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Holiday Giveaway #3: Win a Subscription to Style at Home Magazine

14 Dec

Style at Home

Though Communal Table is primarily a food-focused blog, Neil and I also want to share some of our other passions; the kinds of things we like to discuss over a good meal.

One of those ‘other’ passions for me is design.

I kind of fell into working in design television several years ago and it pulled me in. Though I like to dabble in different genres where work is concerned, in life I’ve become a bit of a design junkie.

I’ve got my favorite design blogs that I check daily (Design Sponge and Making it Lovely are two of them, but the list is long), but what gets me really excited is coming home to find my mailbox spilling open with the gift of a great magazine inside.

Neil and I both have a thing for magazines. Neil is a magazine editor, so he truly understands the value of the printed page. And for me, there’s just something about leafing through those glossy pages, feeling the smooth paper between my fingers and admiring the beautiful things inside. Cozying up with a new issue of a great magazine and reading it cover to cover is one of my guilty pleasures and it really does make me happy.

So, in the spirit of opening up the blog to more of the things in life that we adore, we’re giving away what I consider to be the perfect holiday gift (one that keeps on giving!); a year-long subscription to Canada’s own Style at Home Magazine.

Neil got me a subscription last year and every month I’m still excited when a new issue reaches my door. I’ve given magazine subscriptions as gifts to friends as well, and it makes me happy to know that they’ll have something wonderful to enjoy all year long, and will think of me when each new issue arrives.

Style at Home is a beautiful magazine that’s not only filled with amazing design ideas, but great recipes too. Neil has been known to read over my shoulder from time to time.

I’ve had the great pleasure of working with the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Erin McLaughlin and Contributing Design Editor (and HGTV celeb) Samantha Pynn, and I can tell you for certain that these women live and breathe design and truly have a passion for sharing the latest and greatest in style.

To enter for the chance to win a subscription:

  1. Leave a comment below telling us what magazines you love to read and why.
  2. You’ll also get a bonus entry if you tweet this phrase: I entered to win a subscription to @StyleAtHome mag from #CommunalTable. Enter here: http://wp.me/pJ0ov-eC

That’s it! The winner can keep the subscription for themselves or give it as a gift to someone else.

You have until next Monday evening, December 20, to enter. We’ll draw a name from all entries and we’ll announce the winner here next Tuesday morning.

This time around, our friends at Style at Home have allowed us to open the contest up to both our Canadian and American readers, though American entries will be eligible for a digital subscription, whereas Canadian entries will be eligible for delivery of a print subscription.

Also, don’t forget about Communal Table’s donation drive on behalf of the Daily Bread Food Bank. With the help of our readers, we’ve collected more than $1,100 to help feed people in need. But we’re not done yet! All donations made by midnight on Saturday, December 18 are eligible to win a $200 gift certificate to North 44 Restaurant in Toronto and a signed copy of chef Mark McEwan’s new cookbook, Good Food at Home. Click here for details on how you can donate and win with Communal Table.

Happy holidays everyone! We’ve got lots of exciting content planned for 2011, including some great stories about design of all kinds…

Tuned In

27 Mar

Aside from food, one of the other things we’re passionate about is music. And really, what goes better with good food than good music? With that in mind, here’s the first installment of Tuned In, through which we’ll bring you periodic hits of cool music news, new album streams and other aural delights.

Up this week:

  • Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie put out two solo albums way back around the turn of the century (2001’s Coke Machine Glow and 2003’s Battle of the Nudes), both very good and quite different sonically from the music of his full-time band. It’s been a long wait for Hip fans eager for more solo Gord, but that wait is apparently coming to an end. His website is promoting a new disc with a June 8 release date, as well as an announcement of tour dates.
  • In my mind, Beck has been a musician without a plan for a while now. I totally got him around the time of “Loser” and “Devil’s Haircut,” but he lost me sometime after channeling Bootsy Collins and Prince on Midnite Vultures.  But his latest project seems to have marked a return to the hip, loose Beck vibe of old. Record Club, which he started in 2009, sees Beck periodically call upon random musician friends to get together and re-record a chosen album. The sessions are unrehearsed and recorded over the span of a day, then the songs are subsequently released onto his website. So far, contributors including members of Wilco and MGMT, Feist and Devendra Banhart have covered albums by Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen and Skip Spence. The latest Club release is INXS’ Kick, and the first tune from that album “Guns in the Sky” is now posted. (Though the video on the Record Club site seems to be wonky, so here it is on Youtube).
  • Rush are still going strong almost 40 years after releasing their debut album, which as far as I’m concerned proves that there’s no accounting for taste. Despite my personal disdain for prog-rock tunes about Middle Earth sung by Geddy Lee, after four decades of success I have to concede that Rush is deserving of its accolades. The band is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame tomorrow (March 28), a day a month ahead of the opening of Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival where the doc Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage will have its Canadian premiere.
  • Finally, a couple of new discs are currently available as free online streams for your listening pleasure. Check ‘em out while you can, since these things are only up for so long: MGMT, Congratulations; Broken Bells, Broken Bells (A collaboration between The Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse, most recently of Gnarls Barkley); She and Him, Volume Two (featuring M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel)

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