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ON THE COVER MODEL • Hannah Donker from Mode Models Photo • Brianna Hughes Jewellery • Jolene McClelland Hair • Colleen Mcginn from Propaganda makeup • Ruth Bancroft clothing • Urban Fashion Group Shot • on location at Eden Lilly

PARLOUR MUSIC 12 SOUL SHOWER Krystle Dos Santos takes us back to the 1960’s



Keane front man Tom Chaplin has a crush on Canada 18 BLOCK BY BLOCK. CITY TO CITY Rock the Bells spreads the Culture of Hip Hop



20 DESTINED TO BE FRIDGET Fairy tale fashion with Bridget Smatlan 22 Pleurer Comme Une Madeleine Angelika Werth creates wearable art worth crying over



Style from sunrise to sunset 22 FALL BEAUTY Wine pout, chocolate locks


PARLOUR INSPIRATION 36 La Dolce Alberta Chef Daniel Costa shares a little taste of his world

PARLOUR STORIES 38 LADY LUCK Comic Aimée Beaudoin gets lucky

PARLOUR TRAVEL 38 BERLIN IN A FEW WORDS Read the blurbs, find the words, and take a literal trip through Berlin

PARLOUR FAVOURITES 42 PARLOUR’S PRIZED POSSESSIONS Favourites to add to your collection


KELLY BULA harvest moon

Hair Stylist / artistic director for davines, edmonton 780 424 5973 Makeup by Janelle Forde


“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” - James Arthur Baldwin

I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I spent my childhood days in a suburb attending a Catholic  school (I never understood why, my family isn’t Catholic). On weekends, my family would drive half an hour northeast of the city to our family farm. I spent that half hour staring out the window, falling in love with the big sky and prairie landscapes of Alberta (this is when I started to question everything—I had to find the deeper meaning of life). Both sets of my grandparents were farmers, from them I learned that you could build something out of nothing. My grandfather, on my dad’s side, came from Poland with not a penny in his pocket, but worked the land and made a life for his family. It was sometime during one of these trips that I silently made a promise to honour the Solarz name and to add to our heritage. I mean, with a name like Solarz, I have to shoot for the stars.  On my mom’s side, my Gido would take me to watch the robins, to sit and enjoy the small things in nature. He treated me like a star and told me that I was meant for greatness… and I believed him. At my cousin’s acreage, I played with the boys and learned that there’s no room for fear in life, and to fight for what I want.  Alberta is my home.  For our fashion spread I wanted to capture my heritage - the subtle beauty of the prairies framed by a big huge sky. Our past, our present, and our future influence our style - from my childhood on my grandparent’s farm, to my present home of Edmonton, to my future home of Calgary - Alberta is my

heartland, and from whence I came. Chef Daniel Costa shares the same passion for his heritage; you can taste it in his food and feel it in his zest for life. His website is one of my favourite sites to visit, here he shares his family recipes and secrets  (his father’s tomato sauce has become my secret weapon). Another proud to be local is the beautiful, quirky designer Bridget Smatlan. If you’re lucky, you may run into this Edmontonian on 104th street, which happens to be where her studio is located. Inside her studio, a portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth adorns the wall and retro knickknacks garnish every surface. Staying true to whom you are and rejoicing in your roots doesn’t mean standing still. For me, my roots are growing, and my local is expanding. And Parlour is evolving with me. Over the summer, while our writer Vlad Gomez and photographer Mark Well explored the origins of Hip Hop at Rock the Bells in Calgary, I met the love of my life under the shade of an elm tree. We fell head over heels and began a long distance relationship. But sometimes that expansive prairie between here and there feels like forever. So I’ve decided to leap and start a new beginning. Since I started Parlour, I knew I wanted to include Calgary, I guess it’s time to make that step. I’m looking forward to my Calgary adventure, and knowing what is behind me makes this giant leap of faith easier. • Sincerely, Shelly Solarz


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Brianna Hughes/Photogragher… Well, besides being hot, fabulous, and having a kick ass style, we adore her exquisite and playful photos that take us into every girl’s dreams. The girl studied photography in NYC, received a BFA in Photography, and where is she now?… getting her Master’s degree in photography in Paris (so jealous).

02 Jolene Carley McClelland/Jewellery Designer… What girl doesn’t love costume jewellery? Jolene’s Vrai Faux collection took our breath away with it’s minimal, glamourous beauty. This award winning Canadian Jeweller is currently based out of Chicago. She began her degree at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and recieved her B.F.A in 2009 at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.




Hannah Donker/Model from Mode Models… She’s the kind of girl that walks into the room and lights it up with her beauty, then she smiles and you’re so blinded by her radiant, cheerful charm that you’ll be seeing Hannah sunny spots for a week. Perfect Parlour girl, she’s also been in the pages of Flair magazine.


Eden Lily Flower & Gift Shop… Sweetheart Rosalind Christian (owner) created our beautiful flower wall for our cover, and even let us take the leftover flowers home. Known for their ethereal floral arrangements that sets you on a dream and charming gifts that find a way into hearts. Located at 10416 82 Ave



Ruth Bancroft/Makeup artist… Not only is Ms. Bancroft perhaps the most beautiful person you’ll ever meet face to face, but she dedicates her career to making others feel just as beautiful. In an industry that can often make women feel insecure about their skin or other features, we here at Parlour adore how Ruth is able to constantly reflect her clients inner beauty on their outside.


Colleen Mcginn/Hair Stylist from Propaganda… This triple threat received her fashion design diploma from LaSalle College, worked as a stylist, and now added hair stylist to her array of style arsenal. Never leaving the house unless she is fully accessorized, we admit that we dig her style and can’t get enough.



TEXT • Caroline Gault PHOTO • Laura Margaret Ramsey

Soul Shower Hair by Colleen Mcginn • Makeup by Adrianne Thomson • Styled by Erin Monaghan

We all sing in the shower—most of us, badly. But what do you sing amongst the suds when you’ve got a voice that deserves more than just a shampoo-bottle microphone? For Western Canadian Music Award-Winner Krystle Dos Santos, the shower is her “experimental room.” “It’s the place where you try to sing everything,” she says. “I bring out a voice in there that I never use anywhere else. You’d think it was a good voice, but no [laughs]. No one’s allowed to sing well in the shower, though. There’s no personal expression if you do! Sometimes I sing musical theatre songs, and sometimes I sing the big soul songs—like Aretha Franklin— songs that I would never normally perform. I mean, seriously, with all those acoustics, and all that flowing water? There’s nothing like it.” When she’s not singing in the shower, this 27-year-old beauty can be found promoting her self-titled debut album, touring Western Canada, waltzing into award shows, and—ahem—showering us locals with intimate, voltaic, soulfilled performances. And she does it all with fetching style. Right down to her retro mic, the girl is chic, sexy, and sophisticated, with an exalted flavour for the 1960’s. Her performance, as though she’d just

been talking gab with Gladys, Etta and Aretha, is a throw back to a smokedfilled jazz club in New Orleans. It’s drizzled in nostalgia, but manages to maintain a freshness that could land a comfortable seat in the 21st century music industry. The life of an up-and-coming singer sounds glamorous and breezy, sure, but as Krystle tells me during a break from a Human Ecology class (she’s majoring in Textiles and Clothing at the University of Alberta) she’s been fighting, tooth-and-nail, to get her voice heard. “I started taking singing lessons when I was 17,” she explains over espresso at Leva café. “And the teacher introduced me to classical operatic styles, your basic voice techniques, and then musical theatre, so that’s where I got my first taste. And then I auditioned for the [Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria] with my friend. My friend didn’t get in, but I got in.” Upon completion of the Performing Arts Certificate, Krystle ventured to England for a year with the intention of auditioning for musical theatre productions, but found herself trying out for girl groups instead—á la Spice. Foreseeing an independent future ahead, she returned to scenic Alberta without any Brit sidekicks, and after

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pressing encouragement from her mother, Krystle began “feeling her way through the dark,” writing her own music, and reaching for the extraordinary. In a fortunate turn of events, she received local radio station Magic 99’s 10k20 Grant—the spark to launching her solo music career—in early 2007, and hopped a short flight to Vancouver to record her first album—a combination of old jazz numbers and fiery originals—under a 10-day time constraint with HipJoint Studios. And that was the easy part. Since then, it’s been an uphill battle convincing Canadians, especially Edmontonians, that her passion is worthy of their time (believe me, it is). “We tried to send out “Shake Ya Body,” the song that was on [the ABC TV series] Samantha Who?, to stations across Canada,” she explains. “One station in Ontario played it, and one station in Red Deer said they were going to play it, only because [my bio] says I’m born in Red Deer. But Edmonton wouldn’t play it. Not at all. They wouldn’t return our calls. I would say I’m from Edmonton, and that the song was on a big show on ABC in the States, but they didn’t care. There’s a big cycle with everything, right? On the radio, if you’re not charting, they don’t want to play your song. But if you’re not being played, there’s no way you can possibly chart […] It’s like a red-tape circus, but once you break through one door, other things start letting you through.” “I think it’s that struggle that can make or break a person’s will power,” she humbly states. “It’s a matter of whether or not you believe in it enough to get past that really uncertain period. I mean, I’m nowhere near a place where I can say that this is my career yet, but I’m at a place where I can say I’m past the uncertainty. I’ve got a basic team around me, and if we can keep that momentum going, then we’ll soar.” With the red-tape circus she so animatedly described applying to more than just radio play, Krystle’s secret to success has been perseverance. Since winning a WCMA for Outstanding Urban Music Recording against an onslaught of experienced artists, filming her first music video—a sultry, dark cover of Radiohead’s “Talkshow Host”—and finally witnessing the viral spread of her colourful tracks on stage, online, and on television, she knows that the time to capitalize is now. “Within the last year I’ve said, ‘Okay, I’m going to make something out of this.’ And after seeing the results of what I’ve done so far, it’s got to be go, go, go, keep the ball rolling.” Whether she’s covering Nina Simone, Corinne Bailey Rae, and the Beatles, or belting out catchy, electric originals, Krystle Dos Santos has got the glimmer of something great—so great, in fact, that this independent rising starlet will have you dancing around in your very own soul shower—sudsy shampoobottle in hand. •

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Bend don’t Break British front man Tom Chaplin of Keane holds little presence of someone with a checkered past. Tom is flushed from rehearsing Keane’s latest album’s second single, “The Lovers Are Losing,â€? four times over. His gestures are relaxed and cool; this is the first time we’ve met, but we don’t speak as if we’re strangers. With the release of Perfect Symmetry in 2008, things are looking up for Keane. Despite Tom’s brush with drugs and alcohol, they feel content and humble as a group again. “We made the last record under quite unhappy circumstances. This record was much more born out of exuberance, fun and a good place mentally‌ we didn’t hold back, there is really no point in trying to dress things up in smoke and mirrors.â€? Keane has just arrived from Jasper where they spent a couple days fishing and recuperating. It is a place Tom could find himself lost in, “so huge and vast that literally you could just walk away and be gone forever.â€? They are happy to be finishing a year-long tour in our country, “We’ve always had good experiences in Canada. We wouldn’t be here to explore and visit more towns, if it wasn’t for the dedicated fans,â€? Tom smiles. During our visit, Tom reminisced over past tour experiences and spoke fondly about Beirut. Keane felt privileged to perform amidst such a young thriving community. “In Perfect Symmetry there is a line about ‘The voices in your street, and everything is better when you hear that sound,’ It’s about feeling like you don’t want to live in a world where people use destruction and violence as a means to an end. Where the voices, hustle and bustle and people going about their busy daily lives is a great sound.â€? Recently, the band collaborated on a mini album with hip-hop artist K’naan, a project Tom describes in one word: “Wow.â€? The anticipated release isn’t set until May of next year, “When you get something good you have to cherish it and look after it to do it justice.â€? Keane is hoping to tour in 2010 with K’naan and is eager to return to Canada. “It’s a very different sense up here and I think Canada is a lot closer to home for us.â€? •



TEXT • Vladimir Gómez PHOTO • Mark Wells

Hip Hop as musical genre can claim roots in blues, jazz, reggae, disco, funk and further back to African and Caribbean traditions of storytelling, which was sometimes accompanied by the beat of a drum.

It was a hot summer night in August 1973 when Clive Campbell (aka Cool Herc) deejayed his sister’s birthday party with two record players and a microphone. This night in the West Bronx is identified as a key event in the history of the development of Hip Hop culture. Cool Herc extended the length of a song by mixing two of the same records while calling out names of people in the crowd. The music and movement spread, including the dances of B-boys and B-girls, graffiti writing, DJing and MCing, as foundational elements in the evolution of Hip Hop culture. Hip Hop became street radio and prophecy for African American, African Caribbean, and Latino American communities of New York City and beyond, as artists expressed the rage and hope of urban realities through music. Fast forward to another hot summer day, August 2, 2009, in Calgary, Alberta, over 35 years after Cool Herc deejayed his sister’s party, turntables and microphones blasted the ears and minds of a crowd attending Rock the Bells, a festival described as ”a genuine rite of passage for thousands of core, social, conscious, and independent Hip Hop enthusiasts, backpackers, and heads.”

Guerilla Union founder, Chang Weisberg started Rock the Bells in the US in 2003. The touring festival grows every year, reaching international heights and exposing recent and experienced fans to headliners and grinders from the Hip Hop scene. Aside from presenting solid performances each year, Rock the Bells hosts reunion performances by classic acts including A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Pharcyde, and even Hip Hop influenced rockers, Rage Against the Machine. Over 7000 people attended the Calgary show. Local Hip Hop act, Dragon Fly Empire shared the stage with the likes of Talib Kweli and Hi Tek aka Reflection Eternal. Strange Music label front man, Tech N9ne: the Number 1 independent Hip Hop artist in the world’s machine gun quick spit rhymes and bass laden rhythms were complemented by label mate Krizz Kaliko’s operatic verses in an explosive performance. “Phuncky Feel Ones” Cypress Hill banged out a string of favourites to a heat stroked audience. And with unrivalled stage presence, NAS captured and held the crowd, delivering track after track from his extensive catalogue, while fans sang out the lyrics to “One Mic” just as loud as NAS.

The collective sway of the crowd increased with Damian Marley’s ‘“Road to Zion” featuring NAS. The two then shared songs off their upcoming collaboration Distant Relatives, an album that will also feature Somali Canadian Hip Hop artist K’Naan (who’s performed at previous Rock the Bells festivals). Whether commercial, gangsta, or conscious, Hip Hop has survived because of who and what it represents. The same contributors to this movement commit themselves to preserving and promoting its culture, a culture where new artists pay respect to those that pioneered the genre, and where the Hip Hop community also remembers fallen ones through tribute and rhyme. Artists identify Rock the Bells as the number one platform for Hip Hop music, “There are no other festivals that represent Hip Hop like this does,” says B Real of Cypress Hill, adding, “Chang took a chance. He said I am going to show people this platform because it deserves to be seen by everyone. Come one, come all. Hip Hop has so many different faces; you cannot see everything that represents Hip Hop… Rock the Bells is one of the places that shows you it exists.” •


Glasses: Women With Vision Hair: Lorette Mercier Makeup: Amy Freeland Special thanks to Shaun Millard for stylist coordination


TEXT • Caroline Gault PHOTO • Jessica Fern Facette

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Bridget. Growing up, Bridget’s peers nicknamed her “Fridget Bridget” because, well, it rhymed. Little did our heroine know that this seemingly unimaginative name would provide inspiration for her future career, that her prophetic “Fridget Bridget” doppelgänger would be exactly who she’d embrace. Bridget Smatlan—Fashion Designer, Edmonton, AB—is the creator and mastermind behind Fridget, a clothing line that strives to sugarcoat each garment and bring out the sweet, sexy librarian in all of us; Fridget flirts with what the eye can’t see. If Bridget’s childhood nickname wasn’t testimony enough that she’d chosen the right path, perhaps it was an accidental piercing that sealed her fate as a seamstress. In a kind of unconventional Sleeping Beauty fairytale, Bridget stepped carelessly onto a broken sewing needle days after converting her original clothing line, Good Gravy, to the aptly named Fridget. When, three years later, an x-ray for an entirely different injury revealed that a piece of the needle was still stuck in her foot, the doctors refused to remove it. Thus, she’s been forced to live out the rest of her life with a metal shard lodged next to her toe knuckle. But she can handle it. Growing up with a working mother, little Bridget could be found venturing outdoors with the males in her family, and was, as she puts it, “expected to be one of the boys.” In her later years, she enjoyed moshing at punk shows, idolizing Morrissey, and was no stranger to shaving her head. It’s hard to imagine how this anti-girl punk rocker full of inner teen angst came to single-handedly run such a feminine clothing line, but Bridget’s explanation is matter-of-fact. “When I was 16 years old and punk rock I taught myself how to sew so I could make bondage pants,” she says. “And my brothers had lots of metal cover bands, so I’d make clothes for them too. My one brother was the same size as me, which made

it really easy to make pleather pants, because I would just put them on myself and sew them. It was really just musical influence that got me sewing. As for her feminine style transition, both personally and professionally, Bridget says, “I feel a little bit like I’m pretending, like everyday I think, ‘okay, if I were a girl, what would I wear?’ I’m trying to embrace it as an adult.” Perhaps Bridget’s punk, power-tothe-people attitude is what keeps her independently stocking up Bamboo Ballroom on Whyte Avenue and selling honeysuckle dresses at three of the four Edmonton city markets. Whatever it is, she’s faithful to her Fridget calling, to her dedicated customers—or as she refers to them, her “Fridget Girls”— preferring to add to their closets rather than the runways. “I just make the real people clothes,” she explains. “I like to skip the fashion show because [preparing for it] will take 50 hours out of my week, and I would rather sew 30 dresses for the people than be doing the shows. I don’t need the attention, and my customers need to be happy.” Shying away from the spotlight hasn’t stopped Fridget from pulling interest on an international level, but luckily for us, Bridget plans to live out her happily ever after as an Edmontonian. “I’m so happy where I am,” she says. “Every year I’ve had opportunities with so many stores all over the world, but I’m just so content doing exactly what I’m doing right now… I think Edmonton needs more people to stick around, and to make this place super rad, rather than, you know, becoming something and taking off to try and conquer another city. We just need to stay in Edmonton.” •


Pleurer Comme une Madeleine

Angelika Werth is an arts and crafts icon. As a child in Germany, she created custom pieces for her dolls from scraps of fabric. Years later, she completed a degree in Master Dressmaking in Hannover, followed by a period of studying French literature. It was in France where fate intervened. For three years Angelika Werth apprenticed Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, “He took fashion to a new plateau ... I feel so very fortunate to have worked for him.” Today, Angelika lives in Nelson B.C. where she creates collections of wearable art that transcend fashion. Hand-felted and intricately constructed, her designs are the result of much deliberation and incredible skill. Felting, the process of binding wool, is the oldest known method of forming textile, dating back to 6500 BC. Angelika explains: “Gaius Plinius Secundus, or Pliny the Elder, Roman author of the ‘Natural History’ said that wool felt treated with vinegar would resist iron and fire.” Her recent series, The Madeleines, is testament to the strength of felt. These 12 costumes were created for what Angelika describes as “historical figures and their imaginary engagement in athletic activity.” She elaborates: “Pleurer comme une Madeleine” or to “cry like a Madeleine” is to cry inconsolably. These Madeleines no longer cry: they are happy, finally to get the chance to participate in the game. They lift up their padded, armored, felted skirts with their gloves to step out onto the ice, the field, the rink.” If I close my eyes, I can see Marie Antoinette going the distance in her handfelted boxing dress, cheeks flushed. If

I open my eyes, I can almost see it too; sculpted with whalebone, horsehair, silk velvet lining, and up to 12 metres of handfelted fabric—the Madeleines stand tall. Her Waistcoats-Wastecoats series, inspired by The Book of Trades (1565), is a series of hand-felted, constructed, sculptural coats representing women in Canadian professions: First coat Ode to Canada and the RCMP.The fabric is hand-felted wool and silk, with fragments from an RCMP wool blanket. Second coat: Ode to Ethel Wilson, or a Fishmongers Tale. (Ethel Wilson wrote The Swamp Angel) Hand-felted wool and silk, integrated with hand-woven, over-dyed wool blanket from Prince Edward Island. Third coat: Ode to the Lumberjack. Hand-felted wool and silk, integrated with pieces from an old wool B.C. Logging jacket. Currently Angelika is working on a fourth coat, Ode to a Forester, which I imagine will smell of pine and memories. “There is a reason for every style, shape and form, texture and colour….” Angelika explains. Her recent series of tent dresses, made from old B.C. Pioneer tents, plays with the relationship of fashion and architecture, a concept that, Angelika tells me, is not new, “Just as cloaks, capes and kilts used to serve the dual purpose of garment and shelter (blanket, bedroll) so will the tent dresses. If suspended from a tree branch they

TEXT • Andrea Dorrans PHOTO • Jeremy Addington

could revert back to shelter.” Inside the hem of three tent dresses Angelika has embroidered lines from a 16th Century love poem, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. In addition to her independent designing, Angelika has taught in the Fibre Department at the Kootenay School of Art and Design for the last 12 years. Her courses include Pattern Drafting and Design, Fibre Construction, Advanced Detailing, Advanced Pattern Design, and Upholstery and Objects for Interiors. Recently Angelika led several workshops in Calgary, “Teaching in Calgary has been a great joy. I was thrilled when Irene Rasetti and Victoria Lee, co-owners of Shisomiso invited me to give classes in Calgary. Wonderful Irene has such an impressive background, there were excellent students in these four classes, and very creative work was produced by participants, plus Calgary is beautiful.” Angelika’s work can be viewed in permanent collections in the BC Provincial Collection, The Community Hospital Collection in Monterey, California, the Cambridge Art Gallery in Cambridge, Ontario, and Shuzenji City Hall in Japan. Her dresses have adorned brides and graced the dance floors of galas and balls. Many women, after wearing their Angelika Werth art piece, display their gowns as sculpture. I imagine a blushing bride and her husband honeymooning in the shelter of a Tent wedding dress, whispering lines from The Passionate Shepherd to His Love in tangled embrace... •


HEARTLAND Photography Clayton Didier Model Kim McCullough from Mode Models Hair by Vicki Frame, Meaghan Cameron & Mike Campbell from Volume Beauty Bar | Calgary Makeup by Tania Winchester & Sylvie Desroches Styling by Lisa Holowaychuk & Shelly Solarz

Jewellery from Nokomis | Edmonton Clothing from Coco & Violet | Calgary Boots from Gravity Pope Hair by Meaghan Cameron & Mike Campbell Makeup by Sylvie Desroches

Clothing by Lily & Jae | Hair by Meaghan Cameron & Mike Campbell Makeup by Sylvie Desroches

Dress by Nokomis found at Meese | St Albert & Nokomis | Edmonton Hat from Meese | St Albert Necklaces by Pyrrha found at Nokomis | Edmonton Earrings by Miranda Watson Hair by Meaghan Cameron & Mike Campbell Makeup by Sylvie Desroches

Top from Leo | Calgary Skirt by Nokomis | Edmonton Belt from Meese | St. Albert Earrings by Lollipop Girl Accessories Boots from Gravity Pope Hair by Vicki Frame Makeup by Tania Winchester

Clothing from Coco & Violet | Calgary Jewellery by Parago of Design by Skrocki Hair by Vicki Frame Makeup by Tania Winchester

HAIR • Rob Gaspar and Ricardo Perdigao /Blunt Salon MAKEUP • Adrianne Thomson PHOTO • Brianna Hughes MODEL • Riley Braden from Mode Models


Red lips are always in trend for fall/winter. But this year’s signature lip is a more luxurious play on the usual. Think deeper, richer, and sexier. Rather than reaching for the usual crimson hue, create a wine coloured pout instead. Trust me, your inner vixen will thank you. And now that our cold, dry winter is fast approaching, there is nothing more inspiring than beautifully hydrated skin. Cheat a little by adding a luminous serum into your foundation and highlighting with a pearlized cream or liquid. Avoid chunky glitter on your face; this look is about simple clean radiance. With makeup like this, you get to decide if you are naughty or nice. •


Roberto Gaspar / Ricardo Perdigao Blunt Salon Inc. Fall is full force, and as drastic changes in seasonal colours emerge, so do fall hair trends. Rich, luxurious chocolate browns and voluptuous curls set the tone for fall fashion. To achieve this look apply Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity (an oil-free, weightless volumiser) to damp hair. Blow dry, and use your favourite curling iron to create big, crisp curls. Finish with Kevin Murphy Sticky Business (weightless, yet pliable hold) and take those curls apart as much, or little, as you like. Have fun with it, play with shapes and pinning techniques. Big hair never left, embrace it this fall...Volume! Volume! Volume! •


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La Dolce Alberta

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As I hustle into Credo Café I can already hear his booming voice before I spot him—strong, passionate, and most of all inviting. If you haven’t heard of Edmonton-based chef Daniel Costa, well, I apologize for my bluntness: you need to get out more. With previous stints at two notable Edmonton restaurants, Jack’s Grill and Da Capo Café, the 25-year-old chef is making a serious mark on our city’s food scene. “Anyone should be able to eat good food, it shouldn’t just be the elite, people with money. That’s the experience that I want to create.” Costa’s mantra bodes well for anyone excited about food, culture, and community. His target audience is a younger crowd (whilst not excluding an elder one). “Young people appreciate creativity,” Costa states, “they like the story behind their food.” Daniel, being Italian, gears most of his dishes in that direction, “I love how Italians highlight one ingredient in their food. They take one thing, be it tomatoes or artichokes, and that’s the focus for the whole dish,” he explains. Having had the privilege of tasting Daniel’s creations on multiple occasions, I can vouch for his ability to master the simplicity of a single ingredient, while creating dishes that are unique and completely his own. On top of his uncanny ability to make things simply delicious, his ingredients are

always local and fresh. “Italian food is all about using what is available around you,” Costa insists, “not to mention it’s better for the economy.” Raised in an environment where Daniel and his father made their own wine and sausage, and tended to a prosperous vegetable garden, his adherence to a locally produced diet is firmly instilled. “Supporting local food creates a community and that is what is going to help change the food scene in Edmonton.” At a time when the local food movement is gaining momentum worldwide, due largely to environmental, economical, and gastronomical concerns, Daniel’s mind-set is truly an asset to our city. Because his approach is rooted in a traditional upbringing rather than a flimsy trend, we can rest assured that he will do local the right way. At the moment Costa is the Chef at Redstar, a local Edmonton haunt, cooking up goodies in a sort of Gastro Pub Style, absolutely unpretentious and reasonably priced (try the papardelle with tuna and tomatoes, or the chicken and wild mushroom polpette, or get both like I always do, yum!). And what does the future hold for the young ambitious chef? Lots, of course. With his vision for a more communal

cultural environment within the city, Costa has big plans. This fall, Daniel is launching a website, danielcosta. ca, that will showcase weekly recipes, monthly ingredients, and culinary tips of all sorts. There are also plans for cooking classes given by the chef himself (updates will be on the website), and with high hopes, a new restaurant opening in the next year, “The food will be comfortable but very innovative,” Daniel remarks with an anticipating grin, “I want everyone to be able to walk in and have a memorable experience.” When asked, “Why stay in Edmonton?” Daniel’s response is thoughtful. “I think that because I’ve started a community in Edmonton, I wouldn’t feel right about trying to start something new somewhere else. I want to create a community and food brings people together. It brings people together to talk and to share.” As I leave my interview with Daniel, I feel excited, refreshed, and optimistic about what his vision and drive will bring to Edmonton’s ever-evolving cultural climate. With passion as his guide, Daniel Costa has the potential of bringing our fair city together in celebration of our own Dolce Vita. •


Lady Luck Hi, My name is Aimée Beaudoin, and I am really lucky. Choosing to be an actor was one of the easiest choices I’ve ever made. I’m doing something called, ‘living the dream.’ I believe in dreams, and not in a cheesy, “motivational speaker,” kind of way, just in a hopelessly naive, “childish” kind of way -- I cried when I found out the tooth fairy wasn’t real, laid in bed shocked, listening to my mom wrap Santa’s presents Christmas morning, and stormed out of Church in a rage when I realized God wasn’t wholly forgiving at all. I never wanted my childhood to end. Ironically, during childhood, I had very adult anxiety attacks when I thought about life ending. I never wanted to face that inevitability, never, never ever. So I went with the whole “playing pretend” career. Honestly, other than kissing, acting was the only thing I was really good at in high school. Growing up in the Hamlet of Tomahawk, Alberta, I spent every summer playing pretend. Running wild in the forest playing spies, ducking under bridges playing elves, jumping into different worlds on the trampoline (puppy world was one of my faves), rolling in the tall grass shooting, bombing, and wrestling my best friends, primarily boys, and absolutely loving every minute of it. There were frog funerals, sled Sundays, and barn break-ins. We would dress up in each other’s clothes and walk to The General Store, which upset the buck-toothed hicks fiercely to see a boy dressed as a girl, and a girl dressed as a boy, let me tell you. We were lucky we didn’t get shot. I didn’t want it to end. I said no to reality. It’s a privilege and an indescribable joy to have a job that you love -- actually, you don’t even have to have a job, you just have to do what you want. I’ll never forget driving to Edmonton one weekend when, passing a bottle picker on the side of the road, my dad turned to me and said, “You should always have respect for the bottle pickers. They run their own business and they are their own boss. Some people can’t work below anyone else, and there’s nothing wrong with that.” My Dad has always been a boss, and I have always been an actor. With pleasure, and to my Dad’s merriment, I am now working with nuts full time -- big, handsome, racially diverse Nuts. APTN presents, Caution: May Contain Nuts, a groundbreaking and hilarious half-hour sketch comedy show on channel 108. Yes, you do have that channel. Seriously, if you have basic cable you’ve got it, and you should watch it more. This sketch comedy show is the biggest Canadian thing since Ben Mulroney’s forehead. Think, Kids in the Hall with a multicultural cast and two women (I’m one of the women). After four years of school, countless auditions, dinner theatre, and unpaid film work, I managed to land a part in this amazing sketch comedy show filmed entirely in E-town! Yes, I did! I truly am living my dream. I’m in a show entirely created on Albertan soil with Albertan blood, figuratively speaking of course (although I think


Gerry, our sound guy, might be a vampire.) It’s a show that pokes fun at native issues like never before, a show that is so new and fresh and different, it hasn’t even been picked up by a big network yet! I had the time of my life shooting the first season, which premiered last year and is currently still airing. The cast gets along like peaches and Castor Troy. I am in awe of each of them and the incredibly funny things they do on and off camera all day long. Moreover, I got to spend a day gawking at Joe Flaherty, our Season One Guest Star (what a jackass.) I’ve never seen someone perform a single line in so many contrastive, hilarious ways. He made everyone on set vibrate from held-in laughter, and that’s hard to do with crewmembers. Albeit a tough crowd, our crew is extraordinary. The shoot turned into a paroxysm of creativity; inspiration began to buzz in every department. Prudence Olenik, our makeup artist, and Wes Doyle, our DOP (I should add an E ‘cause he’s so DOPE), had worked on SCTV when it was filmed in Edmonton and had great insight into comedic style. By the end, the grips and cameraops were shouting out witty line additions and the continuity woman was giving us priceless ideas for sketches. This kind of communal creation just doesn’t develop on other shoots. Something is happening here with this little T.V. show from Edmonton, and it’s a magical thing. Not like “Harry-Potter-Dumbledore-was-gay” magical, just like “that-special-feeling-you-get-when-you-knowyou’ve-done- something-great” magical. We shot the pilot and then got contracted for six more episodes. I took the plunge that year, submitted three sketches and was consequently hired on as the only female writer. I don’t know if my “female perspective” is working out as planned; I definitely have the dirtiest, silliest, and strangest sense of humour of all the boys. But they keep me in check, those Gemini Nominated bastards, and hell, I’ve even been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Performance in a Television Show. Maybe now they’ll start giving due regard to my fart-joke submissions. With that in mind, off to New Brunswick I go to meet our Nation’s funniest at The Canadian Comedy Awards in St. John, presented by The Comedy Network. It truly is an honour to be nominated alongside the likes of Geri Hall and Cathy Jones of This Hour has 22 Minutes. I can’t wait to meet Seth Rogan and Russell Peters, both up for Canadian Comedy Person of the Year. What’s more, I get to marry the man of my dreams and start filming the second season of Caution: May Contain Nuts this month. I can’t believe my luck. Keep watch for Nuts shooting all over Edmonton this fall...with a camera I mean. We have Alberta’s best, brightest, boldest, and bawdiest, and I believe we are going to make Canada, my parents, and my husband-elect very proud. •

TEXT • Aimée Beaudoin PHOTO • Calvin Wallace

Hair Pam Poch at Venus Hair Artisans | Custom Costume Piece made for Black & Bold by Kelly Madden, Aimée’s own

TEXT & PHOTO • Sandy Karpetz

Read the blurbs, find the words, and take a literal trip through Berlin.

Kastanienallee St. | Kreuzberg | Cortina Bob’s | Judisches Museum | Holocaust Mahnmal (Holocaust Memorial) Treptow Park, Spree Park | Reichstag | Ramones Museum | Mauer Park Flohmarkt | Kunsthaus Tacheles U-Bahn / S-Bahn | The Wall


Kastanienallee St.

A hip area ripe with local designers and vintage boutiques. Not only is there good shopping, the street is lined with tasty treats! Enjoy an inexpensive brunch or an afternoon ice cream.


Home to a vibrant club scene and one of the only photobooths I ever saw in continental Europe, this is an area you do not want to skip! For photos in the photoautomat on the street, check out Zossener Straße (Zossener Street) and dish out the €2 for a scrapbook keepsake.

Cortina Bob’s

For local bands check out this hole in the wall bar for mega jams located in Kreuzberg.

Judisches Museum

Heavy times at the Jewish Museum a must if only to see Menashe Kadishman’s art installation entitled “Shalechet” (Fallen Leaves). Step on millions of open mouthed metal faces and fill the uncomfortable silence with even more uncomfortable noise. A chilling and unforgettable experience.

Holocaust Mahnmal (Holocaust Memorial)

If the museum wasn’t enough, take another emotional trip to this stunning outdoor memorial. As you walk deeper into the center of the square, you feel the world closing in around you. A sensation that is trying to emulate the foreboding feeling of being caught in a situation you have no control over.

Treptow Park

A perfect location for a mid afternoon stroll…. or nap. A massive municipal park that is just an s-bahn ride away! Go for the greenery, stay for the polka performance in the band shell and the people watching. This green space also houses the creepiest closed amusement park.

Spree Park

Opened in 1969 and closed in 2001, looking at the decaying mess of abandoned sixties amusement park rides makes you feel like the party has left town. Located in the heart of Treptow Park, a serene chunk of land beside the Spree river, the fair is an eerie reminder of things past. Get there on the s-bahn and walk the perimeter to see the tipped over dinosaurs.


Barely surviving a fire and then bombings courtesy of a World War II air raid, this resilient building is, at the very least, worth looking at the façade. 1999 marked the restoration of the dome on the roof, a modern interpretation of the one that existed in the 1900’s. Check out a phenomenal 360 view of the city from the top!

Ramones Museum

Go mental at this gem in Berlin-Mitte. Not only does it have the rarest of rare memorabilia, it also is a hot venue for many noteworthy out of town bands. You won’t wanna be sedated after a visit here.

Mauer Park Flohmarkt

Find all your bits ‘n’ bobs at this eclectic flea market open only on the Sabbath. Everything from hand crafted jewelry to vegan friendly cupcakes, you’ll go for the bargains and stay for the food.

Kunsthaus Tacheles

A self organized design collective formed in what used to be a department store. Check out bizarro art or hang out back in the tiki bar complete with sand. Beware of the night, the building becomes a bit seedy.

U-Bahn / S-Bahn

Cruise the town in style on the subway. With its camo print seats and Reichstag patterned windows, it’s the circulatory system of the city.

The Wall

An obvious must, more and more of it is getting knocked down, check it out while it’s still an unbroken mass. For €1 get your passport stamped with old checkpoint visas. I swear I passed through the real Checkpoint Charlie.















01 Design for Mankind Try to convince us why we shouldn’t add an inspirational design/art/fashion website that pushes boundries, showcases up and coming artists, and gives away free stuff to our favourites? Seriously. 02 The XX Don’t know where I stumbled upon this magical album, but I’ve been obsessed with it and can’t stop playing it everywhere… car, living room dance parties… I even fall asleep to it. Try it, try it, you will see... 03 Defiance of Science This pseudo-educational website, run by a local school teacher, puts world science into terms that wise-cracking, smart-ass junior high kids can understand. Everybody loves wise-cracking, smart-ass junior high kids, especially ones that actually are way smarter than you are. Beat ‘em to it. 04 My Grandpa’s Pen If a bulldog in a tiara doesn’t ‘get you every time’ try something more thoughtful – My Grandpa’s Pen, clever greeting cards available on etsy and artfire, or you could always make your own… 05 New York Bagel Cafe Oh my god… I have found where the breakfast rainbow ends. This Edmonton pot of gold restaurant kicks ass in any best breakfast competition. 06 David Ruffin-The Unreleased Album Named as such for never having been titled. This shelved 1971 gem from the Temptation who sang “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” displays the best and baddest that early 70s Motown had to offer. Now out of the vaults this album is full of big bad tunes with lush arrangements, uptempo funky beats, some of the sharpest songwriting available, underpinned by Ruffin’s rough and raw virtuosity on the mic. Amazing. 07 Kozyndan Couple collaborations are my favourite. 08 Simon Berg Photography I think I love this because I hate it. If you ‘love’ this t-shirt too, you should really check out Simon Berg’s limited edition decorative plates too. 09 McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #30: McSweeney’s Rejoice! Another addition to the journal project that began as a collection of rejected works. This time around it’s an obscure look the into seemingly celebratory concept of recjoicing complete with low-brow illustrations. Featuring brand new short stories from Etgar Keret, Wells Tower, and an unexpected piece from awkward Micheal Cera. 10 Duchess Bake Shop As soon as you step through the door, you feel like you have been transported into a Parisian pastry shop. Buttery croissants, colourful macarons and delectable pies… oh my! “I love Duchess because of a lot of things. The fact that everything is handmade, you can taste the love. The ingredients are fresh and you know the flavors are not fake. The butter is imported for that extra richness. The ambience is like nothing else in Edmonton. It is definetly a step into somewhere far and luxurious.” -Carmeñ Douville


veekee agendas Hand drawn interiors, silkscreened pockets, silk scarf spines! What more can you ask for in an agenda? All 300 limited handmade agendas available at Edmonton’s Nokomis, or at 12 The Beautiful Project Amazing, feel-good illustrated cards that will make you wish you could hug all of your friends at the same time… or you can just send each and every one of them a nice card.. 13 Swan Vintage Plastic Flower Hair Clip Best hair clips EVER. 14 Operation Beautiful Caitlin’s got it. Operation Beautiful is her mission to you to start anonymous mass note bombings of the positive sort. Post it, then post it online. Beautiful.


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