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34 JOGO BONITO A look at the favourites, underdogs and the superstars on the hunt for glory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

38 LIFE IN THE FAST LANE The biggest name in Canadian racing is poised to take a run at the IndyCar series championship — but can this rising daredevil overcome a slow start and the mounting pressures?

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THE LOVE OF THE GAME “The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit” — Ken Doherty


Until next issue, may spirit fill your hearts, and may the best team (Forza Azzurri!) win.

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egardless of which team you will be cheering for during the World Cup, your hope will be that it possesses the above “five S’s” of the game. But the “S” that will differentiate the winning team from the rest will be the one with the most spirit. But how does one define such an emotive quality? Without spirit, there would be no excitement, no life, and no drive to reach a goal. And on the day your favourite team plays, you’ll keep your fingers crossed, hoping that the goalkeeper’s only goal will be that of stopping the opponent with all his might. See our FIFA World Cup story on page 34. Spirit can also be found in the fast lane (see story on page 38.) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe’s spirit allowed him to grab a checkered flag in Sao Paolo, Brazil, coincidently, becoming the first three-win racer of 2013. Wow! Talk about the spirit that propels one forward. But spirit is not always fast and furious. Sometimes it’s kind and gentle, like the one found at our Amore Without Borders event on May 14th, coverage on page 20. People united to help Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada (MSF) continue with its mission to visit over 70 countries where war, famine and natural disasters have disrupted people’s lives. Leaving their own families behind for six months or more and not once worrying about their own safety as they helped those in need, the work of MSF volunteers reflects the power of a gentle and kind spirit. This kind of spirit is not just for the glory of the game; it helps others and makes the world a better place. Now if we could combine the two, we would end up with the most powerful kind of spirit of all. We all have it somewhere within us, and we all can be a force of change if we wanted to. Our People and Places pages are filled with suggestions of how you can share your spirit and make a difference.


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here was a mix of nerves and excitement when I met James Hinchcliffe on the set of a Honda commercial in Toronto on a chilly May morning. He’s the biggest name in Canadian motorsports today — and who wouldn’t want to talk to a potential IndyCar champion? As it turns out, James and I are the same age. But while I was wasting my childhood watching Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers, “Hinch” was honing his skills behind the wheel and growing a perfectly groomed beard. Here are just a few things he’s done better than me during that time: … Driving cars: He won IndyCar’s Rookie of the Year in 2011 and was its first three-race winner in 2013 — so a no-brainer there. † Starring in commercials: A handful for Go Daddy and now his first for Honda, while I once watched James Hinchcliffe star in a Honda commercial. Same thing, right? ‡ Growing beards: His is so lush and evenly distributed.

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Despite his rubber-burning superiority, the “Mayor of Hinchtown” is a real down-to-earth guy. His season may not be going as planned, but he was cordial and relaxed, even with one of the most prestigious races in the world, the Indy 500, only a few weeks away. But, with the weight of fame and the pressure of maintaining those well-manicured whiskers bearing down on him, can Hinchcliffe find the muster to take home his first IndyCar championship? Find out in Life in the Fast Lane (page 38.)

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While an influx of fitness options can leave us confused on what route to take, fitness expert Stephanie Joanne keeps us on track in “Making the Right Fitness Choice,” page 68. The fitness trainer and TV personality reveals the best workout and nutritional plan to be the one that best speaks to your lifestyle. With an eye on happiness, health and self-image, you’ll see results in no time.

JAMIE RICHARDS GUEST HEALTH EDITOR You might want to think twice before slathering on that sunscreen. Dr. Jamie Richards debunks excessive use of sunscreen while exploring the benefits of soaking up some rays for a boost of vitamin D. Learn why sunshine is a vital component of healthy living in “Under the Sun” on page 58.

SUSANNE BENNETT GUEST HEALTH EDITOR What began as a mother’s desperate search to save her son from allergies has evolved into a comprehensive program that outlines helpful strategies to overcoming sensitivities to allergens. In “Surprising Facts About Allergies” on page 54, leading natural allergy doctor Susanne Bennett shares how we can all achieve vibrant health from the inside out by improving seven key areas in our lives.

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Where to go, what to do and when to do it — the summer festivities you need to know about

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The best things in life really are free, and the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival is one of them. The event begins with an opening gala, followed by three days of family entertainment in a historic downtown setting.

These three days are packed with incredible things to do, from worldclass entertainment, a carnival, a kids’ village, fire eaters, water shows, clowns, a petting zoo, vendors, scrumptious food and oodles more.

Canada Day Weekend Celebrations, Toronto June 27-July 1

Luminato Festival, Toronto June 6-15

Markham Village Music Festival, Markham June 19-21

The international multi-arts festival that showcases exhibitions, performances and objects that influence and inspire. Be sure to catch Terence Koh’s tomorrow’s snow and away to the light here in Vaughan at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Concerts in the Park 2014, Vaughan June 11-August 6 Vaughan’s annual outdoor concert series is back, featuring popular tribute bands performing hits that the whole family will fall for. Dates and locations can be found on the city’s website. 12

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Liven up at the Markham Village Music Festival, where for two days event-goers can treat their souls to four different stages of music and dance, arts and crafts, a farmer’s market, Taste of Markham ethnic food booths, a petting zoo and a carnival ride. Redpath Waterfront Festival, Toronto June 20-22

Experience the celebration that aims to connect Canada from coast to coast through music, culinary arts, comedy, family activities, storytelling and film, all part of Harbourfront Centre’s 40th anniversary. Toronto Ribfest, Toronto June 27-July 1 Kick off summer at Toronto’s fun family festival. Held over Canada Day weekend, Toronto Ribfest is a great destination with rides, attractions, live entertainment and, of course, great food. Go on — dig in!

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BLING FOR BOOBS — TORONTO Elle Hardware, the sweetest little tough-girl jewelry boutique at Queen and Markham streets in Toronto, spent the entire month of May giving back to its community. On May 4, the shop welcomed trendy Queen West shoppers to the launch party for its month-long charitable 14

iconic label. Named after Lord & Taylor’s Manhattan address, Lord & Taylor 424 Fifth celebrated its Canadian launch with Hudson’s Bay at Arcadian Loft in Toronto on March 25. Holman-Rao, chief creative officer for Hudson’s

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campaign, Bling for Boobs, of which 10 per cent of the shop’s proceeds went toward Rethink Breast Cancer. Guests enjoyed a little pink champagne, popcorn and the eye candy sold at the shop, which ranges from big, chunky bling to delicate pieces, trendy clothes and quirky greeting cards.

Bay, was present along with a roomful of the city’s VIPs. Guests browsed the colour-filled and youthful spring 2014 collection as they sipped, mingled and chatted.

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1. Alex Clarke and Ainsley Kerr 2. Liz Rodbell, president of Hudson’s Bay Company, and Marie Holman-Rao, chief creative officer for Hudson’s Bay Company 3. DJ, blogger and television personality JaKissa Taylor-Semple (DJ Kiss) 4. Jessica Richards, director of colour and concept at Lord & Taylor Private Brands, and Irene Newman, vice-president of design at Lord & Taylor Private Brands 5. Jessica Mulroney, project manager for Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, with Ben Mulroney, anchor for CTV’s ETalk, and Amoryn Engel, society editor for National Post and Hello! Canada

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1. RT Designs founder and principal designer Roula Thalassinos and Athaina Tsifliklis, public relations manager 2. Rena Petrakis, Demitra Petrakis, Roula Thalassinos, Caroline Petrakis and Olivia Tsifliklis

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Toronto-based home décor boutique RT Designs has welcomed a new brand to its empire of chic-ness. Roula Thalassinos, founder and principal designer at RT Designs, fell instantly in love when she discovered the work of Corinne Campenio, a native of southern France with an artistic eye for furniture design. Her collection of travel-inspired chairs, ottomans and cushions are now being sold at the RT Designs shop at Don Mills. The new partnership was celebrated with a launch party on April 24, where shoppers and design fanatics alike gathered to experience the creations of Corinne Campenio’s Montreal-based design firm.

On May 13, the YMCA of Greater Toronto celebrated the launch of its newest child-care centre at Vaughan’s City Hall building, which will ensure that 52 more children in the community can attend high-quality licensed child-care programming. Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua was joined by executives from the YMCA of Greater Toronto in speaking at the event.



1. Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua helps celebrate the launch of the new child-care centre 2. The new centre in Vaughan’s City Hall building will open up 52 more spots for quality child care

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One of North America’s most distinguished art festivals is coming to Vaughan. As the Luminato Festival returns to Toronto this summer, from June 6 to 13 the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg will house the Festival’s first-ever exhibit to be commissioned outside of the city. “I think it’s very important. It’s part of the human spirit, part of city building,” says Maurizio Bevilacqua, mayor of Vaughan. “We can never forget the human spirit. Human connection is extremely important, and the arts, music, culture are really the great connector.” The exhibit consists of two new installation pieces, tomorrow’s snow and a way to the light, by internationally recognized Beijing-born, Canadianraised artist Terence Koh. Both pieces will be performed on the gallery’s outdoor grounds at night. “Terence’s piece is about landscape,” says Jorn Weisbrodt, artistic director of Luminato Festival. “[The McMichael] is the home of Canadian landscape. He’s Canadian, so this is the perfect place to do it.”

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PEOPLE & PLACES HAUTE COUTURE ACADEMY NEW LOCATION GRAND OPENING — WOODBRIDGE The artsiest school in town just opened up a new, larger location at 8099 Weston Rd., Unit 10, in Woodbridge, and students, their families and community members came to celebrate its grand opening on May 2. Food, face painting, kids’ activities, live art demonstrations and door prizes, including a Baby Lock sewing machine, and gift certificates for free programs all kept guests thoroughly entertained as Haute Couture Academy of Fashion, Fine Arts & Design christened its new studio, which includes much more space where students can learn and practise.






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From April 11 to June 17, Me to We motivational speaker, author and Free the Children ambassador Spencer West is touring the country for the We Create Change Tour, meeting students and celebrating the work they’ve done to bring the right to education to their peers in developing countries. The tour involves 10 weeks, nine provinces and 90 stops — one of which was Richmond Hill High School on May 5. Over 650 students from 16 schools in York Region gathered to experience the interactive educational event headlined by West, who was joined by MMVA-nominated group Neverest, 11-year-old activist and Richmond Hill native Hannah Alper and special guest Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario.


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1. Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, was a special guest speaker at the We Create Change Tour stop in Richmond Hill 2. Over 650 students from 16 schools across the GTA gathered at Richmond Hill High School to experience the acclaimed tour

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AMORE WITHOUT BORDERS − TORONTO Over 250 of Toronto’s luminaries gathered at Downtown Porsche for the inaugural Amore Without Borders event on May 14, held in support of Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders Canada (MSF.) The amore-themed atmosphere inspired guests, who had the chance to contribute to the cause by bidding in the live and silent auctions, which included vintage medical totes, a trip to Miami or New York and a custom “Amore” Porsche Carrera 911 S. The event raised close to $300,000 for MSF, exceeding its goal of $250,000.






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PEOPLE & PLACES MOST WANTED — TORONTO Eagles Nest Golf Club transformed into a haute couture hot spot on May 8 when Most Wanted, one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of the season, took over its scenic facilities. The annual event, which this year was held in support of the new Immune Therapy Program supporting Gynecological Cancer Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, welcomed a select group of Toronto’s finest to enjoy a fashion show that included prestigious labels Lucian Matis, Avec Plaisir presenting La Perla, Eres swimwear and V Hazelton presenting Pal Zileri and Brunello Cucinelli. Followed by a Privé after party, the evening raised $100,000 for the cause.




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The warmth of summer signals the beginning of a mass migration to cottage country DESIRÉE CHINA & GIFTS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Since opening its doors in 1989, Desirée China & Gifts has become Vaughan’s favourite place to find the perfect gifts for loved ones. This year marks the shop’s 25th anniversary, and on April 30 the Desirée team invited friends and fans to celebrate the milestone. Guests gathered at the Weston Road and Highway 7 shop for an evening of wine, cheese and other goodies as well as free draws and giveaways. Throughout the year, Desirée will be playing host to a variety of special guests that include Michael Doulton, brand ambassador of England’s cherished Royal Doulton; Rosa Lladró, president of Lladró, a Spanish manufacturer of handmade porcelain figurines; and a master cutter from Ireland’s House of Waterford Crystal.

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h, the weekend cottage. Leave your cares at home and escape to the lake to relax. Fishing, canoeing, beaches, campfires and family fun are all yours at your own private retreat from the world. Sounds like the perfect summer getaway from the hectic and busy pace of the city. But a cottage is also a considerable commitment of time and money. Is it a good investment property? We spoke with Alda Neves Dubé, director of marketing with Intercity Realty Inc., Brokerage, for her insight into this much-loved Canadian passion. Q | Is purchasing a cottage a smart real estate investment? A | “It really depends on your intentions for the cottage,” says Neves Dubé. “Will you be using it for your personal recreation? Is it a property you want to pass down to your children and grandchildren? Or is it simply a real estate investment that you are acquiring for your portfolio? Your overall objectives will impact whether a cottage is a good investment property.” Q | Any recommendations on where to invest in a cottage?

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A | “As with most real estate opportunities, location will ultimately be the driving factor at achieving the highest return on your cottage investment,” says Neves Dubé. “The cottage market in various parts of southern Ontario has been exceedingly active. Like most real estate investments, a cottage purchase will likely appreciate in value the longer you hold on to it.” Q | What is your advice on when to buy a cottage as a second property? A | “Buying a cottage as a second property can be expensive,” says Neves Dubé. “People are more apt to spend their disposable income on leisure items when finances are good. Typically, real estate prices tend to peak in the spring and taper off in the fall.” Neves Dubé also points out that the interest in cottages may increase over the next decade, as the baby boomers plan for their retirement and a more tranquil way of life.

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Possibly the coolest event to ever hit the Spoke Club in downtown Toronto, Cool Nordic brought together the best of Nordic cuisine, architecture and fashion to give Torontonians a little taste of life even further north. Hosted by the Council of Nordic Ministers on May 6, the event kicked off at 3 p.m. with a trio of workshops: “style,” “architecture” and “food and drink,” each offering a fascinating glimpse into the unique Nordic culture. A packed cocktail reception started at 5 p.m., where guests enjoyed cocktails, energy drinks, beer, bread and cheese — all sourced from the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

1. The team from Denmark-based clothing company Vero Moda smiles for the camera 2. The “style” workshop introduced guests to the Nordic fashion scene

Photos By Kayvan Tahaei and Peyvand Rasouli


The Le Sedici Villette team gathers in the model home, officially launched on May 24

A NOTE OF HOPE — CONCORD On May 4, 2014, friends, family and supporters gathered at the Concord West Seniors Club in Concord, Ont. to celebrate the group’s first non-fiction anthology, A Note of Hope. Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program and published by Dolce Book Publishing Inc., the 300-page collection of stories takes readers through beautifully illustrated tales of grandmothers and grandfathers persevering through uncertainty, hardships and the fears of encroaching war before calling Canada home. Concord West members Julie Seemann and Teresa Panezutti were on hand at the launch to introduce the book, which has a mandate to inspire today’s youth with lessons of hard work, determination and hope for a bright future. Concord West works to integrate and build networks among seniors

and youth, with a belief that connecting ages will lead to a vibrant community. Connect with Julie or Teresa


for a copy of A Note of Hope by contacting Dolce Book Publishing.


1. A Note of Hope inspires with a collection of heart-warming stories 2. Julie Seemann of Concord West Seniors Club; Simona Panetta, editor at Dolce Book Publishing Inc.; Teresa Panezutti of Concord West Seniors Club and graphic designer Luay Saig, Dolce Book Publishing Inc.


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The Maple Heritage Conservation District is welcoming something new to its history-lined streets: Le Sedici Villette, a collection of 16 executive townhomes designed to house the “urban heritage lifestyle,” is ready for occupancy this summer. On May 24, the model home was officially launched at 10060 Keele Street by the Keele Street and Major Mackenzie Drive intersection, showcasing the units’ luxurious features and amenities, including a first-floor space that can be used for business or retail and an enviable rooftop patio. Bringing a sense of refined modernism to the area’s antique ambiance, Le Sedici Villette by Ashley Park Homes and the Oskar Group promises to enrich the area with style that respects its historic surroundings.

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Juli Capella offers a taste of the latest culinary exhibition to heat up the Design Exchange Written By Michael Hill


Spanish gastronomic escapade is coming to Toronto’s Design Exchange this summer, and it’s one that will whet the appetite. Showcasing more than 150 culinary tools and devices, “Tapas: Spanish Design for Food” offers an educational and inspirational insight into Spain’s cutting-edge approach to all things edible. We caught up with its curator, celebrated Spanish architect and designer Juli Capella, to find out why this exhibition is one to sink our teeth into.

CL: What was the draw for you to curate this exhibition? JC: Most humans (unfortunately not all) eat three times a day, about 100,000 times throughout their lives. To do so requires an enormous number of objects that have been meticulously designed. Understanding how some of the most characteristic objects of the Spanish culture are made is the aim of this exhibition. No one eats directly 28

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from the fruit of a tree anymore; we need knives, pans and dishes. CL: There are more than 150 pieces highlighted across three sections, The Kitchen, The Table and The Menu. Could you give us a preview of some standout items from these sections and describe what makes them so special? JC: In The Kitchen we present the invention of the Minipimer blender, an improved model of the American blender. It’s easier to clean, and it’s lighter, cheaper and greener. It was invented by a Spaniard in 1961 and is still in production by Braun. There are also silicone baking utensils made by Lékué. Until recently, putting plastic in an oven seemed impossible, but with these products, it’s now doable. In The Table there are some very funny, popular items such as the boot, the jug and the porron, which are all used to hygienically share a drink with others — that is to say, without touching the mouth. We also have the best oil ever made, of course, because

our country is the largest producer of oil in the world. Most think it’s Italy, but we double its production. In The Menu there is the famous Chupa Chups, whose graphic design is by Salvador Dali. There are also vegetable lollipops for children and churros, or fritters, which are seamlessly extruded for optimum frying. CL: Do you have a favourite piece from the exhibition? If so, what is it and what do you appreciate most about it? JC: All are favourites, as are my children. But I love the BBQ Fakir Cook. It pricks the meat with herbs, allowing those herbs to cook from within and not as you would usually do on either side. The meat turns out juicier. There is also a surprise in the exhibition: the alive plate, a moving dish that mimics fermenting dough. It was designed for a dessert at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, which was considered the best restaurant in the world in 2013, and which won

Clockwise: Clothespin spoon, designed by Luki Huber and produced by Design Mix; Skitx 1, a glass plate for elBulli, designed by Estudio Luesma & Vega; Otto wine rack, designed by Ramírez i Carrillo and produced by Delica; DeMeTer cutlery set, designed by Santos Bregaña & Anne Ibañez and produced by Calegaro; Panpaati (chairs and furniture made from bread), designed by Amalgama Studio and produced by Enoc Armengol; Steam Roster, designed by Compeixalaigua and produced by Lékué

this year’s award for best baker in the world. CL: How is the Spanish approach to food and design unlike any other in the world and why does it merit its own exhibition? JC: Spain was the first country in the world where a chef, Ferran Adrià from elBulli (No. 1 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list five times), hired an industrial designer to work in his kitchen. He needed him to recreate part of the containers for his creations and also for inventing various gadgets for cooking in innovative ways. Prior to that, the most renowned chefs were limited to select dishes from the most qualified producers, and could only give them a touch of personalization by adding a printed logo. But Spain is where the revolution of conceiving the container (dish) and the contents (food) as a unit is from. The invention of spherification, for example, required a device that was designed in the

kitchen itself. They experimented with a multitude of materials and shapes, and each of the 32 dishes on the menu of elBulli was presented in a different container — not randomly, but specially created for and related to the meal. CL: Why should the people of Toronto experience the “Tapas: Spanish Design for Food” exhibition? JC: You will learn that the word “tapas” means “to cover,” because in taverns in Spain, some centuries ago, it was common to cover the carafe of wine with a piece of bread or a slice of sausage. This would keep out dust and flies that could enter the carafe. That alone would make it worth it to come to the expo, but also you can enjoy Spanish mills that have helped to turn a necessity into a pleasure. You will leave the exhibition with a big appetite. “Tapas: Spanish Design for Food” is running through June 12 – August 10 at the Design Exchange. For more information, visit

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Debuting in September 2015, Capo di Monte is a sustainable, LEED-certified condominium residence nestled in nature yet close to amenities. The premier address will stand six storeys proud and feature 98 luxurious suites, formal event spaces, a soaring two-storey lobby, bocce court and exercise room



a Royal Pine Homes presentation centre, located on the corner of Weston Road and Major Mackenzie Drive, the blueprints to a highly anticipated residential project become the focal point of a room embossed with the leading homebuilder’s insignia. Although miniature in scale and size, the detailed diorama — complete with a blanket of verdant trees and a freshwater stream running through landscaped grounds — gives a great impression of what’s to come on the coveted thoroughfare of Pine Valley Drive just south of Major Mackenzie Drive in Woodbridge. For over 40 years, homebuilder Frank Carogioiello has been at the helm of residential development projects in the 32

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GTA, erecting thousands of various-sized homes for newlyweds, families and empty nesters with a craving for good taste and comfort. Gesturing toward the scale model, the founder of Royal Pine Homes beams with pride as he points out the highlights of his latest feat, one that will bring peace of mind and a new standard of living in a highly coveted area in Vaughan. The stunning new condominium residence, situated on the east side of Pine Valley Drive just south of Major Mackenzie Drive, will house a stunning collection of 98 suites, all appropriately named after Italian composers, poets and painters, as well as Tuscan towns and cities along the shores of the Mediterranean coast. The custom quality suites range from 1,000 to 2,180 square feet in size

and boast airy 10-foot ceilings, natural stone terraces and porcelain balconies, making the Capo di Monte experience worthy of any king or queen of the hill. “I’ve been designing this project, room by room, for five years, and infusing it with touches of European style,” says Frank. “I’ve made sure that everyone will be happy with the outcome. From our formal event spaces to our fully equipped exercise rooms, bocce court and outdoor patio, Capo di Monte homeowners can enjoy their days here together with friends and family.” Unlike conventionally cramped condos dropped in the middle of busy city centres, the six-storey Capo di Monte is instead nestled in nature. Situated on acres of sprawling land just minutes away from amenities, and surrounded by

A distinguished entrance and porte cochère begin the five-star experience at Capo di Monte

breathtaking forests, blooming flowers and the Kortright Conservation Centre just across the street, this secluded complex is the perfect antidote to a fastpaced lifestyle, and a haven for those who crave tranquility. Tapping into his eco-conscious nature, Frank Carogioiello commissioned a freshwater stream with fish to run behind the Capo di Monte building, which is also LEED-certified. That means better insulation, better air quality and better protection of the environment. “This is a unique location that cannot be duplicated in Vaughan. It’s my dream home,” says Frank, who finds inspiration for design and architecture during trips to Europe. It was on one of these particular visits that Frank, an aficionado of art and design, chanced upon a Bourbon palazzo architecturally dressed in neoclassic and Italian baroque style. His appreciation for rare beauty and quality grew when he entered a gleaming gallery in the Palace of Capodimonte in Naples. Today, his namesake condo residence is a testament to the collection of Neapolitan paintings, Roman sculptures and decorative arts dating back to the 18th century that are on display at the Museum of Capodimonte. “The Royal Pine team is so proud of this project that we all want to live here. You’ll feel the difference in design, the calibre of amenities, and the quality imported material that reflects our commitment to high living from your very first step inside Capo di Monte.” In his search of prime locations and

The crystal chandelier, cultured stone fireplace and glass mosaic floors make the soaring conservatory lobby a beauty to behold

innovative ways to live, Frank has never wavered in his commitment to quality and homeowner satisfaction since he built his first subdivision in 1976. His passion and accumulated years of experience — perfected and honed over the last four decades — drive home his craft of delivering on thriving suburban communities across Vaughan and surrounding GTA areas. Castlemore Crossing, Springvalley Village, The Estates of West River in Brampton and Vellore Village, the first EnergyStar approved subdivision in Vaughan, are among Royal Pine Homes’ long list of successful projects. “I built my first house in 1973 when I was 23 years old,” explains Frank, whose attention to detail and discerning work ethic is now reflected through his sons Steve and Alfonso, Royal Pine Homes’ contract manager and construction project manager, respectively. “The honour and gratitude of creating a place where families grow and new friends are made gives me the spirit to keep going; I can’t stop.” It comes as no surprise, then, that the shiny new crown jewel of the Royal Pine Homes portfolio — the grand Capo di Monte — encompasses all of the trademark attributes that Frank Carogioiello’s loyal and satisfied homeowners have come to rely on.

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Sergio Ramos, Spain; Marcelo Vieira, Brazil; Steven Gerrard, England; Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira (a.k.a. Pepe), Portugal; Miroslav Klose, Germany; Sergio Agüero, Argentina; Ciro Immobile, Italy

Samba soccer comes home to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Can you feel it? Written By Stephen Tallevi / Illustrations By Slavyan Stoyanov


or one month between June 12th and July 13th, the world will stand still for those who believe in the Beautiful Game. Fitting that Pelé, perhaps the greatest soccer legend of all time and the outright ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, coined this phrase. It was no coincidence that during the group draw, Pelé invited us to join Brazil in experiencing the Beautiful Game for ourselves — and the world is expected to respond. In 2010, FIFA’s prized showcase in South Africa boasted an overall global audience of 3.2 billion people. For the finals alone, 715 million people tuned in to witness Spain capture its firstever title. By comparison, the biggest 34

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sporting event in North America — the Super Bowl — drew an audience of 108 million people. This World Cup is anticipated to further break these numbers and be remembered for years onward. The level of competition in world soccer has escalated to new heights, and global domination from the superpowers has decreased to the delight of neutral fans and developing soccer nations alike. The parity in international play means that instead of one “group of death,” there can arguably be three with the potential for major upsets. It won’t only be the feats on the field capturing headlines, however. In order to emphasize the social issues that the host nation currently faces, the people

of Brazil are poised to erupt in protest while the eyes of the world watch. With the Brazilian government spending billions on stadiums and infrastructure, many Brazilians feel that combating the issue of massive poverty along with improving educational and health care systems should instead be the focus. The favelas or slums found in Brazil’s metropolitan cities starkly contrast the neighbouring lavish venues that have been constructed for the World Cup. Protesters have been active leading up to the event and they are primed for the tournament proper. As a result, FIFA and government security forces are on alert and will do their best to curb such events and keep the focus on the pitch instead. Despite the dispute

on the outside, fans inside the stadium will only hear the sounds of samba drums beating and whistles blowing while the colourful sights of waving flags flutter for the 32 participating countries. Techno-Goooaal! The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will feature goal-line technology that will save the referees from blushes when determining whether a goal is scored. An opponent of goal-line technology for years, FIFA president Sepp Blatter finally came to terms with the reality of the modern fast-paced game when England had a proper goal disallowed in the 2010 World Cup. In comes GoalControl, the company that won over FIFA and that will have 14 cameras (seven pointed on each net) fixed on every goal in every venue at this summer’s showpiece. When the ball crosses the line, a signal that a goal should be awarded is transmitted to a wristwatch worn by the referees. At that point, let the celebrations begin! The estimated installation cost per stadium was C$285,000 — a bill that Blatter will gladly pick up to avoid another embarrassing moment like that from four years ago. Interestingly enough, the referees have the option of switching off the system if they have any doubts on its accuracy. It will take a brave man blowing the whistle to make that call. Brazuca: Adidas-Talk for Best Ball Ever The design and creation of a World Cup ball by Adidas has become a ritual, just like the placement of team flags on cars. This time around, the brainchild by Adidas is the Brazuca, and if it were to be given a birthplace, Brazil would certainly be a fitting one. Big expectations are being placed on the Brazuca, since in 2010 the Jabulani was widely considered the worst ball ever made for a World Cup. The Jabulani had erratic flight patterns making it a nightmare for goalkeepers, and its light weight didn’t satisfy strikers either, as shots often sailed off target. In order to solve this problem, Adidas shaped the Brazuca’s panels like a series of interlocking boomerangs to give it

better balance. The seam geometry has improved its aerodynamics and given it a stable flight path. With aviationlike technology, the Brazuca gained credibility through secret testing at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup and in friendly matches leading up to the World Cup. Adidas also took the unprecedented step of showing the ball to more than 600 top players, 30 per cent of whom were not contracted to the three-striped brand. Finally, the ball was tested extensively with a robotic foot and even weather-tested in Brazil’s extreme climates to ensure consistency. To create a ball that is worthy of the greatest showcase on Earth and to sell millions worldwide, Adidas designed the boomerang panels with bright colours that symbolize the traditional wish bracelets found in Brazil, something that the host nation hopes will bring its team the luck needed to win the iconic gold trophy. The Maracanã Revisited Will they be ready? This was the question that FIFA had to answer time and time again leading up to this summer’s World Cup. The issue of the stadiums’ completion and their cost was of great concern for the host nation and FIFA alike. With a final price tag of just under C$12 billion, the cost to construct and renovate the 12 stadiums and supporting infrastructure wasn’t just measured as a financial deficit, but also as a loss on a human level. Brazil missed FIFA’s deadline for having all venues ready two years in advance, and tragedy occurred when eight lives were lost in the building process. This adds further fuel to the fire for expected protests by Brazilians, who are divided between their passion and love for their national pastime and the burden that the World Cup will place on their society before, during and after the event. The 12 stadiums have seating capacities ranging from approximately 42,000 to 74,000, including one of the most famous stadiums in the world. With the implementation of a new roof and improved sightlines, the heritage protected Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro still maintains its iconic oval shape and will host seven matches, including the World Cup final.

The largest audience to ever witness a game (over 200,000 people) was assembled in this cathedral of soccer during the 1950 World Cup. But if that isn’t impressive enough, something that a World Cup has never seen will be coming to the northwestern city of Manaus. The Arena da Amazônia is aptly named due to the fact that it’s in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. This also creates the headache of travel time, as Manaus is a considerable distance from the rest of the venues. Despite the factors working against it, the Arena da Amazônia is a stunning structure resembling a straw basket in tribute to one of the local industries the region is famous for. With heat and humidity expected to draw headlines equal to those from the teams playing on the pitch, FIFA has taken the unprecedented measure of allowing players to take water breaks and apply cold towels during the game if the temperatures are unbearable. This is for the safety of the players and will be determined by health professionals at the start of every match. With an average temperature of 31 C and 83 per cent humidity in June, the heat will be front and centre early on, as the Amazônia is host to England vs. Italy on Day 3. The rainforest is a tourist attraction that neither team wishes to visit for obvious reasons; however, a win her one of these nations by either alk of heat exhaustion and talk will bee secondary to that tical supremacy. of tactical

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Germany “Die Mannschaft” is past due for claiming an international trophy in victory. The clinical Germans have played in seven World Cup final games and it would be folly to think w they h can’t replicate that enormous feat once more. The machine that is German soccer is technically and tactically superior to most, and young gun Thomas Muller can easily lift the Golden Boot this summer as the tournament’s most prolific scorer, as he creates goals for club and country alike. Three-time champions, the Germans are more than capable of breaking the European taboo in South America, if they can overcome the psychological obstacle. Portugal Portugal boasts the honour of having the current greatest player in the world. Fresh from winning the Ballon d’Or and Champions League titles, Cristiano Ronaldo is the only reason why Portugal is even present in Brazil. He single-handedly lifted the Portuguese in their play-off victory

over Sweden by scoring a hat trick. The age-old question for the “Seleção das Quinas” will be whether the supporting cast can help the step-over master go deep into the tournament or even come out of one of the hardest groups. With Germany, the United States and Ghana vying for two knockout spots, will CR7 alone be enough this time around?

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England “The Three Lions” have one of the le least experienced ssquads going to Brazil. Coach Roy Hodgson has taken a big gamble on youth and, with expectations always set overly high, disappointment may await. Wayne Rooney is still the greatest threat that the English possess, which is also the key to stopping England. Getting out of a group with Luis Suarez’s Uruguay and Italy will be a major challenge; however, for the Queen’s men, hope reigns eternal.

Italy The Italians were transformed under current coach Cesare Prandelli from defensive masters that played catenaccio to a team that attacks through well builtup game play. Having medalled in the last two international tournaments (second in Euro 2012 and third in the 2013 Confederations Cup), “gli Azzurri” are considered extremely difficult to beat. Known to have the ability to change a game in an instant, controversial striker Mario Balotelli will lead the attack, while the ageless “architect” Andrea Pirlo will provide the creative spark from free kicks. To this end, Italy has the right mix of youth and experience, which is not to be discounted. With only Brazil holding more World Cup titles, the four-time champions have learned lessons from the Confederations Cup and are taking Brazil’s extreme climate

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Spain “La Furia Roja” approaches a level that hass never been achieved n d in world soccer. Not oonly is Spain the defending World d Cup champion, but C it has also claimed the last two European championships, which cha stoked k conversation about whether Spain is in fact the greatest national team of all time. It uses a brand of soccer called “Tika-Taka” that couples domination of possession with constant movement of the ball through short passes that literally lulls opponents into submission, much like a relentless predator wearing down its prey. Andrés Iniesta will again grace us with his silky smooth play, and if Spain has the legs in an aging squad to work its magic once more, we will all be bowing down to true greatness.

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Brazil The host nation’ss “Seleção Brasileira”” is easily considered d a favourite to win n its unprecedented d sixth World Cup p trophy. The countryy believes so greatly in this fairy tale ending that the official team bus is inscribed with the slogan “Brace Yourselves! The 6th Is Coming!” It’s hard to argue otherwise since last year’s winners of the Confederations Cup easily beat Spain, the current World Cup holder, with superstar Neymar leading the way. Magic happens anytime this 22-year-old sensation touches the ball, which is why FC Barcelona paid C$128 million n for his services. With a supporting castt that dazzles opponents through brilliant liant touches, coupled by the emphatic home support, the Samba Boys are suree to mesmerize the masses.

Argentina A South American tteam has won the World Cup in th the four previous ooccasions it ’s been hosted on the continent, and Argentina iis hoping that statistic holds true yet again. Despite an ordinary club season by his stratospheric standards, the four-time Ballon d’Or (World Player of the Year) legend Lionel Messi will be pulling the strings, and only an elusive World Cup title is missing for the Argentine to be considered the greatest player of all time. Even though defensive question marks surround this perennial favourite, “La Albicelestes” will be looking to outscore its opponents all the way to the final.

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conditions seriously. By having the players work out in specially built saunas that replicate the heat and humidity, coupled with the use of performance analytics, Italy is taking all precautions necessary to ensure it does not repeat the poor showing from four years past. France and Holland These two nations can be grouped together based on their outstanding player ability and potential to underachieve. The French are led by the explosive Franck Ribéry who has the talent to pull them forward, but the inconsistencies in “Les Bleus” signify France as the Jekyll and Hyde of world soccer. Holland will be wearing some of the sharpest kits this summer, and with Arjen Robben’s confidence and game-winning skills in play, the finalists from four years ago should not be discounted. However, the “Oranje” has a young backline, and the potential for the Dutch to implode (as we witnessed in Euro 2012) is always a possibility. The Dark Horses Belgium and Colombia shocked the soccer world and the FIFA rankings with outstanding qualifying campaigns, giving them the label as this year’s underdogs. If Colombia’s Radamel Falcao can overcome his knee injury in time, coupled with the talented players that feature in all of Europe’s biggest leagues, then the South American’s largest export won’t be coffee but the national team’s ability to launch itself further into this year’s World Cup. Similarly, Belgium has the necessary pieces to impress on the world stage. Led by centre-back and captain Vincent Kompany, who is full of confidence after leading Manchester City to the Premier League title in England, the “Red Devils” player personnel are considered elite. Although young and lacking international experience, Belgium will take this opportunity to grow and fearlessly impose itself in Brazil. Brazilian Passion — Bring the Beautiful Game Home It is FIFA’s hope that the 2014 World Cup will be remembered as a classic for only positive reasons, and true fans of the Beautiful Game wish only for the same. The emotion and passion that the World Cup provides can only be experienced by a fan and can scarcely be described in words. From June 12th to July 13th, soak it all in and let it all out in the same way that the Brazilians will be doing, for this special time happens only once every four years. No matter which nation you support, what jersey you don, take heart in the fact that we are one, just as the official FIFA World Cup song suggests.

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ames Hinchcliffe must be running on fumes. In a trailer on a side street just north of Toronto City Hall, the Canadian IndyCar driver fields questions about his racing career while trying to grab a few bites of lunch before wrapping up day one of a two-day commercial shoot for Honda. Last night he was at an event in Indianapolis for Flat 12 Bierwerks, the American craft brewery that makes the James Hinchcliffe-inspired Hinchtown Hammer Down beer. He was on a flight well before dawn and only landed in Toronto about six hours ago. The rest of this chilly May morning was spent in a Civic SI, running through take after take as the film crew pushed to beat the looming rain. He’ll be flying back to Indianapolis in little over 24 hours before departing for New Orleans for simulator practise. “If he has more than two nights in one place, it’s a record,” Hinchcliffe’s sister and personal assistant Rebecca explained earlier from behind the scenes. But for the man who’s been touted as the new face and potential saviour of IndyCar, this is just business as usual. The gentle patter of rain on the trailer’s roof signals that the second stretch of filming will be delayed until the spring shower subsides. It means 38

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Hinchcliffe will get just a little bit more time away from the spotlight, and it’s that time that’s in short supply these days. “Time, that’s my most valued possession at the minute,” says the 27-year-old. Since rolling onto the IndyCar scene in 2011, Hinchcliffe has progressively climbed the ranks of the open-wheel racing series, moving


from promising newcomer to potential champion. Thanks to some savvy selfpromotion and a few cheeky Go Daddy commercials, he’s also quickly become one of the most (if not the most) recognized faces in IndyCar. With that fame comes commitments, and it seems that everyone wants a piece of him. There are the press conferences, the sponsorship appearances, the commercial shoots, the phone calls, the emails — the annoying journalist

disrupting lunch with incessant questioning? “Present company excepted,” he smiles. And that’s not even the racing part. But Hinchcliffe has always known the price of success. “I was kind of at the forefront of this new generation of drivers that was raised with the very distinct understanding that driving the race car is like the second most important part of your job,” he says. The pressure at this level spills out from the track and floods into everyday life. And in a sport as competitive and unpredictable as IndyCar, pressure seems to be the only constant. You could hardly blame Hinchcliffe if he opted to take this time to himself, especially considering the rough start to his season. Car problems led to a disappointing 19th finish at the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he won his first IndyCar race the year prior. He found himself in a seven-car wreck in Long Beach thanks to an illadvised attempted pass by teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay. He made the top 10 in Alabama, but the seventhplace finish was a slip after qualifying second. The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis is a week away and just around the corner from that is the premier event in IndyCar, the 98th Indianapolis 500. He’ll be in Speedway,

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IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe sports his #27 United Fiber & Data racing suit at a commercial shoot in Toronto for Honda

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Indiana, for the entire month of May prepping for the back-to-back events. Hinchcliffe knows expectations for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” are high. “It’s our Super Bowl, our World Series, our World Cup all in one,” he says of the Indy 500, one of the pillars of the unofficial Triple Crown of Motorsport. “All of that extra time spent, it adds to the pressure. You appreciate how much more effort goes into this race than any one else, so you want to reward the crew and you want to reward yourself and everybody else for all that hard work over the month with a good result.” It’s not just the weight of winning on Hinchcliffe’s shoulders. Despite its storied past, IndyCar is a struggling series. Its television audience is a mere shadow of the crowds drawn by powerhouses NASCAR and Formula One and a lot of hope has been put in young bloods like Hinchcliffe to bring back fans. After the Oakville-born racer won IndyCar’s Rookie of the Year in 2011 he became a well-known Canadian athlete in 2012, thanks in part to a few comical commercials he did for his then-sponsor Go Daddy. But it was in the 2013 IndyCar season that he showed he was no joke on the professional track. He claimed his first IndyCar victory at St. Petersburg and grabbed two more checkered flags, one in a daring last-second move in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to become the first three-win racer of the year. Despite the victories, inconsistent driving culminated in a number of did-not-finishes that placed Hinchcliffe eighth overall. But many felt that 2014 was Hinchcliffe’s year, that the Canadian kid in his #27 United Fiber & Data car had a real shot at his first series championship. The “Mayor of Hinchtown” was the new face of the open-wheel series and the Toronto Sun even proclaimed him as “the man who could save IndyCar.” Hinchcliffe, though, knows it’s not a one-man game: “It’s extra pressure for sure,” he says of the praise. “But I think there are a lot of us that do a lot to try and promote the sport. My name probably comes up more than others because I’ve got a bunch of goofy videos on YouTube.” But it’s still a mantle he’ll take on.

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and unpredictability of racing. “Let’s say that there are a thousand things that need to happen for you to win a race — you control about 10.” And sometimes that lack of control leaves strategy in the dust. Sometimes the car doesn’t perform how you’d like, as it did at St. Petersburg back in March. Sometimes your teammate makes an aggressive play that ends up wrecking a third of the field, including yourself, as it did at Long Beach in April. Sometimes a piece of debris flies off a car, strikes you in the head and knocks you out cold, as it did at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis a week after the Honda commercial shoot. And, yes, sometimes on an absolutely perfect day for racing, after you managed to come back from a concussion and qualify second in one of the biggest races on the planet, you see an opening that could jump you from fourth to second with only 25 laps left and go for it, make contact with Ed Carpenter’s car, sending the two of you crashing into the wall and out of the race, just as it did at the Indy 500 at the end of May. That’s racing. That’s life. It’s the Monday morning after Hunter-Reay drank the ceremonial bottle of milk from atop the podium at the 2014 Indy 500. After his heartbreaking finish on lap 175, which capped off a disappointing month in Indianapolis, Hinchcliffe explains via email how “gutted” he is for his team. Even though it’s tough to swallow how few points they’ve put on the board, he’s looking at that silver lining: that the car has been running solid and that if they keep doing the things that they’ve been doing right, the victories will come. But, as Hinchcliffe explained in the trailer just north of Toronto City Hall on that chilly May morning, he’s not one to chase numerical objectives over his career. There’s too much you can’t control, too much that can go wrong even though you’ve done everything right. Instead, his ultimate goal is simple: “I want to leave this sport with the respect of the people that I respect in it. And if I’ve done that — career goal, check.” Photo By Chris Jones



For me it’s the ultimate release, because my life is very frantic and hectic and busy and emails and calls and everything — go here; do this. Down there: silence. You’re like this guest in a completely other world. It’s literally just you and what you’re seeing and I find that so relaxing. It’s my ultimate escape.



I listen to music to calm me down. If I need to get away from stuff for a minute I’ll just plug in the headphones and I’m wherever the song is. I can get out of wherever I am if I just have my iPod.



My girlfriend, Kristen Dee, we live together. She’s from Australia. She grew up having budgies. We started with two. We’re up to four. And I have to admit: they’re a blast.


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Hinchcliffe mounts the podium at Sao Paulo after a daring, last-second move lead to his second win of the 2013 IndyCar season


Hinchcliffe is a genuine fan of the sport and still recalls those childhood Sundays watching F1 and IndyCar with his dad, an English racing fanatic who brought wee James to his first race in Toronto when he was only 18 months old. Some of his fondest memories are running around Exhibition Place at the old Molson Indy Toronto, and he’ll never forget gripping the wheel of the first go-kart he received on his ninth birthday. If he can help bring the sport he loves back to its former prestige, well, he’s all in: “If I’m in a position to help my sport then yeah, absolutely. Fine. Love it.” In 2012, Hinchcliffe was voted IndyCar’s Most Popular Driver, and yes, some of that was likely because of the “goofy” videos online. But there’s more to it than that: Hinchcliffe’s an all-around likeable guy. He’s unbelievably collected, managing expectations with pragmatic calm. He’s grounded and humble, even though he’s incredibly talented and intelligent and knows it. The jokes come easy and self-deprecation is effortless. He runs through the history of his guitar collection, which includes a sunburst ’64 Fender Stratocaster, a similar axe used by his musical icon Eric Clapton, and has no problem revealing how good his playing is on a scale of one to 10: “Three,” he admits with a laugh. There’s a seemingly impenetrable air of relaxed confidence about him. It’s like nothing could phase him. And that’s exactly how a successful driver needs to be. While the Dallara DW12s that Hinchcliffe and his ilk strap into week after week may not be the technological marvels used in F1, they’re still dangerously swift, cracking 300 kilometres/hour as easily as Superman breaks a fortune cookie. A mistake could mean their life, and enough men have been claimed by speed’s fickle and unsympathetic nature. Men like Canadian Greg Moore, Hinchcliffe’s hero, who died in a violent crash at California Speedway in 1999. “In a race, and especially over an entire season, you are so reliant on so many other factors,” he says of the challenge

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resident and CEO Altaf Stationwala of healthcare provider Mackenzie Health spoke to more than 80 members of the Vaughan business community and a few local politicians who gathered on May 9 for a project update on the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. Held by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce at the Venetian Banquet & Hospitality Centre, the Business at Breakfast event focused mainly on the employment opportunities and potential business partnerships related to building and staffing the much-anticipated hospital,

which is projected to open its doors in 2019. According to Mackenzie Health, the hospital is expected to create more than 1,000 construction jobs and approximately 1,900 various health-care and medical positions that include nurses, maternal health specialists, emergency-trained doctors, occupational therapists, social workers, volunteers and more, as well as 100 new physician positions. The new hospital will be the first one built in Southwest York Region in almost 50 years. With a focus on technology and four first-in-Canada innovations created

by Mackenzie Health, the hospital is being touted as a “state-of-the-art” facility that will cater to the health and medical needs of Vaughan citizens in an innovative way. Some of the advancements in care include an innovation unit with smart beds and badges to improve patient-to-nurse communication, electronic screens that monitor patients and provide real-time status updates, smart hand-hygiene stations to prompt doctors and nurses to scrub up, as well as an automated discharge call system to ensure that patients are doing well once discharged from the hospital.

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Core services such as emergency, surgery, intensive care, medical and surgical in-patient care will be offered at the hospital, which will also be the site of the York Region District Stroke Centre, and provide specialized services in birthing, pediatrics and mental health. The hospital anticipates approximately 350 beds, and has developed “significant shelled space for future growth,” says Stationwala. At the present time, Mackenzie Health is well into the third phase of its five-stage planning process. It’s no secret that the progress of the massive hospital has been shrouded in controversy since it was first given the green light for development by the provincial government in 2007. Initially under the direction of the Vaughan Health Campus of Care before the organization removed itself from the equation and Mackenzie Health assumed leadership in 2012, the land allocated for the hospital just north of Canada’s Wonderland continues to sit empty. Stationwala’s resolve was put to the test when a query read during the event’s Q&A segment questioned Mackenzie Health’s headway on the hospital. Projected to occupy over one million square feet at Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street, the highly anticipated hospital is “no small feat,” explains Stationwala. As well, the over $1-billion project requires an excess of $200 million from the community to take off. Construction on the hospital is expected to begin late 2015. For more information, visit

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With Vaughan’s restaurant scene blossoming every season, the city’s taste buds are buzzing. Crack into flavourful culture by getting a taste of these local culinary hubs Vaughan is heaping our plates with plenty of culinary adventures, from favourite, familiar hubs to freshly opened eateries. As the city’s restaurant culture continues to bubble, boil and chop its way to province-wide recognition, navigate your way to the best of them with this guide. Read on, take notes and start planning your scrumptious summer, because these dining spaces feed the soul not only with inspiring menus filled with authentic recipes, but with unique and friendly environments that will keep you smiling under the sun.

905-856-0089 • Specialties: Authentic Japanese and Asian cuisine, including an all-you-can-eat menu and iPads at tables for ordering • Atmosphere: Warm and modern • Dinner for 2: $50 and up • Capacity: 180 • Reservations: Recommended for big groups or private affairs • What customers say: The craftsmanship of their dishes makes Makimono one of the best all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants in Vaughan

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• Specialties: Mediterranean and Italian cuisine with a modern twist and an extensive wine list • Atmosphere: Warm and inviting with friendly service and fine dining • Dinner for 2: $120 • Capacity: 100 • Reservations: Recommended on weekends • What customers say: Amazing food, great service and beautiful décor make Villaggio the perfect destination for a quick, savoury getaway

• Specialties: Classic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list • Atmosphere: Business lunch and warm, candlelit dinner • Dinner for 2: $80 – $100 • Capacity: 100 • Reservations: Recommended on weekends • What customers say: It’s the perfect date night destination, but also an idyllic setting for corporate and private functions on the weekends

• Specialties: Classic Italian cuisine with a variety of gluten-free items • Atmosphere: Comfortable setting with a classic-meets-contemporary vibe • Dinner for 2: $100 – $120 • Capacity: 100 • Reservations: Recommended on weekends • What customers say: Incredible food, service that makes you feel like family, a scenic atmosphere and unbeatable value make Farro such a great place to bring loved ones and work friends


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416-975-1100 • Specialties: Great Italian food served by amazing people • Atmosphere: Fun • Dinner for 2: $60 – $85 • Capacity: 68 inside and 57 on the patio • Reservations: Recommended but not necessary • What customers say: Really unique restaurant concept that mixes traditional Italian cuisine with a fun, modern vibe

905-773-2188 • Specialties: An artisanal menu inspired by the Italian spirit • Atmosphere: Warm, cultured and musical • Dinner for 2: $100 – $150 • Capacity: 130 • Reservations: Recommended • What customers say: The relaxed environment and carefully designed menu make Sarpa a place to bring those you cherish the most

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• Specialties: Eclectic international cuisine with a fresh seasonal menu and an extensive wine list • Atmosphere: Rustic meets contemporary-artistic in our beautiful and elegant dining area • Dinner for 2: $100 – $150 • Capacity: 180 • Reservations: Recommended • What customers say: Possibly one of the best restaurants in the GTA — a fantastic menu and friendly service

• Specialties: Fresh Mediterranean cuisine crafted the homemade way, from pasta to seafood dishes • Atmosphere: An open kitchen creates a classic, warm and family-friendly feel • Dinner for 2: $75 – $90 • Capacity: 80 • Reservations: Recommended • What customers say: Ristorante Gravina is a favourite not only for nights out, but for catering and private parties, too


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The dishes to aim for at the clubhouses of local top-tier golf courses Written By Michael Hill





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o you’ve botched another round and hacked your way to a not-so-respectable 25over. Your sole birdie putt on the 12th lipped out and that duffer Steve won’t shut up about his miracle ace on the 5th — where’s the justice?! But before your clubs end up in a watery grave, order some grub and blow off steam where laments of that disastrous back nine fall on sympathetic ears: the 19th hole. The clubhouses at these local courses have plenty of appetite-crushing options to help nurse those wounds, and once you sink a frosty pint you’ll be ready for another 18 next weekend. Besides, Steve’s buying.

(the 2nd to the 11th.) After an afternoon on the links, take in the view at the Humber River Valley and dig into the elevated pub fare at The Bistro. Sandwiches like the Kobe corned beef with Swiss cheese on marble rye or the dry-aged striploin steak are sure to hit the spot, or try this simple yet delicious toasted Prosciutto Panini with tomato, fior di latte and arugula on flat ciabatta bread that will take it the extra few yards. Pair your COURSE choice with a cold Stella Artois and that triple bogey on 16 will be a distant memory. 18 holes



Copper Creek is easily one of the best high-end courses around. On top of numerous elevation changes, strategically placed water and allaround demanding holes, this Doug Carrick-designed course has one of the best 10-hole stretches in the country 46

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When it comes to premier golf clubs, you’d be hard-pressed to find one as impressive as Eagles Nest. (It’s got a heliport, for crying out loud.) The layout is considered one of Doug Carrick’s most creative and also one of the best in Canada. So of course the food is top-






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notch. The relaxed sophistication of Jim and Garry’s Pub is ideal for post-round cocktails and eats with friends or clients, and catching the World Cup. You’ll find classics like chicken clubs and burgers, but it’s the unconventional dishes, like the monstrous “Killer Calzone” and

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The Woods: 3,416 The Lakes: 3,425 The View: 3,513


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pulled pork Poutine, that will surprise. The light-and-flaky Fish Tacos, made with beer-battered haddock, tartar sauce and guacamole, are also rarities on most course menus — and they’re well worth the helicopter ride.


One of the beautiful things about 27-hole courses like Nobleton Lakes is that the experience differs depending on which nine holes you start and finish with. Nobleton Lakes’ three par 36s — The Woods, The Lakes and The View — deliver a picturesque mix of treelined fairways and stunning water features that test abilities but allow for shot options. When you’re reminiscing about the stunning backdrop at the club lounge, wrap your hands around the chipotle creole BLT. Not your typical mix of bacon, lettuce and tomato, this sandwich nails the approach with baby arugula and honey maple doublesmoked bacon on a grill-toasted pretzel bun.


Running along Mimico Creek, and a quick drive from Pearson International

ROYAL Airport, Royal Woodbine tees WOODBINE up the challenge with plenty of water hazards and a layout that demands every club in TOTAL COURSE FOOD YARDAGE PEAK RATE the bag — great for those competitive groups of birdie “Let the big 6,447 $99 18 holes dog eat” hunters. But the only thing you’ll be competing for at the clubhouse is the last chicken wing. Royal Woodbine’s 4’some Platter features generous portions of cheese quesadillas, sliders, chicken wings, housemade ripple potato chips with dips, salsa and veggie sticks. It’s perfect for a group … or maybe as a starter for those hulking Larry Longballers. candied nuts and tossed in a housemade balsamic dressing at such a GLEN EAGLE GOLF CLUB reasonably priced championship course, Just a short jaunt up the but Glen Eagle delivers. Pair it with road in Caledon, Glen a refreshing white wine “Eagle Eagle offers great golf at Spritzer” and you won’t even phenomenal value. A round with a cart will only set care that the boys are chirping you back $85 during peak you for ordering one. times, making this 27-hole facility well worth the money. And so is the food. You might not expect a smoked salmon and caper GLEN EAGLE wrap or this panko-crusted goat cheese salad served with





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GET IN THE Written By Amanda Storey Photography By Sal Pasqua

After spending six months buried beneath the snow and ice, your garden is as eager to come out and play as you are. City Life spoke to some local gardeners who are challenging plant lovers and amateurs alike to don their dirt-tainted gloves and their mud-friendly boots and have some fun in the soil — because you know it’s not summer until you’ve made something beautiful sprout from the muck. Here are their tips on how to make your garden, and your spirits, flourish this summer.

and to bring some colour and contrast to your gardens. Mulching serves many great purposes: it creates a natural weed barrier, retains moisture in the soil and protects delicate root systems from extreme heat in the middle of the summer.”

Jesse Barker Ó Nursery Manager, Terra Vaughan 11800 Keele St., Maple

Since the ban on commercial pesticides went into place a few years back, homeowners have been looking for ways to get rid of the weeds growing in their lawns. A good natural way to do this is seed and feed. I recommend a good overseed in the early spring followed by fertilizing. A good tip on when to fertilize is on the four major holidays (Easter, Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day.”) “Mulching your flowerbeds is a great way to improve the lives of your plants 48

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“With new trends surfacing like the 100Mile Diet, gardeners and non-gardeners alike are growing more and more of their own edibles in their gardens. To help improve and increase your yearly harvest, it is recommended that you manage your soil yearly, rotate your crop selection and properly space out your rows — and why not plant an extra row to be donated to your local food bank?”

“Before you get to work on your garden, prepare your work area with all the tools and products that you might need to get the job done: a shovel, soil, flowers, a pair of gloves, a watering can, etc.” “Always water in the early morning.” “Enjoy your garden — watch it grow.”

Natalie Cinquemani Ò Owner and Floral Designer, Terracotta Home & Garden 2 & 4 Kellam St., Kleinburg

Always ensure your tools are clean and sharp — that makes them easier to work with and they do a better job.”


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Trim any broken branches, and cut on an angle to make sure that water doesn’t sit on the tree, which promotes diseases. Then spray it with pruning spray to protect it.”


“Don’t prune lilac bushes in the spring, because lilacs bloom on old stems and you will not get flowers if this is done in the spring.” “When container gardening vegetables or annuals, always use a potting soil, and fertilize and water your plants for best results.” “When planting a shrub, ornamental tree or perennials in a pot, make sure the pot is deep enough to promote root growth and is able to drain water for overwintering. Use a heavier soil (gardening soil) to keep plants upright during storms, and fertilize.” “Fertilize all your blue hydrangeas with aluminum sulfate — it helps blue flowers bloom. You can also use this on blueberries and magnolias. Only use it as directed, usually two or three tablespoons to every one litre of water. Never use too much.” “Always prune roses back in the spring. Cut back until green is seen in the cane. Remove all the dead canes and fertilize around the drip line — it’ll promote healthier plants and more flowers.” 50

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James Zaza Ö Owner, Kleinburg Nursery 9450 Hwy 27, Woodbridge

Bright-coloured tools save you time spent searching for misplaced hand tools. Buy trowels, cultivators, forks and pruners with bright red or orange handles so you can quickly spot them amid the greenery.”

members are more available to answer your questions. Once the rain eases, go out and pull weeds — even clumps of crabgrass and deep-rooted dandelions pull easily out of wet soil.” “Find local inspiration. When walking or driving, take note of interesting plants and plant combinations. Write them down or take pictures on your mobile device and take the list with you to the nursery. Having an itemized list will speed up your shopping trips, making it easier for staff members to help locate the plants, and it reduces the urge to impulse-buy.” “Make sure you have constant reminders. Plant vegetables and herbs near your back or front door. Since you’ll see them often, you’ll remember to keep them watered. And they’ll be nearby when you need dinner fixings.”

“There’s no better time to visit a garden centre than on a rainy day. Nurseries are less crowded, lines are shorter and staff

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Let your little ones splash, munch and learn their way through summer with these fun, kid-friendly activities

After months of sitting at school desks, let your kids’ imaginations roam free fre as they get back in touch with their right-brain right-b abilities at Woodbridge Art School. This year, York Region’s largest and most renowned school of fine art is celebrating 20 years of seasoning young artists. The 4,000 square feet of creative space at Woodbridge Art School provides room for Weekly Art Classes, Portfolio Prep, March Break camps and summer camps for kids and teens, inspiring and motivating them to create works of art that they’ll be proud of.

Because summer and swimming go together like cookies and milk, make sure your little fish is ready for the beach by bringing him or her to Splashville, where exclusive two-week summer camps are held throughout the season for kids aged five to 12. Camp-goers will experience something different each day, from karate, music and art to Zumba, science and baking, complemented by daily yoga and a swimming lesson. Low-ratio swimming lessons in the facility’s two heated saltwater pools are also available through different programs separately from the camp.

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The Woodbridge School of Dance’s series of summer programs are sum designed to season de your tiny dancer. Twinkle Toes, running from July 15 1 – 31, introduces children aged three ch to five to the art of dance through fun and creative throug group classes. For kids ages ssix and up, Future Foundations runs from Found August 5 – 15, including full-day classes in creative movement, ballet, hip hop and more. Whatever your child’s level of ability, feed their passion for dance with education, not competition, at the Woodbridge School of Dance. Market Lane, 140 Woodbridge Ave., Woodbridge • 905-851-5511 52

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Ivy Ed prides itself on understanding the specific needs of every student. Recognizing that there are no cookie-cutter solutions when it comes to efficient learning strategies, Ivy Ed designs specialized programs for each of its students. Ivy Ed follows the Ontario curriculum and employs only certified teachers. Ivy Ed is ready to partner with you in building your child’s future. Your child’s success is Ivy Ed’s success! Math • Science • Reading • Writing Study Skills • SSAT • Summer Camps

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For the more creatively charged kids, Talent Network in Woodbridge offers workshops taught by working and credible professionals in the fields of music, musical theatre, dance, fashion, modelling and acting. Enrol your pint-sized superstar in one of their classes to let his or her talent be polished and celebrated in an artistic community of kids the same age — and maybe even watch your child score opportunities to audition in front of talent agents and business professionals.

They love listening to music — so this summer, let them learn how to create it at Arcadia Academy of Music, Canada’s leading franchised music school. A collection of innovative music education programs will open your children’s minds to the beauty and artistry of music, from singing and digital music production classes to a wide array of instrumental classes. Fun and good for the soul, it’s a healthy, creative way to keep their minds active during the months of vacation. Toll-Free 1-888-238-8079 Bolton • Maple • Newmarket • North Brampton • Richmond Hill • South Brampton • West Brampton • Woodbridge

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The Play Better Golf junior program at Uplands incorporates the curriculum from the renowned CN Future Links and Golf Canada. Developed for young players aged eight to 14 at all skill levels, the agenda covers all facets of the game — from rules and etiquette to putting, tee shots, golf fitness and different tournament formats. Each session of the weeklong program will better your child’s performance and understanding of the sport. PGA of Canada instructors provide lessons each morning, followed by lunch and supervised on-course activities. Participants receive educational materials intended to enhance their enjoyment in the “game of a lifetime.” 46 Uplands Ave., Thornhill • 905-889-3291

The children’s baking workshops at Oh So Sweet will give your little chefs not only some real talent in the kitchen, but also a perfectly fun way to spend their rainy summer days. Known for their delicious, nut-free cupcakes, cookies, cakes and other desserts, Oh So Sweet is hosting summer baking workshops in their 100%-nut-free facility, teaching kids from four to 12 years old how to make popular treats like chocolate chip cookies, berry muffins, banana loaves, brownies, chocolate cupcakes, waffle boats and more. 8099 Weston Road, Unit 15, Vaughan • 905-265-9898 City Life Magazine

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ALLERGIES Written By Susanne Bennett


wasn’t always an allergy specialist. I had a thriving sports medicine clinic when my son Cody was born, and soon the nightmare followed. At three months old, he became plagued with allergies — and I don’t mean simple rashes and sneezing. Cody suffered from a wide range of severe allergic reactions, including hives and intense rashes that wouldn’t go away. Things only got worse over time and his allergies went deep into his lungs, causing asthma and difficulty breathing. By the time he was 15 months old, he had severe allergic reactions to food, inhalants and chemicals and started to have anaphylactic reactions, which meant we had to carry a medical injection device in case we needed to open his airways and save his life. Needless to say, I was disappointed with the doctors, the treatments and myself as a mother. I was scared for my son’s life and for his future. I became fully committed to finding the root cause of his allergies and illnesses. I took post-graduate programs in allergies and environmental


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medicine. I read endless medical studies and books. I contacted doctor after doctor in my search for answers. I soon made nutrition his medicine. Changing his diet was a huge step but it just wasn’t enough to address all of his reactions. I had to take proactive steps to strengthen his body’s innate ability to deal with the moulds, toxins, metals and chemicals that are an inescapable part of our environment. We cleaned up different aspects of our lifestyle: the water we ingested and bathed in, the air quality in our home, the living and kitchen environment. We also implemented healthy physical activity and reduced our stress levels. The result? By the time my son Cody was four years old, he was 100 per cent allergy-free. Today, he is studying at a university and has no allergies at all. What began as a mother’s desperate search to save her son evolved into a comprehensive program and book, The 7-Day Allergy Makeover. Now, I’d like to share some facts with you about allergies that may surprise you — and may open your eyes to the

possibility that more of us suffer from allergies than most people realize. 1 Allergies don’t always show visible signs. It is a common mistake to associate all allergies with symptoms like a runny nose, water eyes (hay fever symptoms) or severe inflammation (as in people with shellfish or peanut allergies.) These are what are known as IgE or severe allergic reactions caused by acute inflammation. But there are numerous less “common” symptoms that people don’t realize could be caused by allergies; symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, lack of concentration, stomach bloating and even joint pain and anxiety. These can all be caused by allergies.

2 Our environments are loaded with allergens. Allergens are carried in our furniture, our cars and even in the very air we breathe and water we drink. Toxic chemicals and fungi are two very common types of allergens that may be hidden in our everyday environments. 3 Your skin is overloaded with allergens.

If you’re using beauty products and soaps with chemicals in them (sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens and phthalates, just to name a few), you are wearing your body down with chemical allergens. Your pores are permeable; you will absorb whatever you apply on your skin. 4 Dairy alternatives? Be careful! Ever wonder why you feel bloated and gassy after that vegetarian meal or cup of dairyfree ice cream? One of the most common allergies I’ve seen is to soy. While avoiding dairy is essential for healing your allergies, replacing it with soy can give you terrible indigestion and leave you tired. Try almond or coconut options instead. 5 Only seven types of foods cause the majority of food allergies. The seven foods that account for the vast majority of allergic sensitivities are dairy products, gluten products (wheat, barley and rye), sugar, alcohol, peanuts, eggs and mouldcontaining foods such as many dried fruits, mouldy cheeses and mushrooms. By eliminating or even reducing your intake of these foods, you can help reset your body’s load of allergens and eliminate your allergy symptoms. 6 Allergies can be healed all-naturally. The good news is that allergies can be healed without drugs, creams or medication. By improving the quality of seven key areas in our lives (nutrition, water, air, environment, kitchen, body and stress), we can rid ourselves of the buildup of allergens and toxins in the body. You will restore vibrant health from the inside out. SUSANNE BENNETT GUEST HEALTH EDITOR

Natural allergy doctor Susanne Bennett has been promoting vibrant, natural health for over 24 years and is the founder of the Wellness for Life Center in Santa Monica, California. As a leading natural allergy specialist, she believes that everyone can regain their energy, vitality and optimum health by honouring the body’s innate healing powers. Learn more about allergies and how to overcome them at

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Floral-inspired dresses, jumpsuits and jewels — make way for summer’s new neutral

Written By Rebecca Alberico


Perennial Style Stand out in a pretty periwinkle dress by Tucker and darling Jemma Wynne jewels


fter a seemingly endless winter, a fresh new trend is in bloom. Fierce and flirty have replaced the delicate and dainty floral prints of the past. From carnations to peonies and everything in between, these beautiful botanicals are anything but old-fashioned. The contrast of bold colour and embellished femininity draws the eye across a plethora of silky ensembles this season, letting style blossom with a contemporary twist on the traditional trend. Refined cuts and the structured elements of the pieces bring order to the floral fantasy. Experiment with soft neutral shoes that add balance to the busy ensemble — this is the perfect opportunity to transition the look from work to play. 56

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Botanical Bombshell Kill it in a sexy floral jumpsuit from Topshop, accessories from Kismet and classic Calvin Klein heels


Floral jumpsuit by Topshop; jewelry by Kismet

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Pretty in Patterns Swoon over this maroon floral dress from Topshop, perfectly paired with a Stetson hat and Arik Kastan accessories


Lady Boss Take charge in this sexy purple Hugo Boss number, bold Carbon & Hyde accessories and Calvin Klein sandals

Taken one step further, the iconic patterns complemented by highly stylized geometric-shaped accessories create a flawless style statement. Small rings stacked on multiple digits and oversized conversation pieces are accessory staples this season. The beautifully gilded glamour, adorned with coloured gems and ornate architecture, screams sophistication. Don’t shy away from layering necklaces — try pairing shorter delicate pieces with bolder ones. City Life Magazine

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THE SUN Written By Jamie Richards

I can’t wait to see the sun again!” How often do we find ourselves saying this during the winter months only to lather ourselves and our children with sunscreen to protect us from the same life-giving rays we so desperately craved only months before? WHY WE NEED THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN Sunshine doesn’t just feel great; it’s a vital component of healthy living. With over 3,000 binding sites for vitamin D in every cell, we are designed to soak up enough rays to produce the vitamin D we require for optimum health and cell function. The good news is that we really don’t need to do much; our body takes care of everything. By simply getting adequate exposure to the sun, UVB rays interact with cholesterol in our skin (this is why cholesterol-lowering drugs make it more difficult to produce enough vitamin D) and are converted in our liver and kidneys … and ta-da! THE PROBLEM WITH SUNSCREEN The problem is that we rarely allow 58

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that natural process to occur. A culture of fear regarding sun exposure has been bred, with fears of cancer and premature aging keeping people out of the sun. Sunscreen blocks UVB rays that cause sunburns, but it also blocks the production of vitamin D in the process. In addition, we gain a false sense of security because no burn is present, but UVA rays are still able to penetrate the skin more deeply, causing free radical damage and DNA mutation. All of this contributes to the development of cancer. So why not just use a full-spectrum sunscreen and avoid all the controversy? Most sunscreens, even full-spectrum ones, fall far short of entirely blocking out UVA rays, leaving the skin exposed to the damage caused by UVA penetration. IS THE SUN A FRIEND OR FOE? The question we should ask is how can something our body requires for both optimal health and life be so horrible for us. Of course, in excessive amounts, damage can occur, but that’s no different than taking in excessive amounts of water — it’s called drowning.

It doesn’t make sense to stay in the sun for long periods of time and burn the skin. This is a no-no and adds to the potential for problems long term. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be exposed to sunlight without sunscreen for 10 to 15 minutes if our skin is fair, and even longer if we have darker skin types. In fact, the Canadian Cancer Society suggests that the best way to get sufficient vitamin D is through supplements and spending brief periods of time in the sun. According to the World Health Organization, malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is more prevalent with indoor versus outdoor workers and most often found on areas of the skin that are not exposed to UV rays. A 2008 study in the European Cancer Journal confirmed that melanoma patients who were exposed to more sunlight prior to diagnosis had better survival rates than those patients who had less exposure. The sun is not our enemy. There’s a reason our body has the mechanisms for protection built in. It’s intelligent. It’s designed to make melanin (and a tan) to absorb UV rays. BOTTOM LINE Our first line of defence against sun damage is eating a healthy diet to create adequate antioxidants and a balanced omega 3:6 ratio to reduce our chances of burning. The next best thing is to stay in the sun until the skin is pink and then do one of three things: move inside, find shade or stay outside and cover up with a hat and clothes. If you need to be in the sun for extended periods of time, use a sunblock with zinc oxide as its main active ingredient. JAMIE RICHARDS GUEST HEALTH EDITOR

Dr. Jamie Richards is the CEO of Life By Design Inc. and host of top health podcasts “Life By Design Worldwide” and “My Practice Rules.” Dr. Richards also leads two busy family chiropractic practices and a successful CrossFit facility in Ontario.


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COLOUR POP! SULTRY SUMMER MUST-HAVES It’s time to ditch dull neutrals in favour of this season’s hottest hues. Not only is orange the new black, but sunset shades like magenta and crimson are sweeping the beauty landscape Written By Rebecca Alberico


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Two very different options for tackling the urban hustle Written By Justin Mastine-Frost

The AJAC award-winning 2014 Jeep Cherokee


here’s little surprise that the compact SUV and crossover segment has been booming over the past few years. As fuel prices continue to rise, and with urban environments growing more and more cramped, car shoppers continue to gravitate toward these tall, short-wheelbase rides that still offer a reasonable amount of passenger and cargo capacity. The modern-day urban family continues to stand opposed to the minivan mantra for the time being, choosing instead something both practical and stylish that can navigate the cramped streets of our cities. With these shoppers in mind, here is a look at two solid options on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Cherokee is more than just another urban people mover. As with anything sporting the Jeep logo on its grille, this thing can take you deep into the wilderness if you’re ready for the adventure. That is, as long as you put the right tires on it. The Jeep Cherokee just won AJAC’s Canadian Utility Vehicle of the year for its bold design, well-built interior and excellent fuel economy. Thanks to a class-exclusive 9-speed automatic gearbox, the Cherokee is capable of highway fuel economy with ratings as low as 6.4-Litre/100 kilometres. Even if you’re not an offroad enthusiast, the Cherokee’s roughand-tumble style will look good no matter where you need to go.

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GENERAL SPECS 2014 JEEP CHEROKEE Engine options: 2.4-L, 184-hp and 171 lb-ft torque / 3.2-L, 271-hp and 239 lb-ft torque Fuel economy: 2.4-L: 9.6-L/100 km (city), 6.4-L/100 km (highway) MSRP: $23,695

looking for a sleek and sexy new ride, but the Venza is a sharp-looking unit. Designed in a way that takes traditional minivan proportions and skews them until they gain some visual appeal, the Venza is one of the first crossovers not to go for a shrunken SUV or traditional station wagon form. In the process, it has earned plenty of fans. Another benefit of being built by the Japanese automaker is that the Venza can come as lightly or heavily loaded in creature comforts as you like. A barebones model with cloth seats and a 4-cylinder engine will run you less than $30k, whereas a leather-trimmed all-wheel-drive V-6 model with navigation and a panorama sunroof will push you closer to the $40k range.

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This summer, make your own backyard the place to be by decking out your patio with ecletic, crowd-pleasing must-haves that will get the party going

Bluespark Bluetooth Headset Powerful is the new pretty, and this headset happens to be both. Produced by Triple C Designs, this cutting-edge product brings convenience to outdoor relaxing with its superior comfort and ability to recharge via USB. $70,

Galvanized Tolix Stool Funky is making a comeback. Embrace the trend with this bright stool, which offers guests a fun seating option while soaking up the sun. It’s availability in 32 colours makes it easy to coordinate with your patio décor. $99,

Playshapes Stray from the sandbox this summer with this mind-tickling toy by Miller Goodman. Watch your little ones’ creativity shine as they arrange illustrations out of this modular set of 74 geometric wooden shapes. $160,

Sombrero Juicer Lemon There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a cup of cold lemon water. This bottle-fitted juicer designed by Mauricio Affonso makes it faster and easier to get to that sweet (and sour) refreshment. $5,

Cuisinart rt 700 LP or NG No patio party is complete omplete without a BBQ. Perfect for grilled rilled veggies and nart 700, available burgers, the Cuisinart in propane or natural gas, heats things up with a rotisserie otisserie and three el double burners. stainless-steel $499 (LP), $550 (NG),

Kubu Collection Rattan Sofa Add ease and comfort to the hosting process with a Mediterranean-style piece for your guests to relax on. Handcrafted and Zen-inspired, this flexible and generous rattan settee sits pretty on a terrace or patio. $1,395, MORE ON PAGE 66 Ò


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Crystorama Brentwood 6 Light Crystal Chandelier As your day party turns into a soiree, be ready with an enchanting light fixture that will illuminate and amp up your gettogether. Placed above a dining table or chaise lounge as a focal point, your friends and family can mingle while enjoying the moon and stars overhead. $1,020, Available at Prima Lighting in Vaughan,

Stella Pillow Who says you need a rainstorm to see a rainbow? Add this multihued crocheted pillow cover to your outdoor style for an accent that will keep you inspired, rain or shine. $28,

Firepit Whether you’re roasting marshmallows or sharing ghost stories, a safe and beautiful fire pit is a summertime essential. The landscape designers at Piques and Valleys can create a custom one for your evolving patio.

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Condiments infused with artisanal beer? Yes, please! From tangy and tart to smoky and sweet, the BBQ staple gets a makeover with premium ingredients and regional American craft beers. Slather the Pilsner on grilled chicken, the Pale Ale on ribs, and the Amberr Ale on smoked brisket. $17 each,



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Written By Stephanie Joanne

s a fitness expert, by far one of the most popular questions I’m asked is, “What is the best program?” Not an unusual question, after all we’re all looking for the same thing: results. But every day we’re bombarded with exercise

options. A new yoga studio appears in your neighbourhood, everyone’s talking about CrossFit and the flyer for the local gym is on your kitchen table. What do you do? As inconvenient as this may sound, the best workout and nutritional plan for achieving real, lasting results is the one you’re actually going to do. Meaning, you must find the program that speaks to you, your lifestyle and your motivations. This is key to finding a program that generates the results you’re looking for and that you’ll stick to. When considering a new plan, ask yourself if you would actually enjoy it. Can you visualize yourself getting hooked or does the idea make you run (in the non-literal way)? Keep in mind that workout programs that are effective for others just might not be as effective for you. It’s essential to research what’s available and how it suits your needs so you can make an informed decision. The best way to see if your program of choice is working is to check how you feel. These are the three metrics I use to tune in on my decision: happiness, health and positive self-image. When


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we’re happy, we enjoy what we’re doing and, as crazy as it sounds, actually get excited about exercising. When we’re healthy, we’re able to do the things we want to do without our bodies slowing us down. And when we feel comfortable in our own skin we tend to have more confidence and don’t think badly about ourselves. Consider the need to become your own guinea pig. Every two weeks, take measurements and/or photos to track your progress. Take notes on your workouts and ask yourself, “Am I feeling better? Am I looking better? Am I happy?” If the answer to these questions is a resounding “yes,” then keep doing it. You’re on the right track. If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” however, then you need to find out what’s not working. Are you actually following the plan? Be honest, have you deviated from it or cheated? Is there something that is potentially throwing you off and are there adjustments you can make to improve your progress? Are you trying to do too much? Consistency and laser focus is everything. However, diving in too quickly can lead you to lose interest just as fast. Be realistic with your plan so that you can set yourself up for lasting workouts. Don’t forget, the best program will be the one that you’re actually going to follow. You’ll stick with it if your goals are met and you see the desired results. Achieving goals is far easier if they’re realistic and you’re able to focus on one or two at a time instead of a multitude of them. Remember, success is a cycle that needs to be followed and continuously tweaked in order to remain on track. STEPHANIE JOANNE GUEST FITNESS EDITOR

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VODKA AND R BOTS Your favourite half of the screwdriver cocktail just got tastier with the launch of Absolut Vodka’s MakerFest Written By Amanda Storey


f all the drink options stocked in our personal bars, Absolut Vodka is the artsiest one. The Swedish elixir has been a longtime advocate for the creators of the world, and this year the brand is stepping it up a notch by launching MakerFest. Part of its global art-supporting #TransformToday crusade, MakerFest is a Canada-wide campaign in celebration of the fresh and fascinating “maker movement” that’s exploded across the North American art scene over the past six years. “[The maker movement] is the emergence of the do-it-yourself culture,” says Jonathan Moneta, cofounder of Toronto-based 3D printing studio Makelab. Moneta and his business partner Daniel Flynn were commissioned to use their 3D printing skills to create an installation piece for 70

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1. Absolut got creative with its packaging in celebration of the launch of MakerFest 2. Guests interact with the Absolut Maker Construction Set at the Massive 10 party, held at the AGO

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Jonathan Moneta, co-founder of Toronto-based 3D printing studio Makelab, poses with the Absolut Maker Construction Set, his instalment for the Massive 10 party


the MakerFest launch party at the AGO (the talked-about Massive 10 bash) on April 10. “All of our grandparents had workshops in their garages and basements, and essentially this is the rebirth of that culture, but with tools of the digital age — microcontrollers, LEDs, electronics, computerized controls and traditional do-it-yourself technology. It’s an exciting time to get back to really making things.” In other words, a maker is a cross between an inventor and an artist. When these creative brains get their hands on some cool technology, sparks fly and bam — they’ve fused, patched, 3D-printed or scrawled together a work of art using outside-the-box thinking and some elbow grease. In response to the emergence of maker culture, Absolut is setting out to do what vodka does best: fire up

MakerFest promises to host its celebrations at least once a month in major Canadian cities

the excitement. The brand is doing it by hosting MakerFest events in major Canadian cities at least once a month, all summer long and beyond — from gallery shows, where makers can play a little show and tell with their latest creations, to laid-back gatherings held in more communal venues like local parks. “This is our opportunity to inspire and challenge makers in different ways, to have their creations showcased to consumers, and also to inspire consumers to co-create with makers,” says Chris Bhowmik, senior brand manager for Absolut Vodka at Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd. in Toronto. “It’s a very inclusive platform — you don’t need to be a maker to get involved with MakerFest. We’re inviting everyone and anyone to our experiences.” And it couldn’t be easier to get on the guest list for these fetes. Absolut promises to tweet updates on its next events, and all hopeful guests have to do is tweet @AbsolutCanada or post on the brand’s Facebook page requesting an invitation to attend that specific party, and they’re in. So really, there’s no excuse not to come out and play with the blinking lights and transfixing movements of the new age of arts and crafts.



With so many interesting, innovative and irresistible shops lining been a better time to explore our hometown the streets, there’s never be

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS The hunt for the perfect healthy, delicious snack is over — and it ended in your own backyard. Edible Arrangements is famous for its fresh fruit creations, from boxes of chocolate-dipped strawberries to edible bouquets. Stop by the Vaughan location next to Vaughan Mills to pick up a savoury (and guiltless) treat for a loved one or yourself. 3255 Rutherford Rd., Building H, Vaughan 905-738-4100


BONBONS & BRITTLE Party-planning parents, meet your lifesaver: This charming Kleinburg candy boutique bans the boring from kids’ birthday parties with its creative, handcrafted treats. Replace the same old bowls of chips, cheese puffs and pretzels with stands of scrumptious cake pops and other artisan goodies from BonBons & Brittle, all created with the finest ingredients and lots of love. Completely unique (and totally kid-approved), the desserts and yummy snacks from BonBons & Brittle will sprinkle some excitement on your little one’s special day! 10462 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg 905-893-3337


The fragrance of peonies and garden roses fills the air inside Fiori Bevilacqua as designers create lush, rich florals using the most beautiful of blooms. With the utmost attention to detail, even its use of fine ribbons is stunning. The well-kept secret of many Richmond Hill clients is out as Fiori Bevilacqua captures attention through sparkling event work. Feed your soul with Fiori Bevilacqua. 361 Carrville Rd., Richmond Hill 905-882-9761


Forget the ice cream truck. Maple Bakery handcrafts its Italia Italian gelatos in-house using the finest ingredients, including flavours imported from different regions in Italy. includin by to taste its rainbow of flavours, including popular Stop b hits lemon, lem chocolate and banana — and be sure to pick up some homemade pastries and breads for your next so barbecue while you’re there. barbe 10040 100 Keele St., Maple 905-832-2987 905 ww

Face the summer with a smile by bringing yours to West Vaughan Dental, where the friendly, experienced team will not only perfect your pearly whites but also make sure that you’re comfortable in the dentist’s chair. From cosmetic dentistry and dental implants to preventative care, Dr. Vageesh Sabharwal and Dr. Bertha Luk will brighten your summer with a beautifully refreshed smile. 5100 Rutherford Rd., Suite 28, Woodbridge


GREAT TO HEAR Winner of the 2014 Top Choice Award for Best Hearing Clinic in Vaughan, Great to Hear is the destination for the latest in hearing aids and electronic hearing protection. New on the market are wireless hearing aids with connectability to the user’s iPhone or TV. High-quality products and dedicated service make Great to Hear the place to rediscover your sense of hearing. 8787 Weston Rd. #7A, Vaughan 905-850-7997

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Romany Malco discusses his new film, his Vegas lifestyle and the results of his social networking prowess Written By Michael Hill


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or the first time in his career, Romany Malco is doing what he’d previously refused to do: a sequel. The 45-year-old actor explains that for too long he approached projects as a purist, favouring originality and creativity to rehashing tired ideas. But he’s become humbler over time, learning that if there’s potential to turn something into a franchise, “you don’t turn your back on it.” The sequel in question is Think Like a Man Too, the follow-up to the romcom Think Like a Man, which was based on a Steve Harvey book and, when released in 2009, defied lukewarm critics by hauling in over $91 million at the domestic box office. Too’s story picks up several years later, with Malco’s character, Zeke, and the rest of the cast heading to Las Vegas for a wedding. Zeke’s now in a relationship with Meagan Good’s Mya, but his lewd past is catching up to him in Sin City. “It’s a place where he developed a bit of a reputation,” says the native of Brooklyn, New York — and he must contend with the hilarious circumstances it brings. While the film was shot in Las Vegas, Malco, who’s known for his comedic roles in The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Love Guru and the recent Last Vegas, explains he isn’t much of a Vegas guy. “I’d rather be up on my computer until 3 o’clock in the morning surfing the Internet than in a club,” he says. You’re more likely to find him catching a show or hitting up a new restaurant, like two of his Vegas faves, Hot N Juicy Crawfish and the Aria Hotel’s Julian Serrano, where, he adds, he ate “literally” every day.

The men of Think Like a Man Too: Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Gary Owen, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Terrence Jenkins

Despite his signature witty banter and larger-than-life, scene-stealing persona (see just about any moment when he’s in The 40 Year-Old Virgin), Malco explains that most consider him one of the more serious actors on set.

His co-star and longtime friend Kevin Hart razzes him regularly, calling him a “thespian” because of his particularity. “I’m always the guy on set that’s like, ‘I don’t know if this part of the script makes sense. I think we need to rethink this,’” Malco says. His PR chimes in, letting us know our time is almost up. But before he goes Malco asks, “Could you do me a favour?” Um, yeah. Sure. “Could you tell your audience that I have been awarded Most Interactive Social Media Celebrity for both Twitter and Instagram?” Oh, congratulations! It’s unsurprising to hear Malco won such an award, especially considering the respectable following he’s cultivated online thanks to regular interaction with fans and his funny, motivating and informative posts. He was even invited to a conference at the White House two years ago to discuss how they could improve their approach to social media. So, who gave you this award? “Yeah, I gave the award to myself, and I just ordered the actual trophy off Amazon.” Do they give one for Most Gullible Interviewer, as well? @RomanyMalco

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time: The warm weather has arrived and you’re armed with the legendary Spatula of Destiny, ready to slay hunger with the fireroasted fare from your trusted barbecue. But if you’re eyeing the crown of Lord of the Grill this summer, you’ll need to up your burger game. Enter the Extreme Burger from Weber’s Big Book of Burgers. This beautiful behemoth is stacked with beef, cheese and bacon, cranking the traditional bun-and-patty comborecipe up to 11. Slather on the garlic mayo and fresh guacamole for a flavour-filled punch that will have guests demanding Round 2. So fire up the grill and become the envy of the neighbourhood. Good grilling, burger champions. Good grilling.

INGREDIENTS - 2 lbs ground chuck (80% lean) - 4 slices thick-cut bacon - 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce - ½ tsp smoked paprika - ½ tsp onion powder - 8 thin slices cheddar cheese - 4 hamburger buns, split - 4 leaves Boston lettuce - 1 ripe beefsteak tomato, cut crosswise into 4 slices about ⅓ inch thick Mayo - ⅓ cup mayonnaise - 1 tsp minced garlic - Kosher salt - Freshly ground black pepper Guacamole - 2 ripe Hass avocados - 1 tbsp fresh lime juice - 2 tsp minced garlic METHOD 1. In a skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes, 74

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turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels. 2. Whisk the mayo ingredients, including ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. 3. Mash the guacamole ingredients, including ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. 4. Mix the ground chuck with Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, smoked paprika and onion powder, and then gently form eight patties of equal size, each about ½ inch thick and a little wider than the buns. Refrigerate the patties until ready to grill. 5. Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (400 F to 500 F.) 6. Grill patties over direct mediumhigh heat with lid closed until cooked to medium doneness (160 F), 6 to 8 minutes, turning once. During the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of grilling time place a slice of cheese on each patty to melt, and toast buns cut-side down over direct heat.

7. Build each burger on a bun with garlic mayo, a lettuce leaf, a tomato slice, two patties, guacamole, a slice of bacon (torn in half ), and more garlic mayo. Serve immediately. SERVES: 4 Prep time: 25 minutes Grilling time: 6-8 minutes

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n the early morning of June 1st, on a gorgeous spring day, hundreds of cyclists disembarked from Eagles Nest Golf Club in Vaughan for the much-anticipated Giro 2014. The annual fundraiser was once again a great success, bringing together cyclists from all across the city to support the efforts of Villa Charities. Cyclists of all skill level pedalled through the country roads north of Vaughan on either the 60-km Media Fondo or the 100-km Gran Fondo routes. Along the way, participants made several stops, including at Villa Colombo and the Guglietti family’s Pinecrest Farms, for rest, water and delicious Italian fare, such as meatballs, pizza, gelato and more. Some cyclists took their time, enjoying the perfect weather on a leisurely ride through the scenic countryside, while others challenged themselves, pushing to set personal bests and complete the wellplanned routes. While there was friendly competitive banter between some, everybody came together to achieve one goal: support Villa Charities. The organization has provided services and housing for the community’s elderly for over 40 years, and its events like the Giro allow this crucial work to continue. As Gino Reda, host of TSN’s That’s Hockey and



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1. The M.A.M. Group: Marco Polsinelli, Mauro Baldassarra, Sabrina Di Bella (Miss CHIN 2013), Louie Gabriele and Nicholas Fidei, president of Treasure Hill Homes 2. Marco Guglietti (third from left) and the top fundraising Rosehaven Homes 3. King and Queen of the Mountain: Lisa Carr and Andrew Iacobelli 4. Realtor Jo-Ann Folino and co-founder of Dolce Media Group Michelle Zerillo-Sosa 5. Co-founder of Dolce Media Group Fernando Zerillo, Sergio Sosa and managing editor of City Life Magazine Michael Hill 6. Greg Tanzola (left) and the Sorbara Group team

emcee for this year’s Giro, explained at the lunch after the ride, the people cared for by Villa Charities are not just parents and grandparents. They’re the groundbreakers, the innovators and the risk-takers who scarified and travelled to a foreign land all in the hopes of providing a better life for their families and future generations. It’s attitudes like this that show how committed the community is to its members, and one that will allow the Giro to continue to be successful for years to come.


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And that’s the birth story of Espresso Manifesto, the band that Nardi named after the highly caffeinated token of Italian culture. In 2011, she assembled a troupe of musicians and travelled to Calvi dell’Umbria, where they recorded their first album, Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto — The Songs of Paolo Conte. Not typically one to


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ike decades of soul-searchers before her, Canadian jazz singer Daniela Nardi discovered herself in Italy. “Culturally, artistically — for me, the country is inspiring,” says Nardi, a Toronto native whose family history lies in Calabria, Italy. The two of us are seated in a boardroom at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, where soon she and her Italian jazz band Espresso Manifesto will perform in front of an intimate crowd. “Italy resonates with me,” she continues. “I feel my real, capital-S self when I’m there because it’s such a deep, fundamental part of my DNA.” But Nardi, who was classically trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music and earned a degree in music from York University, wasn’t always this 78

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in tune with her roots. Born and raised in Toronto, it wasn’t until well into her musical career that she decided to fuse her talent with her Italian heritage. After the release of her second album, The Rose Tattoo, in 2008, the singersongwriter was hit by a fierce bout of writer’s block. A summer-long stay in New York City with her husband, Canadian pianist Ron Davis, seemed to do the trick, especially after the couple happened to catch Italian singer Jovanotti performing in a club one night. “It just hit such a deep chord in me — no pun intended — and it really made me want to do something with my background,” recalls Nardi. “I wanted to reconnect with my roots and make something fresh and new in the process.”

produce cover albums, the project was something different for the songwriter. “I’ve always loved Paolo Conte, and no woman has really taken on his music in that way,” says Nardi. “I decided to dive into his music, and it’s interesting that even though I’m singing someone else’s songs, it’s actually the most authentic material I’ve put out in some time.” The clock in the boardroom is ticking, and it’s nearly time for Nardi to head over to her stage when I ask her what’s next for Espresso Manifesto. “We have to start thinking about a new album, and I have some ideas,” she says with a laugh that tells me she won’t be letting anyone in on too many pre-production secrets. “This time, I want to do more of a cross-cultural collaboration. I went to Italy [to record] my last one, but for our next album I want to do some here in Canada and some over there.” Performing her all-Italian ballads at the McMichael, the hub of all things Canadiana, seems like a good place to begin this next project: pulling inspiration from both sides of her heritage to treat listeners to the best of both worlds, musically.

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Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto recorded their debut album, Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto — The Songs of Paolo Conte, in Milan in 2012

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The classic immigrant story is often told through the he ape cultural, political and historic events that helped shape age the country left behind. In this touching tale of courage orne and optimism, we learn how family foundations are borne on a love and hope that spreads across generations The Story of Rebecca and John Chandy


he first time I saw my husband was at the altar. It was the age of arranged marriages, when the bride’s parents anxiously looked around for eligible bachelors in the community. Eligibility meant a good job, an ancient family name, solid family wealth and a good personality. On all these counts, my future husband came up trumps. My father was a high official in Travancore, which is the present state of Kerala. A champion of women’s education, he saw to it that all his five daughters became graduates. He was most proud of me because I had won the gold medal for the first rank in the state for the SSLC (Secondary School, Leaving Certificate) examination. I had followed this up with merit scholarships in my college career. At the time of my marriage, I was studying in the final year of the BA honours course (equivalent to today’s master’s degree) at Presidency College, Madras. 80

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My father was on the lookout for young Syrian Christian men passing out of the competitive examinations of the Indian Civil Services. But very few got in, as the exams were not only based on intellectual brilliance but also on sportsmanship and a cosmopolitan background. They were tough. So when my father heard that Mr. K. Chandy’s third son, Johnnie — who had been accepted into the Indian Railway service — had at last agreed to get married, he proposed me in marriage to him. There was a condition that I should go back to college to finish my course. I was eleven years younger than Johnnie, but my father made light of it. How did I agree to marry a man whom I had not seen? I had always wanted to marry a man superior in intelligence to me. I had broken free of the insular atmosphere of college life in Travancore when I gained admission into the “College for Princes” as Presidency College was known then. I wanted to live on in this cosmopolitan atmosphere and if I agreed to this marriage, I would be doing just that.

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Besides, I had heard fulsome praises of Johnnie, so I acquiesced in my father’s decision. Johnnie had many labels at the time of the wedding. He was the son of Mysore Chandy, who had occupied the topmost administrative office in the State of Mysore-First Member of the Council of the Maharaja. The family lived in Bangalore in great luxury. All the children were sent to the best English schools. They spoke English at home and were ignorant of the culture and language of the Syrian Christians. Johnnie had passed the Senior Cambridge examination with distinction. He joined the BA honours course in history in the Madras Christian College at his father’s insistence, although his forte was mathematics. The father had planned to send this bright son to Delhi to appear for the ICS (Indian Civil Service) examination. He became very popular in the college as an outstanding sportsman — the captain of the cricket team, the commandant of the University cadet corps and a formidable boxer. His

Rebecca Chandy, second from left, at her grandson John’s wedding

principal, Dr. Boyd, was very fond of him and gave him a glorious certificate. He had just finished his course when he applied for selection in the IRS (Indian Railway Service) and IPS (Indian Police Service.) He had an impetuous and adventurous quality about him that led him to take bold decisions on his own. He was selected for both. So his father did not pursue the ICS option. But he advised him to choose the Railways. In the Police Service he might have been called upon to shoot his own countrymen who were gathering force all over the country and demanding national independence. Johnnie was only twenty-one when he entered Railway Service. He refused all proposals of marriage that came for him, saying that he was too young. There were only three Indian Assistant Traffic Superintendents in the MSM Railways traffic department. The rest were of British descent. Johnnie’s father told him that his style should equal that of his British counterparts. He gave him money to buy the best furniture. I still have some of the Katpadi rosewood furniture he ordered. He bought a red sports car. Tall and athletic, well dressed and confident, he cut a stylish figure as he stepped out of his car and walked the corridors of power, much to the delight of his Indian subordinates, who loved him. He was kind to them but always kept them at a distance. Soon he adopted the lifestyle of his fellow

British officers, a peg or two of Scotch in the evenings, cricket or horse-racing on weekends, English meals eaten with a spoon and fork, waited on by butlers and peons. He moved with them on an equal if not superior footing. Any slighting of Indians or Indian leaders was met with instant reprisal from him. He was a popular figure in the officer’s club, particularly among the ladies, not only for his charismatic personality, but for his witty repartees and jokes as well. In the middle of these gay, carefree years of bachelorhood came World War II. India, as part of the British Empire, had to join the Allies. Young recruits, old and new, were being sent to the warfront in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Johnnie was a Railway officer and had no call to join the army. But he was always there when adventure or danger called. He applied for a commission in the army. He was lent from Railway to the army and was sent to Iraq. His job was to build a railway line from Iraq to the Middle East front to transport men and military supplies. This was not the romantic adventure he had wanted and it was his disappointment that he never saw action on the front. But it was an experience of military life in the desert — freezing cold at night and blazing heat at noon. The officers and men lived in tents, so it was a great change when they could go to Baghdad on weekends and visit nightclubs. On one occasion,

when curfew had fallen at midnight, he and his friend, who was his sister’s brother-in-law, found themselves locked in at a club. They jumped over a high wall, secured by barbed wire. Johnnie’s trousers were caught in the wire, sending his friend into fits of laughter. They had to flee the city with long tears in their trousers. The darned trousers were later exhibited to all of us back home as a memento of the war. The year 1944 saw the end of the war for the Middle East theatre. Johnnie was back at the Railway. He was posted to Avadi, a suburb of Madras where there was a huge military depot from where men and goods were transported to the Madras harbour for action in the Far East. That was when he yielded to the pressure of his parents to get married, leaving the choice of a partner to his parents. As my father led me to the altar, I saw a portly gentleman occupying the aisle seat of the bridegroom’s bench. My heart sank before someone told me, “Not that one, but the one sitting next to him.” By Mary Kuriyan From A NOTE OF HOPE: A Collection of Stories from Members and Friends of the Concord West Seniors Club Copyright © 2014 by Dolce Book Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. City Life Magazine

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eat doesn’t always have to be the centrepiece of your backyard summer soiree. Eco-chef Bryant Terry is king at elevating veggies past side-dish status, and his recently released fourth cookbook, Afro-Vegan, is a bumper crop of all-vegetable recipes with African, Caribbean and Southern spins. These vegetable and tofu kebabs, for example, may seem like standard BBQ staples, but when paired with Terry’s sweet and tangy pomegranate-peach barbecue sauce, you’ll see a new spectrum of greens.

INGREDIENTS - 28 ounces extra-firm tofu, frozen and thawed - 5 cups Pomegranate-Peach Barbecue Sauce - 4 ounces small round potatoes, halved - 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling - 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice - 1 large clove garlic, minced - 1 tsp coarse sea salt - Pinch of cayenne pepper - 1 globe eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into 1-inch chunks - 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares - 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares - 1 large red onion, quartered vertically, then halved crosswise METHOD Put the tofu on a plate. Put another plate on top and weight it (a 28-ounce can of tomatoes works well) to press the excess moisture out of the tofu. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Drain away the liquid and cut the tofu into ½ -inch cubes. Put the tofu and 2 cups of the barbecue sauce in a large bowl and toss gently until the tofu is evenly coated. Transfer all the contents of the bowl to a zip-lock bag and refrigerate overnight. Remove the tofu from the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature. Put the potatoes in a small saucepan, 82

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add water to cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium low, cover and cook until just fork-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and let cool. Prepare a medium-high grill. While the grill is heating, put the oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cayenne in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the potatoes, eggplant, green and red bell peppers and onion and toss gently until evenly coated. Next, thread the tofu and vegetables onto 10 metal skewers, distributing them evenly among the skewers. Put the remaining 3 cups of barbecue sauce in a small saucepan and add any sauce remaining in the zip-lock bag. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently, and continue cooking for about 1 minute. Transfer to a serving bowl. Brush the grill grate with oil. Put the kebabs on the grill and cook, turning frequently, until the tofu is lightly charred and the vegetables are forktender, about 8 minutes. Serve with the hot barbecue sauce alongside. SERVES: 5 POMEGRANATE-PEACH BARBECUE SAUCE - 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil - ½ cup finely chopped red onion - ¼ tsp coarse sea salt - ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper - 1 large clove garlic, minced - 1 cup diced peeled peaches

- 1 cup tomato sauce - ¼ cup water - ¼ cup red wine vinegar - ¼ cup pomegranate molasses - 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice - 2 tbsp tamari - 2 tbsp tomato paste - 1-3 tbsp chopped chipotle chili in adobo sauce - 2 tsp minced fresh sage Warm the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, salt and cayenne and sauté until the onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to blender. Add the peaches, tomato sauce, water, vinegar, pomegranate molasses, lime juice, tamari, tomato paste and chipotle chili and process until smooth. Pour the sauce back into the saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in the sage and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and season with more salt if desired. Use immediately or store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reprinted with permission from Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. Photography (c) 2014 by Paige Green




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