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THE FREEDOM ISSUE DTK MEN - FALL WINTER 2017/2018

COVER STORY

Eugene Brave Rock: The Native Canadian actor who made it in Hollywood

CARS

Formula E: The future of racing Mercedes’ and Pagani’s new car models that will remodel your life

WATCHES

Find fashionable or complicated timepieces to fit your personal style

ART & DESIGN

Art inspiration: Troy Seidman’s favourite art spots around Toronto Marla Wasser and the intersections of art, fashion, and business

CULTURE

Self-made journalist Tyrone Edwards connects with top celebs in the music industry

CINEMA

The best films from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Actor James Franco as the ambassador for new Coach cologne

MUSIC

Jacob Banks’ new take on soul: Music for this generation

LIFESTYLE

Restaurants with a side of architecture

BUSINESS

Entrepreneur with a vision: Dooma Wendschuh talks about the new cannabis industry in Canada Freedom in business: Creativity is the key

TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE

The newest and boldest technology Conquering the universe: An interview with astronaut Jeremy Hanson Booking.com using technology to improve your vacations

STYLE

Canadian style icon, Paul Mason on staying fashionable at any age The visionary of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner: An empire built on feminine beauty Serge Gainsbourg: The French music poet who shocked with words Modern rebellion: Reinventing the fashion of James Dean Contemporary twist on classic British suits

TRAVEL

Best ski destinations: Freedom at the mountain’s peak

SPORTS

Going for gold in the Winter Olympics: An interview with the skater Hamelin brothers Racing to success: Olympic runner Bruny Surin on following his dreams

HER

Sexy Canadian model Jessiann opens up about being free, happy, and in love

On Cover: Creative Director SYLVAIN BLAIS. Photography INDRANI. Fashion Editor GK REID. Grooming NATHANIEL DEZAN using OPUS BEAUTY.


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PRODUCTION

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ART DEPARTMENT

Creative Director: Sylvain Blais Art Director: César Ochoa Graphic Designers: Brandon Dick, Bastien Prévoteau, Robin Westfield

ART, CULTURE, AND LIFESTYLE

Lifestyle Editor: Jason Gorber Writers: Mayillah Ezekiel, Akeem Johnson-Pierre, Rebecca Kahn, Troy Seidman, Angelic Vendette

BUSINESS

Writers: Jason Gorber, Braydon Holmyard, KW

CARS

Editor: Shervin Shirvani Writers: Jason Gorber, Akeem Johnson-Pierre

CINEMA

Editor: Jason Gorber Writer: Stéphane Le Duc

GROOMING

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HER

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MUSIC

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

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STYLE

Style Editors: Julianne Costigan, Jay Forest, Paul Mason, Jenn Park, GK Reid, Mark John Tripp

SPORTS

Writer: Braydon Holmyard, Akeem Johnson-Pierre

TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE

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TRAVEL

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WATCHES

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Contributors

INDRANI

Indrani

Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, known mononymously as Indrani, is an Indian-Canadian photographer and director. Known for her work with stars from Beyoncé to Bowie, and brands from L’Oréal to Pepsi, she is published in Vogue, Bazaar, VICE, the New York Times, in 25 books, and 30 exhibitions. Her films have won 22 awards, including two Gold Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity and Best Picture at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

Akeem JohnsonPierre

Akeem Johnson-Pierre is a Montreal creative whose work spans music, style, and film. When he isn’t busy producing his own radio show, he dedicates his time to a comedic podcast, where he discusses sports, hip-hop, and entertainment. Akeem is a Communication Studies graduate from Concordia University. He is currently a staff writer at DTK MEN magazine.

GK Reid

At the age of eight, GK was sent to study sword fighting in India and served at the Golden Temple. He became a fashion stylist and designer for artists such as David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, JayZ, and Jennifer Lopez. Now, he is a creative director and award-winning producer of films, and his work has been published in V, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

Braydon Holmyard

Braydon Holmyard is a proud cat dad who takes beer league softball way too seriously. This Toronto-based freelancer has a passion for storytelling. While the sports department is his bread and butter, he ventures wherever there is a story to be told. Writing, radio, and television are all on the weekly menu for this hungry journalist.

Jason Gorber

Jason Gorber is a freelance film journalist and member of the Toronto Film Critics Association. He is the national weekend movie critic on CTV News Channel and regularly appears on CBC radio. He is a featured critic for ScreenAnarchy.com and DorkShelf.com, and has written for The Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, National Post, Guardian, Mashable, IndieWire, and Esquire. Follow Jason on Twitter at @filmfest_ca.

Mark John Tripp

Canadian-born stylist and fashion editor Mark John Tripp is known for his understated, straightforward approach to fashion. With a background in Fashion Design from Ryerson University and over 15 years of design and styling experience, Mark is a favourite among advertising and editorial clients.

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Editor’s

NOTE The Freedom Issue, when everything is possible...

As the Editor in Chief of DTK Men and the Creative Director of Dress to Kill magazine, I can tell you that both titles were born from a real passion for creativity in fashion. Being an independent magazine brand for ten years now, I consider us very lucky to have the freedom of expression. We decide, without much restriction, the topics and people that we want to feature within the pages of our magazines. Having the freedom to express oneself is probably one of the most important things in the world. Being free is more important than fame, glory, success, or fortune. As we all know, Native Americans lost their liberty a long time ago. Finally, we as a nation have started to recognize their rights and begun to restore what is rightfully theirs. I have always been personally touched by Native culture, so when we got the chance to feature Native American actor Eugene Brave Rock, I jumped at the chance to shine a light on their culture. I hope to make a difference and pay respect to their cultural roots. Freedom gives you the wings to transcend barriers. It makes everything possible – even your wildest dreams. In this issue, we feature all those inspiring people who made their dreams a reality. Earning the Olympic gold medal as an athlete, conquering the universe as an astronaut, convincing people of your idea’s significance as a visionary entrepreneur – I truly hope that the magazine will inspire you to make your wildest dreams come true. Never stop fighting for your rights, no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, etc., because everyone deserves the chance to be themselves.

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Cars

Where Art and Science Meet:

2017 PAGANI

HUAYRA ROADSTER MEET THE HUAYRA COUPE’S REBELLIOUS SISTER, WHOSE UNPARALLELED EXCELLENCE ENSURES THAT SHE REMAINS IN THE SPOTLIGHT. ELEGANT YET EDGY, SHE MAINTAINS HER CONSERVATIVE ROOTS WHILST ALSO BEING EQUIPPED TO TAKE RISKS. “LA BELLAZZA” IS THE PHILOSOPHY THAT LED TO HER CREATION, AND IS ALSO THE REASON WE HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH HER.

By Akeem Johnson-Pierre Edited by Shervin Shirvani Horacio Pagani claims that the 2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster looks as though it has been carved from Carrara marble; the very same material used to create historical landmarks such as the Pantheon, the Trojan Column, and the Peace Monument. Carrara marble is a strong, durable, and elegant stone, whose beauty is rivaled only by its ability to withstand the test of time. The Roadster’s jawdropping exterior and top-notch performance could easily back Pagani’s claims. The new design took several years to complete and has retained its female elegance, although it now also boasts an aggressive edge. While new composite material has made the car more rigid, its total weight has actually decreased from the previous coupe. The wheels are made of forged aluminum alloy app monolithic, with its front wheels measuring 20 inches and its rear wheels measuring 21 inches.

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Mercedes designed the twin-turbo 12-cylinder Mercedes-AMG M158 specifically for Pagani, which has an output of 764 hp at 5,500 rpm and an available torque of over 1,000 nm, from 2,300 to 4,300 rpm. The new seven-speed automated manual transmission incorporates carbon synchronizers along with a hydraulic and electronic activation system for seamless gear shifts. The Roadster’s only flaw is perhaps the amount of work required to bring it to life. Strenuous technical, manual, and economic efforts are undertaken to create the vehicle, which is the reason why there are only one hundred in existence. Regardless, Pagani’s soul speaks through the Huayra Roadster, a marriage between art and science - the true definition of a hypercar.

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Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe

THE EMBODIMENT OF PROGRESS

WITH ITS NEW MUSCULAR BUILD AND GREATER POWER, THE MERCEDES-AMG C 63 S COUPE IMPROVES THE OVERALL DRIVING EXPERIENCE. TOBIAS MOERS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF MERCEDES-AMG, CALLED IT A “JOY TO ALL SENSES” THAT EMBODIED THE GERMAN AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY’S PROGRESS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. THE C-CLASS SERIES IS MERCEDES’ BEST-SELLING, AND IS THE BACKBONE OF THE COMPANY’S SUCCESS. WITH THE ADDITION OF THE C 63 S COUPE, IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE A HIT SERIES FOR YEARS TO COME.

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SPECS ENGINE

MERCEDES BENZ AMG V-12

HORSEPOWER 764 HP

WEIGHT

1280 KG

GEARBOX

AMT NEXT GENERATION 7-SPEED

The C 63 S shares the same doors, roof, and boot lid as the Benz, but its eight-cylinder engine and increased track width on the front and rear axles have demanded a wider body. The C 63 S also requires a broader front and rear tires to improve lateral acceleration, traction, and agility, which gives the car a powerful look in the process. The interior of the C 63 S is equally as spectacular as its exterior. Among the vehicle’s features that make it stand out from its competition include the sports seats with optimized lateral support, the AMG performance three-spoke steering wheel draped in nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibre, and the AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs. Performance upgrades to the C 63 S primarily stem from Mercedes’ goal to outdo their previous models. The rigorous 4.0 V8 biturbo engine allows the ride to reach a maximum speed of 290 km/h and has been designed to offer a sport-like performance with extreme forward and lateral acceleration. The engine produces a whopping 470 hp with a torque of 516 lb-ft (700 nm) whilst retaining great fuel consumption. The AMG speedshift MCT seven-speed sports transmission gives the driver complete control over the car's speed and performance. Drivers are given several transmission options, ranging from comfort to a highly responsive sports transmission that leaves minimal gaps between gear shifts.

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Putting the E in Team

AN INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL ABT AND LUCAS DI GRASSI

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JUST DAYS BEFORE THE VERY FIRST FORMULA E RACE HELD IN MONTREAL, DTK MEN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BEHIND THE SCENES AND VISIT THE PITS AS THE ENGINEERS ASSEMBLED THE FULLY ELECTRIC CARS. MARK, A SPOKESPERSON FROM THE ABT SCHAEFFLER AUDI TEAM, AS WELL AS THE SOON-TO-BE CHAMPIONS DANIEL ABT AND LUCAS DI GRASSI, WERE KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE US FIRST-HAND INSIGHT ON HOW THEY FELT ABOUT THE UPCOMING RACE AND THE FORMULA E RACE AS A WHOLE.

By Akeem Johnson-Pierre Daniel Abt is only 24 years old but he's already an old fox, not only in motorsport, but also in Formula E. He's been in Formula E since the very first race. He’s been on the podium four times before this weekend, and he's been racing in three categories like Formula 3, Formula Masters in Germany, and the GP 3 Championship, GP2, as well as a lot of endurance racing. For his age, he is quite experienced. Mark: [What is it like] to drive an electric race car on the circuit? Daniel Abt: That’s the question we are asked all the time, of course. To be honest, the Formula E is not super different… The throttle response is a bit more direct, [but] apart from that, it's still a proper race car with a carbon chassis, carbon brakes, aerodynamics, front wing, rear wing, of course a battery - that's something that changes. So, actually we have to look after the energy that we use, especially in the race. We have to do energy management, so we cannot go flat out all the time, but it's actually quite interesting because it’s a lot of strategy that comes into play and it makes the racing more exciting. Mark: We were talking about racing on street circuits. You’ve been racing all your career on permanent race tracks where you have wide runoff areas, so it’s easy to make mistakes even if you end up in the gravel beds. So, it’s kind of different in Formula E, it's about centimeters. Daniel: Yeah, it’s a huge challenge for us because normally when you come to a race track there’s runoff so you are quite quick at being at the limit. If you go over the limit, you go a bit wide, you come back, and try again next time. Here, going over the limit means your car is damaged, you’re not going to continue, so every lap you kind of have to go closer, closer to the limit, closer to [the] wall, but of course you cannot touch them. I mean,

if you overtake someone, if you outbreak yourself, it’s easy to shunt. I think it’s quite likely that you will see someone hit a wall this weekend, but it’s part of the game, and it makes it even more exciting. Mark: Tell us a little bit about the special family atmosphere here at Formula E, because I heard you’ve been away with some drivers in Miami last weekend to celebrate a birthday. We've been with other drivers in amazing cities like New York, we've been to Paris, we’ve been to Berlin, we’ve been to Hong Kong, now we are in Montreal, which is an amazing city. So, what is this certain atmosphere in Formula E all about? Daniel: Well, we went to Miami only for fitness training (laugh). No, it’s a completely new championship, kind of feels like everyone is trying to bring this up together. So, even though we are competitors, the atmosphere between teams and drivers is super nice. We get along very well, we're even on holidays together and still fight on track. I've not experienced that in any other racing series, and I really like that, and I think that’s also a factor why I think the championship is successful, because it’s not every team trying to beat the other. It’s really everyone trying to bring this championship to higher levels… I hope it stays like this. Akeem: Did you ever think that you would be driving fully electric cars? Daniel: No, of course not. When you grow up racing, it’s not something you have in your mind. I was quite lucky Formula E came at the right time for me. I remember the first race - we were not really super excited, because it was not a lot of pressure, it was brand new, so I didn't know what to expect, but it changed a lot already in two and a half seasons, almost three now. You see a lot of drivers from all around the world [who] wanna be here right now, so it’s a privilege to be in this.

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Mark: What do you think about going into these final races? Lucas Di Grassi: It’s a very important race weekend of course, but very different from last year. We have to catch up [by] ten points, which is a lot, so we are in a position that we have a lot to gain and very little to lose, so we can take extra risk to try to win the races this weekend. New York was slightly less [of] an average weekend for us, even with 22 points. But yeah, the title is just there in reach. We work hard and in Formula E, anything can happen. So until the flag is out at the second race on Sunday, nothing is guaranteed. Mark: In a couple of years, you guys are gonna go down from four cars to two, so have you guys been starting to prep for that? Lucas: As a team, we are trying to improve every year. The rate of improvement is only good or bad compared to the rate of improvement of the other teams. We are much better than we were last season, but we arrived [at] the last race with a bigger gap. So competition is very stressful, because we cannot only be better, we have to be better than the others. And that of course depends on you, but sometimes it doesn't. So it’s very stressful, it puts a lot of pressure on everybody to reach their maximum and we have a great team behind us, great partners, and the championship will only get stronger every year that passes… I think come season 5, season 6, and onwards, it’s really gonna step to a completely different level and has all the ingredients to be one of the two main series of the world, or maybe the most relevant series in the world in terms of technology.

A RACE TO SUSTAINABILITY DHL is a founding partner of Formula E and has been transporting race cars since 2013. The company’s involvement in the electric race series makes perfect sense, as it has a mission to decrease their carbon footprint and inspire people towards embracing sustainability. Andrew Williams, CEO of DHL Canada, spoke with DTK MEN days before the Montreal Formula E race, and spoke on the significance of the race as well his personal experience with the growing championship. Akeem: As this is the final leg of the season, what are your thoughts on how it all went down? Andrew Williams: Yeah, it’s been an exciting season so far. We are here at the final race - there's two races on both Saturday and Sunday, both points-generating races, and huh, you know, we've got three guys in the hunt right now. It could be anyone’s game. It will be exciting. Akeem: What have been some highlights of the season for you? Andrew: This is actually the first race I've attended. Running the Canadian business, I focus on our operations here in Canada. I’ve obviously been following the season a little bit, and I think just how competitive the series has been has been exciting. Watching new entrants in each year, new organizations... And the technology itself continues to evolve, and all of that is a lot of fun for us to see. Akeem: You mentioned Mercedes joining; what are some other manufacturers you would like to see join the Formula E? Andrew: I would not want to speak on behalf of anyone. I would love for everybody to join, if truth be told, [but] I think everyone's gotta make their own decision if this is the way forward for them. DHL [has] decided, you know, finding this sustainable future… is important and this is one way we can do it. So, we know it's

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good for us, and we wouldn't want to tell anyone that it's good for them, but we are big proponents of it, for sure. Akeem: Can you describe the growth in popularity of the sport, since its beginning? Andrew: When you look back at that first race in 2014 in Beijing and where it’s come to now, I mean this weekend the projected T.V. audience is probably somewhere in the range of 35 or 40 million people. You're gonna have tens of thousands of fans trackside. The cars themselves, they are very exciting cars to watch: the accelerations, the top speed, [and] you overlay that with the technology that goes behind it. It’s an exciting race to watch, and I think over time, it will become more accepted as just the way racing will be. Akeem: Do you think the popularity would ever rival that of the F1? Andrew: Both great organisations, both with their own mandate and mission... to make racing better from a competitive standpoint and a sustainability standpoint, as well. So, I'd like to see them equal as organizations, let's put it that way.

Akeem: Formula E is pushing technology forward, and DHL, as well. How can the Formula E push road car technology forward? Andrew: I think there are a number of ways really. If you look at it first and foremost, you've got an opportunity here to raise the profile of what an electrical vehicle is capable of doing; organizations have already started. You look at the success of Tesla, as an example. This is giving race fans, and maybe traditional race fans, a view of the possibilities of the electric engine, so I think there’s great opportunities to then transfer. We have already found ways to implement that type of technology into vehicles that we can use day in and day out - delivering parcels, and as battery technology gets better and becomes more efficient, that only makes it easier for us to convert more and more of our vehicles to that as a power source. Akeem: Do you think the Formula E can get rid of the stigma that some may have towards electric vehicles? Andrew: I think they are doing absolutely the right thing. They've created this amazing race that's around the world… They've been to New York, Buenos Aires; they've been in Hong Kong, here in Montreal. I absolutely think that this is one venue in which we can get people more interested, more accepting, more excited about. And that’s really what's key here for me - more excited about. This is the future of technology.

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Watches

COMPLICATED

CHRONOMETERS

LOUIS VUITTON

Tambour Moon Tourbillon The manually-wound calibre LV 97 reinterprets the tourbillon with an exceptional 80-hour power reserve. The case and plate are entirely encrusted with diamonds a first for a watch with Poinçon de Genève certification. Movement: LV 97 calibre Case: 42.5 mm Price: Upon request

ALTHOUGH THE WORD “COMPLICATION” HAS NEGATIVE CONNOTATIONS, IT TAKES ON A DIFFERENT MEANING IN THE INDUSTRY OF WATCHMAKING. IN HOROLOGY, A “COMPLICATION” REFERS TO ANY ADDITIONAL FEATURE IN A WATCH THAT GOES BEYOND THE SIMPLE DISPLAY OF HOURS AND MINUTES.TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MOST COMPLICATED WATCHES EVER PRODUCED. Written by Akeem Johnson-Pierre Edited by Shervin Shirvani P.28

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HARRY WINSTON

GREUBEL FORSEY

URWERK

Measuring in at 55 x 49 mm, Harry Winston’s Histoire de Tourbillon 6 is the most complex watch of its series. The watch is made up of 683 parts in total and features two completely independent time indications. With a white-gold case and a black galvanic dial, this exquisite watch is sure to be an instant sell-out. Movement: HW4701 calibre. Case: 55 mm. Price: $600,000 - $722,900.

The Greubel Forsey GMT watch greatly augments user experience, with multiple time zones and a three-dimensional titanium globe. Traditional techniques like frosting, hand-bevelling, and hand-polishing have been used to ensure the watch’s superb finish. Available in a rose-gold or white-gold model, the Greubel Forsey GMT is a watch you do not want to miss. Case: 43.5 mm. Movement: Manual / GF05 in-house movement . Price: $595,000.

When it comes to Urwerk, you may be quick to think of the company’s last UR210 model. The newly released UR-210 CP “Clou de Paris” is just as impressive, if not more so. While it uses the same UR-7.10, the engine has been reiterated in a darker, quilted skin. This stunning watch will imprint itself in your mind’s eye – you’ll have to see it to believe it. Movement: UR-7.10 self-winding. Case: 43.8 mm x 53.6 mm x 17.8 mm. Price: $150,000.

FRANCK MULLER

JACOB & CO.

JAEGER LE-COULTRE

Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega is one of the most elaborate watches in the world, thanks to its 36 complications, 1,483 components, and 1,000-year calendar. The timepiece incorporates a mechanical tourbillon, a chronograph with a flyback mechanism, and a leap year indicator. A symbol for the complex art of watchmaking, it comes with a price tag of 2.7 million Swiss Francs. Calibre: FM 3480 QPSE. Case: 42 mm x 61 mm. Price: 2,700,000 CHF.

Celestially inspired, Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia features a triple-axis tourbillon, faceted spherical diamond, and magnesium-lacquered globe. The non-diamond model is obtainable at $566,350, while the diamond version is available for $1,004,800. Astronomia combines the expertise of Swiss craftsmanship with an artist’s deft touch to create a truly spectacular timepiece. Case: 50 mm. Calibre: Exclusive Jacob & Co. Manual Winding JCAM10. Non-diamond price: $566,350 Diamond price: $1,004,800.

Released in 2009, Jaeger Le-coultre’s Hybris Mechanica A Grande Sonnerie was immediately named the most complicated watch ever made. While the watch can no longer lay claim to this title, it remains as exquisite as ever. The watch can play the entire Carillon de Westminster melody, possesses a calendar programmed until the year 2100, and includes a flying tourbillon. Case: 44 mm. Movement: manual movement. Price: $2,500,000.

Histoire de Tourbillon 6

The Aeternitas Mega

GMT

Astronomia

UR-210

Hybris Mechanica A Grande Sonnerie

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DOLCE & GABBANA Printed Cotton Hat Trilby, $530

Playboy

GIVENCHY

Black Croc-Embossed Wallet at SSENSE, $675

PHILOSOPHY LORO PIANA

James Piped Baby Cashmere Robe at MR PORTER, $4,053 (Approx. price)

MONT BLANC Essential Sartorial cuff links $545

TOM FORD

Grosgrain Classic Evening Bow Tie, $330

BURBERRY

Modern Fit Wool Mohair Half-canvas Tuxedo, $2,895

HUGO

HUGH HEFNER SPUN PLAYBOY MAGAZINE INTO AN INDUSTRY GIANT, AND WAS A SUCCESS FROM THE MOMENT HE ENTERED THE SCENE IN THE EARLY 1950S. WHY NOT DRESS LIKE AN AGELESS COSMOPOLITE IN SILK ROBES, BOW TIES, AND HOUNDSTOOTH SOCKS AS WELL? By Mark John Tripp

Dresspat Patent Leather Derby Shoes at HUDSON’S BAY, $325

LE LABO

Thé Noir 29 Eau de Parfum 500ml, $1,110

GUCCI

Velvet Evening Slipper with Snake, $1,250

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA

Dry Asphalt Pure Silk Boxers with Small Printed Pattern, $199

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BURBERRY

The Britain BBY1000 47 mm

Burberry’s Britain BBY1000 is a fine example of how a watch can be innovative and, at the same time, honour its heritage. With its matte finish and muted grey dial encased in a 47 mm steel case, this watch is as eye-catching as the brand’s trench coats.

FASHIONABLY LATE WATCHES ARE MORE THAN JUST SIMPLE ACCESSORIES FOR TRUE ENTHUSIASTS – THEY ARE A NECESSITY. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, HIGH-END FASHION BRANDS HAVE BREATHED LIFE INTO THE WATCHMAKING BUSINESS THROUGH THE CREATION OF TIMEPIECES THAT ARE NOT ONLY RELIABLE, BUT ALSO AESTHETICALLY PLEASING. Written by Akeem Johnson-Pierre Edited by Shervin Shirvani

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HERMÈS

LOUIS VUITTON

RALPH LAUREN

Hermès takes its watchmaking business seriously. The white enamel dial of the Slim d’Hermès L’heure Impatiente is achieved by coating the copper disc with a secret flammable liquid, dusting it with enamel powder, and cooking it at 830°C. This process is repeated six times before the dial is handstamped. Case: 40.5 mm. Movement: Hermès H1912 movement. Price: $50,150.

All it takes is one glance at Louis Vuitton’s Tambour watch to recognize that its shape pays tribute to the drum. Sailing has also inspired the watch’s tricolour design, which reinterprets the Gaston V signature. The sturdy strap is made of Damier Cobalt canvas and showcases the America’s Cup animation signature. Case: 41.5 mm. Movement: Automatic. Price: $8,000.

With its azure green camouflage pattern and black alligator leather strap, Ralph Lauren’s Safari watch is designed to embody the spirit of grand adventure. Equipped with a self-winding RL300-1 calibre mechanical movement and COSC-certified chronometer, this model comes encased in a black stainless steel case. Case: 39 mm / 45 mm. Movement: Manual / Self-winding RL-300-1 calibre. Price: Upon request.

The Slim d’Hermès L'heure Impatiente

DIOR

Tambour Navy Chronograph

BULGARI

Safari Collection Chronograph

GUCCI

Chiffre Rouge C05

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatique

GG2570 XL

The horological legacy of Hedi Slimane, former Creative Director at Dior Homme, lives on in the Chiffre Rouge watches. Encased in a 38 mm case with a crisp white dial, the C05 displays two time zones with beautiful gold highlights. Case: 38 mm. Movement: Automatic/ Elite 682 calibre by Zenith Price: $10,100.

Records in ultra-thin watchmaking are very difficult to break, but Bulgari has seized its third world record with the Octo Finissimo Automatique. The watch’s calibre BVL 138 Finissimo is only 2.23 mm thick and 36.60 mm in diameter. Bulgari is unstoppable with its Swiss watchmaking know-how and Italian design flair. Titanium bracelet price: $13,900. Strap version price: $12,800.

While Gucci’s recent sports watches have boasted colourful straps and dials, its latest GG2570 is a timeless classic. A cushion-cased model that looks best with a deep blue, sun-brushed dial, the watch may be worn on a bracelet or a nylon, military-style strap. Case: 44 mm. Movement: Quartz Price: $1,030.

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GOYARD

Victoire Wallet, Goyardine Canvas with Leather Detail. Only available in stores, price available upon request.

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

White Cotton Dress Shirt at HARRY ROSEN, $495

PRADA

Bonded Wool/Cotton Raincoat, $2,790

FREDERIC MALLE Bois d’Orage Eau de Parfum at HOLT RENFREW, $435

Je t’aime

MOI NON PLUS !

BREITLING Navitimer GMT, $12,100

SERGE GAINSBOURG IS MOST REMEMBERED FOR HIS ARTISTIC ABILITY, MUSIC, AND CHARISMA. HE STILL HAS THE WORLD TALKING ABOUT HIM, NOT LEAST FOR HIS SENSE OF STYLE. STEP INTO THE SHOES OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST INFLUENTIAL MUSICIANS WITH A PINSTRIPE JACKET, A PAIR OF BLUE JEANS AND BLACK DRESSY SHOES!

By Mark John Tripp

SAINT LAURENT

GUCCI

Classic Suit in Black Broken Pin Striped Mohair and Wool, Price upon request

Denim Tapered Pant with Appliqué, $1,185

HÈRMES

Cabacity 45 Tote Bag, Medium Model, $11,500

LOUIS VUITTON Wagram Chelsea Boot, $1,220

REPETTO

Zizi Oxford Shoe, $365

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Cinema

TIFF 2017

THE BEST FROM THE FEST THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF) HAS SHOWCASED THE BEST IN LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CINEMA FOR 42 YEARS. FROM ITS EARLIEST INCARNATION AS A “FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS” THAT TOOK IN THE BEST FROM MAJOR FILM FESTIVALS LIKE CANNES, BERLIN, AND SUNDANCE, IT HAS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS ONE OF THE KEY PLAYERS IN THE CIRCUIT, HIGHLIGHTING NEW DISCOVERIES AND ESTABLISHED DIRECTORS ALIKE.

By Jason Gorber 2017 has been an odd year, lacking a set film to dominate the conversation. While last year’s TIFF had both La La Land and Moonlight as obvious shoo-ins come awards season, this year has been slightly more divisive, with few titles receiving the same kind of near-universal acclaim. Still, with hundreds of films being screened, it’s easy for the patient cinephile to seek out some truly world-class cinema at TIFF regardless of what will take home trophies. Here are a few highlights that played in this year’s fest.

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THE FLORIDA PROJECT If Call Me By Your Name felt like a bit of France in Park City, Utah, then The Florida Project’s Cannes premiere was the opposite. The film that I described as the weaponization of precociousness is an astonishing follow-up to Sean Baker’s celebrated Tangerine. With an awardworthy turn by Willem Dafoe at the forefront, this tale of single moms and their children raised beyond the gates of the Magic Kingdom is not only a deeply provocative and insightful look at the urban poor, it’s also a wondrous and moving dramatic story. Expect plenty of notice for foul-mouthed Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, who delivers in ways that will simply astonish.

JANE TIFF often showcases some of the best documentaries of the year, and while the main award went to Agnes Varda’s delightfully whimsical Faces Places, it’s Brett Morgen’s remarkable look at primatologist Jane Goodall that’s equally worth celebrating. Using footage that has lain dormant for decades, the film is a decidedly un-hagiographic look at the woman and her work, detailing a love story between the subject and her environment. What easily could have been little more than a puff piece, Morgen and his team crafted a highly cinematic work that’s both breathtakingly beautiful and intensely personal, illustrating the complex and remarkable woman in ways never before articulated.

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THE SHAPE OF WATER

With what could be considered the culmination of his craft, Guillermo del Toro presents a beautiful love story between a woman and a sea beast that twists the Creature of the Black Lagoon narrative in favour of romance over revulsion. A film that celebrates outsiders, it’s a stunning and intricately designed work populated by quirky, compelling characters that help draw you into GDT’s world. A winner at Venice, this Toronto-shot film belies its relatively low budget, feeling simultaneously epic and intimate. It’s a movie that warms your stomach as you share Del Toro’s contagious sense of wonder and fancy.

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THE SQUARE To the consternation of uberfans for last year’s critical darling, I’ve claimed that this film is my Toni Erdmann because of its perfect blend of sophistication and ribaldry. A rumination on the nature of modern art and the complexity of human relationships, this is a film that is darkly hysterical, blissfully discomfiting, and bristles with intelligence. Elizabeth Moss is sublime as usual; watch out for a most memorable take by Terry Notary engaging in a bit of simian role-playing.

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

I,Who TONYA would have guessed that a sar-

We have been gifted this year with a slew of magnificent performances by women, but none have been more fierce or effective than Frances McDormand in Three Billboards. A scathing look at small town incompetence, the film also has moments of the darkest humour. The balance is captured beautifully with Martin McDonagh’s script and direction, and with powerhouse performances by Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage, this People’s Choice winner may well be a frontrunner come next Oscars thanks to its impeccable storytelling and exceptional cast.

donic comedy about a feisty figure skater would be one of the great films of the age? When you take into consideration that the film is led by a blisteringly talented Margot Robbie (who also helped produce the film), it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. With a monumental turn by Allison Janney as Harding’s mother, Robbie inhabits this clever, Scorsesean take on the story of the attack on fellow competitor Kerrigan leading up to the Winter Olympics. Acerbic and astonishing, this remarkable work grabs you by the throat with an unrivalled intensity, making you question your own reactions to tabloid fodder and the people churned and left to rot once the cameras finally leave.

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Cinema

IN CHOOSING JAMES FRANCO TO BE THE AMBASSADOR OF ITS NEW FRAGRANCE, COACH IS MAKING A BOLD STATEMENT. WHO COULD BE BETTER THAN THIS MULTI-TALENTED ACTOR THAT ALWAYS KEEPS US ENGAGED WITH HIS PROVOCATIVE TASTE, SEX APPEAL, FASCINATION FOR EDGY ROLES, AND GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR? JAMES FRANCO EMBODIES THE MODERN MAN, AND HE’S THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR THE ICONIC AMERICAN BRAND, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN NEW YORK BACK IN 1941. Stéphane Le Duc For the talented Art Director Stuart Vevers, recently Accessory Designer Laureate of the year at the prestigious CFDA Fashion Awards, James Franco was an obvious choice: “James was my first and only choice. James is the quintessential-cool Coach guy. He’s handsome, there is a bit of danger and he’s thoughtful and challenging, energetic and prolific.” This association couldn’t have been better, as both the designer and actor share the same passion in their professional careers. James Franco said it best, “Creativity is the way I engage with life. It’s the way I engage with other people and communicate, and it’s really the way I find meaning in life. I enjoyed collaborating with Stuart. There are a lot of references to Coach tradition in his designs, but with an added spin, and that idea is something I have done in my creative work.” Since Stuart Vevers made his debut at Coach fashion house in 2014, creativity has been the brand’s driving force. As much as he was involved in the collection’s design, he was also involved in the image of the new fragrance. “Introducing fashion in the world of Coach was a big part that I wanted to develop. I also introduced men’s fashion because I could not disconnect men from the storytelling, it was part of a

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James James FraF Fr The new The new

“CREATIVITY IS THE WAY I ENGAGE WITH LIFE. IT'S THE WAY I ENGAGE WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND COMMUNICATE, AND IT'S REALLY THE WAY I FIND MEANING IN LIFE.”—JAMES FRANCO global image. I love the idea of coming to this house of leather and [mixing] all those American references together the t-shirt, the sweatshirt, the sneakers, and the biker jacket - all those things [that] are typically American. I love being in the image development of the perfume also, the design of the bottle, the packaging and also the campaign. For the new men’s fragrance, I wanted something that would feel substantial and rich and something that was part of the history of Coach that would have some longevity. So, I wanted some of the symbols from Coach that are very well-established. I wanted like an engraving in the glass, the turn lock was a reference from the 50s and 60s. Those things are the symbols people know and love as part of the house.” The challenge was also successfully completed by perfume makers Anne Flipo and Bruno Jovanovic. “[The] more establish[ed] the brand DNA [is], [the] easier it is for us to create a fragrance that communicates the brand value. This perfume has the spirit and energy of New York City. Its sensuality and its masculine character are inspired by leather. There is some noticeable changing trend in men’s fragrance and we could push [the] boundary a bit further than in fashion itself, as the subtlety of a fragrance make[s] it more acceptable. James Franco is audacious and modern just like Coach’s new fragrance, it’s perfect.”

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Chromatic NOSTALGIA

WHEN THE LEAVES START TO CHANGE COLOUR AND FALL TO EARTH, YOU KNOW IT’S THE SEASON FOR LAYERING. DRAPE A JACKET OR TRENCH COAT OVER A WOOLEN SWEATER, AND YOU’LL BE READY TO HEAD OUT INTO THE CRISP MORNING AIR. THESE LUXURIOUS, LAID-BACK LOOKS ARE SURE TO KEEP THAT AUTUMN BREEZE FROM CHILLING YOU TO YOUR BONES.

Photographer Andrew Soule Fashion Editor Mark John Tripp Editorial shot with Fujifilm GFX50S Camera

Coat DRIES VAN NOTEN at HOLT RENFREW ($2,520). Sweater STRELLSON ($198). Shirt PRADA ($850). Belt ANDERSON’S ($165). Pants MARNI at HOLT RENFREW ($1,420). Shoes GUCCI ($810).


Style

This page: Coat, shirt, pants, and shoes LOUIS VUITTON (Price upon request). Hoody RICK OWENS ($975). Opposite page: Coat HUGO ($2,795). Sweater MICHAEL KORS MENS (Price upon request). Pants PRADA ($1,560).

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Fragrance

TOM FORD Noir Anthracite ($202 - 100ml).

ACQUA

DI PARMA Colonia Pura ($150 - 100ml).

GIVENCHY

EMPORIO ARMANI

Stronger With You ($115 - 100ml).

Gentleman ($107 - 100ml).

Self-Assured

HUGO BOSS BOSS Bottled Tonic ($97 - 100ml).

CLASSICS THE NEW WAVE OF FRAGRANCES IS HERE FOR THE MODERN, SELF-ASSERTIVE MAN WHO LIVES IN THE PRESENT AND APPRECIATES AUDACIOUS CONTRASTS.

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This page: Coat COACH ($3,250). Turtleneck BOSS ($205).Opposite page: Coat MARNI at HOLT RENFREW ($2,240). Sweater ($3,775) and pants ($860) HERMÈS.

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Grooming

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE to Cleaning, Shaving, and Moisturizing

THIS SEASON’S NEWEST GROOMING PRODUCTS ARE ESSENTIALS FOR THE MALE BATHROOM CABINET! HAVING EVERYTHING YOU NEED, NEATLY ORGANIZED IN ONE PLACE, WILL KEEP YOUR ROUTINE IN CHECK AND YOUR APPEARANCE ON POINT. A GOOD GROOMING ARSENAL WILL HELP TO BEGIN AND END YOUR DAY IN ABSOLUTE STYLE.

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BLACKWOOD

KIEHL’S

FOR MEN

Grooming Solutions Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner ($65 - 1L).

A non-sticky, lightweight, long-lasting gel that contains Pro-Vitamin B5 for a natural and healthy shine.

Infused with a woodsy blend of aromatic cedar wood, sandalwood and eucalyptus essential oils, this must-have for multi-taskers will leave your scalp refreshingly clean and dandruff free.

BioFuse Hair Sculpting Gel ($15 - 7.76 oz).

TOM FORD Shave Cream ($92).

This innovative Shave Cream will give you a closer, more comfortable shave with a unique blend of ingredients, providing your skin with instant relief from irritation.

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LAB SERIES

Maxellence The Singular Cream ($195).

This silky, ultra-hydrating moisturizer is infused with galactic meteorite extract from the heart of an asteroid, to revive skin’s youthful look by smoothing the look of lines and wrinkles.

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JACK BLACK

Pure Performance Shave Brush ($160).

Jack Black’s ultra-hygienic, cruelty-free shave brush features Silvertip Fibre® bristles that create an abundant, rich lather, for a luxurious shave.

ERNO LASZLO

Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar ($50).

This bar delivers the uniquely therapeutic benefits of the mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, to deeply detoxify, exfoliate and hydrate skin.


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Pants ($1,560) and belt ($2,000) PRADA. Grooming: On skin: Dynamic skin DERMALOGICA ($95.50).

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This page: Coat ($6,150) and pants ($860) HERMÈS. Opposite page: Coat ($4,480), shirt ($660), and shoes ($810) GUCCI. Sweater ($2,030) and pants ($930) THOM BROWNE at HOLT RENFREW. Photography ANDREW SOULE. Fashion Editor MARK JOHN TRIPP. Photography Assistants MORI ARANY and CHUNG LING LO Model MITCHELL at CIOTTI. Grooming RICHARD J using MAC COSMETICS, DERMALOGICA SKIN CARE, and KEVIN MURPHY HAIR CARE. Location FRANKE HOUSE. EDITORIAL SPONSORED BY

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Black suit and tie TOP MAN. White shirt BLACK BROWN.

Wear the Clothes, Don’t Let Them Wear You

PAUL MASON WHEN A MAN FEELS CONFIDENT IN WHAT HE’S WEARING, THAT’S CALLED STYLE. THE RUNWAY ALWAYS COMES FULL CIRCLE, SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO BREAK THE BANK TO BE FASHIONABLE. THIS FALL AND WINTER, DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX VARIOUS PIECES, PRICE POINTS, AND DESIGNS!

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Gotstyle Knowing Melissa Austria, she and her team will be offering the complete experience for men in Toronto! From grooming to the latest fashion brands, Gotstyle supports Canadian talent. A customer at Gotstyle can get a shave, first-rate fade, and a dashing suit all under the same roof! gotstyle.com

NUDIE JEANS AMERICAN CREW

Grim Trim Hidden Blue Jeans, $239

Beard Serum, $17.95 USD

PENHALIGONS BOSS

Blenheim Bouquet Eau de Toilette, $92 USD

Italian Calfskin Workbag Signature S Doc, $995

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SANDRO PARIS

Long Coat Fastened with Three Buttons, $645 USD

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APPLE

Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Black Sport Band, Apple Watch Series 3, $799-859

M0851 I love this store for the simplicity of their garments. Whether it’s a bag or a leather bomber jacket, you know they’re right on the money! Their colours are also always categorized by season and cut. www.m0851.com/store

TROUBADOUR Weekender Bag, £1,575

Saudade Boutique

Michel's Bespoke With 22 years of hands-on experience, Michel Karkar knows that quality service and attention separates him from the rest. With an in-house atelier on the premises, Michel is prepared to give you quality suits and shirts that fit like no other. Michel and his partner Paul Di Palma were able to meet my tight deadline and have my “Fashion Santa” suit ready and delivered for a holiday event in Washington D.C. michelsbespoke.com

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SCARZZA

Giovanni Oxford Italian-Made Shoes, $473

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Saudade is a unique store where Nancy Fernades and her team have introduced a concept that features brands solely from Portugal. That’s where I came across the men’s skincare line, known as Antiga Barbearia, which is a brand that has been around for over a hundred years. The shop has everything related to shaving, from straight razors and brushes for a clean shave, to shaving soap and moisturizer. Because I’m not shaving much these days, I’m loving their selection of body soaps. I’ve never smelled so clean! saudadetoronto.com


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All look MICHEL’S BESPOKE.

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Lifestyle

DELICIOUS DÉCOR

WITH THE NUMBER OF RESTAURANTS TO CHOOSE FROM, THERE MUST BE SOME KIND OF DISTINGUISHING FACTOR BESIDES JUST THE DELICIOUS FOOD. LOCALLY SOURCED,THESE MONTREAL AND TORONTO LOCATIONS OFFER WILDLY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES AND FOOD, BUT BOTH MARRY THEIR BREATHTAKING INTERIOR DESIGN WITH A TOP-NOTCH CULINARY EXPERIENCE. By Rebecca Kahn P.58

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Crew Collective & Café Montreal 360 RUE SAINT-JACQUES, MONTREAL, QC The Crew Collective & Café has only been open since 2016, but it’s already making waves in Montreal’s restaurant scene. In the world-renowned Old Montreal, the 1928 original headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada have been repurposed. This stunning café is filled with high windows, sunlight, beautifully crafted food, and elegant archways. It’s constantly bustling with locals and tourists alike; it’s perfect to host meetings or events, study, or just hang out. The Crew Collective offers open Wi-Fi, online ordering, easily bookable meeting rooms, and a secure workplace for up to 70 Collective members. Their online menu features over 30 different tea and coffee drinks and numerous other impressive food and drink options to enjoy on the premises or to-go. Spending a few hours in this café will give you the elegance you need to brighten up even the dreariest day. The café and meeting rooms are open seven days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm, and the Collective never closes. The Collective is a private, members-only workspace, but anyone who wants to can sign up and become a member. They publish a newsletter about their offerings and an event calendar, so you’re never out of the loop. This location is also home to their sister company, Unsplash, which shares copyright-free photography to the public. This café proves that good food and good locale can come together seamlessly to set the bar even higher in Montreal’s culinary scene.

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Leña 176 YONGE ST., TORONTO, ON Leña is a restaurant under the Oliver & Bonacini restaurant company. In 1993, Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini became partners to open Bay Street’s Jump. The duo have become one of Canada’s leaders in restaurants, events, and catering. Their restaurants include successes such as Canoe, Auberge du Pommier, Biff’s Bistro, Luma, and others. Leña at the CF Eaton Centre is a collaboration with Corporate Executive Chef Anthony Walsh. It’s a project that celebrates the chef’s Argentinian mother-in-law, Elena, drawing inspiration from her cooking for the menu and vibe of the restaurant. The focus is a passion for food that brings people together. Walsh achieves this through a creative take on traditional South American cooking with Spanish and Italian influences. The goal of creating a restaurant with family warmth and upscale décor has been achieved. The restaurant is open, sunny, and luxurious, contrasted by an intimate and eclectic bar filled with leather, stone, brass, and marble. The antique books and ornate ceiling of Bar Lala instantly transports you back in time. To top it off, they even have animal wallpaper that matches that in Walsh’s family home. Located on the lower level, Bar Lala is open for predinner or late-night drinks as well as Latin American music and snacks. The bar has its own signature drinks that you won’t want to miss. Leña has also just begun serving breakfast and brunch on weekdays, making it the perfect stop for breakfast-lovers, tourists, and business meetings.

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Business

Visionary Dooma Wendschuh: REINVENTING THE BEER INDUSTRY

DOOMA WENDSCHUH SEEMS FUELLED BY AN INSATIABLE CREATIVE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT THAT BELIES THE STEREOTYPE SURROUNDING HIS CURRENT POSITION AS THE KING OF CANNABIS. FROM BUSINESSMAN TO FILMMAKER TO VIDEOGAME MAVEN TO MARIJUANA ENTREPRENEUR, EACH PHASE OF DOOMA’S CAREER HAS BEEN THE RESULT OF TENACITY, PROWESS, AND A LOT OF RISK-TAKING. ALL OF IT HAS BEEN LEADING UP TO HIS LATEST VENTURE, WHERE HE HOPES TO TACKLE THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES BY BREWING CANNABIS-BASED BEER. WE SPOKE OF THE PATH HE TOOK THAT LED HIM TO TRY AND CHANGE THE WAY WE GET BUZZED AT OUR LOCAL BAR. By Jason Gorber You went to school to be a filmmaker? I grew up in Miami, Florida and received my undergraduate degree from Princeton. At Princeton, everyone goes off into investment banking or management consulting, and I had an internship at Deutsche Bank in the Asian Equity Sales department. I got in trouble the first week. It was casual Friday and I showed up with raver pants that had 42 inches around the legs. I knew I didn’t necessarily fit in that world, but they still offered me a job. The woman who was my boss asked me to come down to meet her and said, “If you really want this job I’ll give it to you, but I think you’re going to be miserable here, you should do something creative.” I went home that day and applied to the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. In my second year of film school, a partner and I came up with an idea to do a movie based on the book The Wind in the Willows. What happened with the movie? It never got made, but we still made a lot of money selling it to Disney. We hired Guillermo del Toro to be the director and then tried to get some actors, and it was just too challenging. We sold eight movie concepts to studios and only one of them ever got made.

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So, then you had a bunch of cash that you’d accrued from selling ideas for films, though not necessarily making them. Then you opened a company to do some video game development. We wanted to see stuff get into production. At some point, a fax came into William Morris Agency, which was the agency that represented us in Hollywood, and they were looking for writers for videogames. Now you’re working with cannabis? In our lifetime, there have been three legal psychoactive [drugs]: alcohol, coffee, and tobacco. Now, for the first time, there is a fourth. How does that enable us to change our world? It’s very easy to just think of the marijuana world as a cashgrab from a bunch of stoners. There are people who are addicts to wine, who have a wine problem and shouldn’t drink so much wine. Those are like the centre of the concentric circles. The rest of us are in the outer rings, we drink wine because it tastes good and it’s kind of fun. There is an extreme side to cannabis as well, what we call stoners. There’s a whole slew of people getting in [to this

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Business business]; these charlatans and snake oil salesmen who want to make a fortune. But to me what we need to do as an industry is to normalize cannabis so that it feels a lot like drinking wine and we’ll show people that maybe it’s actually a better and safer and healthier alternative. Your entire ethos at Province Brands seems to be to normalize it in the sense that you are treating it like you are an alcohol company, intent on creating a product that behaves like it’s already acceptable within our society. This company exists to rewrite perception and to show the world that there’s no difference between enjoying an alcoholfree beer that intoxicates using marijuana or phytocannabinoids, than there is with enjoying an alcoholic beer from a social and proprietary perspective. But there is a huge difference in terms of society and health and longevity. How is your product different? There’s so much evidence right now that suggests that in all of the ways that we know, alcohol is bad for you, marijuana is not. When you drink alcohol, it goes into your liver, it creates a metabolite called acetaldehyde in very low concentrations. You can get alcohol poisoning and you can die from it. Acetaldehyde is also highly carcinogenic, it contributes to eight different types of cancer. Marijuana is not toxic and it’s non-carcinogenic. Smoking it might be different, but the product itself is not carcinogenic… Correct. We know also about the metabolites that marijuana produces in the same way that alcohol produces metabolites. Marijuana also doesn’t seem to cause the same sort of violent, alcohol-related belligerence. Alcohol causes dementia, it builds up amyloid plaques in your brain. Marijuana doesn’t seem to do that either. Habitual use of alcohol can lead to depression. There hasn’t been any evidence suggesting that long-term use of marijuana impacts your serotonin reuptake receptors. So, why do we drink alcohol? Alcohol does something magical. It has this incredible ability to reduce inhibitions. We call it liquid courage or a social lubricant. What are the challenges then with a cannabis drink? It takes a long time to hit you and even a single dose can keep you intoxicated for a very long time. You take one drink and you could be high for six hours, which doesn’t mesh with the way we like to drink. But the most important problem is it just doesn’t give you that feeling that alcohol gives you. To me, that puts a ceiling on the size. What we do at Province is we think about how we can make products from the marijuana plant that doesn’t come with the other harms of alcohol, but convey those unique benefits that go beyond having fun and relaxing that improves our lives in so many ways. So, is it working? We’ll find out. We’re very early, this company’s only about a year old, but in the time that we’ve been around, we’ve made some phenomenal progress. We’re now patentpending on the world’s first beers brewed from cannabis. It’s really not an obvious thing to do because beer is made from barley, which is a carbohydrate. The yeast basically eats the carbohydrate, turns it into sugar, and in the second phase of

fermentation, turns sugar into alcohol. How could you do that with a plant that doesn’t have carbohydrates? We found a very novel way to get sugars out of a plant with no carbohydrates and because it’s novel, it’s protectable, which means that this is pretty valuable. So, feel free in this interview to tell me exactly what it is in detail. Yeah, I’m not going to! We’re the first in the world to actually brew a beer from cannabis, that we would own this entire category of beer. Almost every product we make is alcohol-free – we go through the full brewing process, we produce a whole bunch of alcohol, and then we remove it, using reverse osmosis. What we deliver to the customer is an alcohol-free product. So, how does it taste? It tastes very good! It’s sort of a rich, nutty flavour. Is it more critical to you that you make a delicious beer or that you make something that actually transforms the market? It’s both. You can’t transform the market without making something that people want to buy. We put quality first and foremost at Province. We focus a lot more on making a phenomenal product and doing it right. Which brings us full circle – you were essentially on track to being a business person, you then went into the creative industry, and now you are a creative business person. There must be some sleepless nights when you’re worried about the pitfalls. I haven’t slept well since starting this company! The first night when I got a really good rest was when the Canadian Liberal government came up with the rules and made it clear that they would allow edibles. Up until that point I had put a lot of my own time and money and energy into starting a company to sell a product that nobody could say for sure would ever be legal in the country where I started [it], which was a really high-risk thing to do and probably pretty stupid. If you want to change the world, which is what I want to do, you have to be willing to take some really big risks. That’s what Province is about, it’s about changing the paradigm, changing the reality, and creating a future where people don’t think of alcohol as the only thing that can do what alcohol can do. Disclaimer: Dooma Wendschuh is married to one of the cofounders of DTK Media.

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EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES THIS FALL, TAKE CLASSIC BRITISH SUIT TAILORING AND PUT A MODERN TWIST ON IT. THESE MASCULINE SILHOUETTES COME ALIVE WITH PLAIDS, TURTLENECKS, TWEEDS, AND COLOURFUL ACCENTS. YOU’LL BE SURE TO COMMAND ATTENTION IN THESE CLOTHES FIT FOR ROYALTY.

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Business

In the Business of

CREATIVITY

ALAN GERTNER TOKYO SMOKE PRODUCTS

THE ONE & ALL CONFERENCE THAT TOOK PLACE IN MONTREAL PROFILED THE CREATIVE MINDS BEHIND COMPANIES TO DISCUSS BRANDING, CONTENT, AND MARKETING. A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR KNOWS THAT WITHOUT CREATIVITY, THERE IS NO GROWTH. LUCKILY, THERE’S A DRIVEN GROUP OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE CONQUERING OBSTACLES AND WORKING TO TURN IDEAS INTO REALITY. THE CONFERENCE BROUGHT TOGETHER TEN SPEAKERS IN THE HOPES OF SPARKING A PROGRESSIVE DISCOURSE ON CREATIVITY. EVERYONE WHO HIT THE STAGE SHARED THEIR INSPIRING STORIES. By Akeem Johnson-Pierre One of these speakers, Alan Gertner, embarked on a long journey to discover himself and his business. It was after leaving a lucrative job at Google and travelling to over 50 countries that Gertner decided to start Tokyo Smoke, a marijuana business that combined his three passions: coffee, clothing, and cannabis. Tokyo Smoke is a brand of weed and weed-adjacent products that appeals to the sophisticated smoker. Everything about the company, from their in-house apparel to the retail experience, has been curated to fit the lifestyles of those who see smoking weed as a responsible recreational activity. During his presentation, Gertner pointed out that alcohol advertisements are geared towards creating a certain lifestyle. Through Tokyo Smoke, he is bringing this same idea of a cannabis lifestyle to an industry that, although growing, is plagued by stigma.

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SEBASTIEN SPEIER

With ideas that revolutionized online shopping for Nike, Sebastien Speier demonstrated the importance of customer-product interaction using innovation and fun. To sneakerheads, nothing is more important than owning that one pair of exclusive sneakers. This is where Speier stepped in and used his skills as a designer to create the SNKRS app for Nike. SNKRS made it virtually impossible for people to buy out large orders of the same shoe and ensured the app would never crash under heavy use. More than that, he recreated the nostalgia of waiting in line and proving commitment to the most recent Nike release. In the new age of technology, Speier wanted to maintain the excitement for sneakerheads, creating digital and real-life challenges and surprises in the race to purchase the most coveted new shoes.

Andrew Herzog is a designer at the HAWRAF new design studio in Brooklyn. Herzog stressed the importance of interactivity, communication, and creative accessibility. Together, he and his team came up with completely original ways for people to interact with everything from books and poetry to photography and protest signs. This includes using art to transform everyday objects, or more well-known, they are the brains behind the Google AutoDraw, an interactive interface where people’s drawings can be transformed into one of many stock drawings.

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Weiss, the Senior Vice President of Marng at online makeup company Glossier, ke on the importance of branding and racting with the target audience. Rather n send products to Instagram celebrifor greater visibility, Glossier focuses on ding a community with micro-influencers hose who may not have that big of a foling but actually use the company’s prods and truly represent what the company nds for.

ALI WEIS

SSENSE is a niche online shop for all high-end brands. Staying true to what they stand for, the company has grown a loyal customer fan base around the world filled with people who truly appreciate fashion. Fanny Damiette, Director of Brand and Marketing Strategy, explained that although three brothers started the company as a school project and were more focused on the technology behind the website, SSENSE has since grown a massive audience. This has allowed the company to rebrand; it now offers editorials and original content to those who visit the site.


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Business DTK MEN had the opportunity to sit down with Carl Schmidt from Unbounce, an artificial intelligence-based tech company that creates landing pages. As a co-founder of Unbounce, he discussed his role in the company and the challenges and benefits of running your own business.

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Can you speak on how Unbounce first started? I remember getting pulled out of a coffee shop, [when] Rick pitched us two ideas. One was for some kind of ad-network thing, [but] thankfully we didn’t choose that one, and the other was for this landing page thing. And he said well, look, how hard can it be, all we need is a little tool that lets you put up a little bit of text and a picture of something, and that’s it. Of course, [it] turns out that as we started to dig in and learn more, it was much more than that, but that was really the genesis of it.

“I THINK ONE OF OUR KEYS TO SUCCESS WAS THE ABILITY TO FOCUS...” How important has creativity been towards the success of your company? It’s [been] key. I mean, most of the six co-founders have a creative background. I think that that’s really come out in a lot of [the] things that we do. Early on, I think a lot of credit [should go] to Oli Gardner for really driving our marketing through creativity. We would put out really unique content pieces and so our entire business was grown with inbound marketing. I mean, you’ve got to have content that people want to share and talk about and that offers actual value, right? And so, creativity is huge. The industry you are in (i.e., the tech industry) moves very fast, is there any pressure felt towards staying ahead of the competition? There’s pressure from all around to stay competitive, to introduce ideas faster. It’s definitely not a sit-back-and-just-let-the-moneyroll-in sort of thing. What should young entrepreneurs know before starting their own tech company? I think a lot of folks look at the world of entrepreneurialism as scary, intimidating, and our experience has been that once you get out there, put yourself out there, the community of entrepreneurs is very supportive. There’s always folks who want to help you. Yes, there are folks who don’t, but you know what, the community at large is really supportive. And so, the biggest lesson is to get out

there and ask for help, and don’t be afraid of that. Try to be less afraid, it’s not as scary as it sounds. Is there a thrill behind coming up with better ways towards helping companies reach their goals? Oh yeah, totally! That’s actually one of the most gratifying parts – is knowing [we are]. And we get this in the feedback all the time. We’ve actually got a dashboard in our foyer with customer feedback rotating through and it’s always, “Wow, the results I got so quickly were amazing.” And people tell us all the time at our conference, in other contexts, just how much of an impact we have. And for me that’s actually what makes it worth it, right, is [the] impact we are having. The common thread between many of the speakers was about customer satisfaction, teamwork, creativity, and interactivity with a target audience. Listening to needs and creating a platform on which there can be a dialogue creates a community between buyers and sellers. Creativity and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. From fashion and makeup to design, online shopping, and marijuana, the speakers each provided insight into how they were able to create change within their industry.

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Modern

POET

WORDSMITH, STORYTELLER, LYRICIST, POET… THESE ARE ALL WORDS THAT COME TO MIND WHEN I THINK OF JACOB BANKS. WITH ONE OF THE MOST THRILLING VOICES YOU’LL HEAR IN A WHILE, THIS SELF-TAUGHT MUSICIAN HAS INTRODUCED THE WORLD TO HIS NEW SIGNATURE SOUND – WHAT HE CALLS “DIGITAL SOUL.” HIS VOICE WILL SURELY GET YOU EXCITED FOR A NEW ERA OF SOUL. By Mayillah Ezekiel With a voice that will definitely stop listeners in their tracks, his latest EP also puts a spotlight on his songwriting skills. A true poet, Banks has mastered the art of writing and creating with emotion, metaphors, and verbalization that are so exquisite they’ll make you visualize the story, which only a great and genuine artist can do. By beautifully combining synth and soul, the Nigerian-born British singer is quickly gaining recognition. His impeccable artistry has not only propelled him to tour with Alicia Keys and Emile Sande in the U.K., he is also currently taking his cinematic, genre-bending style all over the world.

“THAT REALLY HEAVY, FOUR-ON-THE-FLOOR, FOOT-THUMPING, WARRIOR KIND OF VIBE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH WHERE I’M FROM.”

If you haven’t discovered him yet, I urge you to listen to his latest single “Unknown (To You)" from his forthcoming album The Village, as well as his third EP, “The Boy Who Cried Freedom,” following his releases of “The Paradox” and “The Monologue.” Banks describes his music as being a medium for expressing his thoughts, which you’ll certainly feel. His most recent EP bares his personal struggles to the world, as well as how he dealt with them. “I think the epicness of my songs partly comes from being African — that really heavy, four-on-the-floor, foot-thumping, warrior kind of vibe has a lot to do with where I’m from.” You’ll instantly fall for his bold and honest songwriting, textured beats, commanding vocal presence, and unstoppable new sound. Jacob Banks is currently on his headlining Into The Wild tour. Lucky for us, he will be performing on November 24th in Toronto at The Drake and in Montreal on the 25th at Le Belmont sur le Boulevard.

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GABRIELLE VERIDIANA

MEET THE STUNNING MODELS WHO TOOK PART IN THIS SEDUCTIVE PHOTOSHOOT. READ ON TO FIND OUT JUICY DETAILS ABOUT THEIR FIRST KISSES, FAVOURITE DESSERTS, AND WHEN THEY FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL. Photography & interview Greg Swales Fashion Editor Jenn Park Krulik

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CAUNESIL HAILING FROM THE CITY OF LOVE, GABRIELLE REVISITS HER CHILDHOOD, REVEALS HER FANTASY CAREER PATH, AND DEFINES WHAT EXACTLY LOVE MEANS FOR HER.

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Please introduce yourself. What’s your name and where are you from? Hello, bonjour. My name is Gabrielle and I’m a Parisian. I’m now living in New York, in Williamsburg. What was your first kiss like? My first kiss was [at a] very young [age]. Oh my god, this is actually something I never say, but the first kiss I had, I was probably seven and it was with a girl, as surprising as that [is]. We were small, I guess it was nothing really sexual. We liked each other, we kissed each other, and I was super excited after, like “What’s going on?” And I still remember her.

What’s an example of one thing that you did that you apologized to your boyfriend [about]? Freaking out. This is something that I apologize for. Like when we are away for two weeks, because of work, I can tell that after ten days I’m gonna start to freak out, so I’m gonna call him and be [like] “I don’t know,” and this or that. And every time I do that I’m gonna be like, “I’m so sorry,” and that’s a real one.

And what about your first kiss with a boy? Ah, [my] first kiss with a boy, it’s another story. It was when I was 15 and maybe younger than that, and I was super afraid, because I didn’t know how to French kiss, you know. So, I was trying to look at videos and things to see how to do it. And finally, it happened with my boyfriend at the time. It was wet and awkward. And none of us really knew how to do it and we were like, okay, good.

Do you have a scar and what’s the story? Yeah, I do have a scar here (points under the chin). Basically, I was super young and we were doing roller games. And I was much [like] a tomboy when I was a little girl, and I always wanted to beat the men, because I wanted to be faster than the boys. And basically, I went so fast that I crashed myself. I ended up opening all my chin, but I [won]! So that was worth it! What is your definition of love? It’s how I feel right now. My definition of love is when you love, love is something very conceptual, and it can come from lots of things. You can love yourself, love others, love something. But obviously I’m thinking more about the love that you share with your partner. And it’s unconditional. It’s full, it’s strong, it’s intense, and it’s something that gives you energy, gives you power, gives you freedom, and it’s magical.

"I FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WHEN I’M IN NATURE." When do you feel the most beautiful? I feel the most beautiful when I’m in nature [or] on holiday. I just like coming out of the water and my hair is salty and I’m tan and I love it. What is something about you that nobody would ever guess? I’m really not sexy in real life. I’m more like a tomboy. I don’t really ever wear lingerie when I hang out in my house. I like big T-shirts. I stole the boxers of my boyfriend, I wear my hair like this, and basta. What is your dream job in the fashion industry? It’s to become a Victoria’s Secret model and do the shows and become an Angel. Adriana Lima’s career is pretty amazing. Being able to stay for so many years. And to keep winning, it’s something that [I would] obviously be willing to do. What is [your] fantasy career outside of the fashion industry? I want to be a natural batist. I studied psychology, psychoanalysis, [and] I love healing people in many ways. This is something that I would like to do later on in my life. Maybe open a retreat or [a] kind of an ashram. This is something that I really care about. What is the last thing that you had to apologize for? I’m very good at apologizing when I make a mistake. Probably the last time I apologized was maybe [when] I was not so nice, and, I don’t know, I must have done something random to my boyfriend and I just said, “I’m sorry I’ve been in a bad mood.” I know when I [make] mistakes and it matters to me to say sorry about it, big or small.

When do you feel the most powerful? In my everyday life, I kind of feel powerful, because I reward myself. Being independent, and free, and travelling. Meeting people from all over, being able to be put in any kind of situation and feeling great is the moment I feel powerful. What’s your favourite dessert? Anything with chocolate. Every day, young girls are watching you. Do you have some tips that can help girls feel better, feel more beautiful, [and] accept themselves? I feel like we kind of have a certain idea of beauty, and it depends on all of us, but it’s kind of the same profile, and I really wish that we were more able [to] accept ourselves [for] the way we are. And now it was fashion week, and [in] it you see there’s much more diversity. And I think, this is something that I would like to see more. I would like to see more girls of any ethnicity, any shape. I think it’s a bit tiring to always see the same girls, and it would be great if we can just accept every kind, shape, [and] colour of beauty. Something that is not like, I’m gonna look at it and say, “Wow this is progressing, it’s great,” [because] this should be the normal thing. Gabrielle’s body-positive outlook and hopes for the future of the fashion industry is a goal shared by many. We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her flourish!

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Veridiana FERREIRA THERE’S MORE TO VERIDIANA THAN MEETS THE EYE. THE BRAZILIAN BEAUTY, WHO CAN LITERALLY PLAY WITH FIRE, REVEALS AN ADVENTUROUS STREAK THROUGH STORIES OF HOW SHE EARNED HER SCARS AND TATTOOS.

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Please introduce yourself. What’s your name and where are you from? Hi, my name is Veridiana. I’m from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What is your favourite dessert? My favorite dessert is chocolate. I love chocolate in general. Brownies. Everything that has chocolate, I love it. What’s your favourite flavor of ice cream, after chocolate? My favourite flavor of ice cream is caramel, I love it. When do you feel most beautiful? I feel most beautiful when I’m working, and [have] professionals touching my face and touching my hair, and [taking] good pictures. How was your first kiss? My very first kiss, I was eight years old and it was [with] my cousin in Brazil. And it was behind the bed. My mom was at home so we hid behind the bed and we had my first kiss. [When] was the first kiss from a boyfriend? I was about 12 years old, and it was so cute, because I was “in love with him.” He brought me a flower that he found on the street and he gave me the flower and we kissed. What’s your definition of romance? My definition of romance is something very, how I say, “sutil” (subtle). Just flows. Just so delicate. What is your dream job in the fashion industry? Of course, I think it’s Vogue cover. French or American Vogue cover. What is your fantasy career outside of fashion? My favourite career outside of fashion… I would be a lot of things… I would be a dancer, I could be a painter. I would love to paint more. Everything about art. What’s the story with your tattoo? I have a tattoo, with my best friends. We all have that. I was 15 years old in Brazil, in high school when we got the tattoos. Four of us, we have the same tattoo. It’s a butterfly… and they start behind, it’s like “everyone’s gonna fly somewhere, and we fly, but we’re all together.” What’s some special trick or thing that you can do that no one would ever guess? My surprise trick… I can play with fire. I can do some tricks with fire. What can you say to girls out there who aren’t models about concepts of beauty? Confidence. We all have to be confident and secure about ourselves. We are all beautiful. And beautiful means a point of view, and when you’re happy, you show this to everybody. It’s something about what’s inside of you. If you’re happy and you’re confident, you are beautiful.

"WE ALL HAVE TO BE CONFIDENT AND SECURE ABOUT OURSELVES. WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL." When was the last time you had to apologize, and for what? The last time? It was yesterday. I put my alarm for 6:45, because I had an editorial and then my alarm was [set for] 6:45 PM, not AM. So, when I woke up I was like, “Oh my god, I think I’ve been sleeping so much! Let me see what time is it…” and then I saw it was 8:00, and I had to be there at 8:30! I was running around. I arrived about five minutes late, and I was apologizing for it. When you were a little kid, what kind of bad things would you do that you always got in trouble for? Like when your parents got mad at you, what was it usually for? I was a very quiet kid. My parents used to get mad when I just disappeared. And they were going crazy looking for me, and I’d say, “Oh I was just with my friends somewhere.” Do you have any scars? What’s the story? I have a lot of scars. I have one here (points to center of chest). That was a mole, and I took it off. It was supposed to be just this one, and when I woke up, the doctors took these two off too (points just above bellybutton), they were removed. I got this one when I was with my personal trainer. He had me do crazy workouts, and during one of them, I fell, and my bone was coming through my leg. He put a band on and he was like, “Okay, let’s continue!” And I said no! Anyway, this one was with an iron. The iron was on my bed, I was running late and trying to close the window, and then I burned myself. And this one here… my exboyfriend was sitting down in a chair, and the chair broke on my feet. Oh! And this one is the most important (touching lower lip). I have a scar here, and this one was my dog, two months ago. I was playing with her, and I think she thought I was a dog, and she bit me while we were playing. It was bleeding and I was freaking out, crying. I had a beauty campaign two days after this and I was freaking out! Veridiana’s daredevil personality is sure to take her to new heights. Perhaps one day soon her smolder will be featured on the cover of a Vogue magazine!

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FREE AND IN LOVE AFTER VIEWING HER SMOKING HOT IMAGES FROM A RECENT SHOOT FOR DTK MEN,THE EXTREMELY DOWN-TO-EARTH CANADIAN TOP-MODEL JESSIANN GRAVEL BELAND ISN’T THE KIND OF GIRL YOU WOULD EXPECT. SHOT WITH HER HUSBAND FRANCISCO LACHOWSKI,THE FIERCE FEMME DISHES EVERYTHING: FROM HOW SHE GOT INTO THE MODELLING GAME TO WHEN SHE FEELS HER SEXIEST. By Brenna Dixon Photographer Renie Saliba

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What made you decide to get into modelling? Was this something you wanted from a young age? How did it all happen? A friend of my father’s actually brought me to Montage Models when I was 13, and that’s when everything started. I was actually too young at the time, so at 15 I officially started modelling. At that time, my mom travelled with me everywhere. Modelling wasn’t something that I had planned to do, it just happened.

“I FEEL SEXIER WHEN I GO OUT WITH MY HUSBAND.”

You are, without a doubt, gorgeous, and you must have heard your fair share of lame pick-up lines. How did your husband catch your attention? How Francisco Lachowski got my attention? Ha! This is such an easy answer: he is drop-dead gorgeous! When do you feel sexiest? When I go out with my husband. You and Francisco are a modelling dream team. Was it awkward having someone snap pics of you on such an intimate set? Sometimes it is a little awkward, but I think it’s actually worse with a stranger. It really is part of the job – we get to do some weird things. Renie, the photographer, is a very close friend, so that definitely made it easier. The photos are incredibly up close and personal, what was going through your head? Did you feel shy at all? No, I wasn’t shy. Francisco, on the other hand, gets very weird about being undressed in front of people! This shoot really reveals all and seems extremely liberating for you. What was your husband's reaction/feedback? He loves it. He thinks I look amazing. He was so, so proud when he saw the photos. What would you say is your favourite part of the body to show off? It used to be my boobs. Now, after breastfeeding two babies I’m not too sure anymore. Let’s just say my feet! This looks like an everyday affair for you two. Are you always so sensual? How do you keep the sensuality from going stale in your relationship? We are both very private people. We never kiss or display affection publicly. It’s just how we are. Lastly, what are your guilty pleasures? Wine and expensive bags!


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Caviar20 Pop-Up Gallery Beginning Sept. 20th 167 Brunswick Ave. Toronto, ON M5S 2M3 www.Caviar20.com

TROY SEIDMAN, FOUNDER OF ONLINE-BASED ART GALLERY CAVIAR20, OPENED HIS FIRST POP-UP GALLERY THIS SEPTEMBER ON HARBORD STREET. CHECK OUT HIS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PLACES THAT MAY JUST INSPIRE YOU TO DELVE FURTHER INTO TORONTO’S ART SCENE. HERE IS A PEEK BEHIND TROY’S FAVOURITE ART INSPIRATIONS, INCLUDING GALLERIES, EXHIBITS, COLLECTIONS, AND SCULPTURES.

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Drechsel Studio: Drechsel’s new showroom on King St. East is immaculate and definitely worth a visit. They carry interesting European furniture lines that are hard to find elsewhere. One of my favourite lines is Verpan, which is the company that makes Verner Pantone’s lighting and accessories. We’re huge fans of his work, and of 60s design in general, so it’s amazing to see it in Toronto. 150 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1J3

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University of Toronto Campus (Bay St. & St. Joseph St)

Kosso Eloul Sculpture Zen West: Kosso Eloul is one of my favourite artists, and Toronto is lucky enough to possess many of his renowned public sculptures. This sculpture is one of my favourites, which is located in a peaceful downtown setting.

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OBJECTS: Cali Thornhill DeWitt, Print: DeWitt is one of the most interesting artists of the moment. His works have a Barbara Kruger feel to them, in that they pair images with provocative taglines to critique society and its power structures. He recently gained a boost in recognition when he collaborated with Kanye West to design the album cover and tour merchandise for Life of Pablo. We can’t wait to get a jumpstart on collecting his merchandise ASAP and to see how his work has evolved! ‘Untamed Animal’ Cali Thornhill DeWitt 2015 (Price upon request at V1 Gallery) artsy.net/artwork/cali-thornhill-dewitt-untamed-animal

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST / V1 GALLERY.

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I’m a sucker for anything with a trompe-l’oeil effect. In this piece, Erin Sullivan immortalizes an alligator’s hide in bronze and sets it atop a trio of reptilian feet. This is a perfect example of art and design. It’s a functional stool as well as an impactful piece of sculpture.

Many people assume that Vasa’s work is made of glass, when they are, in fact, acrylic. He devised his signature technique in the 70s and has been producing stunning shapes and colours ever since. I was lucky enough to work directly with and see him at work in his L.A. studio several times. He’s a true master of the technique and his works add a vibrant, optimistic pop to any space - people are always drawn to Vasa’s works!

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Erin Sullivan, Bronze Alligator, USA 2015 (Price upon request at Todd Merrill Studio, NY) Available at: toddmerrillstudio.com/shop/studio/artists/erin-sullivan/erin-sullivan-bronzealligator-usa-2015/

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Vasa, ‘L.A. Express’, acrylic sculpture $1,250 Available at: caviar20.com/products/vasa-mihichla-express-sculpture-2014

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EXHIBITIONS: Pierre Dorion Exhibition: Pierre Dorion is a technical master whose works are an intriguing intersection between abstraction and figuration. They have a hypnotic and meditative quality, which adds an element of beauty and peacefulness. Having mastered the ombre effect with such precision, we can’t wait to see this show. Running Nov. 11 - January 6 at Galerie Rene Blouin 10 King Street, Montreal, Quebec H3C 2N9 galeriereneblouin.dreamhosters.com

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Stephen Bulger Gallery: Stephen Bulger is one of the few Canadian dealers who showcases Canadian artworks and is extremely active on the international art fair scene. I love his pick of contemporary and historical artworks. He was very supportive of Caviar20 when I was first starting up, and I can’t wait to visit the gallery in their new space on Dundas West. Stephen Bulger Gallery 1356 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y2

Jamie Angelopoulos: Act Naturally This exhibition is a great chance to familiarize yourself with a promising, unique, and mature emerging artist. I love sculpture and although Angelopolous’ work is a little whimsical and weird, her use of material is playful and polished. When she started exhibiting almost five years ago, she arrived with a very clear aesthetic and her confidence shone through her colourful magical creations. Angelopoulos just had a major exhibition in Barry, but will still show with MKG127 in Toronto and Parisian Laundry in Montreal. MKG127 - 1445 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y7

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An interview with advisor Marla Wasser

ART AS A LUXURY INVESTMENT ART AND FASHION HAVE ALWAYS EVOLVED SIDE BY SIDE, FOR FASHION, LIKE ART, GIVES VISUAL EXPRESSION TO THE CULTURAL ZEITGEIST. DURING THE 1920S, SALVADOR DALÍ CREATED DRESSES FOR COCO CHANEL AND ELSA SCHIAPARELLI. IN THE 1930S, FERRAGAMO COMMISSIONED DESIGNS FOR ADVERTISEMENTS FROM FUTURISTIC PAINTER LUCIO VENNA, WHILE GIANNI VERSACE COMMISSIONED WORKS FROM ARTISTS LIKE ALIGHIERO BOETTI AND ROY LICHTENSTEIN FOR THE LAUNCH OF HIS COLLECTIONS. YVES SAINT LAURENT’S VAST ART COLLECTION, RECENTLY AUCTIONED AT CHRISTIE’S IN PARIS,TESTIFIED TO HIS GREAT LOVE OF ART AND REVEALED THE INFLUENCE OF A VARIETY OF ARTISTS ON HIS OWN DESIGNS. By Angelic Vendette Photography Lily & Lilac While the relationship between art and fashion has always existed, the luxury goods market for art has been on an upward climb over the past decade. In large part due to globalization and an increased demand for one-of-a-kind creations, art — much like designer clothing — is now synonymous with status and disposable income. In a market where every piece is unique, and thus highly coveted, it is that much more important to be knowledgeable and informed about a purchase. DTK MEN sat down with Marla Wasser, art advisor and independent museum curator, to discuss the importance of being informed in today’s luxury art world. As an avid art aficionado herself, Wasser established her own boutique advisory and curatorial firm, Pursuits Inc., in 2007. With over three decades of experience in collecting, Wasser has not only curated critically-acclaimed art exhibitions here in Canada — most notably an original Andy Warhol exhibit (pieces of which are thoughtfully scattered across her office), as well as the award-winning RAM: Rethinking Art and Machine — but she has also built up a high society client base for her advisory business. As an art advisor, Wasser acts as an independent third party that works directly for her clients providing well-researched, unbiased expertise. “Collecting art is very personal, so I act as an extension to my client’s vision. With their guidance I am the eyes and ears behind the scenes with highly covetable international relationships that have taken many years to develop,” Wasser explains. “I am the facilitator and connector, working with their direction to develop people’s dream collections–finding the art they love in a highly personal and confidential manner.” As the art world has exploded over the last decade, an advisor is considered an important part of a client’s trusted circle of experts, along with their lawyers and financial advisor.

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“Over the past three decades I have built longstanding relationships with galleries, artists, dealers, and collectors on the foundation of our shared passion for art. These relationships have allowed me to understand the intricacies of how the art market operates, have first access to newly available works, obtain gallery discounts, and learn who is involved and at what level. Access is essential to sourcing high quality artworks but in addition to that, navigating a world with limited transparency successfully only comes with experience. It is very important in my job as an advisor to mitigate risk for clients, and through the years I have learned the ins and outs of the art world and how to navigate it both personally and professionally.” In fact, a large part of Wasser’s work at Pursuits Inc. revolves around mitigating risk for her VIP clientele and protecting them throughout their luxury purchase. By providing transparency about the buy and the process of acquiring the work itself, she ensures her clients get the best access and financial guidance: Are they buying from an honest gallery? Will the artist’s market be manipulated? Will the artist’s work have value in 10 years? She asks the tough questions so they don’t have to. Equally important is the origin and validity of the artwork itself. Much like knock-off designer handbags, the art industry faces widespread counterfeit issues. Just this year, Sotheby’s in London was forced to take back a forged £8.4 million Frans Hals. An art advisor will not only include in-depth market research by meticulously analyzing auction databases, monitoring market trends, and consulting a wide-range of private sector sales, but they will also work very closely with independent certified conservators worldwide to ensure the validity of the artwork under consideration. “The art world is a tricky place. In today’s market, where art is so highly coveted, the role

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of the advisor is to have the established relationships to get the right discounts and most importantly, the right works. A collector faces potential issues on many levels. A new art collector will often not get a discount because the gallery doesn’t know them and doesn’t feel obligated. A collector has to be protected and know they’re acquiring the works intelligently. There is no status quo from one person to another on how you put value on an artwork; a new buyer won’t be privy to the information and access, and won’t be protected in a world without transparency.” In addition to procuring exquisite art for her clients, Wasser also offers an enhanced art experience, where she encourages her clients to join her in exploring select museums and gallery exhibitions to help inspire and focus the foundation of their collecting philosophy. “As an extension of the art advisor services, I help extend a client’s relationship with art in the real world in a number of ways: I will alert them to upcoming exhibitions in cities they’re travelling to, connect them with gallery owners abroad, and introduce them to artists they’re keen to meet. Pursuits Inc. is more than an art advisory; my clients mean a lot to me and I want to inspire a love of art in them.” Wasser’s passion for the industry runs so deep that she also mentors young professionals and artists in both art advisory, exhibition production, and career development. She also created Women Connecting Around Art, a lunch-and-learn series for young professional women to connect through an open forum discussion. Whether you believe in hanging art on your walls and in your closet — because of course, fashion is art — or whether you simply believe that art is a great investment, get in touch with Marla Wasser and her team Pursuits Inc. by visiting www.pursuitsinc.com or on social media @pursuitsinc.


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TYRONE EDWARDS

YOU MAY RECOGNIZE TYRONE EDWARDS FROM A MULTITUDE OF SHOWS. THE MULTIFACETED TV HOST, BLOGGER, AND FATHER HAS BECOME A STAPLE IN THE CANADIAN ENTERTAINMENT SCENE WITH HIS UNIQUE ENERGY AND POP-CULTURE KNOWLEDGE. OFF-SCREEN, HE IS A PILLAR IN HIS COMMUNITY, A PASSIONATE MENTOR AND COACH, AND INSPIRES FUTURE GENERATIONS TO CARRY ON THE 1LOVETO MOVEMENT. GET TO KNOW TYRONE AS HE DISCUSSES HIS CAREER, HIS LOVE FOR TORONTO, AND HIS MOTTO. Interview By Akeem Johnson-Pierre Written By Mayillah Ezekiel Can you describe your role over at Much and E!? My role as a host of Much and E! gives me this amazing opportunity to explore the music and entertainment world, and to talk to the people making waves in those industries. Whether it’s interviewing an actor or musician, or covering an event, it’s a chance to share my passions and experiences, and hopefully inspire my audience in the process. So you’ve been with Much for quite some time, how did it all come to be? My initial role in the music and arts scene in Toronto was through my blog 1LoveTO.com, which I started in 2007. So I was doing interviews, writing reviews, and throwing events already, right around the same time Much was looking to revive this show called Rap City. As my blog began to gain more attention and notoriety, Much found me and [was] drawn to what I was doing with 1LoveTO, and they gave me the chance to host the show. Since then, my role has expanded in a lot of different directions. I’ve worked on so many different shows over the years – New Music Live, Movie Night, Electric Circus, and TIFF Red Carpet specials with ETALK just to name a few. I’ve also hosted four iHeartRadio MMVA Red Carpet Specials, and just hosted my third MMVA awards show this past June.

for Much. I also host a weekly segment called “Tyrone’s Take” on CTV’s national morning show, Your Morning, where I basically give my take on a topic that’s hot that week. Of all the success you have seen in your career, what is your proudest achievement? Hosting the iHeartRadio MMVAs is my proudest achievement by far. When I was growing up, I would watch the MMVAs and think “I’m going to do that.” It took a lot of years and hard work, but I finally made it. So every year when I walk out on that stage, I’m literally living my childhood dream. Your 1LoveTO blog has become something very important in the city of Toronto and is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. What made you want to start it? I was working with youth in creative, business, and music arts programming, and that job took me all over the world – doing basketball camps in Europe, the U.S., Africa, and Brazil. So I’d come back to Toronto and see all the cultures and influences that exist here, and be really inspired. We’re literally the whole world in 1City. And we had the talent and culture to be this incredible place, but we didn’t have the civic pride and confidence in ourselves to get there. So 1LoveTO started as a way to celebrate the diversity of this amazing city, and promote the idea that we should love ourselves, and have confidence in how amazing our city is.

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In my career I use my platform – social media, TV, etc. – to live this mentality out in front of the camera. I share my passions with my audience, and I talk to people every day that share their passions through their work. And being around people who love what they do is infectious – I hope that some of that rubs off on people who watch me and the people I talk to, and that they’re inspired to chase their own passions and lead with love as a result.

“NOW MORE THAN EVER, PEOPLE ARE PROUD TO BE CANADIAN, AND PROUD OF THEIR HOMETOWN, WHEREVER IT IS. ” Can you speak on your “lead with love” motto and how you have applied it to your career? Lead with love is all about: 1. Self-love: Figuring out exactly what you’re passionate about, and then working on that thing as a way of highlighting your self-worth and building confidence in who you are. 2. Subscribing to the mentality of 1Love: Once you perfect the idea of loving yourself, you’re able to see your likeness in the people all around you, and have love and respect for everyone as a result.

As someone who has lived in Toronto for a long time, you have seen the city change dramatically, what is the best thing to happen to Toronto in the last ten years? Now more than ever, people are proud to be Canadian, and proud of their hometown, wherever it is. So I think the best thing that’s happened to Toronto is learning how to love itself and have confidence in what makes it great. Thanks, Drake. You have a tendency to be a sharp dresser, where does your sense of style come from? Where do you draw inspiration? My mom has always been big on presentation, so that’s definitely something I carry with me. I really view clothing as a form of self-expression, and a way to tell my story. Sometimes I may be trying to make a statement, and other times I may choose something because I’m drawn to its design, or the way I feel when I wear it. But at the end of the day, what you see through my wardrobe is the range of my personality expressed through clothing. You are a man of many talents, you host for Much and E! News, are involved in OVO fest, and are responsible for 1LoveTO, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary this year, what other endeavours do you have coming up? At this point in my career I just wanna do dope shit. I’m not worried about chasing the ideas of what other people think I should be. I want to continue creating things that I’m passionate about, and that my audiences can be passionate about too. Whether it’s a new TV show, or a concert, or a party, I just want to do the things that will have an impact and inspire. 1Love. Catch Tyrone on E! News Updates and on Much (check local listings for airtimes). For the full interview, head over to DTKMEN.com.

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CHECKING IN ON TECH IT’S NOT EASY KEEPING UP WITH ALL THE TECHNOLOGICAL JARGON THESE DAYS. CPU, GPU, AND RAM? NO THANKS. WANT TO GET DOWN TO THE FUNCTIONALITY OF WHAT’S HITTING THE MARKET AND KNOW IF THE PRODUCT IS RIGHT FOR YOU? LOOK NO FURTHER. HERE ARE FIVE NEW PRODUCTS TO CAP OFF AN EXCITING YEAR IN TECH. By Braydon Holmyard

Google

HOME MAX

Once upon a time, it would take an instruction manual and a large chunk of time to figure out how to get the old boom box up and running. The tables have turned. In 2017, your speakers are listening to you. The Google Home Max system features two 4.5-inch woofers and includes far-field microphones that listen to you when the music is playing. But why? If you have the dishwasher running or a chatty dog in the house, the speakers will recognize what’s going on around you and adjust the volume accordingly. It will also tune the sound based on what you have playing, so you can flip between music, podcasts, and phone calls without ever changing the settings. The new smart system is packaged with 12 months of access to YouTube Music and will be available in December.

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ONE X

It’s being called the world’s most powerful console. It’s been four years since Microsoft released the Xbox One and it’s finally time for the launch of the next big thing in the gaming industry. Xbox One X, previously known as Project Scorpio, offers users an extremely powerful, compact device with a stunning presentation. They promise the sharpest video-gaming experience you’ve ever seen, with its 4K output and high-end graphics processing unit. Those who are loyal to the Xbox system and its games don’t have to worry about losing progress when upgrading. The Xbox One X is backwards compatible with all games from the previous model. Those who enjoy getting up close and personal during their gaming experience will appreciate its performance, whether it’s behind the wheel on the racetrack of Forza Motorsport or running point in NBA 2K18. When it hits stores in November, the new Xbox is expected to be a gamechanger.

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Apple

IPHONE X “Say hello to the future.” Those words were used by Apple to introduce its prized product. Just when you thought you had seen it all, the powerhouse tech company finds another way to take its products to the next level. The newest – and most expensive – iPhone to date hits the market in November and there are two particularly exciting features to look forward to. First and foremost, get excited about wireless charging on the iPhone X. You will no longer trip over your charger. You won’t have to worry about it mysteriously shredding into pieces. And best of all, you won’t leave it plugged into a wall somewhere and never see it again. Secondly, the iPhone’s new unlocking mechanism makes pin codes sound ancient with its all-new facial recognition. Pretend you’re working for the CIA every time you open up your phone by gaining access with the new Face ID feature.These are just two of the many reasons why iPhone X is being called Apple’s flagship product for its ten-year anniversary.

Super Nintendo

CLASSIC EDITION

Like turtlenecks, mom jeans, and fanny packs, the best things in life always find a way of coming back. There’s a reason why the new Super Nintendo Classic Edition sold out online on every platform in minutes when it was released at the end of September. Nintendo was a part of almost every household in the 90s. It’s the reason why the little man with a red cap and bushy moustache became a world-famous character. When you give people an opportunity to relive their childhood and package it at an affordable price, it’s going to sell. The SNES comes with a miniature console, two controllers, and 21 built-in classic games. If you can find one available, you’ll be able to go back in time and race your friends in Mario Kart, smash barrels in Donkey Kong Country, or go on an adventure with Star Fox. Bring back the good ol’ days.

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Fitbit

IONIC

Fitbit wanted to get in on the smartwatch fun, so they dropped the new Fitbit Ionic at the end of August. Just like all of Fitbit’s great fitness bands, the Ionic serves as a regular workout tracker. Keeping tabs on heart rate, calorie intake, and steps, goal-setting remains an integral part of the Fitbit’s purpose. They just expanded on its capabilities. The built-in GPS system got a serious overhaul, as its Run Detect feature automatically activates and tracks things like pace, distance, and elevation. Its third-party apps are quite intriguing as well. The beauty of technology brings us the Fitbit Wallet, so we no longer need to pull out our wallets or our phones to make a purchase. Just dab your wristwatch at the coffee shop and off you go. While the Ionic may lack the smartwatch functions seen across the market, it thrives on its practicality, battery life, and thirdparty apps.

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Rebel

WITHOUT A CAUSE REIMAGINING JAMES DEAN’S STYLE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WOULD BE EFFORTLESS, BUT IT WOULD ALSO BE FEARLESS AND EXPERIMENTAL. WHILE STYLISTIC BOUNDARIES WOULD BE PUSHED IN TERMS OF SHAPES AND PROPORTIONS, THE CLASSIC 50S SILHOUETTE WOULD REMAIN AS TIMELESS AS EVER.

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Blazer COSTUME NATIONAL ($980). Bottom 3.1PHILIP LIM ($495). Tank top SANDRO ($80). Necklaces TOPMAN ($20).

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An Interview with Jeremy Hansen

STANDING IN LINE AT THE SPACE STATION A YOUNG JEREMY HANSEN STARED INTENTLY AT THE ENCYCLOPEDIA. WHILE HIS EXACT AGE REMAINS A FUZZY DETAIL, HE THINKS HE WAS IN GRADE THREE. THIS MOMENT STILL COMES BACK TO HIM LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. HE WAS FIXATED ON A PHOTO THAT WOULD END UP HAVING A MAJOR IMPACT ON HIS LIFE. By Braydon Holmyard It was the Apollo 11 mission. The iconic photo Neil Armstrong took of his space-mate Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon had a lasting impact on a young boy from London, Ontario.

Years of resilient training, family support, and his military background have all been major contributors in Hansen’s journey to living his dream.

“It really flipped a switch for me,” Hansen said. “I can still see the image on the encyclopedia page in my head, that’s the impression it made.”

While he awaits his flight assignment, he is currently guiding the next generation of astronauts, studying robotics, and picking up the Russian language – while still squeezing in time to fly the odd fighter jet.

More than 30 years later, that third-grade student inspired by a picture of the moon has turned himself into a member of the Canadian Space Program. And in just a few short years, he will follow the improbable path of his heroes: flying into outer space.

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We spoke to Hansen about life as an astronaut, what’s on the horizon for space exploration, and whether or not NASA folks need solar eclipse glasses.

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ASTRONAUT JEREMY HANSEN © CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY

ASTRONAUT JEREMY HANSEN © CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY

“I HAVE A SENSE THAT I’M NOT ONLY DOING SOMETHING I LOVE BUT DOING SOMETHING IMPORTANT...” And the job while I’m waiting is very dynamic, very fascinating for me, and I have a sense that I’m not only doing something I love but doing something important. I feel very, very fortunate to be where I am and I try not to take that for granted. Here’s what he had to say.

Where were you for the eclipse? I was at the Johnson Space Centre for the eclipse. It was actually the first day of training for our new astronaut class. We just hired two new Canadians and twelve new American astronauts. I was with them and we took our eclipse glasses outside and watched it. That was pretty cool actually, since it was their first day of work. It was just a whole bunch of NASA folks standing outside the building with the glasses on. How did you feel when the Cassini program came to an end? It feels like a big success for humanity. In my talks, I’ve used a photo from Cassini a number of times to speak to both kids and adults across Canada. That photo of Cassini looking at Saturn gives us an incredible perspective of space exploration. I guess the feeling is pride that we can come together and accomplish something as ambitious as that. What is it like waiting for your turn to go up in space? Sometimes you kind of have to pinch yourself. I lose sight of the fact that I’m really going to space because it’s still a long way away in some aspects. For me that’s just a dream come true.

How do your three kids react to having an astronaut dad? For them, it’s a very normal part of their life. I’ve had all the responses. Sometimes they’re really interested and excited, sometimes they’re very much ho-hum about it all, it really depends. They’re a great perspective for me to have and [they] keep me humble. How has your military background as a CF-18 fighter pilot helped you in your job? What the military gave me is what I call operational skills. That means decision-making when decisions are grey. When you have to decide a path forward and you don’t really know which way is better, but you know you have to decide. The military put me in lots of those situations where I had to count on my training, on my team, in order to move the objective. In space there’s a lot of unknowns and a lot of risk to be managed. How has your view of space changed since you became an astronaut in 2009? I can tell you with absolute clarity that on a regular basis, I’ll learn something new and be really impressed. I think that speaks volumes to our space program. We’re always pushing ourselves. Space is constantly challenging us and I’m learning all these new things. It’s kind of a constant sense of awe.

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What excites you about the future? I look at the change that I think is coming and I think it’s written on the wall. The biggest visual indicator that I could show somebody is the advancement of getting off the surface of the planet to space. One really neat example of that is SpaceX. They are now reusing the first stage of the rocket successfully. Just years ago, people said that couldn’t be done. In the last few years, we’ve watched them have multiple failures as they explored how to actually do this. Now, to see them succeed in landing it and actually reuse it, you can see the cost of getting to space is going to go down.

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What will that mean for Canada? I think in the next decade there's going to be a significant reduction and that’s a pretty big indicator. If the cost of getting to space is cheaper, that means we are going to see a lot more things in space. For a country like Canada, we don’t even compete in the rocket business but everything that we do in space now becomes cheaper to do. I think that’s a really important realization for Canadians to understand, and could have an impact on an industry that we have a really good foothold in. We could have a lot of Canadians working in the space industry in the future,

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supporting it here on the planet and in space. I see my role to be part of the leadership that will take us into that future and that excites me. Looking ahead to your flight assignment, what do you look forward to the most? If you picture the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, and there is just no way to convey that experience and the emotion of it, that’s the sense I get from my colleagues. I’m super excited to float in space and look back at the planet, and in the time that I could watch a documentary with my kids, I can see one time around the entire planet. That’s pretty cool.

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FROM LOCAL STUNTMAN TO A KEY PLAYER IN ONE OF THE BIGGEST FILMS OF THE YEAR, KAINAI NATION MEMBER EUGENE BRAVE ROCK IS QUICKLY ESTABLISHING HIMSELF AS AN INDEMAND PERFORMER. FROM HIS EARLY TELEVISION WORK IN MEGA PRODUCTIONS LIKE THE REVENANT AND WONDER WOMAN, BRAVE ROCK IS QUICKLY CLIMBING THE ENTERTAINMENT LADDER THANKS TO HIS COMBINATION OF INTELLIGENCE, PHYSICAL SKILLS, AND STRIKING LOOKS. Photographer Indrani Fashion Editor GK Reid By Jason Gorber We spoke to him about the changing landscape for indigenous performers, how he’s handled his own rise as well as the many influences and inspirations that other Native performers provided for a young kid growing up on the Blood Reservation in Southern Alberta.

was inspirational. I used to see Jimmy Herman in Calgary every once in a while, and I was star-struck. When Dances with Wolves came out, it was a huge thing. It was portrayed in a different light than you’re usually portrayed as and then it showed the family aspect of [Native culture].

Tell me, what drew you into this industry? Just seeing a Native American on television was like, wow! I remember seeing Chief Dan George, Wes Studi was huge, I mean, even Eddie Spears, he’s younger than me. There were so many, Gordon Tootoosis, Jimmy Herman…

You came up both in stunt work but also in Western shows, could you talk about your life doing the more physical actions? Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee was my first feature film. I was hired from a casting call and I came on as an extra, and a couple of days into it, I was approached by the horse wrangler, John Scott, and he asked me if I knew how to ride a horse. I said, "Sure, yeah, of course I know how to ride a horse." So he bumped me up to a special skills extra. Then I was approached by one of the stunt coordinators, Brent Woolsey. He asked if I could fall off a horse, and I said, "Yeah, if you want to know how to ride a horse you have to know how to fall off too!" So that was my first step in the door.

Did these guys who, when you saw them on screen, give you the confidence and the recognition that that is something you could do yourself? I saw an Indian on television and said, "Why can’t that be me?" Those are all people that I grew up watching. North of 60 was huge in Canada. Look at how many great actors came out of there – Adam Beach, Tantoo Cardinal, Tom Jackson, Jimmy Herman. It

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After Bury My Heart, a friend of mine introduced me to people at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in Paris, France. I spent a year there where it was nothing but riding. It was a dream job, you’re playing Cowboys and Indians every day, riding full-tilt on horses. For me, it was being able to tell a story to people who would never be able to experience a real live Indian. I met so many people in Europe that were just in awe. It’s fascinating to be somebody who’s Native, to be part of, as you say, “a Cowboys and Indians thing,” where traditionally the Cowboys were the good guys and the Indians were the bad guys. It depends on which side you’re on! [As a kid,] I was always playing Cowboys and Indians, I was always the Indians, and I always won! It depends who you’re playing with, right? I lived on the Blood Indian Reserve, with me and my cousins and my brothers, so I always wanted to be the Indian, of course. I was always proud, you know. I’m still proud. There you are in Paris in this show, which is obviously having a relatively historically narrow vision of what life was like then. What sort of unique dignity did you bring to a role that normally is just a stereotype? They had French people that played Native Americans, painted faces and that. [With me,] the dances are unique, the singing is unique, the riding style, the language… I’m the real deal. That’s what brought me to where I’m at today: language, all of these traditional values I hold very close. My language, my long hair, singing and dancing traditional, riding horses, those are all values that I think we take for granted as Native American people. Those were our lifelines before, that’s how we survived. That’s what’s taken me around the world, that’s what put me in front of millions of people now. And then you got selected to do stunt work on The Revenant. I actually got a call before they started production from stunt coordinator Brent Woolsey. He mentioned my name to the production office, as they were looking for a go-to guy for Native American stunt men. Having the skills that I learned in Paris, they ended up calling me.

Together with my friend Tim Bruisedhead, we organized a boot camp that we kind of filtered through and helped train some of the guys on set etiquette and different things to come into the movie. [For] most of them it was their first time, but their riding skills were good, and the look was great.

“I SAW AN INDIAN ON TELEVISION AND SAID, WHY CAN’T THAT BE ME?” That was a tough shoot. It was so hard, we were in the elements in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, and it was harsh. Even when I watch the film now, I feel the cold and think, grab a blanket. One of the guys got hypothermia. It was a long way from anywhere. I’m really thankful to be a part of it, just to see the final product, it’s amazing, right? How closely would you work with the director Alejandro Inarritu, or were you working primarily with stunt coordinators? I was working with the stunt coordinators. I had an interaction with Alejandro, actually. I was playing my flute in the background, waiting on hold. Chivo, the Director of Photography, got behind me and was recording me. He asked if Alejandro had heard me playing the flute and I said, "No, I don’t think so." He introduced me to Alejandro, then they recorded me [playing the] flute for The Revenant [soundtrack], which was another big honour. Which then brings us to, I assume a pretty big shift, where suddenly you’re directly in front of the camera, cast as Chief. How did being part of the DC world come about? I was on hiatus from The Revenant and I was coming to visit my wife and family here in California. On my way down, I got a call [for an] audition at Warner Brothers. I had no idea what it was for, it was a “ghost script,” I guess you would say. So I went to Burbank California, and you know what? I broke down. I lost it, I couldn’t even remember my lines, I was so, how would you say it…

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…You were freaking out. Yeah! I was freaked out and I couldn’t even remember my own name. I was reading in front of Laura Kennedy, she was the casting director, and she offered [that I] read the lines right off the script in my hand. We did a couple of takes with her direction, and at the end of it, she said, "You nailed it, you got it, awesome, great job." I’ve heard that a hundred times before in other auditions and I never heard back from them, so I kind of brushed it off and made it for what it was. A month later, I ended up getting a call, and they wanted to arrange a meeting between me and Patty Jenkins and to fly me to London for my wardrobe. That’s when I realized that it was for Wonder Woman! You have a cameo in Batman v Superman – was that shot on Patty’s set for Zach Snyders’s film? That was the first thing that we did for Wonder Woman, yeah. You’re on this giant set and here you are directly there, working with these other incredibly powerful performers. What was that like? They were all amazing people and I learned so much. Everybody was so down to earth. When you look at big celebrities, you kind of put them on a big pedestal. Were you a comic book kid? The places where I lived, all we had were Archie magazines, no comic books. So are you a Betty guy or are you a Veronica guy? I’d have to say Betty. I assume it was a lot warmer in the U.K. than in the wilds of Alberta? It was amazing to be there in London, it’s a different world. Definitely culture shock, just the magnitude of the production alone was crazy. I lived in central London and I think that was the hardest part for me, with all of those people around. It really made me appreciate my life right now, back here in Canada and America, just having that shoulder room. You missed the wide open spaces? I missed the sun. It was hard, I took so much vitamin D over there because we didn’t get any sun. With my skin tone, I was pretty pale.

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Could you speak about your character Chief Napi’s backstory and how it might fit into other DC projects? The backstory is huge, it’s amazing. You can go back and read the creation stories of Napi and the world and the animals and life. He is a demi-god and he fits right into the comic world. I mean Zeus is in there, why can’t Napi be in there? If called, is this something that you would do again? Would you want to work on something of this scale, or are you interested in doing something that’s a little bit more intimate? I’d love to show more of Napi’s backstory. For me, I’m sharing my culture and my language with the world and I’m so glad to have that opportunity to represent my people. Is there a specific story from your culture that is your dream project? You know what, this is it. Napi, in our culture, he’s a storyteller, and he teaches through example. He’ll teach you what not to do by doing it, right? He’s an educator. Every job I do is either as an educator or learning and telling our own stories. And from here, you have more and more auditions coming up? I’m just taking every opportunity I can, and right now, they’re coming at me like crazy. It’s going to be hard to outdo Wonder Woman. Did you become cooler for your kids when you were in Wonder Woman? All kids across Native America. I have kids telling me they want to be Napi for Halloween! They’re star-struck by me. It was a nice homecoming for me when I went back up to Canada and [saw] some of my people, and the feedback has been amazing. When Brando had Sacheen Littlefeather go up and accept his Oscar for him, was that a big deal for you? I watched the documentary Listen to Me Marlon in one of the theatres in London, an in-depth look at Brando. So you watched that documentary and that moment when she goes and gets the Oscar still speaks to you? I put my fist in the air. I was like, yeah!

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BRUNY SURIN IS A HERO IN HIS HOMETOWN, NOT ONLY FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN TRACK AND FIELD, BUT FOR THE PHILANTHROPIC WORK HE CONTINUES TO PURSUE.THE HAITIAN-BORN CANADIAN IS A FORMER 100-METER CHAMPION WHOSE TALENT AND DEDICATION HAS LED HIM TO RECEIVE MULTIPLE AWARDS, INCLUDING SEVERAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS AND AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL AT THE 1996 GAMES IN ATLANTA. FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS, SURIN HAS BEEN BLAZING A NEW TRAIL, ONE THAT HAS SEEN HIM BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, AND PHILANTHROPIST. I HAD THE HONOUR OF SPEAKING WITH SURIN JUST DAYS BEFORE HIS BI-ANNUAL MARATHON WAS TO BE HELD IN BLAINVILLE, QUEBEC. By Akeem Johnson-Pierre At this point people know and respect you for your work both on and off the track, can you speak on how you went from being an Olympic gold medalist to launching numerous business ventures and a foundation in your own name? My first reason [as to why] I wanted to be an Olympian - I remember watching the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and I saw Carl Lewis winning four gold medals, and I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be an Olympian and I wanted to run as fast or even faster than him. For five years,

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every year, I had a track coach try to recruit me to do track but I was a basketball player. So, finally after seeing Carl Lewis, my problem was [that] I didn’t have any money to buy equipment, I didn’t have any money to buy competition shoes, and I didn’t have money to do training camps. So, I was knocking on doors, I was very tough. To make the long story short, I remember the first guy who helped me owned a restaurant. I went to his house one day and just told him that I wanted to participate in the Olym-

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pics and I don’t have money or equipment or anything, and he sent me a check of 500 dollars. With that 500 dollars, I went to buy my first pair of Nikes for that competition. Years later, I had sponsors and a great career, but that story always stayed on my mind. Even before I retired I said, “There’s a lot of kids today still, they are in the same position that I was. They want to do sports, they have big dreams, but they don’t necessarily have the money or the tools to do it.” So, I said to myself one day, “I need to give back.” For me, it’s automatic to give back. That’s how I started the foundation about 20 years ago. I was by myself, and after five years it was very difficult to make it grow by myself. So that’s why I said to myself, “I need to surround myself with people who believe in the mission of the foundation.” That’s why we did the partnership with Groupe VP (Vo-Dignard and Provost), who helped me organize the last event that we did. So far, in the 15 years with them, we’ve raised more than 1.5 million dollars that we give in grants, and we organize training camps for kids from 15 to 23 years old. We also do a lot of speaking in schools, you know, to make the kids believe in themselves, and it’s been going on for 15 years now and to me it’s a dream come true. I see the number of athletes that we help in various sports. To me it’s a big bonus and I really enjoy doing that. Can you speak on the upcoming marathon in Blainville? What will the proceeds go towards? We do two events per year with Groupe VP, my foundation is the major foundation who receives the proceeds of the event. And now we are supporting four other foundations, but my foundation has most of the proceeds. We organize our own road race. It’s a half-marathon. Last year we raised 85,000 dollars, and this year we are hoping to reach 100,000 dollars. This one is 100% from my foundation. We have a contract with the city, and a part of that money goes to the schools and all the foundations from the area, since the city provides the police and the firemen. In return, we give them a percentage for their community. It’s a win-win situation, I would say. What are some things you’ve learnt as an athlete that helped you to continue to be successful? I need to surround myself with great people - I mean, look at the partnership with Groupe VP, it’s been 15 years now - even in other aspects of my life, like in business, [and] it’s the same thing [with] clothing. I started by myself, it was tough because I didn’t have experience. I started to be in the market and at some point, I said, “I need to surround myself with people with experience, people who believe in what I’m doing, they have to have a fit.” It took me about two

years, [and] now I partner with some people who have 30 years [of] experience in the field. As a result, my company skyrocketed. The key is you have to be around good people, you have to network, and you have to go and ask, you have to tell people where you want to be, where you want to go. That’s how you’re going to find partnerships and people who believe and invest in you. That’s what we have been doing so far, and it’s been working.

“I REMEMBER WATCHING THE 1984 OLYMPICS IN LOS ANGELES AND I SAW CARL LEWIS WINNING FOUR GOLD MEDALS, AND I WANTED TO BE LIKE HIM.“ Do you feel as though those who are in a position to help others have a responsibility to do so? Yes, yes, they do. I truly believe that. I truly believe that people with experience or net worth also. To me, someone who is not only rich money-wise, but rich in every aspect, should share what he learnt, his wealth, and time. Time is important also. Today I’m very busy, I still have time for kids, I still have time for mentorship. I’ve been in track and field for 18 years. All the knowledge I have, if I don’t share it with the younger generation, to me it’s like I’m not doing a good job. It’s the same thing with the business people, a lot of people who were at my gala, they do that and that’s what I like about it. I can call one of them to ask for advice and they will answer me right away. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. I want to encourage people to continue to support and to make the foundation grow, and thanks to all our supporters.

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In the 20 years of the foundation, what has been the most fulfilling to you? I’ll give you an example. The last time we were at the Ritz-Carlton for fundraising, I saw the room was packed. We were in a situation where I didn’t even have time to send the invitation to all my contacts, and it was sold out. That’s a good problem, but at the same time I had many people who were kind of mad at me because they didn’t get a chance to come to the Ritz-Carlton. But I felt as though all the people who were there supported the cause. At the same time, we do entertainment; people really enjoy that. People come and congratulate us and tell us that we are doing great work. To me it’s like, well, at least people believe in our mission, they help us, and every year we can help more and more athletes. I don’t want to just give money away like that, I want to be involved.

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The last training camp we did, we went to Bradenton in Florida. We stayed there for like ten days. Every day I was with the athletes and I could see how they were motivated. They were training at the same track as Olympic champions; world champion athletes were training at the same track as them. They have the best coaching from the best coaches in the world. I had a chance to witness that every day. To me, it was like what was happening there was the thing that I envisioned years ago, that I wanted to do, I was projecting that. Today, we are living it. It’s like a dream come true. Surin ended our conversation by thanking all his supporters; supporters who, like the restaurant owner early in his career, have donated their resources towards the gold medalist and his now 20-year-old foundation. Bruny Surin used to run for medals, now he runs marathons for the youth – people just like him who need a helping hand in hopes of achieving greatness.

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STAYING ON TRACK By Braydon Holmyard For more than a decade, the speed skating brothers from Levis, Que. have spent countless hours training, travelling the world for competitions and have even graced the top of an Olympic podium, always side by side. “Every season, every day, I spend it with Charles pretty much,” the younger brother François said. “We’ve been lucky enough to have a great relationship through all our seasons.” The Hamelin name has been the driving force behind Canada’s short track speed skating team since 33-year-old Charles debuted at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin.

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Since then, the elder brother has become one of Canada’s most decorated Olympic athletes, with three gold medals and one silver medal. He also owns a heap of world championship medals, totalling 32 podium finishes in over 13 competitions. François, who will turn 31 in December, got a taste of Olympic gold with his brother during the 5,000-metre relay in front of the Vancouver crowd in 2010. Off the ice, the brothers remain inseparable. They’ve been neighbours for nearly ten years — something that has been particularly helpful for new father François, who has a trustworthy babysitter living next door.

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But while the two can look effortlessly in sync as they whip around the track, the way they are wired is quite different. “I’m a guy who doesn’t worry about a lot of things,” Charles said in his stoic tone. That composure is one of the qualities his brother admires. “I’m a little bit more of an anxious person,” François said, amused by his admission. “It was kind of a goal for me as an athlete to reach that level of calmness.” Those differing personalities complement each other and even provide an advantage on the ice. “We just bring out the best in each other,” Charles said. “When someone is a little bit down, the other one will bring him back up.” Charles and François will lean on one another again at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, They’ll also rely on their family, who they hope will be able to come along for the ride.

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“WE’VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP THROUGH ALL OUR SEASONS.”

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“This is something that we want to live together. We are trying to find a way for our younger brother to come on the trip because he’s been with us for Vancouver and Sochi,” François said. But this time around, the third Hamelin’s presence feels even more urgent. “Those will be our last Olympic Games.”

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SKI-IN, SKI-OUT of the Best Canadian Resorts CANADA IS HOME TO STUNNING MOUNTAINS JUST WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED.THIS WINTER, SKIP THE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, AND BOOK YOUR SKI VACATION AT TOP RESORTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, ONTARIO, AND QUEBEC. By Rebecca Kahn

Whistler Blackcomb Whistler, BC

This resort is by far the most well-known in Canada and for good reason. It is the biggest ski resort in North America and hosted the alpine skiing events in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort is part of Vail Inc., the mother company of ski resorts including their namesake Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and many others. Vail Inc. is not just well-known, it’s also making serious changes to the foundations of skiing. In recognition of their proactive approach towards sustainability and energy conservation, they were named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for nine years in a row, and committed to zero net emissions by the year 2030. Rob Katz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vail Resorts, notes, “The environment is our business, and we have a special obligation to protect it.” Apart from environmental consciousness, Whistler is incomparable in terms of what it offers to skiers. This winter, don’t miss their family days, film festival, or pride and ski festival. Whistler has 200 runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, and 1,170 cm of average snowfall annually, allowing for one of the longest ski seasons in North America, which reaches all the way to late July. Even after July hits, there are many year-round, non-skiing activities that bring Whistler fans to the mountain whatever the season.

Mont Tremblant Resort

Mont-Tremblant, QC

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Mont-Tremblant has been awarded the title of #1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America for 19 years in a row. Tremblant is 875 meters high and boasts 665 acres, including 96 ski trails on four different mountain slopes. There’s something for skiers at all levels, with easy, difficult, very difficult, and extreme trails. The longest trail is 6 km long and the trails added together equal 78.9 km. To top it off, it has one of the best snowmaking systems in North America, with 1,000 snow guns that give unbeatable snow conditions. Not only does it have fantastic skiing and other seasonal activities, it is also host to 1,900 lodging units in 13 hotels, over 75 restaurants, numerous boutiques, and a casino nestled into the picturesque village overlooking the Laurentians. After you’re done skiing for the day or the season, there are always other events and activities to be discovered at this beautiful resort, from music festivals and New Year’s Eve parties to family-friendly festivals, events, and activities throughout the whole year. This is the type of resort that you can’t just take my word for – you’ll need to come experience the magic for yourself.

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Blue Mountain Ski Resort Ravenna, ON

Ontario’s most popular ski resort, Blue Mountain, boasts the province’s largest skiable terrain, which is complimented by the after-skiing village festivities. Come to Blue Mountain and you can ski well into the night on their groomed and wellmaintained trails, thanks to the country’s most advanced snowmaking. At the base, discover the 40-acre pedestrian village, which is home to 45 restaurants, bars, and shops. Blue Mountain has more than 1,000 accommodation units right at the base of the mountain, including outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, and impeccable suites. Staying at one of these resorts also gets you discounts on lift tickets and on-site dining. A beginner skier? Take advantage of their rental and lessons options to make sure you get the most out of your time. And don’t miss out on their special events and weekly live music, right in the center of the pedestrian village. If skiing isn’t your thing, or you need to unwind after an exhausting day of hitting the slopes, be sure to check out one of their three on-site spas.

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Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks, BC Located in the interior of British Columbia, Sun Peaks is the second largest skiing area in Canada, with 4,270 acres and 2,080 meter elevation, and has consistently been one of the best-ranking ski resorts in North America. Sun Peaks is no doubt an accurate name, with a recorded average of 2,000 hours of sunshine hitting these slopes per year! Returning to the ground from 135 trails, you will find a European-style ski-in, ski-out pedestrian village filled with shops, restaurants, and lodging. Its top-notch grooming allows for skiing earlier in the year and with less snow than resorts at similar elevations. This resort has won best awards for beginners, location, and atmosphere, among others. There’s more than meets the eye with this beautiful resort – it’s also recognized for its environmental management when it became the first resort in North America and the only in Canada to earn the ISO 14001 award. Come check out Sun Peaks Gil’s terrain, featuring powder and backcountry skiing, or enjoy their longest run of 8 km. Sun Peaks offers events, concerts, and activities throughout the year. This winter, look for their Après and Ales parties. On December 4th, you can get a lift ticket for just five dollars and a can of nonperishable food, benefitting the Kamloops Food Bank. Royce Sihlis © Sun Peaks Resort

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For more information and to plan your trip, visit their websites: whistlerblackcomb.com, tremblant.ca, bluemountain.ca, sunpeaksresort.com

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Exploring the Mind of an Industry Leader THE NUMBER ONE RULE AT BOOKING.COM IS DEDICATION TO THE CLIENT EXPERIENCE. THEIR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE, AND THEIR PASSION SHINES THROUGH THE WORK THAT THEY DO. MAKING TRAVEL MORE ACCESSIBLE IS THEIR ONGOING MISSION. By KW Some encounters are pretty impactful, and meeting with Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com, Pepijn Rijvers, really blew my mind. I used the website many time before, but there was so much more to discover about the travel company. Founded in 1996 in Amsterdam by Geert-Jan Bruinsma, Booking.com has been part of the Priceline Group (PCLN) since 2005, which is the third largest e-commerce company in the world. Booking.com is present in 70 countries, available in 43 languages, employs 15,000 people, offers 25 million rooms, and books about 1.5 million rooms every 24 hours. Talking with Pepijn, we try to understand how they get it done.

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What do you like about data? I think you are happier in life if you understand yourself, which essentially means finding truth by paying attention [to what] is important. I think that data is a great way to understand behaviour quickly of any group that you interact with. If you can have data on something, you can have a better understanding of it than if there were no data. What do you dislike about data? One of the difficult things is the attitude towards data. If you don’t have data, don’t freeze. I always talk about a true hierarchy. At the top, you have an absolute understanding of everything, which no human possesses. The next level of understanding is typically A-B experimentation. You literally mea-

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sure behaviour, where all the circumstances are equal, with the exception of one thing. But then we draw conclusions with a 95% certainty interval, which means that one out of 20 decisions are wrong. If you can’t do A-B experimentation, then its data modelling, which is fantastic, but even harder to draw conclusions from. There are also all kinds of external factors that you cannot predict or do not know. And if you can’t do data modelling for a new idea, new company, or new board, you need to use an actual human being, because that is the best that you have. And if you don’t have that, you just gamble, at least you will learn something.


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How do you manage all your responsibilities at Booking.com and how do you work with your different teams? We are a bottomup company: our culture is geared towards maximizing the effects of learning. What I spend the majority of my role on is looking at emerging markets, what type of investment we do as a business, what type of investment we want to make, what type of service we want to offer.

“I DON'T BELIEVE THAT IN THE FUTURE THERE WILL BE A COMPANY THAT WON'T BE A SOFTWARE COMPANY.”

I spend lots of time on advertising approaches. I also spend a lot of time on future strategies, like where would Booking be in three years, five years, even ten years, and what’s required from a marketing standpoint in order to materialize that vision. With all the data that Booking has on hospitality, do you ever foresee any hotel acquisitions? It’s really unlikely that Booking will own and operate a hotel. It’s a totally different skill set. We stick to what we are good at: marketing, the discovery, and the actual fulfillment of a trip. That goes far beyond accommodation. We are, of course, way smaller in things to do with destination and transport. We are testing a lot there, where I think because of the mobile device, in the future we can play a very big role to facilitate anything you want to book on your trip. Price is important? Yes, we have 1.5 million property partners and each partner has roughly two room types, and every room type is typically, let’s say two rates: a non-refundable one and a more flexible [one]. Now, if you multiply all these price points, it’s more than 90 billion price points that we need to manage, which is incredibly complex, so I don’t think that Booking.com can be the cheapest on all those price points, but we know that on average we have the best price points than anyone out there. You are so immersed in technology, what do you do to stay in the know of what’s happening in tech? Luckily, in my position I got to speak directly to the vice presidents of product at Google, Facebook, and so on. So, I have very firsthand insider knowledge to a lot of the technology developments. I think technology is an enormous inhibitor of our business, so it is impossible not to be completely aware of what is going on.

I don’t have a technology background at all, by the way. Interesting, and how do you stay business minded? Do you listen to any podcasts? I listen to podcasts, mostly music actually, I like reading about technology in short-form, like articles or by talking to people or talking with my team is a sort of learning style. I learn from talking. My brain materializes thoughts and vague concepts the minute that I’m forced to articulate them. What are the most tech-advanced countries? I think that the world is very not aware that China is leading the world from a technology point of view. Because they have no Google, no Facebook, no eBay - they created their own versions and they’re actually better. People live their life through WeChat. It’s very different already, and I think China is a small peek into what our world would look like in five to ten years’ time from now. [The] U.S. obviously, because the large technology companies are there. Even in the top-five tech companies, two of them are Chinese and three are U.S. Booking.com is the first European one. As I mentioned, I don’t think there is

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a future where companies are not software companies. And as a result, I don’t think there will be countries that are not technological as a result. What are the challenges of working with countries that are less technologically advanced? Apparently, customer needs around travel is pretty similar across countries. I would say Asia Pacific is probably the most different from what you would find in mainland Europe or in North America. What’s interesting is that around payment there is a lot of innovation happening right now. The payment infrastructure is very complex and therefore very expensive to start up in. So, what you see in financial technology is a lot of start-ups, and they all become successful first in their domestic environment. In India, they use Paytm, and in China people are using WeChat Pay, and then a lot of people use others. At some point, those things need to come together. DTK Men is lucky to have had the opportunity to chat with Pepijn from Booking. com and get some insight into what it takes to be a leading e-commerce and technology-driven business.

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