Heather Magee
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Heather is a lifestyle and entertainment writer, living it up on the west coast. Travel, music and film are her favourite jams. More of her stories can be found at curiouscontentment.com.

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In 2014, Why Do We Still Censor Nipples?

(12) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:38 PM

I have them. You have them. There's nothing foreign or particularly shocking about them. So why, in 2014, are we still faced with so much controversy over the nipple?
 
Recently, while clicking onto my Instagram app, I was met with a stern "warning" for posting inappropriate content. Confused,...

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Should Couples Be Allowed to Crowdfund Their Adoption?

(55) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 11:42 PM

The topic of getting knocked up is popular among my peers, and has been for a while, given I recently entered the latter half of my 30s. Are you going to do it? When are you going to do it? You better hurry and get to it. Just a few...

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Why An All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Cast Is A Bad Idea

(5) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:52 PM

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With Halloween fast approaching, reruns of ghoulish classics have been playing on loop on the movie channels. I'm not big on horror flicks, but I'd hardly classify Bill Murray blowing up a marshmallow man as nightmare-inducing, so I...

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'Dallas Buyers Club' About 'Living For The First Time': Screenwriter

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:47 PM

I met Craig Borten briefly on the red carpet of the world premiere of "Dallas Buyers Club" during the Toronto International Film Festival last year. I was mashed in with media on one side of the velvet rope while he and co-screenwriter Melisa Wallack walked the carpet alongside...

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VIFF 2014: 'Noble' Shows Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Things

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:42 PM

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Dubliner Christina Noble (Deirdre O'Kane) narrowly escapes poverty after surviving a tumultuous childhood. As a girl, she would busk in bars to help care for her mother and siblings, something her abusive father (Liam Cunningham) was incapable of. Eventually she lands in the...

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VIFF 2014: 'October Gale' Is A Balanced Film With Complex Characters

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:37 PM

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Toronto-based doctor Helen Matthews (Patricia Clarkson) is mourning the loss of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie) and retreats to their family cottage in Georgian Bay, Ontario to process what has happened. Having never ventured to the remote island alone, she quickly familiarizes herself...

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VIFF 2014: 'Two Days, One Night' Asks Some Difficult Questions

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 6:16 PM

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A working class mother is returning to work at a small factory following a mental health leave, only to discover she's about to be ousted by her own colleagues. In "Two Days, One Night", renowned Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne...

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VIFF 2014 Opening Gala: The Crowd Went Wild

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 3:10 AM

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The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival kicked off last night with the gala screening of "Wild," directed by Canada's own Jean-Marc Vallée. Although he and his cast were not in attendance -- VIFF rarely sees the kind of...

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VIFF 2014: 5 Must-See Films

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 7:11 PM

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Hot on the heels of an exciting run of films, festivities, and red carpet encounters at TIFF, it's time to set my sights on the west.

The Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday with Wild,...

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Designing a Perfect Desert Getaway to Palm Springs

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Temperatures are rising across the country as snowbirds flock north to settle in until the weather turns come fall. The thought of 40+ degree temperatures may not appeal to some, but if you're looking for an extra hot holiday for half the price, now is the perfect time to escape...

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Vancouver Film Festivals Call for Submissions

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 7:08 PM

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The film festival season unofficially begins in snowy Sundance followed by Tribeca, Cannes and all of the corresponding hype that follows. Come fall, it's Canada's turn to host the glitterati and a roster of impressive filmmakers...

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Has Technology Ruined the Romance of Travel?

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:15 PM

It was the summer of 1998 and my friend and I decided to spend 5 weeks touring the UK and Ireland before heading back to school in the fall. We were 19 and it was the first time either of us had traveled outside of North America. Armed with our...

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My Day As A Movie Extra

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 12:42 PM

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I'm a bit fanatical when it comes to film. The storytelling and plot twisting and characters with all their complexities. Costumes that can instantly ignite a trend and soundtracks that sometimes define a generation. It's the most exquisite form of escapism.

One...

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What I Learned Travelling in My 20s

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:11 PM

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My 20s were all about three things: hustling, partying and traveling. Hustling to move forward in my career, partying with my ever-growing network of friends, and traveling as much as my bank account would stretch. The three pillars of my 20s, you could...

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Discovering the Bohemian Beaches of Goa

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 1:34 PM

If you've grown weary while traveling the popular tourist attractions of India, the beautiful beaches of Goa are the perfect place to reflect and relax. Known worldwide for attracting a wave of western hippies in the 1970s (some of which still linger), the coastal region plays host to a new...

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Where to Drink in London

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 12:05 PM

London is one of my favorite places to play on the planet. Every time I travel to Europe, or anywhere in the vicinity, I try to squeeze in a detour to soak in a bit of the energy. And while Londontown is teeming with fine eateries, it's the drinking that...

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Embracing the Golden Triangle of India

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Landing in Delhi immediately shot electrical currents up my spine and sent my mind into overdrive. "Here we go," I thought. Peering out onto the tarmac, I was eager to lay eyes on a city I had heard so many wild tales about. The airport was surprisingly not unlike London...

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Meet The Super Bowl 'Skittles Guy' From Coquitlam

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 12:50 AM

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The Seattle Seahawks have taken Vancouver-based NFL fans by storm over the past few years. Our adopted home team came close to competing in Super Bowl XLVII last year, losing the NFC West title with only 30 seconds to...

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Is It Too Risky To Turn Your Passion Into A Paycheque?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Richard Branson once said that entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital. In the words of the late Steve Jobs, the only way to do great work is to love what you do. In a time where we are encouraged to follow our dreams, indulge our...

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How to Crash a Corporate Christmas Party

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 5:31 PM

This weekend marks the beginning of a month-long marathon of drinking, binge eating and social-schmoozing among the corporate set. Phrases like "that dress will easily translate from day to night" and "liquid lunch anyone?" are commonly uttered in between cubicle walls while the social committee awkwardly invades people's work space...

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