Self Care for Sunny Days

Before slipping into summer’s body-baring sundresses, shorts and sandals, take time for a little self-care to make the transition beautiful, starting with these three smart moves. Read more…

Style Watch: Easy & Breezy - YAM May/June 2024

Style Watch: Easy & Breezy

Summer in the city means easygoing looks that take you from work to play to a sauna in the harbour. It’s all about cool layers, natural textures, earthy hues — and a vibe that is as relaxed as it is sophisticated. Browse the looks. Read more…

A Pinoy Primer - YAM Magazine Mar/Apr 2024

A PINOY PRIMER

According to global restaurant industry watchers, Filipino food is “the next big thing” — and there are several spots right here in Victoria where you can explore the flavours of this archipelago in Southeast Asia.  Read more…

YAM Magazine - Making en Entrance - Mar/Apr 2024

Making an Entrance

From the sidewalk, our house looked romantic, with its red door and wild garden; close up, it was a nightmare of tripping hazards, dysfunctional design and overgrown weeds. But as we started looking into fixing up the porch, we discovered that there’s a lot more to making an entrance than you might think.  Read more…

Bringing the Drama - YAM Mar/Apr 2024

Bringing the Drama

After dazzling the world with his exuberant flair, award-winning hair stylist Jag Moussa finds a home amid Victoria’s alt culture.  Read more…

Ever-Blooming Garden - YAM Mar/Apr 2024

Ever-Blooming Garden

Victoria is, famously, a gardener’s paradise where flowers bloom at least 10 months of the year. But it takes work to make sure your garden is blooming consistently. Here’s how. Read more…

FILIPINO FLAVOUR FUSION - YAM Apr/May 2024

FILIPINO FLAVOUR FUSION

Sweet, sour, salty and purple — the complex fare of this Southeast Asian nation is what we’re hungry for right now. Plus, delicious Filipino recipes you would want to try.  Read more…

Banish Bad Vibes - YAM - Mar/Apr 2023

Banish Bad Vibes

As you go through your spring-cleaning checklist, don’t forget the windows, walls, closets, floors and — oh, yes, the energy.  Read more…

YAM Magazine - Denim on the Double - Mar/Apr 2024

Style Watch: Denim On The Double

Tailored or tattered, dark wash or light, slim or superwide, tops and/or bottoms, denim is the anywhere, anytime look you’ll want to wear this spring. Pair it with a chunky shoe and feminine details to make it oh-so-2024. Read more…

Cheers to Beer - YAM Mar/Apr 2024

Cheers to Beer

At the 10th annual Victoria Beer Week, raise a pint to the city’s history of local craft brewing. Plus, we explore 5 things to try If you’re tired of drinking the same style or brand of beer. Read more…

Of sea slugs and serenity - YAM Jan/Feb 2024

Of Sea Slugs & Serenity

Snorkelling isn’t just for tropical destinations. There’s a colourful world teeming with life just beneath Vancouver Island’s waters and winter is the best time to discover it — along with a sense.
 Read more…

We Love Our Veggies - YAM Jan/Feb 2024

We Love Our Veggies

Now is a good time to add more plant-based foods to your diet. These restaurants make it easy — and delicious. Plus a delicious recipe for Yam and Pepita Quesadillas.  Read more…

Bountiful Bowl - YAM Magazine Colour Issue Jan/Feb 2024

Bountiful Bowl

From fast food to cult cuisine: Everything you need to know about ramen. Plus, a delicious Shoyu Ramen recipe by chef Yoshimune Arima of Kizuna Ramen Read more…

Enter the Dragon - YAM Magazine Colour Issue Jan/Feb 2024

Enter the Dragon

The Spring Festival is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar and is marked by ancient traditions, symbols and delicious things to eat. Here are just a few. Read more…

YAM Magazine - Jan/Feb style watch 2024

The Modern Gent

Welcome 2024 with menswear that is comfortable, stylish and will take you absolutely anywhere you want to go. Here are the season’s essential looks.  Read more…

We’re All WIRTH It - YAM Magazine Colour Issue (2024)

We’re All WIRTH It

Ben Miller, the co-founder of Vancouver-based WIRTH Hats, a company he created to honour his friend Jakob Wirth, who talked a lot about his love of hats, but not enough about his battle with depression. Read more…

The Cake for Every Occasion - YAM Holiday Issue 2023

The Cake for Every Occasion

Cookies are fun, pie is satisfying, puddings are comforting and pastries are delightfully frivolous. But cake, now that means a party. Want to make your event stand out with almost no effort? We have a sweet solution for you.  Read more…

Cocktail Builder - YAM Nov/Dec 2023

Cocktail Builder

Find inspiration for your signature drink with these classic formulas. Go traditional, or use them to create something uniquely your own. Plus, check out our essential party checklist to make your shindig easy and fabulous! Read more…

Bubbles all the time - YAM Holidau Issue Nov/Dec 2023

Bubbles all the time

Sparkling wines are among the most versatile, food-friendly sippers out there, perfect for any occasion. Here’s how to pick the bubble that’s right for you. Read more…

THE CURATED CANAPÉ - YAM Holiday Issue 2023

THE CURATED CANAPÉ

When party season rolls around, it’s time to pull out the stops and celebrate. But beyond the bubbly and batch cocktails, guests need finger food, and that’s where chefs shine. We explore dozens of easy, elegant, chef-approved ideas for your next do.  Read more…

Rules of engagement - YAM Nov/Dec 2023

Rules of Engagement

It may be a party, but it’s not all fun and games. Sure, we’re all a little rusty after three pandemic years. That’s why guests — and hosts! — have rules of etiquette to follow. Plus, check out our essential party checklist below to make your shindig easy and fabulous! Read more…

Barbershop Quartet - YAM Magazine Nov/Dec 2023

Barbershop Quartet

Santa can get away with luxuriously overgrown facial hair. You, my friend, may need a little trim. Here are just a few of Victoria’s barbershops to check out. Read more…

A Home with Faith - YAM Magazine Nov/Dec 2023

A Home with Faith

With a little faith and a lot of smart planning, an old church is transformed into a one-of-a-kind home. Take a tour of this beautiful home. Read more…

Pin it On - Idar YAM Nov/Dec 2023

Pin It On

Each year since 1998, Idar Bergseth Designs has released an exclusive holiday-themed pin, and collectors and gift-givers alike can hardly wait to see what 2023’s theme will be. Read more…

STYLE WATCH - GLAM NIGHT OUT (YAM Holiday Issue 2023)

Glam Night Out

From the luxe Fairmont Empress to your own living room, the holidays are all about sparkle, shine, glimmer and glamour. Cue the sequins, and let the festivities begin! Browse the Looks. Read more…

Oxio - YAM Magazine Sponcon 2023

oxio x Black Friday

As oxio is committed to fair & sustainable pricing, you don’t have to wait around this year for a “big reveal” on Black Friday. The deals are all year round. No strings attached. No hidden fees. Learn more. Read more…

Holiday Markets - 2023

Ready, Set, Shop!

Whether you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind gift or that elusive holiday spirit, these makers’ markets are guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. Here’s a list of makers’ markets happening in Victoria, BC. Read more…

Victoria Tea Festival Revival - Oct 2023

 A Farm-to-Cup Tea Festival

Call it cha, chai, thé or tea, it is the world’s most widely consumed beverage, after water, yet is still a mystery to most of us. The International Tea Appreciation Society wants to change that. Read more…

5 Accessories to invest in right now - YAM Sept/Oct 2023

5 Accessories to invest in right now

Fall’s clothes may have taken a turn for the sleek, tailored and classic, but the accessories bring all the drama and then some. Capture the season’s mood with bold shapes, vibrant hues and more than a hint of ’80s glam. Read more…

Red Hot Fall Fashion - YAM Magazine Sept/Oct 2023

Red Hot Fall Fashion

This season is all about powerhouse tailoring and sizzling hot red, either in a single piece that pops or head-to-toe scarlet, like this runway outfit from Theory. Read more…

YAM Magazine - (Wild Beauty) Style Issue Sept/Oct 2023

Style Watch: Wild Beauty

Let nature inspire with textured layers perfectly designed to take you on a hiking adventure — or anywhere else you might want to go this fall. Browse the looks. Read more…

Great Canadian Beer Festival - YAM magazine Aug 2023

Cheers to Beer

If you love ales and lagers, porters and hefeweizens, sours and ultra-hoppy IPAS, you’ll love hearing that Canada’s oldest and best beer festival is back at Royal Athletic Park September 8 and 9. Produced by the Victoria Beer Society, the 29th annual Great Canadian Beer Festival is back! Read more…

Ginuary festival article - YAM 2023

July Ginuary Festival

Love gin? Or have an interest, but don’t know where to start? Head to the St. Anne’s Academy grounds in Downtown Victoria on July 29 and 30 to sample gins from international and craft distillers, as well as non-alcoholic drinks. Read more…

New cans for the cooler- Jul/Aug 2023

NEW CANS FOR THE COOLER

On a sunny afternoon, nothing beats a cool one on the patio or at the campground. Now you can have your hoppy IPA or craft cider and skip the alcohol this summer with some killer craft bevvies from local makers and retailers. Read more…

YAM Best Restaurant Awards 2023 in Victoria, BC

Best Restaurant Awards 2023

COMING SOON! The Annual YAM Best Restaurants Awards in Victoria, BC returns. We’re celebrating our region’s fabulous restaurant industry at a special awards ceremony later this month, and in the July/August Food+Drink issue. The South Island’s top restaurants and chefs will be awarded in almost two dozen categories, with winners chosen by an independent panel […] Read more…

3 Spring Books to Savour - YAM City Issye May/June 2023

3 Spring Books to Savour

These cookbooks will make you want to get out and explore our region — then transform its bounty in your own kitchen. Together at SoBo  By Lisa Ahier with Susan Musgrave(Appetite by Random House Canada) Two decades after chef Lisa Ahier began serving chickpea fries in a purple food truck, her restaurant SoBo (short for […] Read more…

The care conundrum - YAM Magazine City Issue - May/Jun 2023

The Care Conundrum

Caring for our senior parents is so all-consuming, missing social engagements, sacrificing our jobs and ignoring our own health and emotional needs. Before that happens to you, here’s what we learned. Read more…

Style Watch - May/June 2023

Style Watch: Rock and Romance

Rock ‘n’ roll. Fashion. Art. You can’t have one without the other, and they all meet on the streets of the city. Go on. Mix vintage with new, high with low, leather with lace. Browse the looks. Read more…

Design on the edge - YAM Magazine Home Issue Mar/Apr 2023

Design on the Edge

Arthur Erickson designed the revolutionary Filberg House to save one man’s soul. Sixty-five years later, his masterpiece on the Comox Bluffs is worth saving, too.     Read more…

Get Creative with Collections (YAM Magazine Mar/Apr 2023)

Get Creative with Collections

There’s a fine line between collectibles and clutter, and often it’s marked by how you display your cherished possessions. Local experts share tips for showing off your collections. Read more…

Pretty Spring Pastels - YAM Magazine Home Issue 2023

Pretty Spring Pastels

Welcome the lighter, brighter days of spring with colours as soft and romantic as the flowering trees outside. No need to completely make over your home; just add a few select pieces in hues of rose, lilac and buttercup — starting with these. Read more…

True to You Hues - YAM Colour Issue 2022 2023

True to You Hues

The colour choices you make in your home can help boost or mellow your mood. Say goodbye to grey on grey — 2023 is all about escaping into bright, vivid, glorious hues.   Read more…

YAM Magazine - Colour Issue Style Watch Jan/Feb 2023

Playful & Preppy

Vintage or contemporary, this spring’s updated preppy pieces are the looks you’ll love to wear, any place, any time. Browse the looks. Read more…

Gift Wrap Goes Glam - YAM Nov/Dec 2022

Gift Wrap Goes Glam

Whether for the holidays or any other occasion, think outside the boring old box and tie your presents up with sparkle and imagination. Here are 12 ways to do just that. Read more…

Checkin in for the holidays - YAM Nov/Dec 2022

Checking in for the Holidays

Sometimes the best way to survive the stress of the season is to outsource it to the people who are best placed to accommodate it — at our city’s hotels. Here’s how to make the most of what our local hotels have to offer. Read more…

Comfort, Joy and a Bright New Future - YAM Holiday Issue Nov/Dec 2022

Creating Comfort

A thoughtful renovation transforms a family home from hospitalized space to a welcoming place of connection. Take a tour of this beautiful home. Read more…

Vintage Luxury - YAM Holiday Issue Nov/Dec 2022

Vintage Luxury

Party dressing is all about vintage luxury in rich colours and tempting textures. YAM Fashion Editior Janine Metcalfe shares her take on Vintage Luxury.  Read more…

Black and White Events - Sponsored Content Nov 2022

Celebrate in style with Black & White Event Rentals

For the past 30 years the Black & White team, led by owner Dave Willie, has been setting the stage for outdoor weddings in Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. With so many years of experience, the B&W team knows what it takes to make your vision come to life.  Read more…

The right light article - YAM Sept/Oct 2022

The Right Light

Modern light fixtures aren’t so much about brightening up a space — recessed, under-cabinet or task-oriented lights can take care of that — but about creating a mood and making a statement. Looking to light up your own space? Take your inspiration from these top trends. Read more…

Sirene's Sweet Call - YAM Sept/Oct 2022

Sirene’s Sweet Call

Taylor Kennedy’s Bean-to-bar chocolate is all about putting the farmers first. We explore Sirene’s ethical alternative to the chocolates we’re most familiar with.  Read more…

The Climate Friendly Home - Spruce Summer 2022Falling back in love with fashion - YAM Sept/oct 2022

Falling in love back with fashion

YAM fashion editor Janine Metcalfe forecasts her fashion predictions to take us through fall 2022 and into 2023. From bomber jackets to private-school chic, much of it feels comfortingly familiar. Read more…

Fashion Feature Lakeside Looks - YAM Jul/Aug 2022

Lakeside Looks

Stay cool on long summer days with easy, uncomplicated style. Local Fashion Designer, Janine Metcalfe shares her take on comfortable & stylish summer fashion.  Read more…

Reusable Bathroom Containers YAM Jul/Aug 2022

Dance Delicately on the Earth

Making a difference doesn’t always involve drastic measures. The little things we can do add up. We explore simple ways to be more Eco-conscious at home. Featuring an easy DIY all-purpose cleaning recipe! Read more…

Take it Outside

Dining al fresco, at a picnic site or sprawled on a beach blanket, is one of the joys of island life. When you take it outside, even the simplest meal is an event. Read more…

Urban Chic

From sophisticated sultry to flowy freedom, talented local designers share their take on summer style in the City Issue. Read more…

Vintage Va-Voom

What’s old is new again in home furnishings. We talked to local interior designers and a vintage expert about mixing fabulous found pieces with contemporary styling.  Read more…

An artful renovation transforms a stark Uplands home into an epicentre of creativity.

Elegance on High

“We wanted to bring in an organic sensuality to the space: curves, textures and natural movement.” 

An artful renovation transforms a stark Uplands home into an epicentre of creativity.   Read more…

Earth Day… Every Day

Happy Earth Day! We explore how our city has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to environmentally friendly options in shopping, laundry, eating out and clothing! Read more…

Natural Beauty

Freshen your look for spring with jewelry and accessories inspired by nature. Think soft colours, floral patterns, organic shapes and gleaming metallics. Read more…

Grilled Tuna Nicoise

by Cinda Chavich If you don’t have a tuna loin, you can use good-quality canned albacore for this classic dish. St. Jean’sCannery in Nanaimo packs fresh tuna by hand before canning — a true artisan product with exceptional flavour. • lb small new red or yellow fingerling potatoes, scrubbed and halved (or quartered if large) […] Read more…

Drama Without the Drama

Kate Rubin shares her journey and involvement in the arts, working with almost every theatre company from teaching, directing, writing, performing, hanging lights, and more. Read more…

Vividly Victoria

Vividly Victoria

A city story told in all the colours of the rainbow! Even on the greyest winter day, trees are green, coastal waters are blue and historic buildings are cheerful in pastel hues. Read more…

WildPlay

Day Trip: Wildplay

We send out a party of intrepid explorers on a WildPlay outdoor adventure experience among the treetops, including walking the plank and climbing a tall ship rigging. Read more…

Time for a Digital Detox?

Putting down your phone and reconnecting with the real world is good for you. But it’s harder than it sounds. YAM gets advice from the experts on how to manage your digital behaviour. Read more…

umami dish

Umami: The Fifth Flavour

Umami was once a fairly esoteric concept in the food and wine world, but “the fifth” is having a moment, the darling of chefs and marketers, and a word that has become synonymous with flavour. Read more…

Sophia Seward-Good (left) and Aunalee Boyd-Good in their own fashion designs for Ay Lelum.

Wearable Legacy

For the sisters behind Ay Lelum — The Good House of Design, a second-generation Coast Salish design house, their work is all about continuing their parents’ legacy and documenting their oral history.  Read more…

Emily Carr: Seeing and Being Seen

Starting July, 17th, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria investigates how Emily Carr saw the land and sites she painted in British Columbia, and how she is understood by both artists and historians in a new exhibition, Emily Carr: Seeing and Being Seen. Read more…

Exterior of Luxe Home Interiors in downtown Victoria BC

Making (New) History

The exposed brick walls, tall ceilings and natural light that pours in from the skylights of 564 Yates St. is the perfect new location for LUXE Home Interiors. Read more…

Adventure Island

The timeless esthetic and elevated function of safari-inspired styles — means you’ll be ready for whatever excitement comes your way. Read more…

Calm Your Mind: A Yoga Practice For Everyone

Yoga is an easy and accessible way to calm the mind and strengthen the body — but for many, it’s an intimidating activity with unfamiliar terminology and complicated poses. Don’t let that deter you. Whatever one’s age, mobility or fitness level, there’s a yoga practice for everyone. Read more…

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