Saturday, September 28, 2013

Excuse me while I kiss the sky: District Brewing Company Launches "THE LEGEND OF MÜS KNUCKLE"

Tonight over 400 people gathered to celebrate District Brewing Company, Regina's first and only locally owned Brewery, launching its Mus Knuckle Premium Pale Lager tonight at the Orr Centre in Regina.  

The band, Mirror Imij - the Jimi Hendrix Experience from Las Vegas flew in to celebrate this momentous occasion at the Orr Centre in the George Reed Auditorium.  Mirror Imij sang all the great songs, including my personal favourite, Watch Tower. 

Congratulations to the District Brewing Company on your success.  

Twitter: @DistrictBrewing

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Queen V Fashion House - One Year Anniversary Celebration in the Fall SKY

Inspired Clothing
and accessories for trendsetters and tastemakers

Fallon Mazurkewich, Owner Photo by Carey Shaw 

SKY Magazine is pleased to present Queen V Fashion House.  This September, Queen V Fashion House is celebrating its one year anniversary as a Regina retailer.

A destination women’s fashion boutique located in the Warehouse District of Regina, Queen V has received tremendous accolades from the provincial fashion community. Owner Fallon Mazurkewich and the Queen V team are excited to house a curated collection of top brands from all over the world.

Queen V Fashion House #101-1118 Broad Street | Regina (306) 206-1331  Facebook Twitter 

History Reborn: Regina Civic Museum

History Reborn:
Regina Civic Museum

Housed in Regina’s Warehouse District on 1375 Broad Street will be the Regina Civic Museum, featuring a curated collection of Regina’s history since our inception. 

There are pieces of the original Albert Street Bridge, collections from the majestic 1500-seat Capitol Theatre built in 1921 that once stood on the corner of 12th and Scarth, a fur press, and thousands of other artifacts that tell our story.

“The largest piece in our collection is the steam locomotive now sitting at

Casino Regina.The smallest articles are stamps and pieces of jewelry. The collection tells us stories about whom we are and how we came to be where we are ,” says Shari Sokochoff, Executive Director.

“There are amazing pieces that celebrate the beauty of our city, as well as give memory to the dark days. The Museum is home to the large stained glass window, which is the largest surviving artifact of
the Knox Presbyterian Church that was damaged in the Regina Cyclone of 1912.”

The initiative to re-invent the museum began in March 2012, when the Board of Directors of the then Regina Plains Museum established a new strategic direction to become Regina’s civic museum, preserving and representing the history of our city. The new direction was approved by City Council, recognizing the Regina Civic Museum as a community partner and a core functional organization in the city.

“As the city grows and evolves, it will be important for those who shared in the creation of our city from its inception to revisit these artifacts and what they mean to them. For new comers to our city, the Regina Civic Museum will be the place to learn about the city they now call home.”

For more information, please contact: 

Shari Sokochoff, Executive Director Regina Civic Museum

1375 Broad Street Regina 306.780.9435 

Dean Renwick: Brand New at the Moustache Bash

Dean Renwick:
Brand New at the Moustache Bash

By Lynn Larson Armstrong

Dean Renwick, Designer,
Owner, Dean Renwick Design Studio 
Dean Renwick spends his days looking through the eye of the needle, creating a new clothing line that will walk off the runway in Regina and into the retail markets at home and in cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

On November 30, Dean Renwick is hosting the Moustache Bash, a fundraising fashion show in support of the Prostate Assessment Centre, southern Saskatchewan’s first one-stop leading edge diagnostic centre for prostate cancer.

“We are rolling out the blue carpet, celebrating men’s fashion and men’s health. Each man will be gifted with a tie or bow tie of his choice to wear at the event.

For the women in their lives, we will give them the gift of a clean-shaven man. Ragged Ass Barbers and the Hotel Saskatchewan Barber Shop will be offering straight razor shaves and moustache trims for a donation of $35.00 to the Prostate Assessment Centre.”

The event will be held at Regina’s most exclusive car dealership, Mercedes Benz, featuring a men’s fashion show and the launch of Dean Renwick’s brand new line.

“I would like to thank the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Creative Industries Transition Fund, my business partner Crystal Spooner, Bradbury Design, Edge Agency, and Eye Inspire Events who are helping make my dream a reality.”

“I can’t wait to share my new line and new life at the Moustache Bash.”

Dean Renwick Design Studio 
Moustache Bash
November 30, 2013 
Lisa Peters, 

Mercedes Benz Showroom 
777 S Broad Street, Regina

For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Eye Inspire Events 

SKY Magazine is a proud sponsor of the Moustache Bash.

Special Feature: Lumsden Odyssey - The Women of James Street

The Women of James Street

By Lynn Larson Armstrong

L-­‐R: Jody Beaudry, Breanne Dmytriw, Deanna Perry, Shelly Korchinski, Sarah Kowalchuk, Gloria Korchinski, Lesia Matheson, Twila Parcher, Shannon Kaytor, Paulette Kaytorf

 I went on an odyssey, in search of the places where the land meets the sky, where souls are renewed in the warmth of the summer sun, where people embody the spirit of past pioneers, and the entrepreneurs of the present and future. With Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” blasting, I hit the open road. I don’t have to go very far before I have to stop and take in the beauty of what I can see. Fifteen minutes from north Regina off Highway 11 is Lumsden.

 Immediately I feel at home. I am drawn in by the inspiring sunrise, the warm summer air, the horizon of green trees that will soon turn a beautiful shade of red before the leaves are whisked away by the wind, and the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. It was there that I met the women of James Street, who embody the dream of living well in Saskatchewan. I am pleased to introduce you to them.

LEFT Jody Beaudry, owner with Breanne Dmytriw

Housed in a 105 year old Heritage Building, behind the cedar plank exterior is the closet of your dreams in Lumsden.

Owner Jody Beaudry opened her doors five years ago with a vision to create the “closet of your dreams” experience. The key to success: “I love what I am doing, and I love giving my customers a personable and enjoyable shopping experience.”
Thr3e Clothing Connection is a boutique-shopping destination that offers a collection of the most up to date trends for your life.

“We can dress you for a day in town shopping, a meeting, or a night out.”

“Splurge parties are a big hit at Thr3e,” adds Breanne. “We reserve the store for a group and serve wine and food, while our guests enjoy trying new looks as if they were in their very own walk in closet with their friends.”

Thr3e carries women’s lines, including Hudson Jeans, G-Star, Covet, iT, Gentle Fawn, BB Dakota, Fidelity, Desigual, DEPT, Pink Martini. Thr3e’s collection of “to die for” shoes and boots include MJUS, Fly London and Luxury Rebel, accessorized perfectly with Matt & Nat bags and wallets, Brave belts as well as watches, jewelry, and earrings.

The3e Clothing Connection | 215 James Street North, Lumsden | 306.731.3346 |   

Wildflower Esthetics & Sugar Studio

Deanna Perry, Owner
Natural, clean and classy are the first words that come to mind as you enter Deanna Perry’s private spa nestled in a heritage building on James Street, Lumsden.

Through every treatment you experience at Wildflower, you will feel the peacefulness and serenity that Deanna holds dear to the Lumsden Valley where she grew up and still lives.

Eminence, a handmade organic skin care line from Hungary, is used in all services and retailed as well.
“It is like the clean eating of skincare,” Deanna explains. “Their moisturizers are full of vitamins and nutrients extracted from the fruits and vegetables that are used in their making. Aging doesn’t stand a chance against nature’s combinations like pear and poppy seed, strawberry rhubarb, gooseberry and black currant, cucumber mint, key lime and vanilla, which are infused in the Eminence serums, cleansers, masques and exfoliants.”

Body sugaring hair removal, another one of Deanna’s passions, is also done naturally, using only water, sugar and lemon juice.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness at Wildflower. In her desire to take her client’s well being to a higher level, all instruments and tools are cleaned using a statim, a sterilizing unit that dentists use to clean their instruments and tools. If it can’t be cleaned in the statim, it is disposed of.
Indulge in the finest facials, pedicures, manicures, and body treatments at Wildflower Esthetics & Sugar Studio or treat somebody with a gift certificate. Visit the website or call to book ahead before your next excursion to Lumsden, and prepare to bask in Eminence.

Wildflower Esthetics & Sugar Studio Suite 1 - 215 James Street North, Lumsden 306.731.9121 |

Fourth & James Bakery

Caramelized onion and smoked cheddar quiche, cinnamon buns, pesto cheese twists, diablo cookies, peanut butter cupcakes, chocolate quinoa cupcakes and pizza at noon – oh my. You will make a special trip into Lumsden to stop at Fourth & James Bakery, wander around some pretty shops in Lumsden, sit on a bench and say “hey” to passersby. Owner Lesia Matheson was trained at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute in Vancouver. She has a passion for food that tastes good and feels good, and an experience that feeds your soul. “At Fourth & James, we love to listen to good music while we bake, and we think that being kind and creative is a great way to be. We also love the marriage of function and form, good jokes and Scrabble.”

Fourth & James Bakery | 375 James St. N., Lumsden 306.731.3552 | |

Red Leaf Boutique is the place to stop for the active little people in your life. Owner Twila Parcher, and her children Emily, 11, Quin, 9, and, and baby Eve, 2, are inspired by a unique, eclectic style that not only looks good but can stand up to the play test. Twila carries Benchkids, Blu, Yogini, Underarmour, and Losan to name a few. Twila’s collection of children’s clothes is always changing and evolving, just like her “growing” customers.

Red Leaf Boutique | 4-20 2nd Avenue, Lumsden 306.527.9194 

La Vault Decor

For a turn of the century experience, visit La Vault Decor, a boutique that specializes in restoration inspired furniture, accessories for the home, lighting and handcrafted pieces. Owners Shelly and Gloria are inspired by a fusion of texture, metals, reclaimed wood and glass.

La Vault Décor | 215 James St., Lumsden | 306.731.1003 |

Fin Salon

Sarah Kowalchuk is Lumsden’s rock star-artist- hairstylist with a love of sustainability, creativity and imagination. From the salon’s name, Fin, which is borrowed from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Finnish language in “Lord of the Rings”, to the hand crafted earthy and elegant design of the space, Fin Salon is inspired by Sarah’s love for the earth and its natural beauty. She is committed to using eco-friendly products, including Aveda and ammonia free colour and sustaining the beauty of the land and its people.

Fin Salon | 20 – 2nd Avenue, Lumsden 306.731.9122 

Once you walk into The Painted Parasol, located in the old brick post office built in 1931, you will feel like you stepped into a simpler, happier time. For owners Shannon and Paulette Kaytor, The Painted Parasol is a dream come true. “Our passion is finding new, exciting and unique items for everyone on your list. The candy section is a big crowd pleaser.” They also carry a wide variety of home décor, purses, jewelry, toys, specialty baby items, housewares, as well as bath and body products.

The Painted Parasol Gift & Toy | 220 James St. N. Lumsden | 306.731.2201 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Serendipitous Meeting of The Red Piano and the Fall Odyssey

It was day three of our fall photo shoot, now called the "Fall Odyssey", which included Lumsden, Saskatoon and Regina. We were downtown in search of a location for the Publisher's photo.

We  happened upon a beautiful, bright red, upright piano at the Regina Public Library.

It was love at first sound, when I heard a man playing classical music on a bright red, upright piano  He was dressed in tall white socks and shoes, shorts, a tennis shirt and a hat. I was drawn in to his melody. I asked him why a bright red piano was sitting outside of RPL. 

He explained that it is part of an exhibit at the Dunlop Art Gallery called "Play", by Kathleen Irwin, and Jeff Mortin,  "a multi-part installation centralized around two shiny upright pianos that encourage interaction, improvisation, performance and literal play, blurring the boundaries between spectator and performer."  The exhibit ran from June 14 to August 25, 2013.

The first piano was situated outside so that anyone could come and play.  The second was positioned inside the gallery in a black room, "replicating the conventions of a concert hall or theatre."

"The Piano stands in the centre, on a circular red carpet, lit by a sparkling chandelier. It too may be played, but approaching it is tantamount to taking the stage."

Outfitted with a webcam, a microphone and speakers, the system operates on a delayed playback system, so that when the pianist plays, the sound is played back in a delayed format.  Projections of previous pianists who played before offer "the possibility of temporarily unbounded collaboration with others to ensue."

It was a serendipitous moment. We were creating the Red Issue. I was wearing red, and this was a perfect, shiny red piano.  It was a perfect match.  The piano called out to me: "Photograph me."  

I would like to thank the Regina Public Library and Dunlop Art Gallery for allowing SKY to be a part of this shared symphony.  It is truly a keepsake and one of the most memorable moments in the creation of SKY Magazine thus far.

Here are some pictures provided by the Dunlop Art Gallery to help experience and the exhibit, even though it has since come down.

- Lynn Armstrong .