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VICTORIA’S LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

TREND ISSUE The IDEAS, DÉCOR ,

PEOPLE, COLOURS, TEXTURES, FASHION that we love for 2019 Trendy textures are at the forefront in this Fairfield retro remix


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Mid-century style meets contemporary artistry in this striking Fairfield home, where furniture and art are the stars of the show.

To find the styles, foods and cultural movements that are really having a moment, YAM looks to international trend watchers and local influencers with their fingers on the pulse.

RETRO REMIX

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LIVING BIG BY LIVING SMALL

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MY PLASTIC DETOX

As more people embrace the appeal of a small-space lifestyle, they are redefining the dream of a traditional Canadian home.

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Design-forward furniture, Pantone’s classic colours for interior design in 2019, West Coast naturals and local sips.

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The low-carb diet makeover. By Cinda Chavich

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Victoria artist Laura Harris has long been celebrated for her abstract florals and landscapes — and her love of pushing boundaries. By Susan Hollis

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Mid-century style meets contemporary artistry in this striking Fairfield home. By Danielle Pope

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experienced a wake-up call the other day while reviewing my goals (not resolutions!) for the new year. As I scrolled down my perfectly colour-coded list in my fancy-schmancy new notebook, I began to notice how often I used the word “less.” Less carbs, less TV, less staying up late, less splurging on clothes, less selfKerry Slavens, Editor-in-Chief criticism, less video games. And so on and so on. If almost every item on my list was about less, what did that say about my outlook on life? Even though I had always perceived myself as someone who liked to push past barriers, this year I had somehow If almost every unknowingly tripped into a mindset of limitations. item on my list “That’s just not me,” I thought, even though it most certainly reflected the mood I was in when I wrote it. was about “less,” So I did what the approaching new year invites us all what did that say to do — I reflected over many cups of Winter Warrior about my outlook tea and a couple glasses of malbec, then I ripped out the page and started fresh. Fueled by a blend of tea, on life? wine and inspiration, I created a list that reflected the abundance I wanted in my life. More healthy plantbased foods, more reading and more music, more money for travel, more compassion for myself, more time for creative writing. It all felt pretty good. Certainly the idea of inviting more into my life was a vision I could totally embrace for 2019. There was just one nagging problem — every time I looked at my very hopeful new list, I felt irritated at how ripping a page out of my brand new notebook had left a jagged edge and loosened the spine. It felt slightly obsessive. It was obsessive! That’s when I realized my lesson for the new year (because there always is one) had nothing to do with making lists; it had to do with embracing change, even when that meant ripping out a page and starting again. Even when it meant destroying the illusion of perfection that holds us back from creating new possibilities. In my experience, whenever I refuse to change, or get lazy about it, the universe eventually gives me a bruising kick in the right direction. For the new year, it gave me an imperfect notebook and a new outlook, so I consider myself fortunate. Lesson learned — happy 2019!

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Here&Now

PEEL APPEAL

PHOTOS: LEAH K.S. AMICK

When you first see the Peel cabinet by Pacific Northwest furniture designer Leah K.S. Amick, you may feel like your eyes are tricking you. But the doors of this unique cabinet actually do peel progressively away from the frame, one panel at a time, revealing a colourful fabric backing and adjustable shelves. The result is a statement piece that plays stylishly at the intersection of fun and functionality.

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Keeping it

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Rich gold, mallard blue and Tibetan red are just three of the trending tones in Pantone’s 2019 Classico palette for interior design. As the name implies, these hues are fundamental, everlasting and elegant — and forever fashionable.

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Mallard Blue 1 The wonderfully versatile silhouette of LH Import’s Lydia club chair works well in any room. (Max Furniture, price upon request) // 2 Regina Andrew’s peacock ceramic geode table lamp skillfully mixes modern with rustic. (Luxe Home Interiors, price upon request) 3 Inspired by the intricate motifs of traditional Asian rugs, West Elm’s Distressed Rococo Rug is printed by hand onto 100 per cent wool. (westelm.ca, $489)

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Nature has always been a key inspiration for design in the Pacific Northwest and continues to dominate, inspiring textural and tonal trends in home décor and fashion.

1 The suspended Geisha lamp, by Kenneth Cobonpue, is a modern interpretation of a traditional hanging lantern. (lightform.ca, price upon request) // 2 The Namaste collection from LH Imports is made up of one-of-a-kind antique-style rugs, which are hand knotted in Pakistan. (Max Furniture, price upon request) // 3 The Gus* version of the perfect modern rocking chair features architecturally styled cushions. (Chester Fields, price upon request)

COASTAL COOL Continuing its celebration of the coveted West Coast lifestyle, Tofino Towel Co.’s new Sand & Sea home collection features artisan-crafted throws and towels inspired by the natural beauty and coastal colours of the Pacific Northwest. Using lambswool and organic cotton, the collection is eco-friendly, fairtrade certified and packaged with recyclable materials. “We are delivering an esthetically beautiful product with luxuriously soft feel with the kicker of a feelgood emotional connection,” says Devin Sorenson, co-founder of Tofino Towel Co. “In our continued efforts to give back and help preserve the picturesque beaches, oceans and precious wildlife of the West Coast, we will be donating five per cent of all profits from this exclusive collection of luxury throws and towels to Clayoquot Cleanup.”

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Rich Gold 1 Designers Guild’s Zardozi Alchemilla wallpaper features a subtle metallic effect. (Line carried at Calla Design) // 2 The Daphne Table Lamp from Regina Andrew boasts a classic design. (Luxe Home Interiors, price upon request) // 3 For use indoors or out, the Gala Gold lounge chair has a regal feel. (cb2.com, $799)

Reversible Taltal linen top in Rust and linen wrap skirt in Chocolate

Being timeless is always on trend, and the classic clothing collection from slow-fashion brand Nomi Designs will outlive fastfashion fads. The simple, minimalist pieces are made with natural linen, a fabric that designer Nomi Levi loves and wants more people in B.C. to embrace. “Many here think that linen is just for summer,” says the Israeli-born designer, who has lived in Canada for 10 years. Madison top in Ivory and Maya pants in “But it works all year Gleam round and is the perfect fabric for layering.” Levi’s inspiration comes from observing and being in nature — and the view from her Prospect Lake studio influences her colour palette. “The earthy colours are close to my heart.” nomidesigns.net YAM MAGAZINE JAN/FEB 2019

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Design junkies know they can always get a fix at Paboom. The light and airy store is a treasure trove of stylish home goods, including art prints, glassware and textiles, along with unique jewelry and stationary. “I look for things that you aren’t going to find everywhere,” says owner Moira Pittam. “And there’s nothing I love better than discovering a new local maker who isn’t in any stores Moira’s yet.” trend Pittam also credits her four daughters with keeping her in forecast The new year will bring the loop on exciting products and finds. a surge of rich, warm “The store always has a range of things hitting different tones like mustard price points,” she says. “From the beautiful Scandinavian yellow and deep burnt orange paired with blankets by Klippan to the eclectic prints and accessories from funky textures. Montreal-based Stay Home Club, it’s a fun mix.” 1437 Store Street

Local Sips A GOOD VINTAGE Add a unique experiential component to your next dinner party by bringing in a sommelier. Along with the classes she runs through Vessel Liquor Store, Pamela Sanderson of Hire A Somm will come to you to guide you and your guests through a tasting. The theme can be anything from a Tour de France to a Taste of Spain to something closer to home. “The Best of Vancouver Island is a seminar focusing on some of the better wines

from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands,” Sanderson says. “It explains the unique climate we have for growing grapes, discusses the unique grape varieties that do well here, covers a short history of the wineries on the Island and features some favourites to try.” hireasomm.ca

TEA-TASTIC With a family history in plant medicine that goes back generations, Victoria Van Rosebrook knew she wanted to be a herbalist. It was when she was attending Pacific Rim College’s four-year phytotherapy program that she started making teas to help her friends. “I was always saying, ‘There’s a tea for that,’” Van Rosebrook jokes. The result is SurviveWell Botanical Solutions, her small-

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batch medicinal tea company that sells 13 teas made using only organic and fair trade herbs. Each blend is designed for specific goals. “HumaniTea is one of my favourites. It’s an everyday tea for your mind and body, and 100 per cent of the profits go to charity,” she says. “People are keen to use more natural products and get in touch with their bodies in a more natural way. Plant medicine works best as a trifecta alongside diet and lifestyle. That is why every tea comes with a downloadable diet and lifestyle guide called TEAtips.” survivewell.org


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Consider each of Tonino Mantovani’s creations a wearable work of art. The Milan native — who is now based in Victoria — makes stunning scarves from his original paintings, transferring the colourful and abstract images onto luxurious Chinese silk. “I really wanted to create something out of my art,” he says of his paintings, which are inspired by his travels. “Something beautiful that gives a sense of pleasure.” mantovanifashion.com

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A Piece of Italy

THIS PLACE HAS HEART Walking into Heartwood & Co is like stepping into a sanctuary and taking a deep breath. “We always wanted to be more than a salon,” says Kerryn Cooper, co-owner. And Heartwood’s second-storey studio on Broad Street is definitely more than meets the eye. Defined by brick walls and soft light, Heartwood is a collective of curated services designed to nurture body, mind and soul, from the full-service salon to The Bake House, led by pastry chef Megan Cooper, to an event place bookable for workshops, bridal and “just because” events. heartwoodandco.com

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By Cinda Chavich Napkin and Japanese ceramic plate courtesy of Lore General; matte gold spoon courtesy of Tuscan Kitchen.

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The LowCarb Diet Makeover

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Low-carb diets are ever-popular because they tend to work, but do they have to be so extreme? YAM presents low-carb diet ideas you can actually live with.

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ith a new year upon us — and the scratch with lots of healthy meats, fish and season of indulgence but a guilty vegetables, as the low-carb protocol dictates, memory — I’m again contemplating many of my everyday recipes rely on a starch — pasta, rice, noodles, potatoes, beans, bread — as a shift to a new, healthier diet. a base for everything from soups and sauces to There are many diet protocols trending these curries, stir-fries, savoury bread puddings and days, from vegetarian and vegan to paleo and panini sandwiches. hard-core keto, but the idea that keeps coming back is simply cutting out carbohydrates, A SENSIBLE APPROACH especially refined flours and sugar. After years of cutting the fat, only to The low-carb diet is nothing new, but replace the filling bulk of those calories with it’s finding new acolytes. Local pharmacies carbohydrates, many people are seeking a sea are promoting low-carb programs, and my change in the kitchen. In contrast to more GP recently suggested cutting carbs — an extreme forms of the low-carb diets, the LCHF indication that the idea is more mainstream diet relies on protein and fat to fill you up, and than ever. that means cooking in a whole new way. There are many systems and low-carb gurus Vancouver chef and food writer Karen to follow, whether you choose the original Barnaby is a low-carb veteran. She wrote The Atkins Diet, the caveman Paleo progam, Low Low-Carb Gourmet (Harper Collins), teaches Carb/High Fat (LCHF) or the Bulletproof low-carb cooking classes and has shared her regimen with its optional proprietary products recipes and advice at lowcarb.ca. to buy. But all start with the basic premise When Barnaby cut that consuming high the sugar, gluten and levels of refined carbohydrates from carbohydrates Even cutting back her diet, she lost 70 (sugary, starchy foods pounds and instantly to 50 or 100 grams of like sweets, desserts, cured her aching pop, pasta, noodles, joints and stuffy carbohydrates per day can potatoes, flour, fruit head. And though, have health benefits — juices and bread) is in the beginning, she at an all-time high, created recipes using improving blood pressure, and that reducing sugar substitutes blood sugar, triglyceride or eliminating these like Splenda and foods from your diet Canadian SugarTwin, and cholesterol levels, can lead to better her advice today is and weight loss. health. to simply choose Eating high-fibre whole foods without whole foods that carbohydrates. contain carbohydrates “I don’t look to replace foods,” she says. “I — including vegetables, fruits, whole grains can’t eat bread; therefore, I cannot eat bread.” and legumes — are linked to improved health Still, she has found ways to incorporate her and lower risk of disease, so it pays to choose favourite flavours into new low-carb dishes — carbohydrates wisely. spaghetti squash or cauliflower carbonara with So how many carbs should we consume? prosciutto, Parmesan and cream or Meatza (her Well, to kick-start a true keto weight-loss burger-based pizza pie topped with tomato diet, the number is extremely restrictive — just sauce, mushrooms, peppers, black olives and 20 to 30 grams of net carbohydrates (about cheese), accompanied by a fresh tomato and 50 grams total carbs) per day in the initial basil salad. ‘induction’ phase to reach that ketosis stage in Vegetables and salads have become her focus. which your body uses its fat for fuel. (The net As a product development chef for produce carb number is total carbs minus fibre.) wholesaler Fresh Start Foods, she adds squash Still, even cutting back to 50 or 100 grams of and rutabaga ‘noodles’ to Asian coconut curry carbohydrates per day can have health benefits bowls or uses them to make quick ‘pickles’ and — improving blood pressure, blood sugar, crunchy slaw-style salads. triglyceride and cholesterol levels and weight Though you can replace sugar in some loss. recipes with carb-free sweeteners like Splenda, But with so many of our go-to meals based she says it can be a slippery slope if you’re addicted to sweets. Better to eliminate sweets on carbohydrates these days, making the switch altogether, Barnaby says, and rely on loweris not easy. Though I’ve always cooked from

Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto You can use this risotto recipe to recycle almost any leftovers you have in the refrigerator. I like to add leftover roast chicken to this mushroom risotto recipe. • 1 small (2 lb) head of cauliflower, cut into large florets* • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 1 lb white or brown mushrooms, sliced • 1 small onion, finely chopped • 1 large garlic clove, minced • 1/4 cup chicken broth • 1/4 cup white wine • 1/2 tsp salt • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese • 2 tbsp whipping cream • 2 tbsp finely chopped Italian parsley Use the food processor to make the cauliflower rice — just add the florets to the processor and pulse until you have a coarse rice texture. You may need to do this in 3 or 4 batches. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside. Note: The key to proper coarse rice texture is not to overcrowd the food processor bowl.

Heat a large, nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook quickly until nicely browned, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Return the pan to medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Sauté the onion and garlic until beginning to brown, or about 5 minutes. Add the cooked mushrooms, cauliflower ‘rice,’ broth, white wine, salt and pepper to the pan. Stir over medium heat for a few minutes, then cover for 2 minutes to steam. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, cream and parsley. Makes 6 servings. 8.5 g carbohydrates per serving.


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10 TIPS TO CUT CARBS 1 Choose cauliflower Steam cauliflower, then mash or purée it with butter and a splash of cream to make a great substitute for mashed potatoes. I like to include one small potato with a whole head of cauliflower to add a little body to the mash.

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2 Spiralize Invest in a spiralizing gadget to turn zucchini, winter squash and rutabagas into low-carb ‘noodles’ for pasta sauces, coconut curries and ramen-style soups. I like my OXO machine that holds tight to the countertop while I crank out strands of vegetable spaghetti or zucchini ribbons to sauté with garlic. 3 Spaghetti squash This pale yellow squash is quick to bake or microwave, and turns into spaghetti-like strands when cooked. Cut it cross-wise before baking for the longest shreds, then toss with butter and chopped Italian parsley or spicy tomato sauce. 4 Avocados Rich, filling and loaded with healthy fats, an avocado can make a lunch all on its own, seasoned with lemon juice or soy sauce. Fill with crab or salmon salad, chop to add to salads, whirl into guacamole. Small, rough black avocados are lower in carbs than big green ones. 5 Sushi substitute If you’re craving the taste of sushi, try rolling nori cones, filled with matchstick pieces of cucumber and carrot, avocado and cooked baby shrimp (or sushi-grade raw tuna or salmon), seasoned with a drizzle of wasabispiked mayo.

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6 No rice, no problem Cauliflower ‘rice’ is another revelation for low carbers — just shred cauliflower (use a grater or food processor), then lightly steam in the microwave, sauté with butter, chives and garlic, or stir fry and combine with scrambled egg, green onion, ham and soy sauce for ‘fried rice.’


7 Vegetable Dippers Low carb doesn’t allow for crackers, but you’ll need something crunchy to scoop up dips, guacamole, or top with cheese and charcuterie. Try slices of cucumber or daikon radish, crispy celery sticks and edible pod peas.

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8 Splurge on herbs Nothing adds a bright note and appetizing colour to vegetable dishes like fresh herbs. I like to mix chopped fresh dill with butter to serve with green beans, carrots and salmon, and I always have fresh cilantro and Italian parsley on hand. 9 Free from sugar Remember there’s more than just white and brown sugar to eliminate. Anything ending in “ose” — sucrose, glucose, fructose — and ingredients like molasses, corn syrup, rice syrup, agave syrup, maple syrup and fruit juice concentrates are all sugars to avoid. 10 Wrap and roll Anything you’d usually serve in a sandwich or wrap can be folded into a large lettuce leaf or a high-fibre tortilla (I like the whole wheat ones from La Tortilla Factory with just 2 g net carbs per tortilla) — think Chinese BBQ duck and cucumber; pulled pork or grilled chicken, avocado and salsa; ham and cheese. TRY THIS

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In Fernwood, chef Braden Parks and his wife Tamara Parks have launched Fern Café and Bakery, a “100 per cent vegan” operation and the city’s only vegan bakery. The new café offers vegan soups and sandwiches on their own breads, salads and pastas, to fill the growing demand for vegan dining. If the delicious vegan Double Chocolate and Cherry Macarons I tasted at the Vegtoria vegan fair are any indication, Fern Café and Bakery will be a hit.

REDEFINING CHEESE At Vegtoria, I also met some local vegan artisan ‘cheesemakers,’ including the folks from Not Cheese whose products include spreadable cashew-based ‘cheeses,’ from plain, pesto and smoky chipotle spreads to a sharp orange ‘cheddar’ and melting ‘mozzarella.’ At The Cultured Nut, traditional cheesemaking techniques and cultures are used to make a variety of firm and spreadable cashew ‘cheeses’ like Jalapeno Jack or Good-Ah (gouda style) that’s perfect to slice. The firm Sharp Cheddar gets its flavour from cashews, chickpea miso, nutritional yeast and cultures, while the lighter Rascal Cheddar is perfect for melting into your mac and cheese. They even make a plant-based cultured butter. Of note, the Drake Eatery in Victoria uses The Cultured Nut’s ‘cheeses’ exclusively as their vegan option, including the Ottima Mozza on the grilled kimchi and apple sandwich and for their vegan ‘cheese’ plates. Other vegan products to try from B.C. producers include Black Sheep Vegan Cheeze’s Vouda, Voursin and Vrie, made in the Okanagan with organic tofu and almond milk; Soya Nova Tofu Shop’s organic tofu from Salt Spring Island; and PlantBase Foods’ seitanbased meat substitutes from North Vancouver. Whether you’ve given up meat and/or dairy products for health reasons, concerns about the treatment of farm animals, or to support the environment — or you’re just adding some meat-free days to your diet — you’re right on trend. So move over, milk. Plants are the new cows! YAM MAGAZINE JAN/FEB 2019

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In Person

the art of being uncomfortable YAM visits Laura Harris in her downtown studio and discovers why this Victoria artist, celebrated for her abstract florals and landscapes, has traded the comfort zone for life on the creative edge. By Susan Hollis Photos by Jeffrey Bosdet

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eeking discomfort isn’t a prevailing human instinct, but when Victoria painter Laura Harris looked around the backyard cottage studio that had been her creative sanctuary for 17 years, she realized leaving was the best option she had. And although it made little financial sense for her to commute and pay rent for a downtown workspace when she had a perfectly good home studio, she knew she needed to shake off the cobwebs of convenience to elevate her artistry. “[The cottage] was too comfortable and it felt stagnant,” she says. “I think as an artist who’s been doing it this long — and knowing what sells and knowing you can get into a wicked routine — I had to change. I’ve seen other painters lose that ability to experiment with their work in that unapologetic way.” In her downtown heritage studio and gallery above Hughes Clothing, Harris’s painting corner and walls of finished canvases are illuminated by museum-grade track lighting installed by her partner, Pete Ells. Light pours in from a cathedral skylight and an enormous bank of windows overlooking Yates Street. It’s relatively quiet in the studio, except for an occasional scolding bark from Harris’s rescue dog, Chester, but the streets below are full of busy energy, a marked contrast to the serene backyard studio she left behind. Today she sits in front of clean, white walls hung with finished paintings that will go to various galleries, shows and collections

around Canada. She gestures to a painting she recently completed, one with magnetic, tumbling layers of cerulean blue, pointing out the tiny details — a wave of acrylic, a thread of linen — as she explains her process. Her paintings have life and character and individuality, so when they sell it’s not solely a commercial transaction — it’s an adoption of sorts. Buyers are collecting pieces that were created by an artist who is able to access an intense inner landscape and who has something to say. “I want to make pieces people react to,” she says. “When you see someone have a powerful reaction, that’s my favourite. I’ve had people experience strong emotion with my work, and I think that’s what kind of growth I want — I want to continue to be that kind of relevant.” The paintings that line the perimeter of the studio are quintessential Harris — a signature brand of expression that falls into the category of abstract realism. Evocative and moody, her paintings are layered to catch the eye and draw the viewer into the minutiae of thoughtful brush strokes and organic fabrics shaped and painted into place just so. Like their creator, they offer a sense of processed complexities — thoughts translated to a sublime expression of the natural world. “The florals have been around the longest — people love them,” she says. “I keep doing them because they can be so emotional. They’re almost like little characters; you can bend them and make them feel sad or joyous.”

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Working mostly with large-scale canvases, Laura Harris adds depth with a strata of paint, cotton, dirt and linen — embracing contrasts in texture and hue that suggest the opposition of forces. The resulting work has an exhilarating depth and sensuality.

Dressed simply, with little makeup and a black sweater, Harris appears in every way a woman in charge of herself, unfussy in appearance and diction — the hallmark of one who said goodbye to general frivolity in favour of unobstructed emotional clarity a while back. Talking about her work, she projects enthusiasm combined with a deep sense of focus, and it’s clear that after maintaining a 20-year career high as a painter, she has no intention of slipping into cruise control. “It’s hard to stay honest [as an artist], and reinvention is really important to me. As I get older I just want to get better,” she says. “I don’t want ever to think, ‘Oh, it’s time to wind this down.’ I want to stay fresh and stay current, and I’m interested in what’s going on and what trends are happening. I want to be uncomfortable.”

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“I have so much further to go, and I want to be relevant and I want to get better. I want to make pieces that people react to.”

instead pushing her limits both technically and emotionally,” says Liz Harris [no relation], owner of Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery in Whistler, who has known Harris for 15 years. “Her creations are sometimes turbulent, sometimes serene. They’re romantic, pensive and elegant. ”

NON-CONFORMING A born artist, Harris has been attracted to the abstract disciplines since early childhood. But she values her earliest education — one rife with rules and precision — which taught her that to play outside the lines she must first learn to play within them. “My dad was my first teacher,” says Harris, a fourthgeneration Victorian. “He’s a realist — a mechanical engineer — so he’s very accurate, very tight. He taught me perspective.” That perspective, she adds, is the best gift she’s been given. “He gave me an awesome little fighting spirit that had to defend what I thought was right,” she says. “... what really is most valuable now is standing up for what I believe is right — my style, unapologetic and not conforming. And he gave me that.” After high school, Harris studied graphic design at Camosun College and started a design firm with a focus on branding and visual identity, a skill set she credits as critical to her success as a painter. When a friend asked if she was interested in sharing a studio space on Herald Street to paint for fun, she thought she’d give it a whirl. That led to her first


sold-out solo show and the decision to close her graphic design business in order to paint full time. That was two decades ago. Today, Harris is still a full-time artist, something few people can claim to have achieved. She’s also heavily involved in managing the business side of her career, teaches painting at international retreats, has plans for a cookbook and, with a friend, is designing a line of lounge wear to be released this spring. She’s at a stage of life, she says, where routine can be dangerous. Instead, she seeks the untested path, taking issue with words like “inspiration” and “talent” for being a little too easy. She says the artists she admires, people like Andrea Soos, Fern and Rick Long, Tim Hoey and Michelle Heslop, are workers who respect the need to hustle, to do better, and to go all-in. “[Success] takes getting to work,” she says. “Step in front of the canvas and do the work — some days I do that and it feels like work, and some days are absolute bliss ... I’m proud of being a woman in this industry who’s been at it for this long and is still having successful solo shows.”

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Mid-century style meets contemporary artistry By Danielle Pope • Photos by Joshua Lawrence

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arol Tastad and her husband Garth wanted to downsize from their modern three-storey Victoria home, and had been searching for an ideal one-level in Fairfield when they found a townhouse, hidden just behind a hedge off the street. Save for a few updates, the 70s-style building was everything they wanted, complete with space for a garden and a strata community that would ensure this home could last into their advanced years. Thanks to the work of Meade Design Group, the Tastads were able to bring the space into their focus. “We needed a home we could look forward to aging in,” says Carol Tastad. “Our previous place was very modern, with an open floor plan, and we needed more wall space for our growing art collection — plus, we wanted to pay tribute to the mid-century style we loved.” Tastad hoped to combine mid-century flair with a modern approach in the 1,800-square-foot home. She was excited to have separate rooms again, and the couple worked with principal designer Iván Meade and team to create adaptations around the building that would allow the home to evolve into their vision. “There was a lot to change to make this home comfortable and functional, and also blend midcentury charm with contemporary style,” says Meade. “We wanted the furniture and the art to be the stars of the space, which meant the rest of the house had to work around that.” Meade’s team made important alterations to the building, like removing the carpets and installing herringbone, brushed oak wood flooring, as well as trading the bathtubs for modern showers, adding doors to separate the kitchen from the dining area and installing waterfall cupboards.

The living area combines mid-century motifs with contemporary design elements, such as the striking coffee tables from West Elm. A ceramic sculptural piece by artist Jerry Rothman, sourced from Polychrome Gallery, adds a creative mid-century touch. The wallpaper accent wall in Heliodor in Xanadu by Arte creates drama when paired with Pablo Design’s Solis black pendant lamps from Gabriel Ross. Younger Furniture sofas from Luxe Home Interiors showcase accent pillows in Escotilla and Echo, two fabrics designed by Iván Meade.

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The warm palette carries into the dining area, with the Kentwood brushed Oak Lynnwood engineered hardwood in a herringbone pattern. An organic sculpture from Monarch Furnishings adds drama. The chairs are vintage pieces from The Fabulous Find, and the chandelier from Artcraft is finished in black with clear glass. The recessed Napoleon Vector 50 double-sided propane fireplace is sleek and contemporary, with a stainless steel flush frame and heavy lines.

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“WE WANTED THE FURNITURE AND THE ART TO BE THE STARS OF THE SPACE, WHICH MEANT THE REST OF THE HOUSE HAD TO WORK AROUND THAT.” The team also enhanced lighting by adding skylights and an extra window in the kitchen, as well as an array of pendant lamps. Finally, wall space throughout the hallway was maximized by changing the floor layout so it could be used as a gallery. “We wanted the space to be homey and private, but also one that the clients could use to entertain,” says Meade. “The art collection needed to pop, so we understated the other colours in the rooms in a way that would make each piece the focal point.” Meade used soft greys, creams and light blues, with heavy accents in black, glass and chrome. The effect makes the smaller space feel remarkably large. The dining area was also reconfigured to create movement in the home, thanks to the removal of a wall. A custom-designed quartz propane fireplace was added in the living area. He tackled a few non-functional nooks and crannies, and repurposed them for built-in closets or appliances. The walk-in pantry in the kitchen became home to the refrigerator. Stylish yet comfortable recliners were placed as centrepieces of the living area, with mid-century teakwood and walnut tables highlighting the space. Meade used fabric and texture as a way to bring a more dynamic nature to each room, including pillows and curtains from his own design collection. “The way to create a real ‘wow’ moment is with texture, and we wanted fabrics that had a marbleized feel to them,” Meade says. “The black-and-white fabrics tie all of the elements together but also create something different.” Tastad says she and Garth have a lot of new “favourite parts” about their home, from the 100-year-old walkway and heritage garden out back, to a particular chair in the living room that basks in the sun and offers a beautiful place to sit and read. “All of our rooms are very functional, and it feels like we can really enjoy our place and our art. It’s the centrepiece of our home — not just something that fits the room,” says Tastad. “We wanted a space that was much cozier, and now that’s what we have.”

Art is at the heart of this home, and Meade Design Group converted the hallway into a gallery showcase, complete with artistic lighting and a herringbone floor uniquely positioned to draw attention to each piece. Many of the works are by Saskatchewan artists, with a focus on watercolours. Some paintings were created for the homeowners by friends.

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of the biggest — and most interesting — trends for 2019

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orecasting trends is a little like predicting the future. It doesn’t require a crystal ball, but determining things with both prevalence and staying power can be tricky. And then there are the things we’d rather pretend aren’t happening. (Remember how velour track suits were big in the early 00s? They’re baaack.) To find the styles, foods and movements that are having a moment, we looked to international trend watchers and local influencers with their fingers on the pulse. Here are 22 trends for 2019 — and their local iterations.

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK Sustainability and the 3Rs aren’t anything new, but the ways in which green consciousness is progressing to touch all corners of our lives is surprising — and encouraging. “We need to all do more to respond to climate change,” says Daniela Cubelic, tea master and owner of Silk Road Tea, and self-described trend watcher. “It’s becoming increasingly apparent how serious it is, and I think we’ll see more of a focus on lifestyle changes that reduce carbon footprints. From food to fashion, I think we’ll see more of an emphasis on reuse rather than recycling, and on minimizing waste at every level.” The good news? Zero-waste living doesn’t mean sacrificing everything fun, as indicated by these green trends.

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Yes, even bar culture is experiencing the shift. Look for sustainable and environmentally conscious cocktails popping up on local menus. “Bars can produce massive amounts of waste and use tons of unnecessary energy, so bartenders more and more are opting to find ways to utilize what would normally be standard food waste,” says Brant Porter, bar manager at Veneto Kitchen + Bar in the Hotel Rialto. “Extra citrus peels and husks, unwanted herb stems, pineapple skins and even watermelon rinds can be transformed into fantastic ingredients instead of being thrown in the trash. Use of single-use items such as plastic straws has come to a grinding halt, and many bartenders are turning to locally made alternatives to their favourite spirits, bitters, vermouths.”

One only needs to see the lineups at The Very Good Butcher in the Victoria Public Market to see this trend in action (read more on page 22). More chefs are luring carnivores away from animal protein with unami-rich plant-based meat alternatives. As the Globe and Mail stated in a recent article on the rise of vegetarianism, “meat — or at least meat as we have known it — may be cooked.” How is this good for the planet? From water use and pollution to deforestation and the emission of greenhouse gases, the meat industry has a huge impact on the environment.

Natural Touches Even home décor is getting in on the movement. Items made by hand with sustainable materials like jute, rice paper and clay are the trendy accessories as we


head into 2019. These grounding elements offer a way to feel more in touch with the earth, right in your home. Up the earthy connection by creating your own mugs and bowls at Hands On Pottery.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Every year, the editors at Merriam-Webster keep track of any new words gaining prevalence in our lexicon, making this online dictionary a valuable — and maybe unexpected — lens on trends. Here are just a few of the new entries.

biohacking

Responsibility may lie with Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop for this one. Defined as “biological experimentation done to improve the qualities or capabilities of living organisms especially by individuals and groups outside of a traditional medical or scientific research environment,” biohacking promises performance boosts through everything from superfoods to personalized health testing. Victoria-based Dave Asprey is considered a guru in the biohacking realm, with many people finding benefits in his Bulletproof coffee. At Ageless Living’s BioHacking Centre, you’ll find a range of treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy and vitamin IV therapy.

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Child of the spiralizing and low-carb craze (see story on page 18), zoodles are long, thin strips of zucchini that resemble strings or narrow ribbons of pasta. For a DIY approach, pick up a spiralizer from Capital Iron and start cranking. (If one looks at plant-based meat and zoodles as part of a larger trend, veggies may be taking over the world.)

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Another ingestible that’s faking it (we’re looking at you, zoodles), mocktails are challenging their alcoholic counterparts in terms of complexity and taste. “Low-alcohol and non-alcoholic cocktails are having quite the moment, and people who choose to drink moderately or abstain entirely are gaining more representation within bar programs,” says Brant Porter of Veneto Kitchen + Bar. “Bartenders are also becoming more creative with nonalcoholic drinks. They are trading in the typical sugar and fruit juice mocktail for a more serious blend of ingredients that feel less patronizing to a grown guest. Teas, alternative acids (such as citric, malic, and lactic), and non-alcoholic hydrosols (such as distilled herbal and floral waters) can create flavours complex enough to pass or even surpass the real deal.”


RECONNECTING WITH NATURE The Digital Detox

“Plants are a staple in all of our projects, both commercial and residential,” says interior designer Kyla Bidgood of Bidgood + Co. “Not only do they add life and visual texture, but some plants offer air purification qualities, making spaces breathable and healthy. We love monstera deliciosa, pothos and philodendrons.”

“I’m noticing more and more people are talking about taking intentional breaks from social media and consciously reducing their screen time,” says Daniela Cubelic of Silk Road Tea. “Recent studies are telling us what many have anecdotally been noticing: spending too much time online isn’t great for our well-being.” One way to immerse yourself in a digital detox is through another trending activity: forest bathing. “I’m starting to hear more people talking about it,” she says. “While I think this is a global trend, it’s very likely to take off here quickly because we’re surrounded by forests and live in one of the fittest parts of Canada.”

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Art Therapy A group of Montreal physicians recently started writing a new kind of prescription — a trip to the museum. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and a Montreal-based doctors’ association launched a pilot project to treat patients to a day of paintings, sculpture and relaxation, believing a trip to the museum can benefit people with conditions like mental illness and eating disorders to diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as those in palliative care.

Plug into a Podcast In case you haven’t noticed, podcasts are HUGE right now. According to the mind trust at Forbes, podcast growth aligns with other important trends, as it’s perfect for on-demand, binge consumption and allows for customized and personal curation. KEEP IT LOCAL

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Local options include a range of topics, from craft beer (The Cascadian Beer Podcast) to Indigenous voices (WILNEW Radio) to folk culture and music from around the world (Fair Folk).

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Colour craze Bright Minds The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have declared Living Coral as the Pantone Color of the Year 2019. It’s an “animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone. Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment,” says the colour trend announcement.

“Makeup is fearless and bold this season,” says local makeup artist and stylist Erin Bradley. “Lots of colour blocking on the eyes in a palette ranging from neon yellow to aqua blue. If you are daring enough to try this trend, try starting with a dramatic colour as a liner.” You can even bring in the sustainability trend by using the local organic makeup line Elate Cosmetics.

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The Midas Touch According to Canadian Grocer’s roundup of the big foodie trends, you’ll be seeing a lot more edible gold dusted on chocolate bars, floating in cocktails or coating the poultry on your plate. Consider it a glittery, colourful upgrade for your food.

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CANNABIS CULTURE Cooking with Cannabis When Toronto-based food marketing agency THP looked into its culinary crystal ball to predict the foods and flavours that will trend in 2019, it predicted that home chefs will look for ways to work cannabis into their meals. “The key to unlocking the plant’s depths of flavour? Infusing it into fats to release each strain’s delicate flavour profile,” according to THP’s trend report.

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There is a growing global trend of people embracing activism in numbers not seen since the 1960s and 1970s. According to a poll by the Washington Post, one in five Americans has participated in some form of political rally since the beginning of 2016. For close to 20 per cent of those people, it was the first time they’d ever expressed that kind of activism. Consider Victoria a trendsetter on this one. The city has always loved a good protest, and it seems the rest of the world is catching on. If you’re drawn to a cause, prominent local social activist groups include The Victoria Peace Coalition and The Dogwood Initiative, along with local chapters of the Sierra Club and Women’s March Canada.

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FASHION TRENDS Hair Apparent

Surfer Chic

Hair accessories are making a huge comeback in fashion, according to local makeup artist and stylist Erin Bradley. “Everything from the scrunchie to the banana clip is trending,” she says. “To make your statement more subtle, try using a barrette or two to tuck your hair behind your ear, or use a head scarf to smooth your hair back and get in one more day before washing.”­

As Vogue puts it: “California on your mind? Must be all that zesty tie dye and those endless wetsuits that slunk down the SS19 runways.” From Marine Serre’s statement-making gowns made from upcycled neoprene wetsuits to Proenza Schouler’s polished take on tie dye, surf culture was a major inspiration for many international designers.

Bike Shorts as Work Attire

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Blame the Kardashians if you’ve noticed bike shorts popping up all over your Instagram feed on the profiles of countless style bloggers. The divisive garment even appeared on the Fendi, Chanel and Stella McCartney catwalks at the Spring/Summer 2019 fashion shows. Paired with blouses and blazers, the bike short is making its way into the workplace — maybe not a bad option for commuters who cycle to the office.

Go for matte When asked about her favourite décor trends, interior designer Kyla Bidgood of Bidgood + Co puts forward honed, suede or matte finishes. “Unless a client specifically requests high gloss, this has become our go-to finish for countertops and cabinets,” she says. “Cutting the shine gives inexpensive materials such as plastic laminate a more high-end look. It also shows less scratches, imperfections and fingerprints, so it’s quite practical. We’re also loving velvets for upholstery.” Right: Blackpool Matte counter from Cambria


LEARNING TO SHARE The “sharing economy” is another term that has gained recognition and use over the past few years. While sharing is an integral part of human nature, the recent growth and success of shared business solutions have shown that this new economy is the way of the future. From Uber to Airbnb, collaborative consumption is now a mainstay, and it’s evolving in interesting ways, as shown by these two trends. Pet Sharing Digital Bike Sharing As our city grows, so do its transportation issues. One solution is bike sharing, such as U-Bicycle, which does not have physical docking stations but virtual parking areas. Next up? E-scooter sharing.

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Victoria is a bit behind on embracing this particular trend, but dog-watching and dogsitting apps like Rover and BorrowMyDoggy are super popular in other places. By connecting dog owners who need a little help with dog lovers unable to keep a pet, everyone benefits.

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Video-game inspired dances that go viral, such as the Floss From the chicken dance to the Macarena, has any viral dance ever been good?

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LIVING BIG BY LIVING SMALL THE ART OF SMALL-SPACE LIVING REDEFINES THE CANADIAN DREAM HOME By Danielle Pope

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arah Susanka believes your sense. Susanka, who is credited with promoting home should fit like a wella new understanding about how we inhabit tailored suit — not a sack. our homes, our planet and our lives, is quick It’s a belief shared by many to point out that “living small” doesn’t have drawn to the allure of smallto mean being in a tiny house: it means not space living. Whether inspired living as big as you thought you needed to, by downsizing, environmental considerations, and designing your living container to affordability or a desire for the modern-micro perfectly suit you. style, “living small” is increasing in popularity “When we have more space, we will fill it on the West Coast. As more look to the appeal with stuff,” says Susanka. “But the trick is to of small-space lifestyles, many are redefining really stop and look at what you use, what their dreams of the traditional Canadian home. you need and what brings you a feeling of “Growing up in England, I was always joy. People are often surprised that it’s a amazed that houses in North America had so lot less than they think.” much space — yet everyone still ‘lived’ in the THE PSYCHOLOGICAL SIDE OF SMALL kitchen,” says Susanka, a U.S.-based architect Small units in Victoria range from and author of the ever-popular The Not So Big microscopic 270-square-foot pads to condos of House series of books. just over 1,000 square feet, “There is this concept depending on the area. David that we always need more, Adelman, owner of Parc and that more will make Modern Interiors, specializes us happy,” she says, “but “WHEN WE HAVE in outfitting these small people really need to look MORE SPACE, spaces. at what they have now, and “With small spaces, people WE WILL FILL how they use it.” tend to jam in as much The concept of shrinking IT WITH STUFF. as they can because they our living space may not BUT THE TRICK think they’ll shrink their be revolutionary — it’s IS TO REALLY 5,000-square-foot home into common practice around a 1,000-square-foot condo,” STOP AND LOOK the globe — but it’s gaining he says. “But the more traction in cities like AT WHAT YOU furniture you use, the smaller Victoria where it makes USE, WHAT YOU it’s going to look. economical and lifestyle

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We basically encourage people to sell everything and start fresh — then size each item to your new space.” Adelman says scale is as important as reducing items. A traditional 95-inch sofa with a big arm will bury a tiny living area, but a condo-scaled, 75-inch lounge with a thin arm will make the room look open, while providing the same seating. Versatility is a principle of working with small areas. Flexible furniture that can transform from an ottoman and chair to a lounge or a bed is crucial for downsizing while keeping functionality. In its Vancouver showroom, Resource Furniture features apartment-sized convertible pieces meant to add storage or function.

“THE KEY WITH SMALL SPACES IS THAT YOU WANT THEM TO BE BEAUTIFUL, AS MUCH AS YOU WANT THEM TO WORK FOR YOU.”

“Storage can be a big problem in small spaces, so anything that enhances that is a must,” says Adelman. “The reality is, you can live in a 2,500-square-foot condo and, if the layout is bad, you might as well live in a small space. People often don’t realize how much room everything takes up.”

SMALL-SCALE MAGIC When it comes to creating your small home, Luxe Home Interiors designer Janine Lange says people often make the mistake of placing functionality over design. “The key with small spaces is that you want them to be beautiful, as much as you want them to work for you,” says Lange. “Style does not have to be compromised.” Lange has simple tricks for enhancing

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the flow and spaciousness of a small home. First, integrate as many light and neutral colours as possible, especially with walls and ceilings. Bright floors and upholstery will help build dimension to a space, and make the parameters feel expansive. Light is important too. Lange recommends keeping windows unobstructed, using mirrors to reflect outdoor lighting and selecting pendant lamps, pot lights or accessory lamps that will brighten and enhance openness. Don’t be tricked into miniaturizing your world. Lange says people often think they need to put tiny things in a small space, but while appropriately scaled furniture can be an asset, average-sized area rugs or large lamps can help a room feel well put together. She does recommend elevation and leaving

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“white space” when possible — floating tables, vanities or bathtubs off the floor can give that illusion. Lange also encourages people to use glass when possible, and to choose oval or round shapes rather than squared items — visually, your eye will flow better around curves, she says. Finally, Lange says pair down the clutter. Be conscious of what you surround yourself with, rather than decorating for the sake of it. “You have to free yourself from ‘stuff,’ or your small home will become a disaster,” she says. “If you’re a collector, that can be hard, and small isn’t right for everyone; but the key is that you have to be able to live with less. If you do, you’ll find you start bringing that into other areas of your life too.”

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Round dining tables, like the glass and metal Redondo and the walnut Godenza from Moe’s Home, are ideal for small spaces because there are no corners to squeeze around. Glass surfaces are appealing because they don’t block sightlines.

our parents did,” says Scott. “If you can pick a creative approach, you would be amazed what can work — some people live in boats and trees. You have to find out who you are and it’s probably not what everyone else thinks.” Scott’s “must-do” list for considering small

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is simple: be honest with yourself. Decide what you absolutely need and want, then seek it out. The more you can imagine being in your ideal space, the more satisfied you’ll be when you find it. But, he cautions, don’t overstretch yourself. “Society is proving we don’t need everything we think we do,” Scott says. “You can survive in the snow in a tent if you know what you’re doing. The trick with living small is to not buy more than you need. You can always increase, but letting go is the challenge — and it’ll give you the biggest reward.”

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Take stock of your living environment and evaluate how much space you and your family regularly use. If the kids have moved out, or that extra den has become a junk room, chances are you have room to shrink.

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Susanka says we often get so pulled into how things have been that we forget to ask ourselves what we want. If spending more time outside or having less to clean is on your wish list, small could be a draw for you.

Focus on functional or beautiful, and let go of the rest. 3. Prepare to pare

Examine the items in your home that you value. If you can cut down, small is on the horizon. If, however, your main goal is to grow your collection of antique furniture, extra room may be a requirement. Susanka suggests focusing on the items you find functional or beautiful — and let go of the rest.

4. Test it out

Designer JC Scott says the best way to know if small is right for you is to have a practice run. Find out how small you can go by renting, or even trying an Airbnb, and see what you can manage. You may find you can live smaller than you’d think.

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Say “ I Do ” to 2019 ’s Wedding Trends This year’s biggest wedding trends combine the regal touch with an infusion of informality.

Dresses to impress Whether simple or ornate, the wedding dress has long held court as the nuptial centrepiece. Speaking of court, Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, is a royal inspiration for brides in 2019. Her timeless and clean-lined silk dress with three-quarter-length sleeves and an open-boat neckline sets the tone this year for the move to simple yet elegant. For brides who prefer the unconventional, do look to Bianca Jagger-inspired jumpsuits or sculptural capes and capelets. The sculptural look also plays out in dresses with 3D floral embellishments, the perfect combination of tradition and contemporary. Sleeves will take centre stage this year, from fitted to loosely bohemian, which balances another trend we are seeing: shorter skirts. For those at an age or stage (mentally, of course) to keep the hemline below the knee, but who don’t want to cover up too much, a halterneck gown is a beautiful way to The Glass House halterneck dress by Lela show off the shoulders. Rose is embellished with the feathery floral detailing so popular for 2019.

Artful accessories Tiaras, inspired by the recent royal wedding craze, are an elegant way to feel regal on the big day. And this year’s ultra-feminine accessories are perfect for brides choosing Markle-inspired, cleanlined dresses. Think pearl clusters, drapey bows that flow into trains and appliqué lace in just the right places (wrists, waist). Planning on a flowing hairstyle? Drape a crystal-beaded hair chain across your ‘do’ for a sophisticated hint of sparkle. Tiara in platinum and white gold, with diamonds (chaumet.com); Myra crystal hair chain from Blair Nadeau; Cecily dress with drapey chiffon ‘train’ from Savannah Miller.

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The silk Layla dress from Suzanne Neville features elegant simplicity à la Meghan Markle.


Navy rules in this three-piece Owen suit from Marc Darcy.

What grooms are wearing this year The three-piece suit is back. Think crisp and slim tailoring, and do consider blue — the go-to colour for grooms this year. To move effortlessly from ceremony to reception, just remove your jacket and roll up your sleeves for a tidy but casual look. Don’t be shy. While navy is big in men’s suiting again this year, grooms who desire more drama will go bolder, with everything from indigo to burgundy to purple. Mix it up. There’s no rule that says you have to stay with one texture, colour or pattern for your suit. Go ahead and personalize your look. Give the boutonnière an update. The groom’s standard floral sprig is getting a makeover, incorporating non-traditional elements such as eucalyptus, balsa wood flowers, berries, lavender, evergreen sprigs and herbs. Add some bling with a trendy boutonnière pin (gold arrows are big this year), bound with twine.

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CURATED CAKE TABLE Many couples who have already tied the knot agree that the cutting of the cake is one of the most anticlimactic aspects of wedding receptions — often onerous for the bride and groom as well as for their guests. And with so many dietary restrictions these days, hosts who provide a table filled with exquisitely decorated ‘mini cakes’ of differing ingredients — think low sugar, gluten free, dairy free — will be in the good books for anyone with a food sensitivity.

ECO-INSPIRED Wedding guests always appreciate being honoured for their presence (and presents!), but in 2019 a zero-waste wedding will earn you the thanks of Mother Nature as well. Set your reception vibe to elegant and eco-friendly with the help of chlorine-free, naturally dyed linens and keepsake reusable glass straws. Instead of the quintessential over-packaged wedding favours, show guests you care with live herbs like mint and rosemary planted in pretty pots, which can be clustered as centrepieces before being sent to their new homes with your guests at the end of the night. Other wedding favour ideas include embroidered sleep masks and lavender drawer sachets, which are a nice touch. Not only can they be used and reused, they show your guests you care long after the day has come to a close.

New hue The newest metallic accent on the table is anything with a bronze or copper hue, perfect for vases, candelabras or napkin holders.

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After a long and successful run, the ‘farm charm’ of barns, burlap and Mason jars can take a bow, because 2019 is stepping forward with the bold geometry of Art Deco accents and intentional kitsch.

Expect to see lots of fun floral sculptures in bright, bold colours like burgundy, emerald green and turquoise as a counterpoint to the muted tones of previous years. The big day is an opportunity to show off big personalities, so don’t shy away from whatever themes you love, from disco balls to celestialthemed tickle trunks.

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THE CURATED RECEPTION Stiff formality will be left behind in 2019 in favour of joyful gatherings. Many couples this year will forgo formal sit-down receptions in favour of cruiser tables (or a mix of tables) to encourage mingling. And for entertainment, think experiential with everything from tequila and whisky tastings to tarot card readings to table chefs or trendy axe throwing (which you may want to do, ahem, before the whisky tasting). Instead of keeping with traditions that hold no meaning, fill your day with what you and your partner really love.

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PRE-WEDDING PARTY IDEAS

In 2019, with a greater emphasis on wellness, more brides and grooms will choose experiential pre-wedding parties over alcohol-fueled all-nighters. Here are some local ideas:

1. Take your guests to one of the most

iconic buildings in the city for a customized bridal tea party at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Tea offerings can be customized to wedding themes and colours, or held in the privacy of the building’s historic library or royal suite.

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Victoria’s excellent barbers that offer hot shaves complete with a steamy towel and scalp massage.

3. More extreme groups can rent bikes and a guide/instructor and give Island mountain biking a try at Bear Mountain Bike Park, which has ample access to a cross-country single track for intermediate to advanced riders.

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tents paired with Crossback/Vineyard chairs and Harvest tables help to create a romantic town & country vibe.

4. Arrange a group cooking class with one

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party in the ultra-creative Fired Up! studio on Fort Street — or at an off-site location of your choosing. An instructor will guide you through the steps to paint a canvas design — and there’s no need for an artistic background! Anyone can enjoy playing with paint and colour.

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An unusual outing proves to be a wake-up call for our YAM writer, inspiring her join a positive movement away from the single-use plastic bags and products clogging our landfills and oceans.

MY PLASTIC

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By Gillie Easdon

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ant to go on a tour of the Hartland Landfill?” my friend Leah asks. Why yes. Yes, I do! The two of us often seek new experiences together, from squash to virtual-reality games, so a tour of the landfill isn’t that much of a stretch. Little do I know how deeply this tour will impact my life. On a sunny day in November, we arrive at the CRD Hartland Landfill Learning Centre, or “the dump” as some people refer to it. “Don’t call it a dump; that just hurts people’s feelings,” our guide says, laughing, but I can see she means it. Apparently, a dump is a hole in the ground filled with trash, while a landfill is an organized system of environmentally controlled waste management that includes recycling, separating materials and converting landfill gas into electricity. Hartland is also about more than just garbage — it recycles more than 80 items, including cell phones, paint, plastic bags and smoke alarms. You’d think most of us would be recyclers, but our guide tells us that when Hartland staff break open trash bags to see what people are throwing out, as they sometimes do, time and time again they find lots of easily recyclable plastic. Despite the focus on recycling, Hartland is expected to be completely full by 2048. As the tour carries on, I learn many ‘paper’ cups I had assumed were recyclable actually have plastic in them, and many things I’ve been putting in the garbage, like cooking oil and batteries, can be recycled right here. I begin to feel a slow-burning discomfort about the many flaws in my recycling system and all the plastic items I’ve purchased.

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TIME TO RETHINK At home after the tour, I search the Internet for information about plastic waste. I gawk at a photo of a dead sperm whale with a belly full of plastic — two flip-flops, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and 115 drinking cups, to be precise — and another photo of an ancient sea turtle snapping up a plastic bag for dinner, mistaking it for a jellyfish. The more I search, the more I brew up a heady disgust for the human race and a deeper understanding of the way we’re collectively harming the environment. It’s not that I don’t recycle, but I’m not perfect. I don’t always wash containers out. (As I learned at Hartland, you do have to do this!) However, I do avoid plastic lids on my to-go coffees because I can walk with a cup and not spill it, usually. I also don’t put produce in plastic bags at the grocer. I buy the big containers of yogurt and bricks of cheese to divvy up into Plexiglas instead of the more convenient singleserves for my son. But the granola bars I buy are individually wrapped, and I don’t like to bake. These actions are definitely better than doing nothing, but the more I think about it, the more I realize my only major conscious act is not making eye contact with the cashier when they handle my butter lettuce. I know I can do much better, but the thought of a plastic detox is slightly overwhelming. Where do I begin? How do I manage my busy life without the convenience of plastic? I decide to reach out to a few people who are living a zero-waste, plastic-free life, or as close as you can get, for a real-life connection and some education. My first stop is with my friend Becca Blachut, who works part-time at the Zero Waste Emporium, which


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DETOX HACKS

— At the Store — • One billion single-use plastic bags are handed out in Canada each year. Victoria has banned them, but many other communities haven’t, so do bring your own reusable bags. • When buying items, opt for glass or metal over plastic. (Metal can be recycled indefinitely.) • Purchase lightweight mesh bags for produce and bulk items to avoid plastic. • If the item you want is packaged in plastic, ask if you could purchase it sans plastic. Buy meat and fish wrapped in waxed paper, but do ask if it is compostable. • Carry your own reusable coffee cup. (Did you know most takeaway coffee cups contain some plastic?)

was recently awarded a 2018 EcoStar Award. Becca’s advice? “Start paying attention,” she says, noting that her big incentive for reducing plastic is her desire to have kids one day. “I want them to be able to see the beautiful things in the world that I get to see,” she says. She gives me solid life hacks, such as using paper mushroom bags instead of plastic bags to buy bulk or for dry produce. Choose glass over plastic. If you have to buy something wrapped in plastic, choose the extra-large pack over the two-pack of paper towel, for example. Her comments resonate. As a mother, I want my child to experience the beauty of a world not choked with plastic. As a certified scuba diver who has swum with magnificent sharks and spiraling squid, I want to do my part to ensure a plastic-free ocean.

THE HOME FRONT By this time, I feel like a switch has been flicked in my head, so I decide to do a home inventory. It doesn’t take long for me to start noticing the plastic all around me: my salad spinner, my kettle, my whey powder container, my ibuprofen bottle, my thermos, the meat I buy in plastic wrap, and the gross styrofoam trays the meat comes on. Looking at all the plastic, I feel like a class-A jerk. Fortunately, I’m the kind of person who wallows deeply and briefly, then 60

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finds a solution and moves forward. While it’s tough to buy items like non-plastic salad spinners, the key is to first ask: Do I need this in the first place? Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no. But the real way to make a significant dent in household plastic is to stop buying single-use plastic items. I pick up a set of bamboo utensils from Good Planet and a glass water bottle, and I store them in my computer bag so they’re with me during the day. My first chance to avoid buying single-use plastic is put into practice the next day when I find I’m out of laundry detergent. I’m actually excited about it — this is my chance to try out West Coast Refill, a store launched by Leanne Gallagher Allen who, dissatisfied with the overabundance of plastic packaging and the lack of product alternatives, sourced out simple, effective cleaning solutions with no petrochemicals or single-use plastic packaging and launched her business. At West Coast Refill, you fill your singleuse containers and are charged by weight for the products, which range from all-purpose cleaner to hairspray, and baking soda to bubble bath. The store also stocks plastic-free items I didn’t even know existed, such as eco safety razors and blades, plastic-free pot scrubbers and bamboo dental floss. (Most dental floss is

Detox your personal-care routine with bamboo toothbrushes, jarred toothpaste and Dental Lace, a dental floss made of biodegradable mulberry silk in a refillable glass container (available at Zero Waste Emporium).


waxed nylon, which comes from crude oil, just like plastic, and can take thousands of years to decompose.) For my laundry, I choose a peppermint laundry soap and am thrilled to later discover it does a great job of cleaning my clothes.

INQUIRING MINDS By now, I’m questioning everything. Why is plastic twine wrapped around the organic vegetables? Should I buy milk in paper, plastic or glass? (Glass is best!) These are questions I ask Carol-Lynne Michaels, a project producer at The Number Creative and a Confabulation producer and co-artistic director who did a year of living entirely plastic-free, save for a few items that fit into a small grocery bag. The more challenging experiences she shared were not buying produce with plastic stickers (try to rip them to see if they’re paper) and explaining to a pharmacist why she didn’t want the plastic bottle (they compromised for a sanitized small paper bag). Her year-long detox has led to an ongoing plastic-free habit. Carol-Lynne recommends reading the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. She also notes that not all plastic is bad. Think medical devices that save lives, such as pacemaker. “Be kind to yourself,” she says. “Don’t throw shade on a person in a store who’s working in a system that might not be eco yet. Provide options. Be curious.” Her positive approach speaks to the distress I’d felt looking at the photo of the sperm whale. I’m beginning to feel part of something positive and proactive. Having consciously decided to reduce plastic, I deepen my research. It turns out even our clothing can be a big problem. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, over 9.5 million tonnes of new plastic waste ends up in the ocean each year. DETOX HACKS About 15 to 30 — Out & About — per cent is made up of synthetic • Pack bamboo utensils micofibres with you and carry your own a non-plastic like spandex, water bottle and travel nylon, acrylic mug or Mason jar. and polyester, • If you are buying beer, shed from cider or kombucha, clothing, mostly opt for the growlers in washing first, then cans and machines. lastly bottles. That’s equal to • For takeout meals, everyone on the many restaurants will planet throwing put your order in your a plastic bag into own container if you the ocean every ask. week. • Say no to plastic Researchers at straws — or carry the University of your own straws California found made from metal or glass. that, on average, a synthetic

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IT’S A PLAN I talk to Jill Doucette of Synergy Enterprises, the woman who helped launch Canada’s first food eco district and the Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards. “Even two years ago, there weren’t a lot of alternatives to plastic,” says Jill. “Now there are so many amazing businesses with great options. I love shopping at Migration, Anian and Patagonia for sustainable fashion.” Jill keeps a basket of clean refillable containers, so when she needs to shop, she’s all set. And she plans ahead, buying extra bottles of refilled shampoo, so she’s never caught out when refill stores are shut. She also tells me about bar shampoos. “Most of a bottle of shampoo is water, and much of the cost is due to weight, packaging and shipping. One of my team uses Lush’s bar shampoo and swears by it.” Jill tells me one of her team members took a room-by-room approach to reducing plastic. This appeals to me. It’s a bite-sized approach that offers a sense of accomplishment. She also suggests looking at your blue bin. If you usually fill it up every two weeks, try to half that. “We’d be way ahead as a society,” says Jill.

DETOX HACKS

— At Home — • Keep a collection of washed bottles, jars and containers on hand, so you’re ready to refill. • Refill your liquid soap or opt for bar soap. • For cosmetics, there are refillable options. Elate Cosmetics uses bamboo packaging for its tools, compacts and palettes, and refillables are enclosed in seed paper. • Rethink what you put in loot bags for the kids’ parties — books, gift certificates and baked goods are great alternatives to dollar-store trinkets.

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• Use washable, reusable wax cloth wrappers instead of plastic wrap for food. • For pharmaceuticals, like Ibuprofen, opt for the big bottle that lasts longer. • Choose sheets, towels and other household items made from natural fabrics to avoid microfibre pollution.

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fleece jacket releases about 1.7 grams of microfibres during each wash. Thinner than a hair, microfibres pass easily through wastewater treatment and they never biodegrade. In the ocean, they absorb toxins, which ends up on our tables in the form of seafood and salt. I decide I will make more effort to choose natural fabrics, such as cotton and wool, and take a few tips from the Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) and wash synthetic clothes by hand. When that isn’t practical, the PPC advises following practices which are easier on fabrics and loosen less microfibres. Use a liquid laundry soap, wash clothes in cold water, and dry them on lower settings. I’ve also discovered the Guppy Friend wash bag (guppyfriend.com). It captures 99 per cent of fibres released in the wash.


STEP BY STEP At the grocer, I have a hankering for a BLT. I spot my beloved grape tomatoes, but they’re encased in plastic so I opt for on-the-vine tomatoes. I add a bunch of loose greens to my basket and choose mayonnaise in a glass jar instead of plastic. I do buy bacon in sealed plastic. Some things are hard to avoid. I’m beginning to feel a quiet pleasure in making better decisions, like creating a bin filled with clean, refillable containers for shopping trips. One day, I’m working at Club Kwench on Fort Street and I crave Thai food. I’m slammed with writing, so I want takeout, but there’s so much packaging in takeout. I take a plate from the kitchen up to Sookjai Thai and ask if they’ll plate my takeout. “Sure!” They don’t bat an eye. I pick up my basil chicken and walk it down to my co-working space. “Takeout?” Tessa McLoughlin, Club Kwench founder asks. “Yes,” she announces. “Look what Gillie did!” The room, packed with solopreneurs, nods. “Great idea,” a few people comment. I feel a bit embarrassed but also proud that maybe someone else might do the same because now they have the idea. My plastic detox primer, and the people I talked to, didn’t just give me tools — they gave me hope. I appreciate that this may sound cheesy, but I challenge anyone who wants to reduce plastic to try changing even one habit and tell me it doesn’t feel damn good.

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STYLE WATCH Fashion Stylist: Janine Metcalfe Photos: Jeffrey Bosdet

Part Two denim dress ($199), Cinque jean jacket ($395) and b.belt belt ($195), all available at Bagheera Boutique; Cher HR wide-leg jeans ($175) and RiRi silver collar ($150), both available at Frances Grey; Guess denim shirt ($98), tied around waist, available at Hudson’s Bay; Brixton hat ($79), available at Roberta’s Hats. Gloves, model’s own.

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DAYS OF DENIM Denim has been a style staple for so long, we tend to take it for granted. But this year, get ready for denim to dominate. From fashionable fades to deep indigos, the jeans have it.


This page: Levi’s original Sherpa jacket ($148), Levi’s high-rise jeans ($128), Rue Stiic Estella shirt dress ($205), all available at MERAKI at Uptown; Scala Outback hat in black ($79), available at Roberta’s Hats; Lack of Color felt hat in grey, ($110), available at Frances Grey; and black belt bag ($139), available at Jovee Handcrafted.

Opposite page: Magnolia Pearl cotton Frankie overalls ($420) and Love Militia Coat ($460), both available at Shabby Rabbit; Velvet Jean Jacket ($350), available at Bagheera Boutique; and Sloane gold bracelet ($115), available at Frances Grey.


This page: Eliza Faulkner denim culottes ($330) and Jenny Bird Maria collar ($295), both available at Tulipe Noire; Liverpool jean jacket ($125), White & Warren cashmere fringed scarf ($398), and Guess jean shirt ($79), all available at Hudson’s Bay; brown leather belt bag ($139), available at Jovee Handcrafted; B.belt belt ($195), available at Bagheera Boutique; Hear Me Roar gold ring ($125), available at Frances Grey; Teleport boots ($215), available at Reunion Boutique. Opposite page: ONETEASPOON long denim jacket ($318), available at Frances Grey; Magnolia Pearl Okeefe denim jeans ($490), wrapped around shoulders, available at Shabby Rabbit Clothing; Kinetic sneakers ($170) available at Heart & Soul Shoes. Page 8: Magnolia Pearl Love Militia coat ($460) and Venice white t-shirt ($140), both available at Shabby Rabbit; Velvet jean jacket ($350), available at Bagheera Boutique, and Caroline Abram Verone gold frames ($438), available at Maycock Eyecare. Model: Neelia Moore, Lizbell Agency Hair & Makeup: Anya Ellis, Lizbell Agency Special thanks to Heritage Acres


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Fiddle me this Known for dazzling talent and spirited performances, Ivonne Hernandez is a bright spark in the fascinating world of fiddle music. By David Lennam Photo by Belle White

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t 36, Ivonne Hernandez has already had a lifetime’s worth of performing experience, yet it seems she’s only now tapping into her great potential as a fiddler. The native Victorian is five-time North American Fiddle Champion, a Juno winner, teacher, performer, experimentalist, really great stepdancer, and one-time child prodigy (we’ll get to that in a minute). While she doesn’t have David Foster’s mainstream appeal, Hernandez is one of Victoria’s most acclaimed musicians. It’s just that her folk/roots niche doesn’t carry the commercial clout of pop so she remains, outside her professional circle, a bit of a well-kept secret. “No, no, people do recognize me,” she tells me, laughing, “but I’m super oblivious and super shy. They’ll ask me, ‘Are you that fiddle girl?’ and that happens quite a bit, especially when I’m with other musician friends, which is quite often. [My friends] laugh and make fun of me because they know how shy and embarrassed I am about it.” Such is the lot of a one-time child prodigy whose remarkable skill, fiddle tucked under chin, hasn’t diminished since she first bowed a tiny version of the instrument at age three. “It was about the size of a Christmas tree decoration,” Hernandez recalls, revealing her first stage was underneath a hanging fern in the corner of the living room of the Westshore duplex she grew up in. “I’d stand under the fern, and that was my concert stage.” The music her parents were listening to filled the room: folk, classical and traditional South American tunes. Dad grew up in Chile but fled during the military coup of the 1970s. He was playing in a Latin band when he met Ivonne’s mother — his band was hired by her for a Spanish Club party at McMaster University. When she was five, Hernandez spied a poster for a fiddle contest at the Saanich Fair. “My mum was trying to deter me from it and she’s like, ‘You don’t play fiddle, you play classical violin.’” A neighbour from Cape Breton loaned them a Don Messer tape, and that was it. “There were only two other competitors and they were both adult men. I remember climbing up these huge stairs and playing ‘Turkey in the Straw’ and I was hooked. I really took to it, and it was super fun for me.”

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start judging the event at 15. Topping it off are 11 of her own albums (solo and with bands she’s started), her work as a session player on a couple of dozen more by other artists, and gigs with artists as diverse as U2’s The Edge, Steve Winwood, Earth, Wind and Fire, Alan Jackson and even Burt Bacharach. “I met her when she was four at the Luxton Fair,” says Lapp. “She and her mom came up and introduced themselves to me. She struck me as particularly focused and personable for such a kid and seemed to have already fallen in love with the violin and fiddle music.” Lapp talks about Hernandez’ discipline, motivation and ambition. “She knows that you need to work hard and practice and has never shied away from that. She digs right in.”

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Like most homegrown talent grown too big to be kept at home, Hernandez had to leave. She won a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and graduated top of her class, but not before starting two Celtic bands with a difference, Folk Arts Quartet and the Juno-winning The Fretless, a string quartet that Hernandez says “... looks like a string quartet, but played fiddle music instead of Mozart.” She stayed with them for five years and three albums before leaving Boston to return home to … well, start another group. This time, Coastline, a string ensemble (fiddles, cellos, guitars, piano) of 14 to 23-year-olds who, like Dan Lapp’s BCFO, is the entry point for the super talented. Hernandez had craved something like the BCFO when she was a kid, something, she says, where she could play with other people her age and get challenged and have fun, “and that’s what these kids were asking of me.” Lapp says he’s really proud of her and her mentorship and teaching. “And I’m glad that she came home too. It’s hard out there, and this is a good place to be based from.”

FIDDLING AND CANADA’S FABRIC Now working on a new album of her own material while exploring new forms, like bluegrass and jazz, Hernandez has put together Victoria Trad Weekend, February 15 to 16, where she and Coastline will perform. It’s two days of concerts and workshops at Esquimalt United Church, featuring renowned guest fiddlers Calvin Vollrath, Shane Cook and Troy MacGillivray. And in a country where fiddling is part of the national fabric (so many of us grew up watching Don Messer and Al Cherney on The Tommy Hunter Show after Hockey Night in Canada), Hernandez and her music are part of the tapestry.


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THE POWER OF “EYE” By Susan Hollis // Photo by Jeffrey Bosdet

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ong periods of eye contact between humans are often fraught with heightened emotions, but staring deeply into someone’s eyes can also be meditative. Looking into the warm, calm eyes of Kashif Abbas on a winter’s afternoon downtown, my verbal brain hushes — its inner squall replaced by the sound of wind spinning leaves across the pavement. After two quiet minutes of eye contact with Abbas, I feel a shedding of emotional layers and a deep awareness of human connectivity I typically associate with the post-yoga high. This experience is what Oslo native and Victoria resident Abbas offers through Circles of Space (circlesofspace.com), a project that is part street art in the style of renowned Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovi , and part experiment in human connectivity. The former lawyer typically sets up two chairs facing each other on the sidewalk on Government Street near Fort. He sits in one beside a sign inviting passersby to share a few minutes of silence together, face-to-face, eyeto-eye. It takes mere moments, but the experience leaves participants, including me, with feelings of greater well-being and a sense of kinship in the most unexpected of places — a busy downtown sidewalk.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

Which living person do you most admire?

If you were a book, which one would you be?

A sense of community and a sense of connection with the natural world.

The Dalai Lama. I love his childlike playfulness.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

What’s your greatest fear?

What’s your greatest extravagance?

Knowing the right thing and still not doing it.

What’s your most treasured possession?

I’m pretty minimalistic, but my camera is pretty good. It’s a Sony A7.

My eyes. Even when my mind thinks otherwise, they help me see the beauty and light all around me.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?

What piece of technology do you wish was never invented?

Circles of Space. It makes me feel I’m in my element and 100 per cent natural.

Video games.

Being rude. Excessive swearing. Pretentiousness.

Where are you happiest?

What piece of technology do you wish existed?

On what occasion do you lie?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

What do you admire most in your friends? Wisdom. Honesty. Kindness.

What trait you most deplore in others?

Sometimes to comfort others.

In an old-growth forest among the trees.

To be more decisive.

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What historical figure do you most identify with? Rumi. He created something that can

speak to people so many decades later at a heartfelt level — it’s quite rare.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, who or what would you be? As a human, because I’m curious about future generations.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Having followed my heart even though it hasn’t always made sense.

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