If there is one thing that Canadians should be able to count on, it’s a winter sufficiently cold enough to enjoy our favourite winter activities. With record-breaking warm temperatures across Canada’s east and reaching as far as the North Pole this year, artists of ice and snow are wondering what kind of mess this winter is going to bring.
Suguru Kanbayashi has been carving ice since his teen years, and watching his father practice the art for even longer. Ikuo Kanbayashi was taught the skill by the first Japanese artists to bring ice carving to Canada, back in the 1980s. Now 37, Suguru is following in his father’s footsteps as the President of the Canadian Ice Carvers Society and a winner of numerous awards.
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