns home from Boston to spread the love of community, art, and music.

Lindsay Kupser leads an inspiring path in life. The 22 year old is not only an accomplished vocalist and composer, but she is also one of those incredible people who just knows how to bring a community together. Getting to know her, I was absolutely amazed to see such a vibrant and thoughtful soul doing such big things. She recently returned to her hometown of Calgary from Boston where she graduated from Berklee College of Music. Studying jazz for the past four years, she also delved into the worlds of contemporary and free jazz and writing lyrics to instrumental music. Her reason for returning? She came up with a great idea last December that would bring artists of all mediums together for one amazing night.

“I was thinking back to my high school days when I was going to open mics every other night with my mom, staying up so late on school nights just to play two songs and to try to get my music out there in some way. I remember feeling a little limited in the sense that I couldn’t ever perform anywhere other than a bar or coffee shop, and that’s part of starting out and paying your dues, but I couldn’t help but long for something a bit more special sometimes. So, it started out as me wanting to find young Calgarian musicians who were sort of in that same situation–just starting out, not a huge fan base, unable to book better venues–and give them an outlet,” Lindsay shares. As it turned out, many of the young musicians that she had envisioned were, in fact, already playing some pretty great venues, so the project became less about her providing assistance to them and more about serious collaboration. Interested in collaborating with all kinds of artists, Lindsay decided to bring visual artists into the picture creating an ultimate night of arts and community – aka Lindsay Kupser and Friends: A Celebration of Calgarian Musicians and Artists. The night at the Leacock Theatre featured five musical acts, one spoken word artist, five visual artists, and Lindsay and her band. “It was very far outside of my comfort zone for me to reach out to all of these musicians and artists who I, for the most part, didn’t know. I was pretty nervous that they were all just going to, kind of, ignore me or not take me seriously, especially because I’m this random girl who lives in Boston who no one in Calgary has really heard of for about four years,” says Lindsay of the big night. “Luckily, everyone was absolutely incredible, both as people and as musicians. Something just clicked and everyone was so open and humble, and I think everyone felt like it was a really special evening. We’re all genuinely friends now!” When Lindsay isn’t busy with her non-stop musical schedule, she loves to indulge in her podcast addiction that is apparently “starting to take over her life”. “I love the idea of being able to listen to insightful or sad or beautiful or funny stories and to learn more about human nature through other people’s experiences while I’m on the train or walking to the grocery store. What a great way to spend time that could otherwise be thought of as wasted! This American Life is a biggie for me, but I’m also very much into The Moth, Risk, RadioLab, Death, Sex, and Money, and The Memory Palace,” Lindsay shares. With recommendations like that, how could you not load up your smartphone for a year’s worth of podcasts. A true Dote girl, Lindsay also loves to cook and spends a lot of time in the kitchen trying to master new recipes and taking cooking classes. While mastering the French macaron is her current goal, this multi-faceted talent is planning on taking art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see how visual arts affects her music.

It is so inspiring to see such an incredible and creative mind on the loose, with no fear of exploring new avenues and mediums. As if all of her side projects weren’t enough, she is also hoping to do a short East Coast tour this fall and record another EP; “It will be quieter acoustic music, I think, really raw and intimate and a little less ‘perfect’ than my last album, and I’d like to do all of the recording myself and release it early next year,” Lindsay adds. As she heads off into the sunset with all of her amazing

plans and goals, I ask one more pertinent question: What’s it like following your dreams as a vocalist and a composer? “I was a really shy kid and I’m still a pretty reserved person, but I have always felt like I’m the truest and best version of myself when I’m on stage. It’s addictive.” CHECK OUT LINDSAY ON INSTAGRAM @LINDSKUPS AND TAKE A LOOK AT HER WEBSITE, LINDSAYKUPSER.COM. YOU CAN ALSO HAVE A LISTEN TO HER EP ON ITUNES.

Giving Back

Th e B e a u t y o f G i vi ng B a ck Written by Amanda Howard Photographed by Blair Inkster

Yo u g o to v olu nteer to hel p s omeone but real l y the y e nd up hel pi ng you. Mari l y n h e l pe d me sho w how to l ove, how to c h al le ng e m y sel f, and how to grow. Sometimes the idea of volunteering seems unattainable. Spending just a few hours a week can seem like too much in such a busy lifestyle. With the limited time so many of us have in a day, it’s hard to think that we could give some of that time for the benefit of another person. But maybe giving back can add as much to your life as the person you are giving to. Growing up, Jennifer Jette, an artist and aspiring hair stylist, was taught by her parents that giving back was part of who we are and how important it is to share a portion of something greater than ourselves. Jennifer took her parents’ words of inspiration and became a volunteer. She joined the Friendship Club seven years ago feeling shy, nervous, and unsure of what laid before her. She had never volunteered in the past and this was something completely new, but using her parents as inspiration, Jennifer went for it. The Friendship Club, an organization that is run out of the Riverpark Christian Reform Church in Marda Loop, has been going strong for 25 years and specializes in one-on-one interaction with adults with physical or cognitive disabilities. The Friendship Club was developed to provide a community for those with disabilities in the area, faith based or not. Once a week the completely volunteer-run program sets up arts and crafts, dances, and bible studies for those who have expressed interest. The program runs from May to September every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Friendship Club is where Jennifer was partnered with Marilyn. Marilyn was a 65-year-old woman with Down Syndrome who loved dancing, listening to music, and attending her Toast Master’s club. From this point Jennifer decided she could do this; she drummed up the courage and committed to volunteer weekly with Marilyn. Marilyn and Jennifer became close; she grew to be part of her everyday life, getting to know Jennifer’s family and friends. “No matter how I was feeling, I would

show up on Thursday and see Marilyn and I would automatically feel at home,” says Jennifer. Not only did Marilyn become part of Jennifer ’s family but she helped her shape into the person she is today. “You go to volunteer to help someone but really they end up helping you. Marilyn helped me show how to love, how to challenge myself, and how to grow.” Marilyn and Jennifer continued to work together every Thursday, under the Friendship Club’s motto, “Go with God, and take care of each other,” and that they did. Marilyn helped Jennifer come out of her shell, becoming a more confident woman, while Jennifer gave Marilyn someone to care for. Having the opportunity to be part of something so special touched Jennifer in many different ways, the passion radiating from her pores. When Marilyn passed away in early July, Jennifer felt crushed but only spoke of the remarkable things Marilyn did. You could feel the love between the two of them, a love that isn’t easily found. “So many people are scared to volunteer, especially with those who have disabilities, they are just like you and me, you can just go in and talk to them like any other person,” Jennifer states, believing that if she didn’t just go for it she would never have had any of these experiences. Jennifer, now a co-leader of the Friendship Club, believes that volunteering only two hours a week has completely shaped who she is today and has been “really lucky” to be involved in something so special. “You must like people and you must want to make friends” says Jennifer, as the only requirements to volunteer at the club. Following these rules Jennifer manages 30 other volunteers whom have all had their own experiences that have brought a small bit of beauty into their lives and the lives of others.

The Friendship Club currently has a large waitlist of adults who want to be matched with volunteers, as keeping to the one-on-one format is important to the organization. If you are interested in adding beauty into your life through volunteering, email or call 403243-2244 for more details on how you can help.

A Happy Family

WHAT DOES FAMILY MEAN TO YOU? The rea l l y g o o d thin g abo u t fam i lie s i s t ha t t hey a re never t he sa me. Fa mi l i es a re a l l di f ferent- y ou ca n eve n ha ve p eo pl e in y o u r fam i l y t hat a ren’ t a c tua l l y your fa mi l y a nd t ha t i s rea l l y n ice. Th e s pec i a l i s t thi n g i n t h e wo r ld i s h ow y o u r fa mi l y l oves you a nd you l ove t hem even i f t hey are bein g cra z y–yo u s ti l l l ove t h em . S o m et im e s I acc i denta l l y do somet hi ng ba d a nd my fa mi l y st i l l l oves m e. Tha t’s w ha t fa m i l y m e an s . - Do n ald , 8 'Fa mi l y' g o e s b eyon d t h e t it l e o f m ot h e r , fat her, brot her a nd si ster. It i s a si ngl e word t ha t enc ompasses a l l tha t I c o ul d eve r n e e d . E ve r y t hin g e ls e i s just l i p st i c k. - S a nc i a Fa mi l y m e a ns tha t no m at te r what , y o u ’ re i n i t toget her. It mea ns t ha t no ma t ter how many tim es you m a y a rg ue wit h y o u r pare nt s , s i s te r s , or brot her s, deep dow n you st i l l ha ve unc ondi t i on al love for th em , a n d i f a ny o n e t r ie s to s te p o n any of t hem, you’l l be t he f i r st to sta nd up a nd defen d th em . I t mea ns tha t yo u n eve r l et t h em s tan d a l one. Fa mi l y to me i s somet hi ng st ronger t ha n love- it’s a bon d tha t’s unb re akabl e . L ove , loyalt y , resp ec t , t rust , somet hi ng t ha t w i l l a l wa ys be t here for y ou throug h thi c k a n d t hin . - U lo n i, 11 For me , fa m i l y s i gn if ie s u n wave r in g love , af f i rma t i on, a nd c omfor t . T hey' re t he p eop l e w ho m ake a hous e a ho m e . - Jan a Fa mi l y m e a n s b e in g t h e re fo r y o u no m at ter w ha t , know i ng you ha ve someone a t t he end o f th e da y to sha re i t w i th . Pe o pl e wh o wo n 't j u d ge y ou a nd a re t here to sup p or t you. K now i ng you ha ve peopl e a t hom e w h o l ove y o u m o re t h e n any t hing a nd wa l k i ng i n t he door a nd seei ng t hei r fa c es. It’s th e s ma l l thi ng s p e o p l e take fo r gr ante d . an d hugs a nd k i sses a t t he end of t he da y, of c our se. - Li sa Fri end s hi p - Ave r y , 8 I l i k e to p l a y w i th my fam i l y . - S o phie , 5 L ots o f l ove ! - Ma d d ie , 3 I l ove yo u, yo u’re s o s we et . - Colin , 4 H a ppi ne s s a nd l ove - B i ll y , 6 I l i ke my fa m i l y, I l ove my fam i l y . - M e gan , 6 M om, d a d , a nd b i g s q u i s hy h u gs . - S pe n ce r, 3 Fa mi l y m e a ns tha t y o u take care o f e ach ot her. - Al ysha , 9 To m e , fa m i l y m e an s love an d s m i l e s a nd ever ybody b e i ng to g ethe r a n d happin e s s an d j u s t ever y t hi ng ni c e. - Emma , 9 Fa mi l y a n d ti m e wit h fam i l y i s s acre d . I t 's comfor t , wa rmt h, uncon d i ti o na l l ove, be ll y l au gh s , an d h o n est tea r s a l l rol l ed i nto o n e . - S a r a h Fa mi l y m e a n s tha t y o u live wit h pe o pl e and you get to sp end t i me w i th t hem . - Ma d dy , 7

The Ne w F a mi l y P ho t o Written and photographed by Amy Chapman Photography is ever growing and changing. What was once a standardized profession has been challenged tremendously. The boundaries have been stretched and photographers have to move with the current or be left behind. Lucky for us, it is moving in a wonderful way, a more creative way. Family photography is getting personal. It’s about time, right? The game has changed; family photographers want to paint a picture, to tell a story, and to evoke the love that you have for each other into a lasting and cherished memory. Photographers today have quite a task on our hands, winding the tiny threads of information you give us into a beautiful image, our focus being the storytelling aspect of the session, choosing a meaningful location, styling the session, and creating a comfortable and relaxed environment for you and your family to just be. But how do we do this, you ask? We actually want to know about your family. What makes you, you? We want to know the dynamics of your relationship, your likes, dislikes, hopes, and dreams. We want to know that you love to be barefoot because it reminds you of running through a field at your childhood home. We want to know that your daughter has to have her bear with her at all times because it was a gift from Daddy. And how you only bake with one pie recipe because it’s what your grandmother used. These things may seem trivial but when pieced together they are tiny windows into your heart.

We want to know how you fell in love with your partner. Maybe you were listening to them sing or watching them run a race. Or maybe it was that tattoo artists’ passion that spoke to your soul and captured your heart. It’s all relevant. Photography is no longer simply about the resulting image. It’s about the emotion, that raw human emotion that comes from knowing intimate family details, which in turn allows your photographer to create a resulting image that is uniquely you. Yes, we’ve come a long way from “say, cheese!” I had the pleasure of meeting the Gartner family for a family photo shoot. With this sweet trio, we had a get-together to meet and discuss the session. I found out a bit about them: his love for music, her love of all things vintage, and the love of their beautiful daughter.

This family has deep-rooted faith, an aspect we chose to focus on and wanted the location we selected to reflect. We found a quaint country church south of Calgary; its quiet charm was perfect. Once I set up, I let the shoot evolve naturally. The bright light streaming in through the church windows, cool temperature, and love in the room that was almost tangible allowed me to work easily and capture moments natural to the Gartner’s. The photos are striking, intense, and almost moody. This is a prime example of how sharing your story, finding the perfect location, and details of your daily interactions can affect the feel of the session. Giving your photographer the opportunity to create images for you to cherish for years to come. How do you get the family photos you have always wanted? I have a few suggestions.

5 T ip s f o r g e t ti ng th e mo st o u t of yo u r p h o to sessi o n s

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Be Realistic About Pinterest I can’t stress this enough: photos on Pinterest are the best of each photographer’s portfolio, they are not the average or everyday. You will set your expectations too high if you want every shot to be exactly like the ones on your board. It is great to use it for inspiration or research purposes but not as a forum to replicate exact images. And we won’t get into the copyright issues.

Wardrobe Wear clothes that represent your family. Everyone occasionally gets sucked in on the trendy train—I’m guilty of this myself. I promise you, you will love your photos and the time spent making them if you feel and look like your true self.

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The Right Photographer Choose a photographer that consistently produces the feel and style of work that you are after. If you are looking to have a specific look or feel to your photos, make sure you do your research to find a photographer that fits the bill in the majority of their portfolio.

It’s All in the Details Tell your photographer as much about your family as you can think of to help your photographer really connect and understand your family as a unit. This will help let their creativity flow as they think about and style your session.

Let it Go! TRUST your photographer. You are hiring them for their creativity. Give them space to do so. Share as much information about your family as you think will help them get to know you. Pick a really meaningful location together, wear outfits you love and that you feel comfortable moving around in, and then leave the rest up to your photographer. The reason you love their work is because they are in their work. Let them create and capture the beautiful story for you.

Th e Tr a d i ti o n o f Tr a d i ti o n The journey of a family from what was, and is, and will be Written by Stephanie Gladysz Photographed by Sarah Vaughan Prop styled by Alexandra Wig

t r a · d i· tio n [t ruh - dis h -uh n ] , nount h e hand ing down of s tatements , be l i ef s, le g e nd s, cus toms , i nf ormati on , et c. , from g e nerati on to generati on , e s pe c ially b y word of mouth or by practi ce. Stemming from five generations back, in the historic country of Poland in Eastern Europe to the city life of a family in Western Canada, there’s a family who’s striving to preserve their heritage. Interestingly it doesn’t involve fancy, state-of-the-art technology or the latest app. It’s founded in flour and water, some potatoes and cheese, around a Christmas tree, with lots of laughter and reminiscing. A family tradition is like a well-worn but welcoming quilt. Enveloping, warm, and comforting. Cocoon yourself in tradition and see what transpires. Whether a tradition is lived out in the family room or kitchen, you’re creating a museum of memories for your loved ones. That’s exactly what the Pitura/Manness family has done for five generations, touching on two continents and involving hundreds, perhaps thousands of doughy little morsels. Yes, it’s the humble, but mighty perogy. This family has built a Christmas tradition around the perogy, the staple of every good Polish kitchen. It began with Clara Pitura’s mother who was an avid perogy maker. Clara says she had no desire to learn this Polish culinary dish, but there came a point in her life when she had to step into the kitchen to learn on her own. She mastered cheese and potato perogies as well as the always-delightful saskatoon and blueberry ones that came out of her loving kitchen for her family. “I had to ask my sister for a lot of the recipes because I didn’t do much of the cooking. I helped with the baking, but not with the other stuff. My mom was 56 when she passed away. And all of a sudden I was the only girl because my four sisters were out of the house,” she says. “I was just 19 at that time. And that’s the way it was.”

Clara recalls tradition. She reminisces about the times she and her husband went out to the lake where there was a family cottage. They would always go at berry-picking time so she could make saskatoon berry perogies because they were a family favourite. Her father liked the prune ones, which she lovingly admits, no one else liked, but she always made them for her dad. The blend of cottage cheese and sauerkraut was the perogy of choice. She reflects, “The oddest thing was my mom always made her own cottage cheese. We had lots of milk and she’d let it sour then put it on the stove over low heat and it would form curds. She would drain it in a cotton bag and she would get a nice cheese.” Clara explains there’s deeper meaning to making perogies. “Well, it’s something I grew up with and I always had. It makes me really happy to see my grandchildren and great grandchild getting together to make perogies.” Togetherness. That’s what it’s all about. Each year just before Christmas, Clara’s daughter, Cheryl, gathers her three daughters, Jenny, Vicki, and Kate, along with Kate’s daughter, Emma, to make a large batch of perogies using their Granny Clara’s recipe. Their culinary efforts are served to the family on Christmas Eve. When Cheryl looks back at being a young girl growing up, she remembers most holidays having a traditional Polish theme. All of her grandparents emigrated from Poland in their early twenties. Each set of grandparents met in Winnipeg and married, with both couples finding their way into the countryside south of Winnipeg to farm in neighbouring communities. Cheryl recalls watching her mother make perogies many times, so when she had her own little family, she wanted to keep some of those traditions alive. “With a recipe ‘certified’ by my mother as ‘good’, I made my first batch. I tasted and adjusted the fillings as I went along until I had the taste that was embedded in my memory,” says Cheryl. And thus, a tradition was passed on to a third generation. One December, Cheryl’s adult daughters headed to the kitchen, caught the vision of the perogy tradition, and that year marked a new era for the Manness family. Cheryl emphasizes, “We continue with this tradition to this day, scheduling a day in December when we can gather to make perogies together. It still amazes me that my mother can produce a bowl full of steaming perogies in the blink of an eye! For her it’s an act of love. I think it’s this connection that my girls wanted to strengthen when they decided to make perogies themselves. It wasn’t the link to their Polish roots, but the link to their Granny and wonderful childhood memories they wanted to retain.”

As Jenny reflects on this perogy making tradition, she often uses the words: heritage, connect, and original. She believes it’s important to keep family traditions alive. “Traditions keep us connected as a family, and bringing in the nostalgic element of making things, such as perogies, like our Granny always made really helps keep us as close-knit as we are. Perogies to us are more than ‘just perogies’. I can buy them at the store or Polish deli, but nothing means more or tastes as a good as eating a homemade perogy from my Granny’s recipe, especially when we made them together as a family.” For Jenny, this tradition means getting together to make perogies every Christmas, which helps to develop skills, and learning to keep the recipes original and true to what they were when Granny and her mother made them. Jenny realizes the richness in family traditions. She knows that making perogies was a way of life, rather than a tradition, for her Granny. But now this Christmas perogy-making day keeps them connected to her and helps her live on in their lives and for the future generations. Although traditions are generally thought of as a nostalgic and loving look back in life, there’s vibrance in picturing an age-old tradition in one’s future. Jenny explains, “I have an urge to be able to make everything that my mom and Granny made for us growing up. I want to be able to make those things for my kids and grandkids, just like they did.” Enter Chef Vicki, the sister who became a chef because she always loved helping out in the kitchen. This culinary tradition is extra special to her. Vicki says it’s rewarding any time their whole family gathers together to make something. “It’s one of my favourite traditions as a family because both of our grandmothers and our mother are amazing in the kitchen and it made me very interested in it at an early age. I always wanted to help mom and see what she was doing. It’s great that I can now be more of a leader in the kitchen and help my mom more.”

p e· r o·g y [ p i - r oh - g ee ], no u n, pl u ra l pe· ro · gi e, p e· r o·g i e s . E a s te r n Eu ro pea n C o o k ery. A small dou g h e n ve l o p e f i l l ed w i t h ma shed po t a t o , me at, ch e e se, o r ve g e ta b l e s, c ri mped t o sea l t he ed g e and th e n b o i l e d o r fri ed, t y pi ca l l y serv ed with s o u r c r e a m o r o ni o ns.

Vicki describes herself as a very classic, comfort food type of person. “I’m partial to cheddar and potato perogies, but I try to come up with a new version every couple of years. We tend to stick to our roots most of the time, but one that stuck was a mushroom filling with caramelized onions and herbed cream cheese.” Keeping traditions alive, near, and meaningful are priority in the Manness family. It’s been obvious in each generation, and on each branch of the family.

k i n· shi p [ k in - s hip ] noun t he st a t e o r fa ct of bei ng o f k i n; fa m ily rel a t i o nshi p. Rel a t i o nshi p by na ture , qu a l i t i es, et c . ; a ffi n ity. As Christmas draws near and the perogy-making session is marked on the calendar, Kate, the eldest of the Manness sisters says she gets the sense of longtime family kinship. She loves knowing that she is using the same recipes and methods that her Granny used when she was learning from her mom. She says it just feels like part of who she is. Family traditions are very important to Kate, as she strives to live a deeper, more meaningful life. The idea of digging into her heritage makes her feel more connected to her past and helps to direct her path for the future. Kate and her husband Mike have a daughter, Emma. Kate describes her as a caring, sensitive, and creative nine year old. “My favourite part of the whole Christmas perogy tradition is the time we spend together as a family, pulling back to mind all of the memories of years past and relishing the memories and traditions that we are making for Emma and her future children.” Emma is a fifth generation perogy maker. Her mother says family is the single most important thing to Emma, who is right at the centre of whatever they do as a family. Emma has a raw and uncomplicated definition for the term family tradition. “Traditions are important things that get passed on to all generations so that they stay in the family,” says Emma.

“I love gluten free potato and cheese perogies. They are the best. Eating the perogies is my absolute favourite part of the day, but I also love the time that my family and I spend together. We are all so much fun.” If Emma were given the opportunity to start a new family tradition it would be a repeat of last year’s family event. Emma smiles, “Last year at Christmas time we went to the Nutcracker Ballet and then went skating. We acted out the ballet on ice–there was a bonfire and hot chocolate. I want that to be a tradition that I can do with my daughter some day.” Some day. Nostalgic. Connection. Memories. Meaningful. Favourite. Heritage. Roots. Age old. Reflection. These are the words that built the picket fence surrounding the tradition of tradition. There’s a warmth and comfort that swells from the heart of this family when they talk about their Christmas tradition. The Manness family has much to be thankful for as they gather together each Christmas. Cheryl, the woman positioned in the middle of this flow of generations puts it very well as she looks back, “I knew I had been successful when I looked around the dinner table at three cherubic faces with cheeks full of pillowy goodness.” All because of the cherished perogy? No, all because of the love this family has for one another, their heritage, and for the future of their family.

A S ou p a n d B r e a d T ha n ksgi vi ng Revisiting the basics of gratitude Written and prop styled by Alexandra Wig Photographed by Genevieve Renee

The freshness of a turning season, the shortening of days, the cooling of evenings. It’s autumn and it feels good. There is comfort in preparing to cozy up for the impending seasonal change, and this can only mean that Thanksgiving will quickly arrive. Thanksgiving is typically portrayed as a marker of plenty and a bounty of friends, of family, and of food. A road trip or quick flight to reconnect at home, familiar faces, Grandma’s pumpkin pie, board games at dusk, a crackling fire, cozy crocheted blankets, and leftover turkey sandwiches: Thanksgiving essentials, per se. But in the spirit of celebrating traditions, one must leave room for new ones to be formed in order to avoid idleness. An attitude of thankfulness is something that often needs a little revival in us all. When was the last time you were truly thankful for that hot cup of coffee every morning? Our daily routine, like yearly holidays, can often become redundant in their familiarity. Perhaps this year you’re ready for a refreshing twist on the usual turkey and family scene. Maybe it’s time to scale things back or simply switch them up for interest sake. The art of gathering to share nourishment and celebrate this season can present itself in many forms. Take soup and bread for instance: nothing breathes fall like soothing soup and hearty breads. The combinations are endless and the simplicity is charming. Not to say there isn’t merit to a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, but there’s something about a contemporary twist to revive the soul. If the heart of the matter is to relish in being thankful, then you’ve got the right approach.

An a t t i t u de o f gra t i t u de Compa r e n ot : Have you heard the saying; “comparison is the thief of joy”? A sentiment that could not be truer. With so many avenues to peer into the lives of others, it’s easy to get caught in a negative space of judgement: judgement of yourself in comparison to others. Perhaps this is a season to scale back the amount of time spent inspecting the doings of others, and focus on the richness in your own life. Contri but e much : When you focus your attention outwards, it leaves little energy to concentrate inwards and become consumed with your own needs and wants. Volunteer with an organization, babysit for a friend, or surprise a neighbour with baking. The simplest act of giving can have an overwhelming result of contentment in a heart. Be ki nd : We’ve learned since childhood to be kind to others, but do you ever stop and consider kindness to oneself? Whether this be patience with completing your to-do list, rewarding yourself for a small accomplishment, or forgiveness of slip-ups come and gone, it’s important to be gentle with yourself. Kindness and thankfulness go hand in hand. This Thanksgiving, stop to consider what it is about the holiday that makes it so special or so redundant. Maybe this time around you’ll break bread and sip soup with a community of friends and simply discuss being thankful. Because gratitude changes everything.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

He re ’ s what we d id Bring and Share With a community of contributors, a beautiful autumn dinner is easily achieved. Here’s some inspiration for how to delegate to your group of friends and family to create your own memorable, soup and bread thanksgiving supper.

The Signature Cocktail The Pimm’s and Spiced Pear Fizz

The Main Spread Roasted Beet Soup Mulligatawny Soup Turkey and Wild Rice Soup Local artisan breads with butter, choke cherry jelly, yellow pepper jelly, and spinach hummus Accompanied by mixed olives

The Dessert Charcuterie Honeycomb, white and dark chocolate, blood orange curd, petite meringues, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dried blueberries, dried figs, fresh passion fruit, pomegranate, kumquats, bosc pears

The Location A backyard green space, a rooftop patio, a covered deck

The Furniture Assorted chairs, throw pillows, blankets, collected dinnerware, vintage glassware

A special thanks to: Vintage furniture : Rus Vintage Floral design : Rebecca Dawn Flower Design Dessert components : Pretty Sweet, Chinook Honey, Bernard Callebaut, Blush Lane Hair and Makeup : The Studio By Jai Basi

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Vuln er a b i l i ty i s the bir th pla c e of l ove , b e lon gin g, j oy, c oura ge , e m path y, a nd c re a ti vi ty. I t is th e sourc e of hop e , empath y, a c c ounta b i l i ty, an d auth e nti c i ty. If w e w ant gr eater c l a ri ty i n ou r p u rpo se o r de e p e r a nd mo r e mean in gful spi ri tua l l i ve s , v u ln er abil i ty i s the p a th.


-Brené Brown

Written and reviewed by Morgan Chapman Book cover illustrations by Jill Mayer of Art + Alaxander


L ight Bet we e n O c e a ns by M . L S t e d m an

When newlyweds Tom and Isabel move out to the lighthouse on Janus Rock, off the coast of Australia, the World War 1 vet and his bold and hopeful wife adjust relatively seamlessly to the isolated life of a lighthouse keeper. When a boat washes on shore with a baby, their world begins to unravel. A beautifully written first novel from Australian author M.L. Stedman which will challenge your perceptions of right and wrong and all the grey in between and move you deeply.

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A nne o f Gr een Ga b l es b y Lucy Maud Mo ntgo mer y ( Puf f in in Bloom )

One of those books that you finish and then ponder what the world would be like if it was required reading for everyone – this book by researcher and thought leader Brené Brown will inspire, challenge, and change you. A roadmap for life for those who want to live wholeheartedly through embracing imperfection, vulnerability, and change in order to become your courageous, authentic self.

El e an o r & Park by R ai n bo w R o wel l

Whether it’s been a long time since you were wrapped up in the breathless dialogue and endearing quirkiness of Anne Shirley or you have never read this childhood classic, the beautiful Puffin in Bloom cover on this piece of Canadiana is sure to entice you into the world of Avonlea. The ambitious, imaginative, thoughtful, and spunky heroine is a delight to readers of all ages.

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A heartfelt and beautifully drawn story about the teenage experience of first love. This book is perfect for teenage readers, or for adults looking to relive the idealism and twitterpated feelings of young love. Red-haired Rainbow Rowell is an incredibly talented author to watch on the YA scene.

W il d b y Emi ly Hug hes

Every once in a while a picture book comes along that I know will capture both little and big readers alike. When I brought this one home from the library, I knew a few pages in that I would have to buy it to add to our collection. It’s one that we love more each time we read it. And the painterly illustrations are absolutely beautiful. If you loved Where the Wild Things Are, you will enjoy this one.


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The Inve n t io n of Win g s by S u e M o n k K i d d The newest novel from the acclaimed author of The Secret Life of Bees promises to be another great bookclub pick. The heavily researched book is an inside look into the life of true historical figure Sarah Grimké, who was a pioneer in the abolition and womens' rights movements. The story follows her and her maid as they boldly challenge the limits placed on them for their gender and colour in Charleston, SC in 1803.

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N o t T h at K ind o f Gir l b y Lena Dunha m

We can’t wait to dig into this collection of essays from the humourous, honest, and complex writer and star of HBO's Girls–Lena Dunham. Guaranteed to be a laugh-out-loud commentary on our culture. Coming September 30, 2014.

F lo ra an d Uly s s es by K at e DiCa mil l o

One of the most popular authors in my school library, Kate DiCamillo is a master at storytelling, and in her newest book, she takes on a hybrid graphic novel involving a superhero squirrel who is befriended by a comic book-obsessed little girl. Flora and Ulysses was the winner of the Newbery Award for 2014.

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Ea st o f Ed en b y Jo hn Ste i nbe ck

The Grapes of Wrath may have been required reading for you in high school, but if you stopped there with Steinbeck, we hope you will give him another try. This epic story of love, identity, and good and evil is set in the Salinas Valley in California and mirrors the biblical tale of Cain and Abel. It is a rich and layered work of art that definitely won’t put you to sleep.

Vir ginia Wo l f b y Kyo McLea r , I l l ustr a ted b y I sa b el l e A r sena ul t

We can’t resist a beautifully illustrated children’s book, and this one has a cover that draws you right in. When Vanessa’s sister, Virginia, wakes in a wolfish mood, Vanessa uses her artistic talent to cheer her up by creating an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry on the walls of their bedroom. This is a beautiful book collaboration from one of Canada’s most talented authors and an amazing French-Canadian artist.

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