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Fabric Finds: Local Designer’s Inspired New Line

Drawing from memories and inspired by his favourite artists, designer Iván Meade has created a luxurious new line of fabrics. While each pattern expresses his personal aesthetic of “timeless European methodology with a sophisticated, modern edge,” at the end of the day, Meade simply wants them “to tell a story.” Read more…

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VICTORIA’S TOP 25 HOLIDAY SEASON EVENTS

The December holiday season in Victoria is a festive whirlwind of glowing lights, carollers, holiday eats and treats, and parades, on land and water — all sure to get you in the spirit of the season. YAM presents a few of our festive favourites. Read more…

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DRESS FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Just in time for the holidays, YAM features chic cocktail attire that puts you in a starring role — from the opera to the martini bar. Featuring fabulous local fashions shot on location in Victoria. Read more…

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GIFT GUIDE: 35 FABULOUS FINDS UNDER $50

Oh, what fun it is! We’ve got you covered, not matter whom you’re shopping for this year. From glittery jewelry, to funky kitchen gadgets, to toys for kids of all ages, find the perfect present for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Read more…

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EXPERIENCE JAPANESE PRINT MASTERS AT AGGV

A must-see! The most comprehensive collection of Japanese shin hanga in Canada will be on display at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria this winter. The exhibition, Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, runs to January 25, 2015 and draws from the gallery’s impressive holdings.  Read more…

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TOUR AN ELEGANT TRADITIONAL HOME

With its sophisticated and traditional ambience, this spectacular home radiates a welcoming appeal, perfect for entertaining family and friends. Using timeless elements, luxurious finishes and dramatic statement lighting, the designers describe the look as “traditional elegance with a slight hint of Tuscany.” Read more…

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CREATE A VISUAL FEAST

It’s common knowledge that we eat with our eyes first, which is why chefs approach plating their food the way Monet might have approached his canvas. YAM’s culinary expert shares some techniques you can easily do in your own kitchen to elevate your dining experience. Read more…

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FALL FASHION WEAVES AN INVITING TALE

As with your favourite books, the best fashion spreads tell a story. And much like that rare volume of a classic tome, this year’s fall fashions are characterized by rich hues, elegant embellishments and leather detailing.  Read more…

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5 STEPS TO GREAT GRILLING

Chef Brad Holmes of Ulla has earned his restaurant national renown for the fabulous flavour of his cuisine. Recreate some of his mastery at home by combining humanely raised local meats, a charcoal grill and Holmes’ expert techniques. Here are five steps we follow at ulla that you can do on your barbecue at home […] Read more…

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WHY CAMELOT IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL OPERA

There’s no denying opera can be divisive. People either love it or hate it — there is little middle ground.
In an attempt to appeal to both ends of the opera-appreciation spectrum, The Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) is squeezing in some English this year: a lively concert version of Lerner and Loewe’s 1960 Tony-winning musical Camelot.
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LEST WE FORGET: A LOCAL HISTORY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War, a new book by Canadian historian VHS alumnus Barry Gough, offers a poignant examination of the First World War and its legacy for a school, a city, and an entire generation. It will be released in Victoria just in time for the city’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. Read more…

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BEST IN SHOW: SIDNEY FINE ART SHOW

One of the largest and most celebrated juried art shows in British Columbia, The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS) marked its 12th year this October. Held at the Mary Winspear Centre, the SFAS featured over 400 pieces of original fine art. The 2014 winners included pieces by master artists Clement Kwan and Leonard Butt.  Read more…

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TOUR INSIDE THE VICTORIA PUBLIC MARKET

Next time you’re downtown, be sure to visit the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson —located in the iconic Hudson’s Bay building. The market, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in October, highlights local food producers at all levels – farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers, preservers, brewers, vintners, florists and restaurateurs. Read more…

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EDITOR’S PICK: 5 FESTIVE FAVOURITES

Are you starting to feel that festive buzz? From making your own living wreath, to glittery fashion finds, to new recipes for holiday staples, here are a few of our favourite things this holiday season. The festive countdown is officially on.  Read more…

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EXPERIENCE A NIGHT OF OLD WORLD GLAMOUR

A dazzling crowd attired in period costumes, ball gowns, feathers and lace recreated an evening of Venetian glamour at this year’s Victoria Masquerade Ball. Presented by Luxe Home Interiors at the Fairmont Empress, the event raised $20,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation, the largest funder of cancer research in this province. Read more…

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