LIANE BALABAN, 24, star of New Waterford Girl (1999) and Seven Times Lucky, to be released in 2005, usually makes her own gifts. This year it will be U.S. sculptor Joseph Cornell-style “boxes full of mysterious objects, like a tree root and a page from a 1952 encyclopedia.” On her hope-to-get list: a harp, the Misfits box set and anything petrified (such as the dinosaur dung she recently spotted for sale at a truck stop in New Mexico).
PAUL QUARRINGTON, 51, award-winning novelist, loves to give musical gifts, so family and friends may find Blue Rodeo in Stereovision under the tree (he contributed an appreciation called “Sweet Soul Music” to this, the band’s first DVD). His own object of desire? Tony Bennett’s The Art of Romance.
ROB FEENIE, 39, executive chef/owner of Vancouver’s Lumière Restaurant and host of New Classics on Food Network Canada, plans to get six-month-old son Devon his first pair of skates-“he has NHL written all over him.” His wish list: getting “the whole family together for a big Christmas dinner” and a slightly taller order, an end to the hockey lockout. LEAH BOWNESS
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