The First Sunglasses Were Not Made For Beaches

Inuit, Yup’ik and other Arctic-living Indigenous peoples have been handcrafting sunglasses for at least 2,000 years. /// Cover art by: Megan Hunt, Nunavut artist currently based in Iqaluit. Follow her on Instagram: @mutecutes /// They go by many names. “Ilgaak” in the Nunavut Kivalliq dialect, “iggaak” in the North Baffin dialect, “nikaugek” to Central Yup’ik…

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This New Quebec Spa “City” Aims To Be the Disney World Of Wellness

Förena Thermal City, a massive Nordic-inspired spa complex, opened doors Jan. 31 at the edge of the woods in Quebec’s Mont Saint-Bruno. Measuring 600, 000 square feet, the spa is about 10 and a half times larger than a football field – hence the “city” element in the name. It is intended to be something…

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Petal Bursts, Pigeon Breasts Or Cookies: An Uplifting History Of The WonderBra

One urban myth has it that Wonderbra ads have contributed to car accidents. There is an old archived BBC article that references the notion. While push-up bra billboards may or may not have distracted drivers into fender benders throughout the years, they have certainly turned heads. In fact, according to a CBC poll in 2007,…

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Celestial Ghosts Live In Northern Lights Legends

To any observer, the Aurora Borealis or “the northern lights” is a marvel to behold. When the iridescent pinks and greens light up and flicker frenetic dance moves across an Arctic sky, it paints the landscape into a handful of rarely-seen colours out on the land. Here, in a Nunavut winter, everything is white but…

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Shading In Maud Lewis

In 2017, one of her paintings was found in a New Hamburg, Ontario thrift store bin. It was then appraised, exhibited and auctioned off for $45,000. Much like that painting, Maud Lewis – now one of Canada’s treasured outsider folk artists – lived a long life of being undervalued and abandoned before she was prized…

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