Arts/Culture Category

Hailing from Manchester in the United Kingdom, the organic women’s clothing line Beaumont Organic began in 2008 with eight t-shirts made of organic cotton. They saw rapid growth in 2009 after winning the Best Organic Textile Award, and soon started to sell their line in Japan. In the following years, they launched an online shop and expanded their collection from t-shirts to a 60-piece collection. Customers can choose from an all-natural textile line, including organic cotton, chemical-free processed bamboo, linen, wool, silk, and natural vegetable-tanned leather. Production is close toRead More
Wonder film poster
After a couple of months exploring some movies on the fringes of the mainstream, I headed back to the local mega-screen cineplex for some family-friendly fare to kick off the holiday season. With Wonder, I feel like I won the jackpot. In it, we meet Auggie, who was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome which presents as deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones, and chin. Auggie has had over 20 surgeries in his young life to overcome this disadvantage. Expertly played by young Jacob Tremblay (who, beneath the prosthetic makeup, you mayRead More
In 1955 a movie called Blackboard Jungle used Bill Haley’s song Rock Around The Clock and music spread like wildfire through car radios into the ears and souls of the teen population. In 2017, the landscape is radically different. The teenagers of the rock n’ roll era are aging boomers today. There is so much on offer that today’s young consumers take it for granted. Spotify alone boasts about 10,000 to 30,000 new songs per day. Gaining the mass cultural influence wielded by Rock Around the Clock is a farRead More
I had the good fortune of seeing Human Flow this month courtesy of our local film festival. The theatre was packed on a nondescript Wednesday night and the film did not disappoint. In it, filmmaker and artist Ai Weiwei paints a very dramatic and very human picture of the insane scale of the current refugee crisis. Despite the fact that stories of refugees regularly appear in my news feed, I had no idea of the true magnitude of the crisis. Over 65 million people around the world have been forcedRead More
The Book of Separation is a detailed and gripping autopsy of what happens when you feel your inner consciousness calling you away from the religious path you have known your whole life. In the case of author Tova Mirvis, she needed to come to terms with the reality that she no longer resonated with Orthodox Judaism. Mirvis was your typical Orthodox Jew… until she wasn’t. She followed the rules of her family and faith. She studied dutifully. She married another Orthodox Jew and became the attentive mother who cooked kosherRead More
Musical artists that have been in the pop machine for two decades risk running out of things to say. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Beck. His new record Colors has so much going on that he could have titled it Technicolor. It leads off with the title track – a positive, light, playful and totally colourful blend of sparkles and synths and beats. He sings “All my colors, see the colors, make the colors, feel the colors. Tell me, do you feel alive?” This record marksRead More
Time IV Change is a young Australian company on a mission to create watches that are not only stylish but also made with the least amount of damage to our planet and all those on it. Parvati Magazine met with co-founder Monique Medved to learn about their new Pinatex Range. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you and co-founder Marko Stevanja to take the leap and launch Time IV Change? Monique Medved: When Time IV Change first started back in 2016, there was no independent vegan watch brand around. I know thisRead More
This month Parvati Magazine spoke with Derrick Emsley, CEO of tentree, an outdoor lifestyle brand that plants ten trees for every item purchased. By combining social and environmental consciousness with lifestyle apparel, tentree allows consumers to have a direct impact on the environment and communities worldwide. Parvati Magazine: Congratulations on reaching the milestone this August of planting 15 million trees in your first five years of business. This is a great demonstration of your vision to protect and give back to the environment. How does that commitment translate into theRead More
Brené Brown is a storyteller, proud Texan, professor and researcher turned TED talk star and sought-after speaker. For over a decade, she has been evangelizing the importance of courage, vulnerability, empathy and the high cost of shame. Already the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers, Brown prepares to jump up the bestseller list again with her most recent offering Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. In it, Brown defines true belonging as “the spiritual practice of believing in and belongingRead More
The ridiculous amount of cold and wind and rain that suddenly arrived on my Edmonton doorstep this fall inspired me to peruse the latest releases on Netflix instead of taking a trip to the theatre. And so, this month, I watched First They Killed My Father. The movie is based on the memoir by Loung Ung and her experience as a child during the Cambodian genocide under the rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Directed by Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie, herself an adoptive mother of a Cambodian child, oneRead More