Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story Review + Giveaway [Contest Closed]

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I have something super exciting to share with you musical fans! The publishing company DK Canada has given me the opportunity to review their new anthology: Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story which was released on October 27, 2015. DK Canada has also offered to give one of my lucky readers a copy of their own! This book is a must-have for anyone interested in musicals! DK Canada has this book as part of their 2015 Gift Book Boutique #AwesomeGifts which includes many recommended books for both adults and children to enjoy!


It is fitting that the forward of this book is by the amazing Elaine Paige who is often referred to as the First Lady of British Musical Theatre. Elaine Page has starred in musical theatre productions for almost 50 years including the originator of the role of Eva Perón in the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical: Evita and Grizabella in the original production of CATS.FullSizeRender[1]


The photography in this book is stunning – the images make you feel like you are in the theatre watching them perform.  This book truly has something for everyone – information on stage productions, storylines, actors, and musicals, both from stage and screen, to even information on the behind-the-scenes including musical theatre choreographers such as the amazing Bob Fosse.

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About the book:

Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story showcases the complete history of the musical on stage and screen, from its origins in ancient Greece to early twentieth century dance halls and vaudeville to the golden age of cinema productions to the record-breaking Broadway musicals of today.

Packed with historical insights, memorabilia, behind-the-scenes gossip, and artifacts, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story takes you on the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour of the best-loved musicals, such as ChicagoLes MisérablesThe Lion KingThe Phantom of the OperaThe Sound of Music, and many more.

In all, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story features more than 140 notable stage and film productions and the stories of the people who created them. Throughout, clear infographics, rich black-and-white and color photography, and a clever, informative design make this comprehensive overview of musical theater and movie musicals a true showstopper.

To find out more details about DK Canada, you can connect with them on their website, as well as their FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest  and Google+ pages!

And be sure to check out their #awesomegifts guide for some amazing Holiday Gift Ideas!dk-gift-boutique-wish-list-2015-button-185x185

Disclaimer: I received this book from DK Canada in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

 And now, a chance for my readers to win a copy of this book for their very own perusal! It is truly stunning and will have something for everyone!


UPDATE! Congrats to the winner, Holly O! 

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Indigo Books & Music Inc. Holiday Preview 2012

This past Wednesday, I was invited by Cammy (@indigogreenroom) to the Indigo Books & Music’s Fall and Holiday Preview 2012. Since I have a genuine obsession with Chapters and Indigo Books and all of their books and products, I jumped at this opportunity to get a sneak peek at what new products I’ll be buying for friends and family this fall, particularly as presents. The event was held at a local BC restaurant: the Cactus Club Cafe down on South Granville. This event also highlighted the Cactus Club’s Executive Chef, Rob Feenie and his brand new cookbook “Rob Feenie’s Casual Classics”, which includes delicious innovative and approachable meals.

I had been wanting to meet Chef Feenie for quite some time. I’ve been a foodie fan of his forever. I was super excited to get my photo with him and got to take home his cookbook and sample some of his tasty food!

Image by Natalie Van Apeldoorn

Image by Natalie Van Apeldoorn

You can purchase chef Feenie’s cookbook through Chapters Indigo HERE. 

And now, onto the preview!

“This season’s inspiration was drawn from luxury farmhouse living and the cosy flavours of fall. Expect to see soft, plush fabrics in warm tones, rustic tableware, “local” thinking and elegant stationary influenced by nature. And don’t forget to warm up from the inside – traditional comfort food never goes out of style.” – Heather Reisman, CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc, Fall 2012

“The smell of winter in the air- snowflakes falling on trees, the hustle and bustle on the streets and in the shops – twinkly store windows and decorated trees – letters to Santa, Christmas morning and opening the best ever presents. It’s all part of the magic of the holiday season. And it is what inspired us for Christmas 2012. Enjoy this preview and let us know what you love!” – Heather Reisman, CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc, Holiday Preview, 2012

Despite the sunny August heat in Vancouver, I trekked into the Cactus Club and fell into a winter wonderland of products. Like Heather Reisman describes, I felt the warmth and comfort in rich colours and almost felt the winter season spirit. Here are a few pictures of the products I fell in love with. (And to my friends and family, while I might gift these to you, please also take note for my Christmas list!).

On my shopping list are: owl bookends,  owl salt and pepper shakers, the penguin martini shaker, the lovely blankets, and absolutely every single item on the bright colour table. I can’t wait for these products to come into my Chapters store. Dear Santa…….

Thanks again to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for having me! Happy shopping!!

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