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SUMMER DIY PARTY PLANNING

A NATUREINSPIRED HAVEN

SUN WORSHIP

How to plan and host a summer fĂŞte to remember

A stunning modern home celebrates its coastal surroundings

Welcome in the light with the addition of a sunroom


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JUL/AUG 2015

CONTENTS

34 Let’s Go! Get the Most Out of Your Summer No need to get away — the best of the season is right at your doorstep. BY ATHENA McKENZIE ON THE COVER

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IN FULL BLOOM From bold blossoms to delicate florals, summer’s fresh fashions draw inspiration from the garden. BY JANINE METCALFE

40 Throw the Perfect Outdoor Party Expert tips to make your gathering the event of the summer. BY DANIELLE POPE

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Sun Worship

Sunrooms welcome the light into your home year round — and can even boost your home’s value. BY ADRIENNE DYER


Bite me.

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HOME + GARDEN

8 EDITOR’S NOTE

28 OUTSTANDING HOMES

11 YAM LOVE

A modern haven showcases its stunning natural setting

Wearing white and luxury skincare

By Athena McKenzie

13 TOP OF MIND

50 LIVING SMART

Cool treats, textured and natureinspired décor, salt block cooking and modern beach blankets

A fresh take on traditional pub fare. Open daily 11:30 am till late.

Counter stools put style in the hot seat By Athena McKenzie

58 LAST PAGE Pack yellow for trendy travel

FASHION + BEAUTY 24 STYLE WATCH

FOOD + DRINK

Summer fashion in full bloom

18 GOOD EATS

By Janine Metcalfe

Elevate your summer salad By Shelora Sheldan

20 DIVINE DRINKS Summer wines are sunshine in a glass By Adem Tepedelen

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52 BEAUTY Illuminating beauty trends By Erin Bradley

54 JOE DANDY Decoding the mysteries of men’s hairstyles By David Alexander

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22 Robyn Burns of All Points West

ART + CULTURE 22 IN PERSON Robyn Burns, the new host of CBC’s All Points West By John Threlfall

56 BOOKMARKS Great picks for your summer reading list By Carolyn Camilleri

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EDITOR’S NOTE By Kerry Slavens

TRAVEL INTO YOUR OWN LIFE THIS SUMMER

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hen my friends who live in a charming country home invited my husband and me to house-sit for them this summer, we jumped at the chance. No traffic noises. No neighbour sounds. Just the songs of the birds and the wind combing through fir trees. “Now why would you leave your perfectly good home to live in someone else’s home just 20 minutes away?” another friend wondered. Why wouldn’t I? Writer Henry Miller said it well: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Was it any coincidence that Miller’s sometime-lover Anaïs Nin wrote, “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” No wonder these two writers were attracted to one another. The idea of living in my friends’ home for a while appeals to me, not so much as a vacation from my own home — which I actually like a great deal — but as a get-away from my habits. It’s been my lifelong experience that shifting my surroundings is a chance to explore other aspects of who I am, and to look at life in a new way. Science backs up the notion that when we don’t “One’s destination challenge ourselves to try new things, our brains get stuck in the rut of survival mode. The brain, is never a place, they’ve discovered, likes what’s familiar and seeks but a new way of to mitigate risk. But to grow as a person, to evolve our minds, we need to stimulate our brains to create seeing things.” new neurons. Speaking of trying new things, in this issue of YAM, we celebrate summer, particularly in the feature “Let’s Go!,” which entices readers to explore Victoria and the South Island the way a traveller might: with fresh eyes, on a quest for discovery. More and more people are opting for staycations, inspired in part by people like German filmmaker Sebastian Linda who believes we should always approach the world around us with the mindset of travel. “What if we try to live the way we travel, and go on a journey right in front of our door?” he asks in his film Travel Where You Live, in which he explores his home in Saxony. The film moved people, and it rocked the Twitterverse with its hashtag #TravelWhereYouLive. You can take that concept as macro or micro as you please. In fact, you don’t even really have to leave home. Try living in your house like a traveller for a day. Try living in your relationship like a traveller for a day. Try living in yourself like a traveller for a day. It’s remarkable how different everything looks when you are a traveller, an explorer. Nothing is taken for granted because nothing is yet known. In my friends’ home, the sights, sounds and scents are new. There are books on the shelves I’ve never read and there’s a small mountain to climb right outside the door. At the top of it is a tiny cabin where my friend goes to write. When I go there, I will write my own words, from a new perspective. ­­— Kerry E-mail me at kslavens@pageonepublishing.ca YAM is on Facebook and tweets @YAMmagazine


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Dolce Far Niente . . . Loosely translated meaning the "sweetness of doing nothing". Here we find our friend Brian, in perfect style, taking casual up a notch on the Maritimo S58, Dolce Far Niente. Navy blue Ted Baker button down polo shirt, Agave Oceanside Flex jeans in stone, and boat shoes from Swims.

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PUBLISHERS Lise Gyorkos, Georgina Camilleri EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kerry Slavens

CREATIVE AND TECHNICAL MANAGER Jeffrey Bosdet

PRODUCTION MANAGER Jennifer Kühtz

EDITORIAL DESIGNER Janice Hildybrant ASSOCIATE EDITOR Athena McKenzie CONTRIBUTING DESIGNER Jo-Ann Loro PROOFREADER Patrick Grace CONTRIBUTING WRITERS David Alexander, Erin Bradley, Carolyn Camilleri, Adrienne Dyer, David Lennam, Danielle Pope, Shelora Sheldan, Adem Tepedelen, John Threlfall CONTRIBUTING FASHION EDITOR Janine Metcalfe

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jeffrey Bosdet, Simon DesRochers, Derek Ford, Joshua Lawrence

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YAM LOVE

ENTER YAM’S PERFECT POOCH PHOTO CONTEST

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Readers always tell us how much they love seeing photos of Luba, YAM’s star French bulldog. Now it’s your turn to show off your pooch in YAM’s Perfect Pooch Photo Contest. First Prize is an exclusive photo session for you and your dog ($450 value) with YAM’s photographer Jeffrey Bosdet. Second Prize is a doggie bed filled with all the dog essentials from Bosley’s on Yates Street. For contest details, visit yammagazine.com. Entry deadline is Tuesday, July 21.

A touch of France

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YAM was on hand to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of L’Occitane En Provence’s new boutique in Mayfair Shopping Centre on June 12. (L to R) YAM publishers Lise Gyorkos and Georgina Camilleri; district manager Elodie Hernandez; store manager Ting Pien; YAM editor-in-chief Kerry Slavens; new store project manager Ana Volaric; Mayfair marketing coordinator Sandra Doris.

Our showroom has moved to the newly expanded BARBARA’S BOUTIQUE on Beacon Avenue. If you are planning a cruise, or wanting a unique outfit as Mother of the Bride, or simply looking forward to a special event, please visit us. We would love to show you our extensive selection and help you find the perfect piece!

Anyone can wear white! At The Bay Centre’s FOOD +FASHION event on May 28, YAM’s contributing fashion editor Janine Metcalfe hosted Carte Blanche, a trend presentation on how to wear headto-toe white, with advice on mixing key pieces and dressing for anyone’s body shape. Janine’s top tips on wearing white: • Essential pieces to own in white include the jean, shirt, dress and jacket.   • Switch out blue skinny jeans for a white pair cropped just above the ankle. • A crisp, structured white sheath dress will flatter curves.

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BE COOL. BE HAPPY. For a refreshing summer treat that will put a smile on your face, head over to Kid Sister (formerly Fruition Paletas) in funky North Park. This hip spot has expanded beyond its purely paleta menu to offer up artisinal, housemade ice cream bars, ice cream pies, milkshakes, sodas and, yes, paletas. Chill down and get your Vitamin C with this smoothly yummy Key Lime Pie paleta.

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ON OUR RADAR

A collection of our favourite things

SALT SENSATION

NATURAL TEXTURES BRING THE OUTDOORS IN Nature is an endless source of inspiration and rejuvenation. It relaxes and recharges us, and it infuses our psyches with a sense of peace. So why not bring the textures of the natural world into your home this season? Make a summer style statement with décor items that echo the aesthetics of the beach, the stream, the forest, the meadows.

Above: These large Cava resin planters bring to mind seashells and white sands. Each planter has a false bottom, perfect for holding potted plants. Use indoors only. Left: Bring even more natural texture to your indoors with these multi-purpose, wall-mounted Covo Pods made from water hyacinth, a fast-growing, renewable material. These pods come in two shapes to fit all sizes of throws, scarves and more. These 18 KARAT items are available locally through Design District Studio (minimum $500 order).

NATURE TAKES SHAPE This Porte table ($1,400) from Gelinas Carr Furniture of Duncan is made from local Western maple with a base of salvaged Western yew. The piece was designed to be visually striking, with sculptural, organic curves and lines. Visit the Duncan showroom of the “wood romantics” at Gelinas Carr or view their work online at gelinascarr.com.

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Entertain in eco style with this whimsical yet durable Canadianmade tray created from layers of FSCcertified birchwood, pressed together. “The Birds” tray (8" x 10") from LUprints is available at WestCoast EcoHome ($48).

A precious mineral mined from the Himalayas is enticing home cooks and pros alike to salt cooking. Not only are salt slabs rich in trace minerals, the slabs conduct heat beautifully. And no, cooking on a salt slab does not lead to salty food; instead, it brings out the distinctive natural flavours of food. Mark Bitterman’s new book Salt Block Cooking features 70 delicious recipes designed for using this unique cooking tool. Visit Cook Culture for this inspiring book along with salt-cooking accessories.


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SAND AND STYLE Bring added bliss to your seaside relaxation with the original round towel from The Beach People. The designs of these 100-per-cent cotton towels are inspired by exotic locales like Yves Saint Laurent’s Moroccan gardens and the wilds of Australia. Available at Pigeonhole Home Store, $140.

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BRING THE BEACH WITH YOU Softly mirroring the sand and the sea, this lamp-work Italian glass “By the Sea” pendant by Wendy Pierson Diamond of Island Rain Studio is enhanced with a sand dollar charm. It comes with a 30" sterling silver chain. Available at Artina’s Jewellery or islandrainstudio.com, $125 to $215.

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T OP OF M IN D

By David Lennam

HOME IS WHERE THE MUSIC IS Andrew Briggs’ down-to-earth approach to entertainment is attracting top musicians to his intimate house concerts with a house party feel.

THE NEXT BIG THING IS NOW Proclaimed by the Toronto Star back in 2011 as the next big thing, house concerts have become just that — a way for small-time promoters to land an artist without hassle, red tape and cost. Even the big guys, like Mitch Podolak, founder of the Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals, book performers exclusively into a growing number of house-concert circuits, with hundreds of Canadians opening up their living rooms to mini concerts. But for all the hoopla this new cottage industry invites, Briggs remains out on his own, not part of any group or circuit. “I’m just a little old house concert,” he shrugs. That’s the difference. Briggs does it for free and for the love of the music. Strictly a

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or a hockey playing, 51-year-old, semiretired guy from Kingston, Andrew Briggs is living the dream. Briggs has opened up his home several nights a week to a cadre of some of Canada’s top musicians performing for willing friends and fans who don’t mind sardine-ing themselves into his cramped front room, knee to knee, shoulder to shoulder, for unforgettable house concerts. About 250 of them so far … and counting. The cozy intimacy of Briggs’ Victoria House Concert B space — his modest living and dining room (and the hallway too if there’s a big crowd) — is the appeal of a series that has rocked an unassuming Fernwood character home since 2007. Audiences are so much on top of the players that a boot-stomping singer, blindly in the throes of a great chorus, might just come down on your own toe if you don’t look where you put your feet.

not-for-profit venture, his invited artists get 100 per cent of the door, and whatever else they can make from the ‘merch’ table. On a good night, a guy like Tom Hooper of The Grapes of Wrath can pocket $1,500 if he sells some T-shirts and CDs. “If only 10 people show up to the concert, well, then [the show] is for me,” says Briggs, handing me his business card. It’s not on card stock. Just regular paper. He laughs like he couldn’t care less about appearances. “This is what House Concert B is all about,” he says. The card is a bit crumpled, like it’s been riding in the back pocket of his jeans for a few months and wears a variety of stains. It displays a photo of someone’s feet. Probably one of the dozens of musicians who have trod the well-worn hardwood of his living room. And there’s a typed line in what must be the smallest font visible to the human eye: “Intimate House Concerts with a house party feel.”

“I want to keep it intimate because there’s a mystique and a power to it.”

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Intimate is very telling. The front room is a tight fit, with those high Victorian ceilings. There’s a second room, just over there, where you still get a great view. Then there’s the hallway. The view’s not so good, but the sound is still great. And that’s where the audience was for Vince Vaccaro’s last visit. Four more sat on top of the piano. Others gathered outside on the porch just listening. “For Vince,” says Briggs, “185 people wanted to buy tickets and I think I probably had 75 in here. I want to keep it intimate because there’s a mystique and a power to it.” Ask Briggs about his favourite house concert and he rolls his eyes. Every one of them, it seems, has a great story. But there have been standouts: Aussie blues musician Ash Grunwald (“the first time he was here we were up until 3:30 in the morning singing and jamming to Bob Marley”). Another standout is Spirit of the West’s John Mann, who has graced the little stage 20 times, including an April concert that sold out in minutes. Tal Bachman has made 10 appearances at Briggs’ place. Then Briggs just starts listing them off until I have to tell him to stop. The list includes 54-40’s Neil Osborne, Steven Page of The Barenaked Ladies, Barney Bentall, The Grapes of Wrath, Al Harlow of Prism … and plenty of local up-and-comers. TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT? NOT LIKELY. For the music fan, casual or fanatical, there’s nothing like proximity. You’ll never get closer. And that goes for the artists too. “It’s rather terrifying, actually,” admits Bryan Potvin, one-time frontman with Canadian rockers The Northern Pikes, and a semi-regular at Briggs’ house. “I’ve played a lot of shows in my life and I’ve never been as nervous as I have at Andy’s. There’s barely any oxygen in the room and it feels like a thousand faces are staring at you, really close in that teeny room.” Potvin is back at House Concert B on July 10, gigging with Kevin Kane of The Grapes of Wrath. The two are an item, musically speaking, having recently emerged from the studio with five new tunes and, as Potvin explains, “some collective weight and energy and a lot in common, artistically.” Their House Concert B stop is part of a full summer tour of smaller, get-up-close, venues. But nothing as close as at Briggs’ house. “The first few times I had to sing (there),” says Potvin, “I just shut my eyes.” :: YAM MAGAZINE

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SALAD DAYS Celebrate summer produce with picnic-friendly salads guaranteed to supercharge any al fresco feast with seasonal and healthy deliciousness.

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THINK OUTSIDE THE SALAD BOWL At my house, summer meals are centred around my backyard grill — and that goes for salads too. Grilling hearts of Romaine is a twist on the classic Caesar. The hearts are those inner Romaine leaves that are more succulent and firmer than the outer leaves and hold up to a grill’s heat. Just a quick sear is all that’s needed — you don’t want to over-char. Instead of the usual creamy dressing, I go lighter with a lemony-garlic-caper vinaigrette — anchovies optional. Add a few crostini and shavings of Parmesan and you’re good to go. Another lettuce that holds up to heat is radicchio. Its dark red and white veined leaves add colour and bitterness when raw, but mellow when grilled. I carefully remove individual leaves and wrap them around small rounds of fresh mozzarella. The packages are grilled on medium to mark them evenly and warm the cheese throughout. I serve them with a balsamic-maple vinaigrette. 18

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f I didn’t like meat so much, I could be a vegetarian in a snap. I can tuck into a crunchy collection of greens and vegetables at any time of day — and during the summer months, salads take even more prominence at my table. Summer’s bounty is so inspiring that I often prepare three or four types of salads to accompany something off the grill. They might be a first course, a series of side dishes, antipasti, or a main course that’s raw, grilled, marinated or combinations thereof. I’m an equal opportunity salad-tarian!

KNOW YOUR GREENS 1 Arugula adds pungency and delicate bitter notes. Add fresh to heirloom tomato or potato salads. | 2 Escarole, which features broad, pale green leaves, is less bitter than its chicory counterparts. Try it with walnut-oil vinaigrettes. | 3 Baby kale is delicately flavoured compared to winter’s tough-leafed crops. Enjoy it with creamy, garlicky dressings, or add to your regular salad. | 4 Mache (lamb’s lettuce) is mild, grassy, tender and succulent. 5 Mizuna is a delicate feathery leaf that adds brightness and subtle earthy flavours to salads. 6 Mustard greens are spicy on the palate. Do note that they can overpower a salad; a little goes a long way. | 7 Tatsoi, identifiable by its dark green spoon-shaped leaf, is wonderful with toasted sesame and ginger dressings. | 8 Watercress adds a peppery bite and stands up well to citrus-forward dressings, cucumber and creamy cheeses.

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GO SOLO Sometimes simple pleasures are the best. Nothing compares with a bowl of crunchy sliced baby cucumbers with salt. And summer carrots, so juicy and sweet, are brilliant grated raw with chopped parsley in an apple-cider vinaigrette, or steamed and served warm with ground cumin, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. Candy cane beets, with their red and white striped interiors, can be sliced thin on a mandoline for raw-salad enthusiasts, or roasted whole and sliced, revealing their colourful display. Golden beets are great. HERE’S TO TEXTURE By alternating grilled vegetables — and fruit — with raw ones, you achieve flavourful depths and textural interest. Grilled zucchini pairs brilliantly with spinach, roasted red peppers, dill and feta. And grilled peaches add sweet notes to baby kale, goat cheese and toasted almonds. Different shapes also add texture. Ribbons of vegetables are achieved by using a wideblade vegetable peeler. Simply run it down the length of carrots and they fall naturally into beautiful curls. The same can be achieved with zucchini, cucumber and even asparagus. A regular box grater works wonders for small and larger grates. A mandoline creates super thin slices, and makes tougher vegetables such as fennel, celeriac and radishes easier to take — and for cabbage, it makes the best coleslaw. By combining techniques such as mixing larger grated carrots with finely grated beets, mandolined fennel and zucchini ribbons, you’re on the way to creating your own take on slaw. ::

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DIVINE DRINKS

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By Adem Tepedelen

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ate spring and early summer are exciting times for B.C. winemakers and wine drinkers alike. This is time for the first releases of the new vintage. For those who have crafted the wine, it’s the culmination of a process that began the previous year. These are the first of the latest generation (a.k.a. vintage) of their “children,” which they’re sending off into the world. For local consumers, the brand new vintage is our first opportunity to taste the freshest B.C. wines. And what perfect timing. The first releases — all whites and rosés — are tailor-made for patio season here on the Island. These are uncomplicated, but delicious, wines — the truest, most unadorned representations of the grapes used to make them.

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The new B.C. wine releases taste like summer.

YOUNG AND FRESH Much of the mystique and mystery of wine is invested in the idea of transforming such a simple thing — grape juice, basically — into a beautiful, intoxicating and complex beverage via fermentation and aging, particularly when there is barrel-aging involved. Extended contact with oak imbues wine with many of the characteristics we associate with big reds and robust chardonnays. So how does a wine go from vine to table in a mere six months like these newly released 2014 wines? The answer is simple: the first fresh releases of a new vintage likely never saw the inside of a barrel. All the magic used to create them happened in stainless steel tanks and then the bottles in which they “rest” before being shipped out to stores. Everything they have to offer taste- and aroma-wise came as a result of the fruit the juice was squeezed from and the yeast used to ferment them. And that’s their appeal. While oak aging adds wonderful complexity, it tends to soften the edges of wines a bit. A wine that sees no oak has a < This Joie 2014 Rosé is delicious served with frozen blueberries in Chef + Sommelier breakresistant wine glasses and flutes from Penna & Co.


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Loads of apple and pear aromas followed by rich, concentrated flavours of Golden Delicious apple with balanced acidity.

Lush and opulent, with a round, rich mouthfeel and flavours of pear and McIntosh apple. Balanced acidity that is crisp and refreshing.

Aromas of red plum and savoury notes. Flavours of strawberries and cream dance on the palate with a nice spice on the nearly dry finish. Serve well chilled with frozen blueberries dropped in to keep it cool.

A well-balanced white blend with flavours of pear, melon and quince. Nice acidity and a clean modest finish. Pair with sushi or mild curry.

Pair with mapleglazed cedar planked salmon.

vibrancy and youthfulness to it that is enchanting. Fresh 2014 wines aren’t meant to be sophisticated and powerful, they’re supposed to be fun and impetuous — a little on the wild side.

Pair with seared sablefish.

Made from 100% Gamay Noir, this has a lovely minerality, lively acidity and berry and rhubarb notes on a clean, fresh finish.

This summer, enjoy an Island wine experience like no other.

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a number of different reasons, not the least of which is they are generally lighter in body and lower in alcohol than many fullbodied wines. Additionally, acidity is generally a present component, which not only offers refreshment to the palate, it makes them very food friendly. In the same way that we may reach for a glass of iced tea, rather than a hot cup of coffee in warmer months, fresh white wines are the perfect accompaniment to all things summer.

Fresh 2014 wines aren’t meant to be sophisticated and powerful, they’re supposed to be fun and impetuous — a little on the wild side.

PAIR WITH SUNSHINE So much of our enjoyment of fine wine is directly related to the context in which we drink it. Maybe it’s the food pairing, the friends you’re with, the sunny weather, your locale. All these factors contribute to creating fond, lasting wine memories. And, this time of year, when the local weather doesn’t get any better (or warmer), I reach for a fresh-and-fruity, nicely chilled white or rosé from the latest vintage. Part of what makes the arrival of the new vintage in B.C. so exciting is that these kinds of wines do very well in this region, where the abundance of daylight hours in the summer and fall allows fruit to develop some lovely depth. When the temperatures heat up, head to a shady spot outside and bring along a bottle of pinot gris, viognier, gewürztraminer, pinot blanc, unoaked chardonnay, riesling or a white blend or rosé. These are food-friendly wines that pair perfectly with light summer fare, such as salads or seafood. These are ideal summer sippers for

NO AGING REQUIRED It probably goes without saying, but the first releases of the 2014 vintage are best consumed before the end of 2015. These are wines built for the short term and are typically at their best when the shine of youth is still present. If properly stored, you can certainly drink them into 2016, but the window when they are showing their best is perfectly timed for when they are the ideal wines to drink: right now. It may be true that youth is wasted on the young, but young wines are a treat for any oenophile. Throughout the late spring and summer, new 2014 releases are showing up on the shelves of local wine shops weekly. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience these wines at their peak, in the season for which they were made. ::

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I N P E R SO N By John Threlfall

Robyn Burns, CBC Radio’s new host of All Points West, has traded in the rugged beauty of Canada’s North for the laid-back — and warmer — Island atmosphere.

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Robyn Burns with her beloved silver motor scooter on Dallas Road. Although she was sad to trade in her polar bear licence plate from the Northwest Territories, living on the Island means she can ride her scooter practically year round.


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ournalist Robyn Burns may have recently traded the chills of Yellowknife for the warmth of Victoria, but she’s no stranger to these shores. Having spent her teen years in Saanich, she’s a great example of the local boomerang effect: young Islanders who leave to pursue a career, but yearn to return. “I’m in the process of rediscovering Victoria as an adult who has the freedom to be curious and just go places,” she says. “I keep asking myself, ‘How did I not know about this when I lived here before?’” As the new host of CBC Radio’s All Points West, it’s a safe bet she’s loving the learning curve.

What makes her local > While she’s worked for the CBC in all points east (Ottawa), west (Prince Rupert), north (Yellowknife) and now south, Burns grew up in Prince Rupert — where her family has lived for nearly a century. (“We’re told my grandfather was the first white baby born on Haida Gwaii.”) After a short stint in Nelson, she moved here and graduated from Stelly’s Secondary, where a love of theatre and a pragmatic single mom helped shape her future. “My mother actually encouraged me to go into journalism,” she says as we chat in CBC Victoria’s snug broadcast booth. “I wanted to become an actor, but I also loved to write. My mom, being the realist she is, said, ‘Why don’t you combine them and see if journalism works for you?”” Why she’s a broadcaster > With a journalism degree from Toronto’s Ryerson University, Burns may have missed the spotlight as an actor but certainly found centre stage as a journalist. “Radio just felt natural,” she explains. “People open up a lot more with radio … it’s an intimate medium.” But after two years working as a reporter for CBC Ottawa (“I got tired of chasing ambulances”), she was ready for a new challenge: five years with CBC North. “My experiences in the North shaped me so

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much, as a journalist and a person,” she says. Given a listening audience that stretched across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Burns often found herself on assignment in Canada’s farthest reaches. “Well, maybe not the farthest,” she says with a characteristically quick laugh and ready smile, “but pretty far.” “The stories in the North are unique because there are fewer people to tell them. It’s uncharted territory for most Canadians,” she says. “When it comes to climate change, for example, we’re seeing greater effects at a much more rapid pace in the North. There’s so much more at stake up there. Down here, it’s not necessarily at the front of everybody’s agenda — it doesn’t immediately affect your livelihood or your ability to feed your family. Of course, the climate here allows people to try new things in a safer way — you can build something and live in it, without having to worry about freezing overnight. It allows for more creativity, because it’s not just about surviving.” Where she wants to be > Now back for her third shot at Island living — she spent a few months working at CBC’s Pandora Street station in 2009 before heading north — Burns is excited by the region’s sense of discovery and innovation. “It’s really inspiring what’s happening here,” she says. “The world is changing and people are enjoying the change: they’re up for it, they want to be more sustainable. There’s a real focus on trying to create community within communities.” She rattles off a list of inspiration, from craft breweries and University of Victoria research to wind farms and back(yard)-tothe-landers. “Those are the kind of stories that pique my interest, that’s what I get excited about.” Although her husband — Brandon Morris, a mechanical engineer with Stantec — is still living up north, being in Victoria means

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Burns can now ride her beloved silver motor scooter year-round. “I was sad to get rid of my little polar-bear licence plate, but I could only ride [my scooter] from June to September up there,” she laughs. “We are so lucky to live here. I will never complain about the rain, because it doesn’t hurt my face.” Why CBC still matters > When Burns took over on March 2 for retiring All Points West host (and now federal Green Party candidate) Jo-Ann Roberts, she became part of the vanguard of next-generation CBC hosts. But she finds herself at a tricky crossroads: eager to carry the broadcast torch forward, yet acutely aware of the shifting legacy. “I can’t compare it to how it used to be,” Burns says, choosing her words carefully. “It is changing the way we’re able to reach out, but communities are still part of our day-to-day operations. Remote broadcasts are still extremely important; you need to put that face to the voice, and get out and meet people and hear their stories … I’ll work with the changes and try to find ways to still reach out. Social media provides an opportunity to get involved in a different way, and our listeners don’t hesitate to get in touch. I love that.” What the future may hold > Burns is thrilled to be coastal B.C.’s afternoon voice, but when asked to look into her crystal ball, it’s clear she has ideas about the future. “I would love to open a theatre camp for kids one day — not a theatre school per se, but a combination of camp and rehabilitation farm for animals ... lots of land where underprivileged kids or at-risk youth could come for camp or after-school programs. I know how theatre opened me up and gave me confidence when I was in school. I’d love to do that for others.” Sounds like a very Vancouver Island idea. “Exactly,” she says. “Long-term goal!” ::

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“It’s amazing to be able to have my husband sitting on top of my stove while I’m cooking, telling him about my day. Yes, it’s just a screen, but we’re able to spend time together.”

“I’m really good at relaxing. I’m pretty tightly wound, but I’m able to completely decompress. Being outdoors 12 months of the year and not having to limit my time outside will be such a treat.”

“I got to ride Google’s Street View tricycle around town with the local kids chasing me. Those nine days I spent in Cambridge Bay were just fantastic — I even went out for dinner with Peter Mansbridge.”

“I absolutely love Drew Barrymore in that movie. I could watch it over and over and over again. I can be such a girly-girl ... I’m not a film snob by any means.”

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STYLE WATCH Fashion Stylist: Janine Metcalfe

in Full Bloom

The gardens of Beacon Hill Park are in bloom and so is the fashion with a new infusion of florals perfect for those luxuriously lazy summer days.


Pastoral afternoon Opposite page and cover: One Pocket Tunic in Dusty Rose/ Robin Egg Blue ($150) and Cap Sleeve Shirt in Dusty Rose/ Robin Egg Blue ($255), both from Tatum & Olivia; Swedish Hasbeens Baby Blue/Nature sandals ($280) and Shimmery Pink Sandals ($260), both from Footloose Shoes. Socks by Tabbisocks ($17), available at Heart & Sole Shoes. Wool Blanket by MacAuslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, available at The Milkmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughter; 4-Person Picnic Basket ($99.99), available at Capital Iron.

Floral impressionism This page: Square Jumpsuit by Maggie Walt ($165); Amanda Dress by Maggie Walt ($165); Summer Cashmere Perl Cardigan by Maggie Walt ($245); Swedish Hasbeens Baby Blue/Nature sandals ($280) and Shimmery Pink Sandals ($260), both from Footloose Shoes; Socks by Tabbisocks ($17), available at Heart & Sole Shoes. All photos: Silk flowers by Chintz & Company; all jewelry available at Little Gold.


Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the secret? Floral Doll Dress by Otis & Maclain, ($198); Floral blouse by Otis & Maclain ($142); Black Skirt by Otis & Maclain ($142). Available at Frances Grey.


Fashion field Floral Maxi Dress by Somedays Lovin ($106); Floral Maxi Dress by French Connection ($210). Both available at Amelia Lee. Swedish Hasbeens Baby Blue/Nature sandals ($280) and Shimmery Pink Sandals ($260), both from Footloose Shoes. Socks by Tabbisocks ($17), available at Heart & Sole Shoes.

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onstructed on a parcel of land that seems carved from the wilderness off Land’s End Road, the house named “Modern Tranquility” by its builder Graeme Mann of GT Mann Contracting, brokers an elegant harmony with its magnificent surroundings. “It has super modern lines, very square and linear, and it sits on an elevated acre, which overlooks the water,” Mann says. “It’s very forested and has this amazing ocean view.” The three-bedroom, 3,000 square-foot home sits at the end of a winding 300-foot driveway, surrounded on three sides by forest and on one side by the mountains 28

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and the sea: affording the perception of seclusion, despite its convenient proximity to Sidney and Victoria. Mann worked with his clients, a couple who retired here from the U.K., to create their vision. The homeowners’ wishlist for the build specified an ultra-contemporary home with a design that allowed for an extreme amount of light and maximized the property’s views of Salt Spring Island and Mount Tuam. To realize these goals, the most favourable placement of the house was far back on the lot, creating a major challenge with access. “We had to do a fair bit of work and massage the land,” Mann says. “There was

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The clean modern lines of this North Saanich home gracefully showcase its stunning ocean-view setting, creating a welcoming haven the owners are thrilled to call home.

what looked like an old logging road, so we incorporated that to get in to the site.” The exterior of the linear two-storey, split-level structure is finished in acrylic stucco and Vancouver Island tongue and groove cedar. The clean lines and simple palette extends into the interior of the


The wide kitchen island is ideal for food preparation and allows the homeowners to entertain friends around it while cooking. The oversize fridge and freezer are from Frigidaire Professional.

home — and its natural setting is reflected in the choice of finishing materials. Along with the dramatic K2 natural stone fireplace, the house gets much of its inviting warmth from the floors, a distinctive wide-plank white oak with a slight hand scrape to it. “The owners showed me a picture of the floors they had in the U.K. to see if we could find something similar,” says Mann. While the home’s palette is muted, there is still colour all around — the myriad tones of nature on display through the floor-toceiling windows. “It’s like bringing the outside indoors,” says Mann. “It doesn’t matter where you look, you have this amazing vista.”

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< Flat-slab painted doors on the cabinetry, Caesarstone counters and sleek stainless steel appliances give the kitchen a very modern feel. The homeowners commissioned several works from U.K. artist Julia Brooker. These can be found throughout the house, including this painting in the dining area.


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Builder Graeme Mann’s favourite part of the house is the owner’s home office. The concrete wall comes up all the way through from the lower level and halfway through the office and is topped off with a glass sheet, making it feel like part of the open-concept home, but still allowing for a sense of separation.

A dramatic statement wall in the bedroom features Pintura Wallcovering Lovat wallpaper by Roma. The bedroom offers a stunning view of Mount Tuam on Salt Spring Island.


While much of the home’s décor is minimalist, unique items such as a horse statue from the homeowner’s travels to Greece, add visual interest. To give the sense of a floating staircase, the hardwood treads are mounted in the concrete wall.

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LET’S GO!

R SUMMER U O Y F O T U O T S GET THE MO By Athena McKenzie

No need to get away — the best of the season is right at your doorstep. SHOW-OFF SPOTS

“There’s a lovely place to bring a picnic lunch called Anderson Hill Park off the 500 [block] of Island Road in Oak Bay. It’s romantic and peaceful with a rocky hill area, natural surroundings and ocean views.”

While there’s good reason those out-of-province family and friends love to visit Victoria in the summer, sometimes it’s easy to take for granted all the “fabulousness” that surrounds us. To help inspire you to get up and go — and for pointers on where to take those visitors — we asked three well-known Victorians for their hot spots.

— Lisa Perry, Host of StyleFile on CTV News at 5

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“I’d take my visitor to the Oak Bay Marina and put them on my spare paddle board over to the Chain Islets and in between Chatham and Discovery Island — show them the incredible place we live from the ocean side. There is a current in the Strait so you have to be careful. You can honestly see 75 to 100 seals. Around the back of Discovery there can be sea lions. The wildlife is incredible.” — Simon Whitfield, Olympic Triathlon Champion

NEW TRADITIONS > High tea at the Fairmont Empress is always a classic outing, but for a updated twist, go for drinks on The Veranda at the hotel. While soaking in the incomparable view of the Inner Harbour, snack on truffled Empress honey popcorn, which uses honey from the hotel’s own hives. And don’t miss the lobster roll. (Insider tip: take note of the serving plates, many of which were created from upcycled Empress roof tiles.) 34

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“I grew up on the Saanich Peninsula, so Brentwood Bay holds a special place in my heart. Kayaking from the Brentwood Bay Resort and into Tod Inlet yields stunning views of the Malahat and usually some otter and jellyfish sightings. Appies and drinks on the Brentwood Pub patio while watching the sunset caps off the day perfectly.”

— Artist Carollyne Yardley


GOOD MOOD MINI-BREAKS Feeling run down and stuck in your routine? Get in the proper summer state of mind with a holiday from the everyday. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s something close by — and uplifting.

In the mood to learn something? Take a private cooking class at The Villa Marco Polo Inn. Considered a hidden gem, this luxury bed and breakfast is tucked down a shady street in Rockland. The Inn’s new “From the Pantry to the Pillow” package combines a cooking class with Chef Castro Boateng with a stay in one of their stunning suites.

From creating pantry essentials, such as oilpoached garlic, to dinner-party-worthy entrées, Boateng guides guests through a relaxed, fun evening. Best of all? You get to eat your creations in the private dining room, you don’t have to do the dishes and there’s a gourmet breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

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In the mood to get back to nature? Take a trip to Parksville-Qualicum to experience one of the world’s most mysterious, beautiful natural wonders: bioluminescence. Book your private tour with Coastal Revelations and venture into the Salish Sea by canoe with your scientist guide Patrick Walshe. You’ll learn about bioluminescence and the local eco-system — and with stars above and stars below, you’ll feel like you are in a starship. Best times to go: during the dark moon in July and early August.

In the mood to treat yourself? Indulge in a spa escape at the Boathouse Spa and Baths at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. There’s a reason the land-locked flock to Vancouver Island in the summer: the restorative properties of the ocean. The spa’s Power of the Sea three-hour therapy uses Pacific Seaweed as a key ingredient in its foot treatment, body scrub and wrap, massage, and facial. The nutrients in the fresh seaweed address dryness and aging in the skin and promote relaxation in the body and mind. Sound blissful? Imagine finishing off in the oceanside mineral pool — with a chilled glass of B.C. wine of course.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS YAM’s picks for summer fun

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Now to August 3: Free Play at the AGGV is a hands-on exhibition exploring the work of artists who borrow from play and games to reveal contemporary social, philosophical and cultural issues through aesthetic experience. July 8 & August 12: Oak Bay Village Night Market features live music and 100 artisan vendors, along with a variety of locally crafted items. New this year: wine, beer and cider sampling and sales.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Do you want your four-legged friend with you on your summer adventures? Of course you do! Check out Luba’s picks for the perfect summer day.

BUTCHART GARDENS > This French Bulldog is a big fan of lounging in the shade at Butchart Gardens, listening to one of the daily open air concerts. Pets are welcome at the Gardens, on-leash (and the Visitor Centre can provide refuse bags). There are also five pet water fountains throughout. FABULOUS FORT > Even if you want to go shopping, there’s no need to leave the pooch at home. While Luba says the Victoria Compounding Pharmacy has the “dog-friendliest” staff in Victoria, the entire retail stretch of Fort Street boasts lots of pet-friendly businesses which offer water bowls for a cool drink. (Some even have treats!) 36

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HARBOUR FERRIES TOUR > Dogs are welcome as long as the captain and other passengers say yes. Hit Fisherman’s Wharf (where Luba loves to watch the seals) and the Swift Street Landing for a stroll up to the pet-friendly Capital Iron. (Don’t miss the K9 treats at the cashiers.)

July 11: The Victoria Water Garden Tour is an annual self-guided tour of gardens and outdoor spaces in which water features play a defining role. July 11 & 12: SKAMpede (formerly Bike Ride) is 15 short outdoor performances along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Walk, skateboard, ride your bike or rollerblade to see comedy, drama, storytelling, music and dance performances.

July 12: Mead Fest Sunday at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery, part of the Économusée Artisans at Work Event Series, includes a long-table lunch and sneak peek of a new mead on tap.

August 2: Victoria Symphony Splash lights up Victoria’s Inner Harbour with its annual musical extravaganza.

July 16 to 19: Taste – Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine is in its seventh year of tastings, seminars and events celebrating the local food scene.

August 12: Les Dames Summerdine is Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party, unfolding in B.C. at more than 30 restaurants, wineries, cooking schools and culinary venues.

July 17 to 26: Victoria International Busker Festival sees performers from Europe, Australia, South America, the U.S. and across Canada converge in Victoria.

August 14 to 16: Victoria’s Dragon Boat Festival, a three-day celebration of Asian sports and culture in the Inner Harbour, raises money for the BC Cancer Foundation.

July 18 & 19: Rock the Shores with The Black Keys, Jane’s Addiction, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, TV on the Radio, The Sheepdogs, 54-40, Father John Misty, Current Swell, The Glorious Sons and more.

August 16 The Vancouver Island Motor Gathering showcases classic, modern and custom cars and motorcycles at a top-notch show, family event and gourmet barbecue. All funds raised go to charity, including The David Foster Foundation. motorgathering.com

July 24 to 26: Phillips Backyard Weekender transforms the brewery’s parking lot into a rocking outdoor music super-party. July 26: Colwood Rotary’s Art & Wine Festival at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse features local artists and wineries.

August 29: “The Art of Herbs” Culinary & Botanical Creative Art Exhibits & Workshops at Hazelwood Herb Farm, part of the Économusée Artisans at Work Event Series, presents the aesthetic and function of herbal arts. Motor Gathering

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DAY TRIPPERS Forget what you think you know: it’s time to revisit these charming destinations. Tip: If you’re going by car, pack a cooler: each route is filled with temptations of both the food and libation variety. BOOKS, BEACHES & BITES

Sidney > Plan this excursion for a Thursday to take advantage of the Sidney Night Market. On the way out, stop at Category 12 Brewing Company on Keating Cross Road for a taste of Waveform Witbier; and at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse for some Bramble Bubbly. Sidney boasts the title of Canada’s only official “book town,” so take the time to pick up some beach reading and make the quick trip on the passenger ferry over to the Sidney Spit. Browse the fabulous downtown boutiques, such as Provence Fine Things, Baden Baden, Waterlily Shoes and Muffet & Louisa. When hunger strikes, try the authentic offerings at Sabhai Thai but save room for old-fashioned donuts from Sidney Bakery — you’ll want to pick some up for home too.

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Victoria > What better way to recognize summer in Victoria than by combining two of its most celebrated pastimes — cycling and craft beer. The Pedaler’s three-hour “Hoppy Hour” tour takes riders to three different breweries for beer tastings and a snack. Get insider access to the brewers and hear their stories — and your guide has a pannier for any growler purchase.

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Duncan > The trick to making this jaunt original is lots of stops. Most of the crossroads provide a worthwhile diversion. Linger over a latte at Rusticana Coffee in Mill Bay and partake of a wine tasting at the stunning new facility at Blue Grouse Estate Winery. Visiting the Duncan Farmer’s Market is a must on Saturdays, with its live music, artisans and fresh produce. Check out the General Store at Providence Farm for organic produce and artisan goods, and have an amble through their gardens. For lunch, there are plenty of options, including the crisp chef’s salad at Bistro 161 or West Coast paella at Hudson’s on First — or try some of the Island’s best Indian food at the Royal Dar. Eclectic boutiques, such as Spinning Ninny, Fabrications and Cardino Shoes, can be found in the charming downtown strip. Grab a growler at Red Arrow Brewing Company, one of the newest additions to the Island’s craft beer scene. While you’re in the area, it’s only a short side trip for a matinee performance of Twist and Shout: The British Invasion at the Chemainus Theatre.

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HOW TO

Throw the perfect summer party Hosting a summer party to remember begins with setting the stage for celebration, from lighting and furniture to sound systems and all the extras. These expert tips will make your party the event of the season.

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FIND YOUR FLOW

TIP Arranging your furnishings in conversation pockets creates a cozier atmosphere that invites guests to gather round and get to know one another.

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Before you start picking out candles and choosing your outdoor colour schemes, assessing your space is the single-most important step in preparing your outdoor party, says interior designer and event stylist Marika Beise. Beise, owner and creative director of Rock Paper Square, says playing off the cues of the environment around you will not only enhance the creative direction of your party, it will help you design your theme. “Start by looking for any defining areas of interest; maybe a pergola you can outfit with flowers, or a water feature you will accent with lights,” says Beise. “You want to use this flow to naturally draw people into the spaces you want them to end up.” Of course, you will likely want a different motif depending on whether you are planning a girlfriends’ luncheon, a family barbecue or an after-hours cocktail event. The design philosophy, however, remains the same: focus on the guest experience. Where possible, Beise suggests creating “conversation pockets” where guests will naturally cluster. This might look like a collection of chairs, a bench with blankets, or a few standing tables with alluring candles. The next step is to spot your goal posts. Knowing what you want your party to

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colour, especially for outdoor events. She says even neutral-lovers can play this up. “It could be as simple as adding brightly coloured napkins or napkin rings, or a set of coasters,” says Clermont. “Accent pieces will go a long way in setting your scene.” Outdoor style can also be achieved by overlaying area rugs. “The outdoor rug is where I encourage people to have a little fun,” says Beise. “You want to involve pattern here because it cuts down on debris visibility, and it can tie the area together.” Be sure the rug is big enough to encompass all furniture pieces, however. Beise says nothing is worse than accidentally

disconnecting your space by creating “outlier” chairs or items that won’t fit within the rug’s parameters.

BRING ON THE COZY The right outdoor furnishings help set the stage for success. Whether you need a precise number of upright chairs for a formal dinner, or a loose mix of casual lounges, benches or stools for an informal affair, the key is to ensure all options are comfy enough that guests will want to linger — not be forced to spend the evening in a quiet battle of musical chair avoidance. Curved sectionals have become

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achieve is essential in crafting your design and décor, says Heidi Barlow-Lee, event producer and owner of HBL Events. These goals should account for the five senses — what do you want your guest to see, smell, taste, touch and hear? Once you sense your way through your event, you’re ready to begin.

INSIDE INFLUENCES Creating the ideal atmosphere relies heavily on how well you can combine comfort with creativity. Guests want to feel at ease in the space, says Beise, but they want to be wooed with a sense of wonderment, too. Bringing the indoors out is one of the best ways to achieve both. Outdoor living rooms, kitchens and patio spaces hold a naturally pleasing juxtaposition, but the more you design your outdoor party space as you would your indoor space, the more your guests will have the opportunity to enjoy this thrill. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the china. Options abound for classy or playful outdoor dinnerware in a quality material with patterns anyone would be proud to display. Kate Spade’s new “Raise a Glass” line of dinnerware, specific to outdoor events, is fabulous. Or go for authentic Italian Majolica dinnerware from The Tuscan Kitchen. Williams-Sonoma’s Veracruz collection combines shatterproof melamine-bamboo fibre plates with a classic, old-country design. Giving guests ecofriendly and compostable options is another popular take on the old plastic plates. Shalene Clermont believes stand-out style comes from simply complementing your usual indoor dinnerware with themed placemats or accessories. Clermont, coowner and buyer for Penna & Co Kitchen and Giftware, is an advocate of pop-out

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increasingly popular, compared to their squared counterparts, says Jerod MacDonald, outdoor lifestyle sales associate at Capital Iron. These long-lasting, polypropylene wicker-style pieces are built for comfort and are easy to accessorize. “We’re seeing a lot of grey-on-grey right now, with toned cushions complementing mottled grey wicker,” MacDonald says. “This is a great opportunity to pop it up with colourful pillows or throws.” In fact, creating that cuddly atmosphere is key for weathering West Coast functions. “Set out a few beautiful blankets, and you’ll never get rid of me,” says Barlow-Lee, who recently won the national Canadian Special Events award for Events Producer of the Year. “You don’t have to spend a lot to have a phenomenal event, but those cozy details matter.”

Lighting is one of the most crucial characters at your party. Soft ambient additions, like strings of rounded bistro lights with Edison bulbs, add a romantic atmosphere, and Beise says candles are a must for every outdoor patio event. Whether you hang these flickering beauties from tree lanterns or perch them in mason jars on small tables, they’ll emit conversational

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warmth — and can double as bug control. Unusual accent lighting can bring funk to your space, adds Beise. Furniture-size LED light cubes add a modern twist, with customizable colour, and these shapes also act as playful seats. Backlight furniture is another popular trend, allowing hosts to emphasize special points of interest with flexible coloured LED strips. Add in a few illuminating lamps for additional style. Don’t underestimate the power of fire. A built-in hearth will act as the centrepiece to your party, while a stylized firepit or freestanding glass accent fire can help to build flow — expect your guests to be drawn towards the flame. Focusing on sound will also make your event glow with magic. A good speaker system should be heard and not seen. Keep sound loud enough to make it a presence but soft enough so your guests don’t have to shout to be heard. For events where you want to make a big impression, Barlow-Lee urges hosts to spend the money on sound, and on sound support — something many events hinge upon. “There’s nothing more powerful than sound for setting the tone and controlling mood. If you walk into an event that’s already hopping, it’s going to get you going. I like to layer events, so the music, for

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CREATE A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL One of the most exclusive ways to up the ante for your event is to dream up a signature cocktail. Whether you’re tying together a garden party with rose margaritas, pairing blackberry mojitos with a technology-free outdoor theme, or inventing your own drink, planning the beverage can be as much fun as sipping it. Be sure to think about presentation. Will guests be handed a glass at the door, or be lured out to the sunlit patio? Will a bartender shake up your martinis, or will visitors serve themselves with stylized drink dispensers? Your guests will thank you for this conversation starter. Lavender Lemonade This summer classic, with delicious local ingredients, is an Island favourite. • 1 oz Victoria Gin • 1 oz lavender simple syrup • 1/2 oz organic lemon juice • Crushed ice • 2 oz soda water • Organic lavender flowers Prepare the gin, syrup and lemon in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a glass. Add soda water and garnish with locally grown lavender flowers.

example, builds along with the night,” she says. “It really creates a ‘wow’ factor.” You might even consider live music: from a classical guitarist to a string quartet.

DIY DETAILS Creative types need only look as far as Pinterest to find ideas for handcrafted driftwood centrepieces, shell candles and chalk-painted anything to accent your theme. The DIY element doesn’t just cut down on cost, but gives you personalized pride in your event. Yet this is, ironically, where hiring a professional designer can come in handy, says Beise. “A designer will help you tie in all the elements of your party, and can move you from that popular mason-jar-and-burlap craft to something really groundbreaking,” she says. “We all know how it feels to walk into a well-designed space, even if we can’t express why,” says Beise. “It’s like that magical element you can’t quite put your finger on, but you love being there. These are the details that take your event from a ‘good’ party to one your guests will never forget.” ::

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of adding a sunroom or solarium to your home, I’ve got some good news: glass enclosures are always a good idea, and almost always possible, so long as they are built correctly. Here’s how to properly create a stunning, four-seasons room, from design to finish. HOW TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT Before we get into the details, it helps to get the terminology straight. Though 46

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sunrooms, solariums, patio enclosures, gazebos and conservatories all share the same construction considerations — energy efficiency, leak protection, drainage, architectural appeal, insulation, maintenance and a proper foundation — it helps to know the differences. Sunrooms and solariums are basically the same thing: four-season rooms enclosed by glass. Some builders distinguish the two by the amount of glass: solariums being comprised almost entirely of glass including the roof, and sunrooms shaded by a regular roof, perhaps with a skylight or two.

Conservatories are basically fancy greenhouses, with a nod to historic European homes where fashionable folks once added “orangeries” to cultivate citrus plants and other exotic flora. Conservatories often feature details like roof finials and pitched roofs. They vary from small and simple, to huge and ornate as you please. Patio or balcony enclosures may be either completely protected by glass, or feature open sides to block the wind, with a pergola for sun and rain protection. A little farther south, folks call these Florida rooms. In Hawaii, they’re lanais.


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BASK IN THE BENEFITS What’s not to love about rooms that offer year-round, comfortable enjoyment of the outdoors, boost your home’s resale value and flood the rest of the house with natural light? “Sunrooms most definitely add value to your home, as they are unique,” says Tristan Maxey of Allied Glass and Aluminum Products. “As long as they are built properly with the proper permits and engineering in place, they can increase the value of your home.” Troy Nelson, owner of Northern Tropic Solariums, agrees. He’s often called upon by

realtors and homeowners to build solariums to help sell homes that are sluggish on the market. And it works. “The resale value of sunrooms built from Western Red Cedar or Northern Pine is the highest,” Nelson says, citing a 95 to 105 per cent return on the building costs. “Aluminum sunrooms usually return about 80 per cent.” Compared to ordinary additions, sunrooms usually cost about the same or less to build, depending on the design, yet they feel like an incredible luxury, as homeowners Angela Wood and Loren Bedford will tell you. Built atop a reinforced deck extending from the kitchen, their Northern Tropic addition now functions as a sitting area that they easily convert to a spacious dining room that hosts large family dinners. The 10-by-13-foot structure allowed the homeowners to retain deck space on two sides, further boosting the room’s versatility. “We saw Troy’s booth at the home show last fall, and construction started in February,” says Wood, who opted for hardwood floors and Western Red Cedar post and beam on the interior, with a white aluminum exterior. “Once we settled on the design, we didn’t have to do anything except paint the finished interior, which was easy because most of the room is either glass or wood trim.” The room is now everybody’s favourite spot in the house. PLAN FOR SUCCESS Most of the problems associated with sunrooms apply to DIY projects and outdated older structures, but keep in mind that nearly all problem sunrooms can be fixed. All new sunrooms and enclosures must, by law, be engineered and built to code with the proper permits in place. Although that sounds daunting, most construction companies handle the process for you. Visually, a new sunroom should blend seamlessly with the architecture of the house. Things like roof pitch, siding and exterior trim all need to flow together. Sunrooms and patio enclosures must be physically attached correctly, too, or they’ll leak, causing extensive damage to your home, or, in the case of condos, the entire building envelope. Tim Agar, project manager for Horizon Pacific Contracting and Sunrooms, sees this all too often. His company repairs existing structures of all shapes and sizes, and also creates design protocols for new strata buildings so that the plans are already in place should future condo owners decide to convert their balconies. Nelson warns against this problem, too. “Almost all condos are sound enough to handle an enclosure, but you need a fastening engineer and a structural engineer to make

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sure the sunroom is attached properly to the building. For single family homes, we use our own aluminum flashing system to ensure the rooms don’t leak.” The foundation is also crucial to a sunroom’s success. Slap-dash, DIY varieties constructed atop a pre-existing patio ultimately fail. “Concrete is very porous,” says Nelson. “When you build a sunroom on a patio, all the ground moisture comes through into the room, essentially creating a giant steam room on a hot summer day. You have to replace the existing concrete and install an insulated concrete pad with proper drainage, just as you would with any addition.” Energy efficiency is another key consideration. Older sunrooms are also notoriously hot in the summer, and freezing in winter. New glass technology fixes that problem. “Sunrooms can be as efficient as normal household rooms, in my opinion,” says Maxey. “There are numerous types of glass that can be used for a sunroom application with many different purposes, but the most energy efficient glass would be a UV blocking reflective exterior pane with a low-e, argon interior, which keeps sunrooms warm in winter and cool in summer. Compared with regular house windows, our sunroom glass is usually more efficient.” YAM MAGAZINE

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Nelson uses a patented glass called ConservaGlass Plus, made by Four Seasons Sunrooms. Their technology employs two types of glass coatings: a heat-trapping coating used on the walls to capture the warmth of the sun in winter months when the sun is low; and a heat blocking coating for ceiling panels to reflect heat in the summer when the sun is high. Agar, who sources glass from Oldcastle Glass and Garibaldi Glass in Vancouver, says they select the right glass for each sunroom based on each site’s particular requirements. It’s part of the feasibility study they conduct at the beginning of each project, which examines details like land type, the architecture of the home, orientation and how the homeowners plan to use the room. The results of the study govern the entire project right down to the finishing details. “We always start with a solar study, to track the sun throughout the day and seasonally, then we design the glass accordingly,” he says. “There are all sorts of glazing opportunities for different situations, including privacy glass to reduce the ‘fish bowl’ effect, and heat mirror glass to slow thermal gain in south-facing rooms.” Agar also says good ventilation is key in any size sunroom. Although ceiling fans are popular, they really aren’t necessary so long as 50 per cent of the wall systems can open so the air can circulate.

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MAINTENANCE SHOULD BE MINIMAL Maintenance is always a big concern when you’re dealing with so much glazing. You certainly don’t want to spend hours up a ladder cleaning pine needles off the roof, or having your view obstructed by the streaks you left behind with your squeegee. Some companies, like Allied Glass and Northern Tropic, offer special coatings that repel pollen and other debris (ahem, bird poop). Simply spray with a hose, or wait for a good rain shower, and voilà! Spotless glass. In the dry season, Nelson recommends a good hose-down with an outdoor glass cleaning solution of the home centre variety (or vinegar and water) using the Windex hose attachment. No squeegees required. “Maintenance has much to do with selecting the correct product for the application,” says Agar. “A wood assembly is okay for a clear spot where rot is not an issue, but an aluminum exterior is a better choice for shady, heavily treed areas.” Speaking of trees, are falling branches a problem during winter storms when you have a sunroom? Surprisingly, no. “We’ve installed sunrooms all along the West Coast, from Sooke to Port Renfrew,” says Nelson. “Even in heavily treed areas, breaks from branches are extremely rare.” Golf balls, however, are another story. In terms of the interior maintenance, Agar says it’s crucial to plan all finishes before construction, taking into account how the room will be used. “If you plan to fill your sunroom with plants, for example, a tile or vinyl floor is best because of the moisture.” Other details, like in-floor heating or the kind of elegant, tiny track rail lighting systems Agar often installs, must be built-in during the construction phase, with clear maintenance plans in place in case things go wrong down the road. When it comes to finishing materials, you have every choice available to you, but it’s important to incorporate those choices into the overall design. Sadly, in some cases, a sunroom addition just isn’t possible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t infuse your home with natural light. Consider replacing part of an exterior wall with windows (a.k.a. a “skywall”), or install a bank of skylights. Both options essentially create a sunroom without increasing square footage. Even the smallest skylight can transform a space, affording a constant link to the natural world with no compromise in comfort. Whether you opt for a sunroom or a skywall, this approach is perfect for welcoming more light into your home and extending the summer season year round. ::

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BE AUT Y By Erin Bradley

LIVING LIGHT YAM’s beauty expert’s illuminating makeup and hair trends for the season.

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ummer is the perfect season to lighten up everything from your moisturizer to the colour and weight of your clothes and makeup. A simple change like switching to a coral blush instead of the plum that served you so well all winter can brighten up your look and inspire your beauty outlook for the weeks ahead. This summer, it’s all about embracing bold colour and texture in makeup and hair. Makeup trends are actually leaning toward deep colours, but fear not! They look bright and beautiful when paired with a summer wardrobe and a simple skin palette. MAKEUP TRENDS The Pantone colour of 2015 is marsala. Its beautifully rich burgundy-brown tones, though reminiscent of the 90s, are perfectly up-to-date for lips, especially for adding contrast to wardrobe colours such as blush, yellow and green. Apply it as a bold stain for evening or as a sheer gloss for day. Try MAC Lipstick in Polished Up or Viva Glam III or Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Plum. If you prefer bright colours, try orange or peach on your lips. Dab MAC’s Morange on as a stain or, for a softer look, apply a clear gloss over top. For something more natural, I like a soft peach gloss like Sprightly from Elate Clean Cosmetics at elatebeauty.com. Major eye makeup trends to keep in your sights are metallic and purple shadows and layered mascara. These dramatic looks have taken runways by storm, but you can easily translate the runway approach to suit your own personal style. Metallics will enliven your regular eye makeup. Try a soft gold shadow like Makeup 52

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Forever’s Shadow #10 in the centre of your lid at your lash line and marvel at how big this simple addition makes your eyes look. For evening, create some drama with gold on your inner eye. All eyes can look great with purple shadow. Just make sure you conceal under eye circles and stay away from any reddish purples if you have a pink skin tone. Try Ping My Garter by Paperdoll Mineral Cosmetics at thegreenkiss.com. Dramatically layered mascara may work best on the runway; however, layering two mascaras — one for volume and one for

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photos to your stylist and ask for some advice on choosing a colour to complement your skin tone and lifestyle. Dramatic side or centre parts are a fun way to style a new do or update a look. Side parts are best for square or round faces and centre parts work well for heart shapes. Oblong or oval faces can generally do both so be daring and experiment! For something a little more designed, the classic French braid is making a comeback. This dual-purpose style offers a proper and pulled back daytime look that beautifully releases into textured waves for evening. Wear your braids half up with a trendy metal clip or pin them to the side in a messy chignon. LIGHTEN UP I guarantee there are at least a couple of summer trends to suit everyone. Choose wisely and you’ll create a fabulously fresh look that’s just right for you. So go light, have fun and be yourself. ::

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J OE DANDY By David Alexander

HAIR TODAY Hairstyles remain a mystery to many shear-shy men. But Joe Dandy has some stylish advice: the right haircut could change your life.

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en, here’s my opinion of style: if you’re going to look good, you need to deal with your hair. Cut it, shave it, ponytail it or just let it flop, but for goodness sake, do pay attention to style. FINDING A BARBER First, let’s get one thing out of the way. There is a difference between a barber and a stylist (partially to do with the perks and who does or doesn’t love having their hair shampooed). But for the sake of brevity, we’re talking barbers in this column. No offence to the stylists out there who don’t want to be lumped in and vice versa. You are all one happy family to Joe Dandy. For men looking for a change or who have finally decided to give up cutting their own hair (ouch), how do you find a good barber? The best way is a referral. If you know someone with excellent hair or see someone on the street with a style you want, ask them where they got it cut. Second, check online. Yelp is a great resource for reviews. Salons will have websites which should give you an indication of the clients they cater to. Your hairstyle will affect your entire look, so before trying a new barber, stop by in person and check out the salon. Is the place clean? Are the customers your sort of people? (If they all look like neo-punk rockers, it might be a clue.) Does your

new barber exude confidence (though not too much; you want him to listen to you)? Is he well groomed? Can you talk with him? BARBER TALK It’s essential that you are honest with your barber. I’m not talking about the small talk you’ll likely engage in while the work is being done. I’m talking about setting yourself up for a successful hairstyle from the get-go. So when you go in for your cut, be specific. Have an idea in mind or bring in a picture (yes, this is really OK to do). Talk about length, texture, what you want for the neck and sideburns. And also talk about why you want that hairstyle because your barber may have suggestions about whether a particular style is high maintenance when you want low maintenance, or passé when you want contemporary. Remember, your barber is not a miracle worker. Yes, with the right equipment and chemicals, he can do a whole lot, but he can’t do everything. Wavy hair is wavy

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hair (unless you are willing to do daily maintenance with a flat iron — which most men aren’t prepared to do). MATCHING HAIR TO FACE This will absolutely blow you away, but not all haircuts suit all guys. I know, shocking! A few rules of thumb when it comes to face shape and hair: Oval face: You’ve got it made. An oval face is proportionally well balanced; it generally suits any type or length of hairstyle. Square face: think strong and masculine; an angular hair cut will emphasize this and bring out your chiseled jaw. Oblong face: to keep a well-proportioned look, don’t take the sides or top too long or you may look like a jellybean. Round face: a round face does well with a style that has some height. Think spiky or volume. Triangle face: can be a bit tricky, some length and volume on top is helpful — you want to narrow the forehead and add the illusion of width to the chin. Lifestyle and attitude also play a part in your hairstyle. Are you a get-up-and-go kind of guy who wants to just hop out of the shower and get moving? If so, a fancy “do” that requires styling isn’t going to work for you.


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TOP 5 HEAD-TURNING HAIRCUTS Old is new when it comes to haircuts this season: the style is shorter, more natural. (Yes, beards are still popular.)

1 Side Part

4 Brushed Up

This look is perfect if you have some length and don’t want to fuss with your hair. Part to the side — either left or right, whichever works, and then sweep hair over to one side.

This is a great look that goes from casual to stylish in seconds with the right products. With this cut, the sides and back are medium length and kept down, while the top is longer and, with some gel or pomade, pulled up and blow dried.

2 Short Back and Sides Think short around the back and sides with some layered length on top, coming to a tip at the front.

3 Caesar Cut The Caesar is a variation on the buzz cut: short and shaved on the sides with a bit of length on top to spike.

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THE BALD EMBRACE Let’s move well out of earshot for the next topic: baldness. Sometimes, often as you get older, your hair gives up the ghost and leaves. For many men, this is devastating. Rogaine, laser light therapy and hair replacement surgery are a few of the many solutions that might help, but semi or full baldness is just inevitable for some men. The ultimate remedy? Embrace it. Wholeheartedly. Many men look sexy with a bald dome. And media reflects this with the popularity of Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Vin Diesel. There are ways to go bald besides the full clean-shaven look. Try a buzz cut, keeping a wee bit of the length, or a short Caesar cut, which is great for concealing a receding hairline. Cuts with shaggy layers keep the hair a bit uneven, giving you a perpetual tousled look that hides thinning hair. Always stay away from the toupée and comb over. Shudder. MAKE THE RIGHT IMPRESSION If you spend any sort of energy on picking out clothes — and I assume you do if you are reading this column — then put the same sort of energy into choosing the right haircut. It is the first thing people see when they meet you, and it’s something they’ll identify you with long after you’ve said goodbye. :: YAM MAGAZINE

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The beginning of this novel reminded me of that old movie The Big Chill: a gathering of old friends, reunited after decades, with old anxieties dredged up, past antics and relationships reminisced over. Joseph, a newspaper columnist and divorced father of a teenage daughter, provides the perspective, and while he is a sympathetic character, he is not always likable — and he knows it. The weightiest conflict is between Joseph and Alex, formerly best friends until life, circumstances, relationships and values change, resulting in a rivalry that intensifies as the party gets rowdier. Suddenly, The Big Chill turns into a suspense thriller when the adults discover that the two teenaged daughters — Joseph’s and Alex’s — have disappeared. The two dads search the wilderness surrounding the property, where they confront not just the perils hidden in the woods, but also the issues at the core of their dispute and their own capacities for violence, whether real or imagined. Harmless may seem harmless at the outset, but like the characters, what you see in their outward behaviour does not always reflect what is happening inside.

Sara Thomas, a young woman with Asperger’s syndrome and a knack for breaking codes and ciphers, has just been hired for a project that takes her from her home in England to a château in France. Her job? To decipher a diary written almost 300 years earlier by Mary Dundas, a Jacobite exiled to France, who becomes involved in a dangerous, highlevel intrigue. In more or less alternating chapters, Sara and Mary lead this intricately woven adventure full of mystery, history and romance. Kearsley, a Toronto writer and former museum curator, has filled this book with fascinating historic detail and wonderful descriptions of the places Sara and Mary travel to. Okay, so the characters are a bit idealized, but so what? This is a well-written mystery-adventure that swept me right in and held me captive to the last page.

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When CBC executive and gardening book author Bill Terry retired, he began a project he had been dreaming about for decades: creating the perfect garden. Full of valuable gardening advice — including a list of 99 perennials that “flourish with little or no attention in the Pacific Northwest” and a whole chapter on my beloved hellebores — this book is more than that: it is the story of Terry’s evolution as a gardener. While he is quite philosophical in his approach to taming the wilderness, he is also witty in a charming, garden-y way. For example: “Seeking to form a partnership between Mother Nature and the gardener is a challenge akin to mediating collaboration between the spider and the fly.” But he does collaborate with Mother Nature (a.k.a. Ms. Nature and even Ms. Bossy Boots) and what he learns along the way is enlightening and inspiring.


Black Feathers By Robert J. Wiersema Harper Collins Canada, 408 pages

The prologue in Black Feathers, the latest novel by Victoria writer Robert J. Wiersema, gave me the chills like few other books ever have. It’s a brilliantly “The sense frightening start to a thriller that of lurking never really lets terror stayed up from there on with me from in. Sure, there are some calm beginning moments and to end.” even a few happy moments, but the sense of lurking terror stayed with me from beginning to end. That terror is reality for 16-yearold Cassie, a runaway from the B.C. interior. She suffers from night terrors and sleep paralysis, and is constantly fighting to separate the real from the unreal. Convinced she is a danger to her family, she feels her only option is life on the streets of Victoria, where her loneliness and inexperience lead her into a friendship with Skylark, another street teen. As Cassie picks through her memories and dreams, trying to reach some understanding of what happened to her back home, her nightmares return. At the same time, a serial killer is murdering young prostitutes, creating a very real fear in the city. While the investigation is ongoing, as readers, we are introduced to other characters in varying degrees of depth — some good, some bad — as the book explores the blurriness between good and evil, perception and reality, and dark and light, until it becomes very difficult to know whom to trust. It’s disturbing, intense and well orchestrated — like Stephen King has come to Victoria.

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