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TIME TO TELL ALL

We visit ice cream artisan Autumn Maxwell of Cold Comfort to discover the secrets of making creamy cool treats at home.

In this compelling Q-and-A, former CHEK anchor Lee Mackenzie talks about her marriage to a sociopath — and how she broke free.

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A fresh approach to home styling reminds us our homes should be about personality — not perfection.

The look is bold, bright and free-spirited this summer, so layer up in fearless florals, striking geometrics and artful accessories.

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32 HOME & LIFESTYLE A spectacular yet simple Cadboro Bay home defines coastal modern style By Danielle Pope

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bit into a perfect strawberry the other day and suddenly it was summer. I was struck with the urge to do absolutely nothing but take myself down to the beach at Dallas Road and watch the waves come in. But after 10 minutes in coastal paradise, I realized I’d left my mobile phone at home. Well, that’s a good thing, I thought. Nobody really needs to find me in the next hour anyway. I tried to relax, but the anxiety of being phone-less jumped around me like a sand flea. What was on my newsfeed? What was Twitter saying? How about Facebook? What a wake-up call! To think I used to be the person who irritated friends and family by always forgetting my device at home, or by forgetting to check text messages. So what happened? When did I become addicted to my phone? I think it began during the U.S. election, always checking Kerry Slavens, Editor-in-Chief HuffPost to see “What has Donald Trump done now?” Drama is addictive. I see it on my Facebook feed as well-meaning people, myself included, seek to allay our anxieties about the world by sharing everything that makes us sad, mad and afraid. No wonder so many people just want to look at pictures of puppies. I went home, had another strawberry and made a decision. While completely unplugging is just not an option for me, I knew my peace of mind depended on creating cell-free zones in my life and unplugged intervals in my days. In true writerly fashion, I did my research. Susan Pinker’s new book, The Village Effect, persuasively argues that text messages are no substitute for personal interaction, and Facebook is no cure for loneliness or unhappiness. In fact, German researchers have found that one in three people feel worse about their lives after visiting Facebook. According to Pinker, the real key to happiness, and even longevity, is face-to-face socialization, because “live interaction sparks far greater activity in the brain regions linked to social cognition and reward.” In short, our brains get a healthier high on real human contact than the sugar fix of social media. The other book that proved helpful was Unplug: A Simple Meditation Guide for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers by Suze Yalof Schwartz. No book has ever inspired me to meditate before, but Schwartz makes simple, doable suggestions and persuades gently with insight and wit. (You’ve just got to love someone who thinks about combining a meditation studio with a blow-dry bar.) So this summer, I’ve committed to drastically reducing my time on social media and news sites, and focusing on seeing friends and meditating on the beach, sans mobile phone. I’m hoping novelist Anne Lamott was right when she said, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

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rom the all-new epic weiner-dog races and puppy stampede, to the running of the bulldogs and the doggy Dock Diving contest, Pet-a-Palooza is where the cool pets and their humans will be hanging out this summer. Of course, YAM will be there with our favourite French bulldog, Luba, who is already picking out her outfit for this furry fundraiser hosted by the Just Love Animals Society. So bring your pet out to the West Coast’s largest outdoor pet event, complete with a fully fenced off-leash adventure park. Sample food and treats, visit booths, discover the latest toys and accessories, and connect with loads of free swag! And be sure to get your PAWSport starting August 1 at PAWS on Cook or at the event and collect stamps to win a year’s worth of free pet food, treats and supplies. Visit petapaloozawest.com for updates and info about pet-friendly shuttles from Broadmead and the Westshore. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 12 & 13 WHERE: St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humbolt Street

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OH, SO COOL Tart and refreshing, the classic gin and tonic gets an ultimate summer makeover when made with Empress 1908 Indigo Gin and blended with ice. Handcrafted by Victoria Distillers, the indigo gin gets its bright hue from butterfly pea blossoms; with the addition of citrus or tonic, the bright blue transforms to a soft pink. (Served here in 1960s glassware from Trig Vintage, $12/each.) For this frozen G&T recipe, go to yammagazine.com.

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1 This hanging by Victoria-based weaver Julie McCracken of Dragonfly Woven Art uses 100 per cent cotton wool and yarns and features copper details (Amelia Lee Boutique, $400) // 2 Arteriors Maxim pendant features a fringe of dark antique brass (Design District Access, $4,800) 3 The Serefina fringe earrings update the classic hoop (Club Monaco, $65) // 4 Hecho & Co.’s Mitla scarf is handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico (Picot Collective, $99) // 5 Uttermost’s versatile ottoman is accented with a geometric fringe (Luxe Home Interiors, $124) // 6 A raffia tote works with both casual and dressy looks (Banana Republic, $124) // 7 You can’t resist a shimmy in this dress with its layers of fringe (zara.com/ca, $69) // 8 A tassel adds flair to this piece by local jewelry line Moss & Stone (Amelia Lee Boutique, $35) // 9 Free-flowy fringe gives a boho vibe to this saddle pillow (cb2.com, $199)

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ummer’s a great time to get playful with your makeup, and there’s no reason your lips should have all the fun. M∙A∙C Cosmetics has just released 16 multicoloured mascaras in fun shades from sky blue to fuchsia pink. “The great thing

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about a coloured mascara is that you don’t have to worry about what one works for your eye colour,” M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist Melissa Gibson tells YAM. “All of them will work; it’s more a matter of how much you want your lashes to POP!”

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FRINGE IS ALL ABOUT ADDING THAT TOUCH OF FANCY TRIMMING, WHETHER IT’S ON FASHION, FURNITURE OR DÉCOR. FOR A MODERN TAKE, LOOK FOR ITEMS MADE WITH I N T E R EST I N G MATERIALS SUCH AS METAL, RAFFIA, LEATHER OR WOOL

And don’t worry about being extreme, because this is a look that can be done to any comfort level. “Keeping it subtle is easy if you choose the colours that are deeper in shade,” Gibson continues. “A deep burgundy, rich purple and a mossy green will

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add colour but in a softer way. If you love the bright tones like neon green and blue, try using your favourite black mascara first and add the colour just to the tips of your lashes or just to the lower lashes. The best thing about coloured mascaras is you can either wear a little or wear a lot.”


TIP: Functional lighting means you’ll get more use — and enjoyment — from your outdoor living spaces. Your lighting plan should include ambient lighting for lounging, task lighting for any cooking area and safety lighting for stairs and railings.

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o create a truly comfortable outdoor space, design it as you would your interior — but use products created to withstand outdoor conditions. Some outdoor floor lamps feature waterproof construction and electrical cords, while others recharge through solar power. “Use outdoor floor lamps like you would indoors, to layer your lighting and to illuminate specific seating or eating areas,” says Cheryl Wilkinson of LightForm Canada, whose Vancouver-based showroom works directly with Island designers and homeowners. Wilkinson also recommends looking for floor lights that serve double duty, like those with shelves or surfaces. “Floor lamps will be more visible next to your chairs or tables, so choose a design that is pleasing and decorative, one that would be equally at home in your living room,” she says. “This helps to create a warm, livable and inviting atmosphere that is a true extension of your indoors.”

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INSIDE-OUT This is the season where everyone heads outdoors and you may feel pressured to hike and “enjoy nature.” Cast off those expectations, and let’s indulge together by giving the great outdoors a dose of indoor comfort!

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Outdoor furniture is on the cusp of a drastic change: tiny seat cushions on bulky, woven synthetic frames (which are terrible for mildew) are giving way to sleeker, skinnier and more stylish pieces. The result is outdoor furniture with indoor-proportioned cushions and a much comfier feel. Look for modern mesh or cagey silhouettes in powder-coated steel for your best wear value.

If you really want to give your outdoor space an indoor makeover, the first thing you’ll need is a woven rug. The new polypropylenes are soft and cozy on your feet, durable enough for high-traffic areas and safe for kid, pet and adult spills (that includes wine!). Mix bold colours with soft textures for modern, playful décor. And at the end of the party, simply wash it down with a hose. Now that’s the great outdoors!

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Stylish grey two-seater sofa with powder-coated steel frame from Varaschin Outdoor Therapy

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Are you craving soft chenile or 1 Tessa Stitch fuzzy bouclé outdoor cushions in Batik Blue instead of ones that make 2 No Boundaries in Cement you feel like you’re sitting on a ruck sac? Now they’re 3 Caravan Kilim in Batik Blue available — and they even come in a host of colours, like Available at robertallendesign.com cream, white and deep indigo. Most are fade resistant and can be cleaned with bleach solutions. I love Robert Allen’s new Wanderlust collection, which features ribbed fabrics, modern prints and warm colours.

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> The first run of the Iván Meade Chocolate collection combines two of the local designer’s passions: great design and quality food. “A lot of thought went into the process, as we wanted to pair the chocolate flavours with our fabric patterns while showcasing the best of both worlds,” Meade says. “We are working with renowned chocolatier Sylvia Punguntzky from Art Meets Chocolate and we wanted to create a unique and memorable experience through this important collaboration: designer with chocolatier.” Flavours run from the familiar, such as Eme Salted Caramel and Fleur de Sel, to the exotic, such as Jinete Matcha Green Tea and Lime. With the purchase of the Collection, a limitededition package featuring all six flavours, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Testicular Cancer Canada. Visit ivanmeade.com for local retailers.

> A visit to Olive This & More (OT&M), the new olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room on Broughton Street, presents one with 56 different flavours of oils and vinegars. Currently there are single varietal olive oils from Northern Hemisphere harvests, including offerings from Spain, Portugal and the U.S. The fall will see the store switch over to the Southern Hemisphere harvests. “Our single variety extra-virgin olive oil is what distinguishes us the most,” says store manager Chelsea Daemmig. To expand your use of olive oils and balsamic vinegars this summer, Daemmig recommends trying the Cascadia Raspberry Balsamic with the Lemon Infused Olive Oil. “They are lovely drizzled together over fruit and ice cream or even yogurt,” she says. “The raspberry vinegar is also ideal for mixing into cocktails or into sparkling water for a refreshing drink.”

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Bellyfit is a Victoria-based fitness system that’s inspiring women around the world. “It’s that age-old story where you go away and become famous and then you come back and your hometown is like, ‘We see you now!’” says Bellyfit founder Alice Bracegirdle about her workout program’s growth to over 300 trained instructors around the world. “Our big markets right now are India and Japan and we’re working on Europe.” Bracegirdle describes Bellyfit as a maverick in the fitness industry. “This is a program created by women for

women,” she says. “It is specifically for female physiology, and that includes the female psyche and spirituality. That’s one differentiating factor. And the second is that it’s holistic. Most physical fitness programs focus primarily on the physical body. Bellyfit focuses on that also, but then we go deeper, by incorporating elements of yoga and spiritual awareness. We work with breath and energy. We do vocalizations, as well. So we’re actually repeating affirmations throughout the class. It’s physical, but it’s also mental, emotional and spiritual.” Another important element, and what Bracegirdle believes is the draw for many women, is the focus on body

positivity. The Bellyfit philosophy is to encourage women to exercise because they love their bodies and want to honour and make those bodies feel good. Along with fostering a global community of instructors and classes, Bracegirdle and her team have just wrapped up the first season of BellyfitTV. There are 12 episodes that can be purchased from their website (bellyfit. com), and each offers an invigorating 45-minute workout. “They’re for people who can’t get to a live class or just prefer to shake it at home,” Bracegirdle says. “We’re trying to get as many women moving around the world as possible — in a way that makes them love their body and their life.”


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POINT THE WAY Fluevog — the footwear brand that inspires cult-like devotion in its fans — is returning to Victoria, opening their first store here since 1972. Located in a spacious heritage building at 566 Johnson Street, the store will feature a carefully curated “Flueseum” of iconic past shoe styles and offer special Victoria-only editions of the Malala and Andrew designs. “It’s a great feeling to be bringing our unique soles back to this unique city,” says founder John Fluevog.

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DUNCAN FARMER’S MARKET

WHEN: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May through October

WHEN: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May to late September

WHEN: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May through October

WHERE: Corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road

WHERE: Corner of Menzies Street and Superior Street

WHERE: 200 Craig Street, Duncan

WEEKLY VENDORS: 80+

WEEKLY VENDORS: 65+

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VIBE: There’s a laid-back urban-hip feel to Moss Street Market, the 26-year-old granddaddy of farmers’ markets in the Capital Region, where “make it, bake it or grow it and sell it” is the credo for over 80 annual vendors.

VIBE: In the urban heart of Victoria, this city market draws in neighbours and tourists alike with farm-fresh food and artisan goods. The mood? Upbeat and intimate.

VENDOR HIGHLIGHTS: This year, along with the fresh offerings from farms like Terra Nossa, SunTrio Farm and Haliburton Community Organic Farm, look for the artful and functional stoneware pottery of Janet Bartz, upcycled kimonos from Musubi-Ya and gold- and silver-wrapped local stone jewelry by Raincoast Jewelry Design. SIPS & NOSH: There are plenty of food, beer, wine and cider vendors to choose from, so do plan for lunch at the market. Refresh with Salt Spring Island Kombucha, grab a juicy sausage bun from Galloping Goose Sausage Co. or a barbecuedsalmon burger from Wild West, and finish up with a brew from Hoyne or a glass of wine from deVine. ENTERTAINMENT: From favourites like Fintan and Cormac O’Brien to Brad Prevedoros, music is always a big draw at Moss Street Market. Starting this year, Theatre SKAM will be there once a month with its pop-up, back-of-truck theatre, complete with seating and stage.

VENDOR HIGHLIGHTS: Foodies will want to seek out Paul Kleinschmidt’s Yeshi dressing, a yeast-based concoction that’s perfect on salads, rice and meats. And don’t miss the booth for Singing Bowl Granola. This handmade artisan granola, made from organic oats and oils and sweetened with honey or maple syrup, is a local favourite. For jewelry, a must-see is the handcrafted work of silversmith Patricia Hughes. And for kids, the popular books of Victoria teacher, illustrator and author Sherry Ewacha offer a fascinating look at Canada’s endangered species in a way elementary school kids can understand.

WEEKLY VENDORS: 105+ MORE INFO: duncanfarmersmarket.ca VIBE: Located under Duncan’s clock tower, this farmers’ market mixes the friendly charm of small-town living with a foodie cred that has come to define the Cowichan region. VENDOR HIGHLIGHTS: This market has really amped up its food offerings this year. Look for fresh organics from Glen Eden and Providence Farms, and trout from Raincoast Aquaponics. For barbecue lovers, find juicy steaks from Henry & Jones Grass Fed Beef and artisan sausages, free-range poultry and heritage pork from Yesteryear Farms. For goods and gifts, don’t miss West Coast Chimes’ handcrafted rings from vintage coins, or nan.c.designs’ whimsical felted characters and hand-dyed wools.

SIPS & NOSH: Perfection is a glass of wine from Rocky Creek paired with fresh-baked goods or pizza from Nathan’s Bakery. Or how about a refreshing cider from Sea Cider Farm on those warm summer afternoons?

SIPS & NOSH: You’ll want dessert first when you smell the come-hither aroma of That’s Amoré’s chocolate-drizzled popcorn. For savoury sustenance, try Mexican food from Flor & Canto and fresh artisan fare from Farm’s Gate. And for sips, look to Ampersand Distilling, Blue Grouse Estate Winery, Merridale Ciderworks and more.

ENTERTAINMENT: There’s music every week at this popular market, so pull up a chair ... or dance if you will! It’s James Bay, after all.

ENTERTAINMENT: Music is a mainstay at this market, which also features a buskers’ tent playing host to the region’s best.

. MORE SUMMER MARKETS (For complete details, visit bcfarmsandfood.com.)

Market at Bastion Square Sundays, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Goldstream Station Market Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

North Saanich Farm Market Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Oaklands Sunset Market Wednesdays, 4:30–8:30 p.m.

Esquimalt Farmers Market Thursdays, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Metchosin Farmers’ Market Sundays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Oak Bay Village Night Market 2nd Wednesday of the month, 4–8 p.m.

Pensinsula Country Market Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

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PHOTOS (L TO R): SIMON DESROCHERS, JO-ANN LORO, COURTESY OF FRY’S BAKERY, JO-ANN LORO, SIMON DESROCHERS

Lazy weekends and farmers’ markets are just made for each other — and here on the South Island, market season just gets more vibrant over the years as people head out in search of fresh foods, friendly vibes and artisan offerings. Here are our picks for the region’s top farmers’ markets for 2017.


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Get There Early The best stuff tends to go fast, so get in before the crowds arrive and the produce begins to look sleepy. Arriving tout suite gives you time to browse and do a onceover to compare products and prices and enjoy chats with vendors. Hint: Don’t expect to shop before the market officially opens; let the vendors get set up and ready!

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Come Prepared With all of the luscious fruits, veggies and artisan goods to choose from, don’t be caught without sturdy, washable bags or a backpack that leaves your hands free. Pack heavier items at the bottom so you don’t arrive home with squished tomatoes or strawberries. If you plan to buy fish, meat, eggs and cheeses, put a cooler lined with ice packs in your trunk.

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Shop in Season Before you head to the market, visit bcfarmersmarket.org/freshmarket/whatsinseason so you won’t be disappointed if what you are looking for isn’t available. This way you can plan a market-fresh menu.

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Don’t Haggle Running a farm or artisan business is not for the feint of heart, so do the vendors a favour and don’t try to bargain them down. Their prices do reflect the cost of growing and making their products.

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Cash is Kind While some vendors do take credit cards, most operate on a cash-only basis. Bring your money in small bills.

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Chat With Vendors A great feature of farmers’ markets is one-on-one time with the actual farmers, so don’t be shy about asking how the food is grown and how to prepare it. And do ask for the farmers’ favourite recipes!

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Stay Real Most supermarkets offer pre-cut, pre-packaged fruits and veggies. Not so at the farmers’ market — and thank goodness, because whole fruits and veggies preserve their flavours so much better. And don’t expect everything to look perfect and polished. Just enjoy the imperfections and the ripe freshness.

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Oh, Canada! CELEBRATE CANADA 150 BY EXPLORING OUR CULINARY HERITAGE WITH A DELICIOUS OUTDOOR FEAST

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s a Canadian food writer, a question I’m often asked is: “What is Canadian cuisine?” While the answer can be quite complex — delving into our history of First Nations traditions, Indigenous wild foods, multiculturalism and regional specialties — it can also be rather simple. Like any other place in the world, what people here eat depends on where they come from and where they’ve ended up. It’s why you’ll find French baguettes called báhn mi in Vietnam, the ChinesePeruvian stir-fry of onions, tomatoes, beef and potatoes in Lima, and Muslim specialties at the end of the Silk Road in Xian, China. 24

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REGIONAL FOOD TRADITIONS Since we’re a mere 150 years into this experiment of Canada, during a time when world migration has been progressively more rapid, our international influences are less entrenched, though equally eclectic. That’s because the principle is the same. Every region has its own specialties, depending on who arrived, from where and when. Wherever people end up in the world, they eat what they know and cook what they have. Maple syrup, the original foraged food, was being collected and eaten by Indigenous peoples long before the first immigrants arrived. Indigenous peoples also taught immigrants about Saskatoon berries,

manomin (wild rice), rose hips, spruce tips, camas root and clams, and how to roast meat in pits and make the herbal medicinal concoction known as Labrador tea. When it comes to post-contact cuisine, first wave English, Scottish and French traditions are the backbone, but there are many layers in this multicultural stew, from the eastern Europeans and Ukrainians of the Prairies to the Loyalists of southern Ontario to the Chinese and Japanese immigrants of the West Coast. Toss those ethnic ideas with the ingredients at hand — whatever is accessible to the average family — and you have the backbone of Canadian food traditions, from West Coast salmon bakes to Prairie perogies, British butter

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tarts, French-Canadian tourtiere and Maritime lobster rolls. Dig deeper and you’ll find foods specific to individual communities — bar mitzvah-inspired Schmoo Torte in Winnipeg, spicy Clamato Caesars and cowboy flapjacks in Calgary, smoked meat and bagels in Montreal, and fiddleheads, salt cod and screech in the Maritimes. It’s home cooking, the kind of food people tend to bring to potluck parties and share at celebrations, and it’s the perfect way to mark confederation.

A B.C. BARBECUE FOR CANADA DAY A backyard barbecue or a family picnic is a great way to celebrate Canada Day. At her website, FoodDayCanada.ca, Canadian food writer and activist Anita Stewart encourages Canadians to plan a party every summer (this year on August 5) — “light a campfire … sweep off the deck for a neighbourhood supper … dig a roasting pit … fire up the grill and use only Canadian ingredients to create a feast of a simple dinner that honours our extraordinary culinary history.” Using the hashtag #fooddaycanada, cooks share recipes and menus on social media, ranging from seared bison rib-eye and McIntosh apple pie to vegetarian chili. Here on the West Coast, with our strong connection to the sea, coastal Indigenous traditions and subsequent infusions of British and Asian immigrants, there’s plenty to choose from. In putting together the menu on page 26, I’ve shared some of my own recipes, and collected some from local chefs and bakers. It’s all food for thought for a big party revolving around a salmon barbecue with seafood chowder or fresh local oysters, hotsmoked salmon and cold-smoked tuna for snacking, Dungeness crab cakes, spot prawns, Chinese dumplings or even California rolls. Add some fresh local corn, seaweed salad, wild mushrooms and B.C. wines or local craft beers to round out the menu, with a fruit pie or crumble (think local apples or blueberries) or festive red-and-white strawberry shortcake with a tray of creamy Nanaimo bars for dessert. Of course, feel free to add your own family favourite dishes. Maybe a creamy crab dip or little skewers of bocconcini and cherry tomatoes? How about a bumbleberry pie from a local baker? While Wikipedia claims poutine is “the national dish of Canada” — and the Quebec creation has become a fast-food staple from coast to coast — I’m sure many Canadians would beg to differ. After all, Canadian cuisine is whatever is traditional in your family and your community, from pemmican to mussels, and salt cod to sushi. It’s the taste of near and far, and exactly what it means to be Canadian. Happy birthday to all of us!

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CRAB AND PINE MUSHROOM CAKES Chef Bill Jones of Deerholme Farm outside Duncan is a mushroom expert and forager. This is his tasty recipe for Crab and Pine Mushroom Cakes, made with these sweet, wild B.C. mushrooms. You can substitute enoki mushrooms for a milder flavour. From The Deerholme Mushroom Book by Bill Jones (TouchWood Editions).

APPETIZERS Crab and Pine Mushroom Cakes (recipe this page)

• 1 lb white fish (cod, halibut, sole) • 1/4 cup whipping cream

Creamy Crab Dip

• 2 cups crab meat (from a 1.5 lb crab)

Cold-Smoked Tuna with Wasabi Mayonnaise (page 25)

• 1 cup finely diced pine mushrooms (or enoki) • 1 tsp minced garlic

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MAIN COURSE

• cold smoked tuna loin, sliced paper thin

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 1/4 cup mayonnaise

• 1 cup panko or bread crumbs

• 1/2 to 1 tsp wasabi powder or paste (to taste)

In a food processor, pulse the fish until a rough paste is formed. Add the cream and process until a smooth paste is obtained. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the crab (without any juice), mushrooms, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth. The mixture should form into a ball — if it’s too wet, you can add a few bread crumbs. Fry a small sample to test the seasoning. Using an ice-cream scoop or 1/4-cup measure, scoop up the mixture and form into a ball with your hands. Roll in the panko to coat evenly. Press into a cake and place on a tray lined with parchment. Repeat to form remaining cakes. Heat oil in a non-stick pan; add the crab cakes and fry until golden brown on each side. If you need to fry in batches, transfer the cooked cakes to a warm oven and let rest while you cook the remaining cakes. Serve warm with coleslaw or mayonnaise flavoured with lemon and garlic. Makes 8 cakes.

Grilled Wild West Coast Salmon (page 27) or Spring Salmon Burgers Potato Salad

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I buy pieces of cold-smoked tuna loins from Finest At Sea, slice them paper thin and serve them over a dab of wasabi mayo on a seaweed rice cracker, available at the supermarket. Very West Coast, very easy and very popular.

• 1 green onion, thinly sliced

• 2 tbsp canola oil

Grilled Corn on the Cob (page 27)

COLD-SMOKED TUNA WITH WASABI MAYONNAISE

• Japanese rice crackers with seaweed (nori) Freeze the tuna partially to make slicing easier, then use a sharp knife to carve off paper-thin slivers. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and wasabi powder and mix well, adding more wasabi to taste. Place a dollop of wasabi mayonnaise on each cracker and top with a rolled slice of smoked tuna. Serve immediately.

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Classically trained British chef Dan Hayes (left) with his APTN Moosemeat & Marmalade costar Art Napoleon, a “bush chef” and naturalist from the Saulteau First Nations in north-eastern B.C. The pair prepared and styled our Canada 150 feast (page 24) at Hayes’s cooking school, The London Chef.

GRILLED WILD WEST COAST SALMON Whether you cook a whole side of salmon to serve as a main dish or pick smaller, skinless fillets to eat as salmon burgers with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato, it all starts with my tried-and-true marinade, kicked up with Canadian whisky. You can make a refreshing salsa to serve with your salmon — cut sweet corn from the cob and toss with chopped green onion, minced red pepper, jalapeno, lime juice and cilantro. Or whirl up a tasty burger sauce of mayonnaise, chipotle chili, lemon zest, ketchup and sweet pickle relish in the blender. • 1 whole side of wild B.C. sockeye or spring salmon (or skinless individual salmon fillets for burgers) Marinade: • 1/2 cup Canadian rye whisky • 1/4 cup olive oil • 2 tbsp soy sauce • 2 tbsp maple syrup or brown sugar • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced • 1 tsp white pepper Optional (for salmon burgers): • Whole wheat buns • Lettuce • Tomato • Mayonnaise or burger sauce (see above) In a shallow dish (large enough to hold the fish in a single layer) combine the marinade ingredients. Set the salmon, flesh side down, into the dish, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Preheat the barbecue to 400°F. Place the fish skin side down on the well-oiled grill (or use a grilling basket or grilling mat) and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the fish flakes easily. For added flavour, cook your salmon on a cedar plank, or add some smoke with alder or applewood chips. Just soak the chips in water, wrap in a foil pouch that’s been punctured in several spots, then set over the gas burner until it starts to smoke. Place the salmon on the grill and cover while cooking.

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GRILLED CORN ON THE COB Grilled corn is really just corn that’s steamed on the cob and in the husk. Make sure to buy corn with bright-green husks — the fresher, the sweeter, as the sugars in corn start turning to starch the minute it’s picked. So get your corn close to home at Silver Rill farm. Peel back the husk, leaving it intact at the base of the cob, and pull out all of the corn silk. Rinse the corn and fold the leaves back up around the cob. Tie closed with a few pieces of string or a strip of the husk, and then soak the cobs in a sink full of cold water for about 10 minutes. Put the corn on the hot barbecue grill, or right on the hot coals, and steam the corn for 15 to 20 minutes. The husks will get a little charred on the outside and the water that’s trapped within the husk will steam the corn as it cooks. Peel the charred husks away and serve the corn with plenty of fresh butter.

CANADA DAY SIPS While you’ll probably want a growler of local craft beer to quaff on the patio, Canada Day also calls for a celebrity sip. As a Prairie transplant, my go-to summer cocktail is the Caesar. Make it local with a super-clean Island Spirits vodka from Hornby or the Per Se vodka from Ampersand, made with organic B.C. wheat in the Cowichan. And look for OceanWise Walter Craft Caesar mix, made in Canada with tomatoes, horseradish, spices and real clam juice. Garnish West Coast-style with seaweed and spot prawns. For a classic Canadian rye whisky cocktail, I turned to A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails by Scott McCallum and Victoria Walsh. The Canadian is made with half of a fudgy mapleleaf sugar candy, muddled into a paste with a couple of ounces of Canadian whisky, a dash of bitters and a strip of lemon peel. Alternatively, make a classic rye and ginger (Canada Dry or Phillips Soda Works Sparkmouth ginger ale) with a splash of maple syrup. Or lift a glass of B.C. bubbly to celebrate. Get Venturi Schulze Brut Naturel, a classic bottle-fermented sparkler, made with estategrown Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. Or try the new wines from winemaker Bailey Williamson at Blue Grouse Winery — Quill Rosé is a blend of both Island and Okanagan fruit, gamay noir and pinot noir, while the superb sparkler Paula combines Pinot Gris, Ortega, Muller-Thurgau and Pinot Blanc, and is riddled by hand and bottle-fermented for fine bubbles and an aromatic, nutty nose. 28

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tastes + trends

SmokIng In the kItchen IS Fun!

By Cinda Chavich

YAM’s food columnist Cinda Chavich explores our region to discover the latest palate-pleasing offerings, culinary talent and fresh finds.

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Summer is the perfect My favourite hidden haunt time to seek out some for a summer cocktail homegrown provisions. is the oceanside lounge Head out along the at Victoria Distillers in bucolic back roads of Sidney. It’s the new home the Saanich Peninsula to of one of the Island’s local farms and markets oldest craft distilleries, — stop for fresh berry and with shiny new copper pies at Oldfield Orchard pot stills and daily tasting and visit the farm store in tours, it makes a great spot the historic white barn at to buy your gin, and sip Woodwynn Farm. it too. Then continue on to The lounge and seaside Fickle Fig Farm. It’s a patio is perfect for a delicious destination where creative cocktail. Try an you’ll find modern farmer Old Fashioned with the and multi-tasker Mitchell distillery’s aged oaken gin Morse in the kitchen baking and a splash of their own bread, tending the organic Twisted & Bitter Orange vegetable garden and bitters, or an Oaken feeding his heirloom pigs. Negroni with The Woods He may even deliver your Spirits Co. amaro. Do breakfast or lunch, along explore the gin and tonic with a really good cup of menu. coffee. It’s Victoria’s secret. Morse is both a farm kid and an experienced pastry chef, and your BLT or egg salad will be a beautiful artisan sandwich with every component made from scratch. A “young agrarian,” Morse is a city guy who returned to his farming roots just a few years ago, turning a hayfield into a mixed, sustainable food farm, converting a former garden centre into a funky market bistro, and creating a true local food hub in the country. Beyond his own beautiful breads (try the crusty sourdough), rustic coffee cakes, pizzas and sandwiches, there are fresh greens, heirloom tomatoes, wild mushrooms and local meats for sale. Look for exotic stuff — goji berries, garlic scapes, quince jam and pesto. Morse even makes cheese — from his own goats’ milk — and raises honeybees and rabbits. He offers workshops to share his vast knowledge and enthusiasm for small-scale, sustainable farming. This is farm-to-table food from a real Renaissance farmer.

There’s a new burger on the block for your next barbecue — and it owes all of its rich, spicy, toothsome goodness to plants. The Smokin’ Burger from Victoria’s new Very Good Butchers is totally meat-free, but you might not know it when you bite into its “beefy” goodness. Chef and vegan “butcher” James Davison has created his burger — and other vegetable-based sausages and deli “meats” — using vegetables, oats, barley, wheat gluten (seitan) and spices. Davison says he missed his breakfast sausages and burgers when he became a vegetarian, and wanted to create a burger that would appeal to vegans and omnivores alike. And the results are remarkable. Served on a bun, with fresh greens, peppers, avocado and his cashew “cheese” sauce, the patty is charred and smoky. Try his Very Good Burgers from the counter in the Hudson Market or take home a package of four to slap on the grill. You’ll never know what you’re missing.

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Bring the beach home By Kerry Slavens

Whether you live in a beachside cottage or in an urban bungalow, it’s easy to bring the rejuvenating feeling of the seaside to your own patio or deck. This inviting outdoor design plays tastefully on the nautical theme, with light teak furnishings, breezy stripes and navy solids. The patterns of the outdoor rug and whimsical white tables bring to mind the beauty of sailor knots. Add in sleek lanterns and sandcoloured planters and your paradise is complete.

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GET THE LOOK 1 Treasure Garden 9-foot push-tilt or auto-tilt umbrella (Capital Iron, $239 to $399) // 2 Beaches coffee-table book by photographer Gray Malin (order through local bookstores, $40) // 3 Sand ball planters (Crate & Barrel, $174 to $199) // 4 Teak Regatta sofa with Sunbrella cushion (Crate & Barrel, $2,999) // 5 Santa Fe hand-hooked Despina indoor/outdoor rug (Lowe’s, $322) // 6 Keira aluminum lanterns (Chintz & Co., 26-inch, $329 or 30-inch, $379) 7 Round ceramic vase (Bois & Cuir, $80) // 8 Cobalt rope lumbar pillow (Pier 1 Imports, $34) // 9 Williamsburg Barnegat nautical square pillow (Bed, Bath and Beyond, $50) // 10 Weber Summit S-420 charcoal grill (Capital Iron, $2,299) // 11 Safavieh Isola garden stool (Lowe’s, $224) 12 Clarity blue acrylic stemware (Pier 1 Imports, $10 to $11)


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COASTAL MODERN AN AWARD-WINNING CADBORO BAY VILLA TAKES ITS CUES FROM ITS LOCALE ON THE OCEAN’S EDGE. BY DANIELLE POPE


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hris Stooksbury and Dixie Klaibert were on a walk around the neighbourhood when they first fell in love with the property in Cadboro Bay. It was a rundown beach house, inhabited by an older man who had been there as long as anyone could remember. Though the building wasn’t much to see, the property was stunning, with an expansive beachfront. The two were on vacation, visiting Klaibert’s parents, and asked the owner if he would consider selling. They were respectfully told to scram. Fast-forward a few years to the anticipated arrival of their first child, and the two were looking again at properties in Victoria. Just days before finalizing a deal, they heard the man had passed away and the property would be sold. In a few heartbeats, their dream location was a reality. “We knew we wanted to raise our family here, and it just came together,” says Klaibert. “We’d lived in small spaces within large cities all over the world, so we wanted to create something simple, functional and kid-proof.” What they didn’t know was, thanks to their work with D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism, their home would receive the prestigious 2017 BC Wood Design Award from the Canadian Wood Council, recognizing excellence and innovation in the structure’s contemporary design and use of materials. “This was one of the few houses we do each year, and it was an exciting project because the house required some elaborate site work due to its location on the slope of a cliff,” says Franc D’Ambrosio, principal in charge. “The award certainly marks a high compliment to the interpretation of this design, but the real surprise was because of the modest nature of the house.” The two had specific requirements for their home. It was to be single-level, small (only 2,500 to 3,000 square feet) and entirely functional, with their growing family in mind. They also wanted it to blend into the existing environment with a modern esthetic, using glass, concrete, stone and wood. From first approach, you see their achievement. The living roof is a pillar of wildflowers, while the black siding accented by water features and sea grasses creates its own exterior environment. Off the entryway, the kitchen, dining room and living area open into one space, with concrete floors, clean lines, inset Belgium fireplace and sleek white cabinetry

Chris Stooksbury and Dixie Klaibert wanted their home to be open and functional while utilizing a minimalist design that showcased their favourite objects. The dining room chandelier is the original incandescent model of the Droog 85 Lamps chandelier by Rody Graumans, which the couple originally purchased for their loft in New York. The sound-attenuating ceiling, made from Douglas fir and western red cedar, keeps noise manageable for this busy family, and the windowed wall offers a constant frame for the view they love.

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streamlining the look. Douglas fir and western red cedar beams adorn the soundattenuating ceiling, and the windowed wall opens onto the porch, only steps away from the beach. The master bedroom boasts glorious views of Haro Strait, while a small ocean guesthouse offers a playful escape. As the project took root, unexpected challenges emerged, like a pre-existing lowheight zoning covenant, which, fortunately, worked with the couple’s single-level wish. Due to its location, the project would also be monitored by an archeologist for evidence of Indigenous artifacts. And an underground water-main easement across the ocean side of the house altered patio construction. The most unusual twist, however, was Stooksbury’s hopes of using an ancient Japanese method to treat the siding. Yakisugi is the art of flame-charring cedar planks to create a textured, dark and lustrous appearance. The singe offers natural bug, water, rot and fire resistance, and Stooksbury, D’Ambrosio and a few friends spent hours hand-charring pieces with roofing torches. “Some thought we were crazy, but the black wood was stunning,” says Stooksbury. “We wanted the house to look and feel organic, and emphasize what we first fell in love with: the views, nature and beach.” Little wonder, then, that both Stooksbury’s and Klaibert’s favourite elements of the house are found closest to the windowed wall and its views — the “Rolls Royce of fireplaces” for Stooksbury, and the minimalist kitchen for Klaibert. “Our kids live outside all year round, and the sandboxes and ocean guesthouse are in full use during the summer,” says Klaibert. “This was our dream — to have a place that could capture our lives in the most elegant, simple and functional way possible.”

The striking black exterior of this house was created by flame-charring cedar planks through the ancient Japanese method of Yakisugi. Not only does this create a uniquely textured appearance, but it naturally preserves the siding. Below: The living area showcases Stooksbury’s favourite element of the house: the custom Belgium-designed Stûv fireplace with guillotine glass door. The texturized concrete hearth and dark trim act as a gentle offset to the bright windows that encase this room.


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The master bedroom boasts some of the best views in the house, opening out onto Cadboro Bay and Haro Strait. It also features one of the home’s many glass corners, creating an open, spacious feel. The ensuite is consistent with the home’s theme, showcasing textured concrete flooring and clean white tile. A single glass pane sections off dual shower heads, featuring a waterfall rain shower and standard head.

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Left: As the family practically lives outside during good weather, a functional patio was essential for this home. Only steps away from the sandy beach, this low-set porch offers kids and parents alike the chance to bring the indoors outdoors and enjoy what Stooksbury and Klaibert call the best part of their home: the natural environment.

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Below: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism transformed the building on this property from a turn-of-the-century derelict wood house into the home that has received a 2017 design award from the Canadian Wood Council. With a unique use of western red cedar and other local wood species, this home has proved as functional as it is innovative in its design.

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THE ULTIMATE CAMPING EXPERIENCE

( for those who don’t love to camp )

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here may be nothing quite so serene, centring and quintessentially Canadian as camping out in the woods. Sleeping under the stars, gathering around a campfire and communing with the sights and sounds of nature are all part of a shared summer tradition. It’s good to unplug and get away from it all, but how many grown-ups really enjoy bedding down on the ground? And who has room to store all of that outdoor gear in a city condo? Enter the world of “all-inclusive camping,” private resorts and national parks that provide everything you need to spend a weekend in the great outdoors, without all of the planning, packing and schlepping. Following on the heels of the upscale “glamping” trend — glamorous (and often expensive) tent resorts, complete with ocean breezes rustling the canvas, fireplaces, soaker tubs, masseurs and room service at the ready — there are simpler creature-comfort-camping experiences popping up across the country. With a variety of options, from yurts and tree houses to vintage Airstream trailers, and rates starting at less than a hundred bucks, they offer an outdoor getaway that’s more accessible to the masses. Here’s what you might find if you go out in the woods today.

TREE HOUSE SERENITY Imagine sleeping in a fibreglass ball, swaying in the breeze in the arms of the tall trees. This is where you will bed down (or up) if you stay at Free Spirit Spheres near Qualicum Beach. This is camping in the round — literally a place to hang out in the trees, or as one online reviewer described it: “a rain forest tree house that would entice a hobbit from their hole.” It’s a kind of demonstration camp for engineer and craftsman Tom Chudleigh, who built and designed his first sphere in 1998. “We see it as an alternate model for forest use with an ultralight footprint,” says Chudleigh, “a unique and magical forest hotel. “We are the first and only manufacturers of spherical tree houses in the world,” he adds, noting the size and interior design has evolved over the years. Using his skills as a boatbuilder, Chudleigh fits the spheres with retractable beds, seating and storage, all artfully built into the curved interior surfaces like a puzzle. The cozy space is reminiscent of a space capsule, each with electric heat, a private composting toilet outside and a shared bathhouse. There’s no cooking in the spheres, but the hosts provide a basket of cold breakfast items and snacks, and there’s a communal barbecue kitchen. Spheres are suspended 10 to 12 feet off the ground and are accessed by suspended walkways and spiral stairs, all a feat of Chudleigh’s artistic engineering. He calls it “biomimicry — like a nut seed or a seed pod encased in a spiderweb of rope.” 40

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The handcrafted Eve Sphere is nestled in the branches of a cedar-and-maple-tree grove.


WOODS ON PENDER With self-contained vintage trailers and tents fully serviced with electricity, water, high-speed Internet and Apple TV, you might not think an overnight at WOODS on Pender is really camping. But you do sleep out in the great outdoors — sort of. “Our niche is design-forward and modern but rustic, not quaffed with lawn sprinklers but with style and tight curation,” says Curtis Redel, the Vancouver commercial real estate guy who turned an old motel into a retro-chic outdoor escape, complete with a handful of refitted vintage Airstreams, some retro trailers and cute cabins, all nestled into the tall trees on lazy Pender Island. It’s camping with hotel prices — a private Airstream starts around $150 in low season — but there’s no roughing it required. Imagine the luxury of high-thread-count linens and Fernwood Coffee for your French press, the rustic charm of gas firepits for roasting marshmallows, and hammocks and custom cedar hot tubs where you can chill with a forest or ocean view. WOODS also has a casual farm-to-table bistro that features fresh produce from Pender’s Raven Rock Farm, meats from The Whole Beast charcuterie, local craft wine and beer (seven of the latter on tap), plus 20 signature cocktails. It’s sort of a deconstructed boutique hotel, scattered across seven wooded Gulf Island acres. It’s all about escaping the pressures of urban life, with some space for losing yourself in the dancing flames of a campfire or the glittering night sky, says Redel, designed for those who want to “get back to nature” without actually getting dirty.

“IT’S LIKE SUMMER CAMP WITH THE THINGS WE LOVE IN THE CITY BUT NEVER GOT WHEN WE WERE AT CAMP AS KIDS — LIKE HOT SHOWERS AND GOOD FOOD.” — WOODS on Pender owner Curtis Redel

RETAIL THERAPY FOR RELUCTANT CAMPERS If you still feel like a weekend of camping is about “tolerating nature,” try a little retail therapy. The “modern camp esthetic” is found in great gear to pack or to bring the outdoors in and make camping cool. Here are a few faves:

BIOLITE WOODBURNING CAMPSTOVE

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This nifty little burner burns twigs and has a “thermoelectric generator” that lets you charge your cell phone (in case camping is about sharing for you). $165, mec.ca

Plaid, pure wool and the perfect size to snuggle into around the campfire or on the couch, this car blanket comes with its own cool leather carrying strap too. $169, pendleton.ca

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SITKA MULTI-TOOL HOBO KNIFE

BASELANTERN XL Forget the bulky, smelly kerosene lantern — this smart lantern gives you light to play cards and power to charge your stuff — all in a sleek, compact, foldable design that’s no bigger than a sandwich. $100, bioliteenergy.com

The camp culinary answer to the Swiss Army knife — fold it up or deconstruct into knife, fork, spoon and opener for your beer or can of beans. $150, sitka.ca

TENTSILE VISTA TREE TENT Hate the idea of sleeping on the ground? This incredible tent might just be the ticket. Simply suspend this portable polyester hammock/ tree house between three anchor points in the woods (or the backyard) and you’re living high and dry. No lumpy ground or creepycrawlies. $740, tentsile.com


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WILL CAMP FOR FISH If an adventure involving real food and fishing is for you, Tofino’s Tuff City Charters has a new “Eat What You Catch” experience. Complete with crackling fires and fish tales, their tours include fishing for salmon or halibut, dropping a few crab and prawn traps, digging for clams and then collecting your catch to cook on a remote beach. There are guides to help you find the fish and a chef on shore who will teach you everything about filleting halibut, cleaning crab and cooking a big salmon over a smoky wood fire. It’s a charter experience — you buy the boat and the guides for two to six guests — at the day rate of $1,900 to $2,600 per group, depending on the package you choose. If you want to have a diver on board to find exotic delicacies like geoduck and sea urchin for your dinner, it costs a little more. The overnight option — sleeping in Tentsile “tree tents” suspended among the massive old Sitka spruce and Douglas fir, with a private hot tub — is $3,900. Owner Brad McAfee is a filmmaker and skipper who says his culinary cruise is designed for the foodie, not the hardcore sport fisher. And to pay it forward, he offers SAM days (for sons and single moms), setting aside a couple of days each month for special free charters “because we believe that every B.C. kid deserves a chance to go fishing on the West Coast.” Great food and good karma!

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NATIONAL DREAMS Park’s Canada’s oTENTik program has made it easier to experience camping for those who prefer less rustic accommodations. At various parks, you can rent a range of options including oTENTik tent/cabins, tepees and yurts, tiny houses, tent trailers and basic camping equipment. “At 5:30 p.m., all of the visitors have gone and you have this whole place to yourself,” says Sophie Lauro, promotion officer for Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site, as we tour the five tent/cabins available to urban campers in Victoria. Complete with private beach, ocean views and walking trails, this is comfortable camping with conveniences. Each oTENTik has a deck with Adirondak chairs, an outdoor firepit, dining table, dishes and comfortable bunk beds inside its wood frame and heavy canvas walls — BYO sleeping bag or blankets and food. “It really appeals to families, even grandparents or folks of a certain age who don’t want to sleep on the ground but love to camp,” says Lauro, noting the big tents sleep six and rent at $120 per night. Parks Canada designed its oTENTik program as a “gateway” for non-campers, to help new campers get past any fears they have of a night in the great outdoors. Not all national parks have the cabin tents in place, but you’ll find them in B.C. at Kootenay National Park

Tucked amongst the arbutus trees overlooking Secret Cove, each Rockwater tenting suite unites Pacific wilderness with oceanside luxury.

and inside the historic Fort Langley National Historic Site. At Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, there are “equipped campsites,” complete with camping gear from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) for visitors who want to sleep outdoors but are travelling light. Parks Canada also has a camping app to help new campers plan their trips and offers Learn to Camp weekends with MEC. The next course at Fort Rodd Hill is July 22 to 23.

NATURAL LUXURY If money is no object, there are multi-day, soft outdoor adventures with considerably more exclusivity, too. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, accessible only by boat or sea plane, is the original glampsite. With its posh prospector-style tents in the remote rainforest, antiques and elegant amenities, a team of top chefs and outdoor guides, there’s an air of old-world, colonial adventure in this all-inclusive experience, and a price to match (starting at $1,800 per person a day). Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, on the Sunshine Coast, offers luxurious, canvas-walled cabins along a boardwalk on a rocky oceanside cliff, complete with fireplaces, jetted tubs and room service. Rates for the tenthouse suites start at $290 per night in the low season. If channelling your inner cowboy — or flyfisher — is the goal, try a day ride on the open range, a little fishing and bedding down in a luxurious prospector’s tent (complete with wood-burning fireplace) after the chef cooks up your catch, at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort in the Cariboo. A threenight “Glamping Getaway” starts at $2,385 per person. So even if you are not a “camping person,” you can still sleep in Canada’s great outdoors — and you don’t have to stake a tent or unroll a sleeping bag on the ground. Camp well!

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THE BIG

Chill YAM VISITS AN ICE-CREAM ARTISAN TO DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF MAKING THIS COOL TREAT AT HOME By Gillie Easdon • Photos by Jeffrey Bosdet

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ce cream is a treat indelibly linked to summer, from the siren call of the ice-cream truck to the old-fashioned scoop shop or beachside custard-cone shack. The ice-cream cone first became a sensation at the 1904 World Stage Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. However, the roots of this irresistible pleasure are many and reach back as far as the fifth century BC in Greece, where Athenian markets served snow mixed with honey and fruit. Other early sightings take us to Persia in fourth century BC, with a chilled dessert of rosewater and vermicelli, served with ice mixed with saffron and fruits. Ice- and saltpeter-chilled milk, rice and syrup appeared in China around the second century BC. From all corners of the globe, people have long been drawn to the tender rhapsody of sweet icy comfort. It’s even more intriguing knowing that there was no refrigeration during those times and that the procurement of a cool treat required more than a bank card and an undeniable hankering.

> A  shot of tequila blanco, gin or vodka (optional) > 3 egg yolks

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> 1 /2 cup organic heavy whipping cream for cold bowl > 10 ice cubes

> Juice from a whole lemon

> Freshly cracked pepper to taste

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> 3  1/2 cups fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced in a medium bowl

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To learn how to make my own icy comfort, I visit the home of Autumn Maxwell, the owner, creative pulse and “Ice Cream Lady” of Cold Comfort, famous for its artisan ice cream. “I’m in the business of making people happy. That is the absolute best part of my job,” Autumn says. Since its early summer and the small local strawberries are perfection, Autumn guides me through the process of making a strawberry ice cream with cracked pepper. We’ve gathered the following ingredients:

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Strawberry Ice Cream with Cracked Pepper Step 1 : Prepare the

strawberries. Measure the 3 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries onto a cutting board and sprinkle them with a 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar and a shot of tequila (which is optional). Then macerate them with a fork, setting them aside for later. Pro Tip from Autumn: “If you don’t have nice squishy, red-fleshed local strawberries, don’t bother! It’s all about the strawberries. If the strawberries are poor-quality, white-fleshed, hard or underripe, the ice cream will not deliver.”

Step 2 : Separate 3 egg yolks into a small bowl, discarding the whites. Autumn holds the Terra Nossa organic yolks in her hand as she separates the eggs for the custard, letting the whites seep into a bowl beneath her glossy fingers. I prefer to crack the egg in half and pass the yolk between the half shells until the white has fallen away. Take your pick. 50

Autumn then slips the yolks into a bowl with the elegant familiarity of something she has done many, many times. The whites are donated weekly to supplement the scrambledegg breakfasts at Our Place, one of two charities she’s been supporting for years (the other is CFUV, UVic’s radio station).

Step 3 : Start the custard. Pour 1/4 cup homogenized milk, the first measure (1/2 cup) heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup sugar and a pinch of salt into a saucepan and heat it on medium-high to dissolve the sugar as well as scald the custard to steaming. Don’t let it boil. (Autumn is using dairy from Avalon and salt from Vancouver Island Salt Co.) Also known as a crème anglaise, the French custard sauce provides the base for traditional ice cream. “Something a grandma on a farm in France would make,” Autumn says. Step 4 : Whisk yolks until smooth. Steadily pour about 1/2 cup of the heated custard from the saucepan into the yolks.

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the next steps in as few as two hours, but Autumn generally leaves the custard in the fridge overnight. It will be set, but as a thick liquid, not firm. The custard needs to be cold to spin properly in an ice-cream maker.

Step 6 : Pour the custard

Step 9 : Once your custard is cold (about two hours), remove it from the fridge. Pour it into your ice-cream maker or other ice-cream-making equipment, according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Ice-cream makers are varied and very specific. Autumn uses a KitchenAid mixer with an ice-cream-maker attachment. (See ice-cream makers on page 53.)

the egg blend back into the saucepan. With the heat on medium, stir back and forth until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon (less than a minute).

through a sieve into a new bowl nestled in a well-ice-cubed larger bowl with the second measure of heavy cream, stirring every five minutes until cold.

Step 7 : Purée the strawberry mixture. Add about 3/4 cup of the strawberry purée to the custard along with half the lemon juice. At this point, Autumn recommends tasting the custard. Add extra lemon juice or a little extra cream if it’s too sweet. (The remaining strawberry purée will be used as garnish later, just before adding the fresh-cracked pepper.) Step 8 : Cool the custard in

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Step 10 : When ready, scoop

into bowls or cones. Garnish with the reserved strawberry mash for brightness and add a twist of freshly cracked pepper. You can also store your ice cream in an airtight container and keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. Then savour it!


FLAVOUR EXPRESSIONS Ice cream is Autumn’s creative outlet. “I have always been into flavours, food and scents … I wanted to be Willy Wonka as a kid,” she admits, with a sparkle in her eyes that, for an instant, invokes Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, one of her childhood crushes. In fact, Cold Comfort’s innovative and certainly “Wonka-ian” portfolio of flavours ranges from Vic PD, a coffee ice cream with caramelized donut croutons to 10-Herb Ice Milk, with herbs including mint, oregano and catnip, to olive oil with balsamic-honey ripple. MIX IT UP Doing a mix-in with a plain custard base (just skip the strawberries or substitute with another fruity purée) is an easy way to create your own ice-cream flavours. Chill a large metal bowl in the freezer or set it up in an ice-water bath. Transfer the plain ice cream to this bowl when it’s fresh out of the machine and gently fold in your desired ingredients. Suggestions include: • mix in cookie dough — try peanut butter cookies for an original take • add in twists of homemade dulce de leche • mix in chocolate-covered pretzels • swirl in a cherry-bourbon sauce So whether you create your own Wonka-ian mix, make this delicious strawberry with cracked pepper or head to the nearest parlour, do treat yourself with ice cream this summer.

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TIME TO TELL ALL

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In her new book The Charming Predator, journalist Lee Mackenzie shares her story of how she fell in love with a sociopath and con man who is wanted around the world on dozens of counts of theft and fraud. By Athena McKenzie

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need to accept responsibility for my role in all of this too,” Lee Mackenzie says to a supportive audience member at her book launch at Bolen Books. The former CHEK reporter and anchor, who now lives in Powell River, is back in Victoria to launch her first book, The Charming Predator: The True Story of How I Fell in Love with and Married a Sociopathic Fraud. It’s the autobiographical account of her courtship and brief marriage to a man who was an imposter. “A con man of great skill and outrageous audacity,” Mackenzie writes in the book’s introduction. “As I eventually learned, he had been in and out of courts in Britain before I encountered him. His deceptions and criminal activities continued for decades after we split up.” Mackenzie worked for CHEK for 12 years, through the 1990s, and the Bolen Books crowd is filled with her former co-workers, as well as members of her family who have come down from Ladysmith, where she was born. Every time Mackenzie mentions her own culpability in the situation that saw her married to Kenner Jones, people shake their heads. One man raises his hand to tell her she is being too hard on herself. “I learned how easy it was not to look at my contribution,” Mackenzie says. “When I started on the book, it was very easy to read his letters to me and the legal documents and everything. But I had to be almost pushed to read the letters that I had written to him and face my role in this whole thing.” Mackenzie believes that in her desire to be loved and not disrupt her happy dream of marriage, she was willing to overlook some of the obvious signs that things were not as they seemed with her fiancé and then husband, who she met as a young woman while backpacking alone in the U.K. As she says in The Charming Predator, “he shattered me emotionally, psychologically and financially.” Over the course of their relationship, Jones lied about his criminal past and his employment, stole the money they were saving for the down payment on a house, drained Mackenzie’s bank accounts and brought the police to her door.

He led her to believe her life was in danger from an enraged blackmailer and was himself declared a threat to her life by a psychiatrist. After Mackenzie ended the relationship, it took her years to pay off the debts Jones’s deceptions had accumulated in her name. It took decades before she could look closely enough at the events to write The Charming Predator. “But by facing the things I did and recognizing how it happened, I’ve protected myself from Kenner if he ever comes back again,” Mackenzie explains to the crowd. “If I couldn’t forgive myself for that and forgive myself for what I had done and accept myself, I could never have written this book.” This all happened a few decades ago. What was the trigger to write it now?

It was written on a double-dog dare. For some reason, Kenner flitted through my mind, so I Googled him and up came this news blog written by an Irishman, Len Port — a former print journalist now living in Portugal — on Kenner’s escapades in Portugal and Spain. I got in touch to let him know he had some small details wrong about Kenner’s age … and Len shared that he had been considering writing a book about Kenner’s exploits. I’d never met Len, but I thought he could use the information in my early manuscript. I had started to write this story years ago but it was too painful, so I put it away in a box with all the stuff from my time with Kenner. I scanned this old dot-matrix copy and sent it to Len on a thumb drive. He wrote back immediately and said that he realized it was going to take years to track down and confirm the reports of what Kenner had done, but I could tell my story. “You gotta write this book,” he said. “Just go look in the box.” So, I looked in the box and, of course, there is all this stuff. And Len said, “I dare you to write this.” It didn’t really have anything to do at that point with catharsis or getting it out or warning the world. I accepted the challenge of writing the book.

“If I couldn’t forgive myself ... for what I had done and accept myself, I could never have written this book.”

Why did you keep the box?

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Just throw it away.” Perhaps what stopped me was that some of the contents weren’t mine to throw away or to burn. They were the photographs of his mother and that sort of thing, and those weren’t mine to destroy. Even though you didn’t write the book for catharsis, did you learn anything about yourself?

You write about confronting Kenner after the marriage is over, and you actually thanked him for the good things. Did you mean that?

I did, actually, because there were some lovely things that I experienced out of that marriage. And the truth was, the man that I believed I was married to, the side of himself that he showed or pretended to be, was wonderful. And the experience of going and living in a different country and absorbing a different culture really was magical.

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Without question. I learned, once again, how humiliated I felt by being so easily taken in and allowing that to happen to myself. Yes, I was deceived by a con man, but I was also deceived by myself, and facing that was not easy, especially when you’ve presented yourself to the world as someone who is a thinker and who thinks through situations without bias, and as a reporter, supposedly somebody who does research. Well, not when it comes to matters of the heart.

Above: Lee Mackenzie worked as a CHEK News anchor and reporter in the 1990s. Right: Lee Mackenzie and Kenner Jones on their wedding day in 1982.

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How do you imagine that meeting going?

If he agreed to meet me, I would hope that he would sit down and tell me the truth about the many things in that story that I still don’t know. Where did all that money go? And I have so many other questions. Of course, he could come up with more fantasies, lies and strange tales. Or he could just take back the envelope of photographs that I have for him and turn on his heel and leave without a word. Did you have to make a conscious decision to trust people again?

“Yes, I was deceived by a con man, but I was also deceived by myself, and facing that was not easy, especially when you’ve presented yourself to the world as someone who is a thinker ...”

Very much so. I went through what I’m sure are classic textbook reactions to something like this: denial, grief, anger, humiliation and then finally you come to a place of peace where you can go, “OK now, now what do I do?” I write in the book about when I go to put on some earrings and I realize he’s taken all my jewelry. I was furious and that truly was a turning point right there … Maybe I’m a soft touch, but so what? I can be the person I am and just be a little wiser. I can still care and love and trust and enjoy the world. If I don’t, he keeps winning.

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In other parts, you write about the fear. Was it difficult to revisit that?

It was for two reasons. Those were painful, scary times that happened and, two, they were linked up with the feelings of humiliation. If I had been wiser or more perceptive or braver, any or all of those things, then I would have taken myself out earlier of a situation that wasn’t good for me, but I didn’t.

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What do you hope readers take away?

I’m not interested at all in having people feel sorry for me or any of that; that’s not part of it. I am intrigued by the idea that if someone read it and they themselves, or someone close to them, were in any kind of a situation like this, would it encourage them to take a deep breath and take a step back? I don’t know, it might. Or if someone has any encounters with [Kenner] himself, either directly or indirectly, they might now know whom they are dealing with. Do you expect to hear from him?

I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t something that arises from this, either from him directly or people who know him now. If that happens, I would love to meet him. I don’t need an apology or a healing reconciliation. I would be looking for what any reporter would be looking for, the conclusion of this story.

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Livable Style By Alex Van Tol

Your home’s style is not about perfection.

Among the interesting objects within the entryway to Rennick Cottage — the home of Kristiane Baskerville — is a conductor seat from an old Victoria trolley car. Baskerville hung an old dresser mirror above the salvagedwood shelf but is still searching for the perfect mirror for the space. The custom-made wooden door hides the laundry room.

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EMBRACE YOUR TASTES Trust your eye. You’re naturally attracted to certain colours and textures. Often the home décor colours that will work best are the ones already in your wardrobe. “I think a lot of times we get so hooked on trends that we won’t honour what we are actually attracted

It’s about personality.

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reating a stylish living space isn’t about recreating the flawless neutrality of a model show home. Today’s home style is more about originality than artifice, and favours personality over perfection. So when it comes to developing a home space that’s reflective of the true you, someone else’s framework isn’t going to fit. Kristiane Baskerville, owner of Surroundings on Cook Street, recommends staying away from your Instagram and Pinterest accounts when you’re thinking of freshening up your space. While it’s good to see what’s out there, the majority of what you see online is a reflection of trends rather than a style that’s true for you. And never mind what other people tell you to do. “I just had a client in who painted her bathroom grey because her girlfriend told her to,” says Baskerville. “Excuse me,” she continues with a laugh. “Does your girlfriend live in your house? But people do stuff like that! Honour what you like.” It’s exactly the message spelled out in every chapter of U.K.-based interior stylist Emily Henson’s newest book, Life Unstyled. In the introductory pages, Henson writes about a couple who, upon removing the wallpaper in their apartment, discovered a unique raw plaster finish that they immediately fell in love with. The pair sealed the speckled wall and called it a day, stacking a funky tower of old travel cases against the rustic backdrop. “It may not be for everyone,” writes Henson, “but Life Unstyled is about creating a home you love, regardless of what others think.” Those words should be your guiding beacon as you go about creating a home that resonates with your esthetic, your practical needs and your innermost soul.


Described by Baskerville as “more of a British-style, unfitted kitchen,� the open space is filled with found and refurbished objects, including the 1951 Moffat stove. To better suit how she worked at the custom-made island, Baskerville had the pendant lights placed off-centre.

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to naturally,” says Baskerville, who, as a redhead, both wears and surrounds herself with earth tones punctuated by blasts of red. It’s what she feels comfortable with — and “most people have an eye for things they are comfortable with,” she says.

AUTHENTICITY IS WHAT MATTERS Indeed, in recent years design has shifted away from picture-perfect perfection toward a more individualistic bent. “This idea of authenticity is really evident in all the magazines and websites and design influencers I follow,” says Nicole Scott, owner of Nicole Scott Designs. “This is how people are decorating right now … Clients are becoming more accepting of doing things this way rather than following rules or deferring decisions to someone else.” After years of styling clients’ products in a don’t-breathe-or-you’ll-knock-it-over manner, Henson was of the same mind. She decided to start a blog about real homes: the ones you and I and our best friends live in. Inspiring and stylish, yes, but also lived-in and organic, constantly shifting, like our worlds. This is also the style ethic of Ines Hanl, principal of Victoria’s The Sky is the Limit Interior Design Concepts. “Reality for everybody is cat and dog hair everywhere, scratches on furniture, children’s toys strewn around, yesterday’s dishes on the table, crumbs of snacks in the creases of the pillows and moisture rings from wineglasses on the table,” she says. Sounds like home. HOME IS FOR YOUR HEART Your home should serve as a refuge and a safe haven, not as yet another high expectation you’re never quite able to fulfil. Your living space should allow you to express yourself in a three-dimensional environment, advises Hanl, who adopts a rather bohemian vibe at home, combining Mexican and Moroccan style influences with art deco and kitsch in her Fernwood house. “Are you, as a person, perfect?” she asks. Right. So why would you expect your environment to represent something that isn’t honest to who you really are? All-white sofas and chairs might represent your fantasy home, but if you garden, paint, cook, raise children, stroke cats or occasionally eat things made with yellow dye #6, then maybe this look isn’t for you. Adapt your environment to allow you to enjoy yourself and your family members without being upset at people for having their summer-dirty heels up on the ottoman. “Embrace yourself,” says Hanl, who aims for joy rather than precision. “Keeping up appearances with the Joneses won’t do anything positive for your psyche — and in the end the Joneses will still bitch about you, if that is what they are all about.” Our advice? Dump the Joneses. And paint your side of the fence sunshine yellow. 60

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8 steps

to artfully embracing imperfection 1. Pare down

Most of us have way too much stuff. Spend some time meaningfully curating your belongings, and find new homes for the things that don’t serve you or reflect your personal tastes. Ines Hanl suggests picking up a book on organization for a few pointers on how to prune the pile.

2. Punch up a classic

Take your timeless pieces and make them fresh. For example, swap a couple of sofa cushions out for a bright pattern or colour. You can change them back when the fever has run its course. “A look that people do very well is they often will buy an old harvest table from me and then put very modern dining chairs with it,” says Kristiane Baskerville. “And it looks fabulous.”

3. Heavy rotation Pictured here: a mantel display in a Paris apartment from Life Unstyled.

Chockablock with tchotchkes? Don’t display everything at once. Group little items instead of spreading them around. “When you put small items throughout your house it becomes clutter,” says Baskerville, “but if you group them all together like in a display on a coffee table [or mantel] they become a little art installation. They become more interesting.” Rotate your collections every so often, storing them in bins when not in use.

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Once you have a style direction in mind for a given space, hand-pick a few things that will work well. Keep or add a few vintage pieces to build an eclectic feeling, suggests Nicole Scott. Extra points for items that double as decorative and functional, like teacups that collect the itty-bitty fallout from daily life, like rubber bands, batteries, finishing nails and paper clips. The custom ottoman in Baskerville’s living room (pictured above) doubles as seating and a coffee table, and is made from an interesting mix of reclaimed material, including barnboard and leather from the Rolls-Royce company.

5. Mirror, mirror: off my wall

Mirrors aren’t always the fantastic design element we’ve been led to believe, says Baskerville, especially where clutter is concerned. “People often think it opens up their space, but if it’s reflecting clutter, it’s not opening up your space. It’s having the opposite effect.”

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There’s a big difference between looking at little images on your phone and actually seeing items in real life. Browsing in a store lets you touch and sit and look from different angles. Paying attention to design displays is also great for teaching you how to better use the space you have.


A wall in Kristiane Baskerville’s Rennick Cottage shows artwork hung salon style. For balance, other walls in the room feature lone paintings.

7. Art knows no limits

If you don’t want to paint a whole wall to make a statement, why not create an in-home gallery? Art is a terrific way to throw a splash of colour into your surroundings, and you can get away with super-diverse arrangements if you make a centrepiece of it. In her country cottage, Baskerville filled a 15-foot-long wall with a disparate collection of art pieces that she found striking, yet that weren’t substantial enough to fully hold the wall on their own.

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8. Call in the experts

If you’re still not sure where to start, hire a designer. “People often just need a little bit of encouragement to trust themselves,” says Ines Hanl, who finds that clients always come with their own china, art and pillows that give her a clear indication of the look they want to achieve. Nicole Scott agrees, noting that she likes to build on what people already have — and that sometimes all they need is a nod that, yes, this is indeed going to work just fine.

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STYLE WATCH Fashion Stylist: Janine Metcalfe Photos by Jeffrey Bosdet

BRIGHT & BOLD

These floral motifs and geometric patterns are irresistible against the azure summer sky of Sidney Spit. Think free. Play bold.

Mediterranean lounge dress by Teresa Lindsay Couture (fashion. teresalindsay.com, $1,100); Rosalind chandelier earrings by Stella & Dot (Tulipe Noire, $69); blue beaded necklace (Frilly Lilly, $44) On the cover: Custom kimono by Trista Smith (Reclamationbytrista Etsy shop, $345); Bardot zebra stripe one-piece bathing suit (Paradise Boutique, $130); loop statement necklace and earrings ($29/set) and gold cuffs ($23-$28) available at Frilly Lilly


Pink paisley dress by Part Two ($199) and silk scarf by Luisa Cerano ($329) available at Bagherra Boutique; pink bobble necklace ($34) and bobble earrings ($12) available at Frilly Lilly


Global skirt and matching scarf by Teresa Lindsay Couture (fashion. teresalindsay.com, $1,500); Carmen one-piece bathing suit (Paradise Boutique, $130); Tresse statement necklace ($139), Bungalow hoop earrings ($39), blue beaded abacus cuff ($39) and long pouch necklace ($24), all by Stella & Dot and available at Tulipe Noire


Recycled silk sari pants ($55) and recycled reversible silk kimono ($55) by Lindsay Jones, available at Chai Boutique; mandala blanket ($45) and bangles ($10/each) available at Chai Boutique; Odeon pendent by Stella & Dot (Tulipe Noire, $128)

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f you ask 50 Victorians who Victoria’s must-see bands are, you’ll get 50 different answers. Or 68. I tried and was surprised how little consensus there was on who the city’s breakout acts might be and who might soon pack up for Toronto. That’s a telling measure of the current scene: everyone agrees that there’s lots of diversity and that, musically, we punch well above our weight in Victoria. With so many bands and so much talent, you might even say that Victoria’s music scene has entered a golden age. Just go to Logan’s or Lucky Bar or the Copper Owl and ask around. Despite the dearth of live venues (bang the gong slowly for Steamers, Harpo’s, Central Bar & Grill, The Limit … all of them), and you’ll discover there are more bands here doing more different things musically than ever before. “I would say the music scene in Victoria has never been as alive and diverse as it is today. No question,” is what Dylan Willows, mornings on The Zone @ 91-3, believes. Sure, there have been pockets in our recent history when there were bigger acts from here (Nelly Furtado, Hot Hot Heat, Swollen Members, Dayglo Abortions … geez, even David Foster). But this is our time. The time of Jesse Roper and Fintan O’Brien, Carmanah, Current Swell and Mike Edel, Steph McPherson, Lola Parks, Jon and Roy (pause for a breath!), The Dylan Stone Band, Astrocolor, Fox Glove, Dirty Mountain, Jons, Band of Rascals …

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No Liars “This is a collection of best mates that have been in around the same bands together for several years, and finally they’ve come together as one,” Williams says. “They all love the same music. Whether it’s Thrice or Alexisonfire, their influences are all the same ... They’re an unbelievable live band, and this city has got a good punk and metal scene, in my mind, which is not talked about enough. For me, a lot of people talk about PUP or The Dirty Nil — and these are big bands that emerged out of Toronto the last few years. No Liars are just as good.”

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Deep Sea Gypsies Williams is also psyched on the psych-rock hip hop of Deep Sea Gypsies. “Whenever anyone says to me, ‘What is that little gem in the city?’ I say, ‘It’s Deep Sea Gypsies.’ They have this connection, this friendship, and it’s so fun to watch them. They’re another band that don’t realize how great they are.”

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Finally, Williams reveals his “wild card,” a band called SweeetAction. “This is four young guys that just ...” Williams pauses, as his voice trails off. “It’s not there right now. The songs aren’t there right now, looking at it from a radio angle. But looking at it as a passionate music attendee and looking for that little spark, they blew me away because they don’t care what you think about them. They’ve got that young, fearless nature where ‘we have made these rock songs’ — and trust me, this is a rock band that clearly loved what they heard in the 1990s. From the first chord they played, I couldn’t take my eyes off of them because they are so passionate ... a band we talk about in the same vein as Band of Rascals and Jesse Roper.”

SHOW, DON’T TELL Williams credits the fertility of the local scene to a certain fearlessness Islanders have about making art and showcasing it. “There are very real people, there’s respect, and we’re a community switched on with one another,” he says. “Everyone is their own champion ... In these bigger cities, bands will tell you how good they are all the time. They’ll tell you, tell you, tell you, but they won’t show you, show you, show you, whereas in Victoria there’s that little bit of difference.”


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FASHION BY THE SEA During the past decade, Sidney has also quietly become something of a fashion destination, with chic boutiques like Barbara’s, Baden-Baden, Waterlily Shoes and Tatum & Olivia. I stop for a visit with Shai Thompson, stylist and owner of the House of Lily Koi, (HLK), a luxury consignment-wear style hub located just off Beacon, on 2nd Street. HLK is a hidden gem for fashion treasure hunters, featuring everything from Manolo Blahnik shoes to Michael Kors bags to vintage dresses from Paris. Yes, this is Sidney.

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un glitters off the shop windows and seagulls call to one another from adjacent rooftops. At the end of Beacon Avenue, I catch a glimpse of the familiar sky-blue building housing Satellite Fish Company, with the snowcapped coastal mountains in the distance. It’s a brilliant Saturday in Sidney by the Sea and there’s a buzz on main street that few downtowns experience anymore, as people stroll, shop and relax on benches next to Reg Teeney’s life-sized “bench people” sculptures and catch up on corners and in coffee shops. I stop for an espresso and madefrom-scratch scone at Quince Café and immediately pick up on the town’s friendly vibe. The barista offers someone familiar a wave, and they catch themselves in conversation. Across the street, four women and their dogs meet by Marmalade Tart Boutique, laughing like friends reunited. It’s all very relaxed for a seaside town with a reputation for being a bit of an overachiever. With a population of just 11,600, Sidney has an impressive number of shops, eateries and things to do — and, as it turns out, to read. This is, after all, Canada’s first and only Booktown, now celebrating its 21st year, says Cliff McNeil-Smith, owner of Tanner’s Books, whose founding owners, Clive and Christine Tanner, decided to adopt the moniker for Sidney after a visit to the original Booktown of Hay-on-Wye in Wales. McNeil-Smith is proud that Sidney has six independent bookstores — with everything from the latest bestsellers to children’s and antiquarian books, a collection of titles now in the millions.


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Thompson was born and raised in Sidney and returned to her hometown after years abroad. “This town is all about lifestyle, and I wanted to create a life that’s relaxed and close to the ocean,” she says, “with people I care about and a small-town energy, like I grew up with. Turns out, the best place for that was right here.” She says one of the things she still loves best about Sidney is the way it smells. There’s that salty ocean air, the sweet scent of bakeries and the spicy aromas. The town’s impressive roster of eateries includes Maria’s Souvlaki with its acclaimed spiced beef, Fish on Fifth with its legendary rockfish tacos and Thai Corner with its impossible-to-resist massaman curry. Other must-try eateries include: Julien Creperie Co. for takeout sweet or savoury crepes and Fantastico Caffe coffee; Bistro Suisse where the roesti, a centuries-old traditional Swiss farmer’s breakfast, is to die for. Do try their a potato pancake, overbaked with cheese and fried eggs on top. And then there’s the lure of Sidney’s very walkable 3.6k waterfront, now home to Victoria Distillers with its stylish cocktail lounge where you’ll find bartenders experimenting with new concoctions using the distillery’s own vodka, gin and bitters.

The town has ensured its waterfront is packed with things to see and do. Browse the works of local artists on the town’s Sculpture Walk, then head over to the pier to watch locals fishing and crabbing. “You could do a whole day trip to Sidney,” says Victoria Distillers’ Marika Abraham. “It’s not just somewhere to stop along the way; it’s a place you can go to lose yourself — or find yourself — in wonder.” Like Victoria, Sidney sometimes still gets saddled with the “retirement destination” handle, but today’s Sidney is far from being a sleepy backwater. “There’s this perception that very little goes on here, but nothing could be further from the truth,” says Muffet Billyard-Leake, owner of Muffet & Louisa, an exquisitely curated kitchen, bath and bed boutique. “We have families here, young people, retirees, visitors and wonderful dogs,” she adds, pausing to welcome a furry friend into the store. Belle earns herself a cookie and a scratch on the head. Despite the number of clients visiting the boutique, Billyard-Leake has a talent for making each one feel special. “People like to be taken care of,” she says, “and we are really good at that in this town.”

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CONDUCTING WITH CHARISMA By David Lennam

KEVIN LIGHT

Christian Kluxen has probably accumulated as many frequent-flier points as George Clooney in Up in the Air. And Kluxen is about to increase the miles in his account. The 35-year-old Copenhagen-born conductor takes over as Victoria Symphony’s music director this fall, following Tania Miller’s glorious 14-year run. The effervescent Kluxen, who beat out 100 others for the chance to wield the baton, will keep his home in Denmark and continue his guest appearances leading orchestras around the globe. He’s young, charismatic and in-demand, and he’s ready to bring a new energy to Victoria. Watch for his Symphony Spash debut on August 6.

Where are you happiest?

On a plane home. What’s your greatest fear? Myself. I only have fear for things that I really know. Everything else is just anxiety over things that might turn out to be not so bad after all. What quality do you most admire in your friends?

Patience. What trait do you most deplore in others?

Stinginess. Which living person do you most admire? Pope Francis — a true humanist who has managed to reform a very conservative system and change an ideology forever by stubbornly insisting that kindness is the way forward. This is what we need today.

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Which historical figure do you most admire?

Søren Kierkegaard. Quite possibly a nutcase — yes, he was Danish — but a very well-written one, who founded existentialism. What’s your greatest extravagance? Making money on making music. What’s the first instrument you learned to play? A drum set. My older brother built a real set for me for my fifth birthday. I loved it, but my parents hated it. I think I can understand them. How many instruments can you play now?

None to the standard I want to. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Perfection.

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On what occasion do you lie? When I am sure I can get away with it.

What’s your greatest achievement? Being able to boil an egg without a timer.

What’s your most treasured possession? My Norwegian earplugs. I get crazy with all the noise today, so I use them as often as I can. They have a unique semi-moist consistency and are very hard to find in Norwegian pharmacies, since they are only made in a limited amount by old ladies in a small village.

Who’s your favourite hero of fiction? Indiana Jones: a good-looking cowboy-professor-archaeologistgreaser with a whip, who fights Nazis and evil mysteries. What’s not to like?

Mozart or Beethoven?

Which language are you most comfortable in: English, Danish or music? Music. Because spoken languages have limited possibilities. Music doesn’t.

Both.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it be? Mozart, who was also a nutcase. Poor for most of his life, which ended early. But I think that he had a lot of fun.

Being in love. Who (or what) is the greatest love of your life? I will tell you just before I die.


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