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18 THE REAL RESULTS OF REWARDS PARENTING How simple acknowledgments work best 22 RAMIN KARIMLOO on his return to the lead role in Les Misérables 26 IT’S THE FACTS, JACK! A ‘si-cological’ adventure with Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson 30 DAVID ROCCO The beloved Canadian TV star takes India by storm 36 FIRECRACKER Canadian actress Lara Jean Chorostecki blazes the small screen 40 NUTRITION MISSION Real Food champ Chuck Hughes brings good eating habits home 46 IN GOOD TASTE Fall into fashion for work and play 50 FORD FOCUS ST A new hot hatch for the open road More stories inside …




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ON THE COVER Photographed by Christoph Strube and styled by Marcus Tripp, David Rocco wears a jacket by Dirk Bikkembergs, a shirt by Eton, jeans by Diesel and belt by Gucci at Avenue Cibi e Vini in Kleinburg, Ont. Grooming by Richard J.

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PUBLISHER / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Michelle Zerillo-Sosa • MANAGING EDITOR Simona Panetta •

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude”


— Denis Waitley

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he first time I met David Rocco was over 20 years ago. I still remember his enthusiasm and that twinkle in his eyes as he, the waiter of La Madonnina, recounted the menu and daily specials. His enthusiasm was intoxicating. He told us how he was heading to Italy in a couple of weeks with Nina, his girlfriend at the time, to shoot a mini-cooking show. Fast-forward to our photoshoot this past September: Nina still occupies his heart along with their twin daughters and son. That twinkle is still in his eyes and his high energy is still something that one can’t help but feel in his presence. His upcoming show, David Rocco’s Dolce India, says volumes about this man’s quest to bring travel, food and great stories of his adventure to his audience, and the fundamental truth that regardless of our nationality, place in society or religious beliefs, we can all sit around the table to share a meal with family and friends. It’s amazing how easy it is to dissolve the ignorance and discrimination about people — just share a meal with them. I particularly enjoyed watching David complement Mauro, owner of Avenue Cibi e Vini in Kleinburg, about his espresso-making ability. In David’s own words, “Brother, you still make one of the best espressos I have ever tasted.” And that very well sums up this man’s charismatic character. He thrives on making people happy. Whether it’s by sharing his recipe, hosting a fundraiser, bringing you a glimpse of his latest travel adventure, or with his presence or just his smile, he is the true testament that happiness is indeed within all of us. The way we choose to live and make others feel is what shapes each of our stories. No two stories are alike, just like the ones depicted in these pages. The main lesson is to see the beauty of each new day and respond to it with the understanding that happiness is within us, if only we approach each day with love, grace and gratitude.

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GUEST EDITORS “Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others” — Virginia Woolf

Simona Panetta, Managing Editor


now you’ve come to terms with the reality that summer is over. Those long, sunswept days at the pool, BBQs at the cottage, drinks on a patio — distant, sweet memories we’ll re-enact all over again next year. And it’s a good thing you’ve let go, because the recurring messages that emerge in this issue are hard work, dedication and a healthier attitude towards life. When I first sat down with Lara Jean Chorostecki (read story on page 36), at the Gladstone Hotel, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the sacrifices she’s made in life. She has accomplished years of intense repertory theatre and a year studying abroad, which for this small-town girl from Brampton meant she had to grow up fast. And that’s a good thing too, because I can’t imagine Hannibal without her. Chuck Hughes, on the other hand, isn’t about to let go of his inner “big kid” just yet (see story on page 40). The celebrity chef and real food advocate visited Etobicoke to show kindergarteners just how cool real food can be. Side note: he said he’s on a mission to teach healthy eating habits to kids, but I think he was here just to make some new friends. We hope you enjoy our Oct/Nov issue of City Life.

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KAREN SKINULIS GUEST PARENTING EDITOR Rewarding children for their efforts may seem like an obvious strategy for parents, but Karen Skinulis, director of the Ontario Parenting Education Centre, sees the problems this approach brings. She offers her advice on how to encourage children in “The Real Results of Rewards” (page 18).

GILLIAN McINTYRE GUEST ART EDITOR Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has gained international acclaim for his edgy work and fearless criticism of China’s government. A provocative dissident, Ai is currently under house arrest in Beijing. In “Forced to Say Something” (page 20), Gillian McIntyre, interpretive planner at the AGO, describes the importance of Ai’s activism and why his travelling exhibit “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” is not to be missed.

BERTRAND ALÉPÉE GUEST FOOD EDITOR Community is everything to chef Bertrand Alépée. His freelance approach to food may be unconventional, but it allows for interaction with a variety of people and the novel experiences that affords. In “Blade for Hire” (page 44), Alépée takes us on a journey of the senses and demonstrates how those who give back will find plenty in return.

AMY CLEMENTS-CORTES GUEST MUSIC EDITOR As a music therapist, Amy Clements-Cortes uses her voice to provide patients with comfort and guidance through troubling times. In “Soothing Sounds” (page 48), ClementsCortes discusses her friendship with a patient and how music was his bright light even when things were at their darkest.

MITCH PARKER GUEST FINANCE EDITOR While young Canadians might not be thinking about their long-term finances, Mitch Parker feels investing today is key to a more comfortable future. The founder of MP Private Capital uses his financial savvy to outline “The Perks of Being an Early Investor” (page 54) and why starting today has its advantages.

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1. BUTTERFLY KISSES The 6th annual Circle of Friends-Butterfly Kisses Memorial, held at Doctors McLean District Park in Woodbridge, was a heartfelt event that allowed families to come together and grieve the loss of their loved ones. Four hundred monarch butterflies were released, symbolizing freedom and hope. A donation of $10,000 was raised for Hospice Vaughan.

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2. “Love, hope and paint” in support of breast cancer at Steeles Paint on October 26

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3 BEHIND THE MASK OF LMS MASQUERADE BALL Eat, drink, and be scary. With a goal to raise awareness and cure for a rare form of cancer, the second annual Behind the Mask of LMS Masquerade Ball will be held at the Embassy Grand Convention Centre on Oct. 25, 2013. Established in memory of Vaughan resident Adriana Facciponte, the costume party fundraiser will commemorate her strength of a life lived with leiomyosarcoma. Join the fight to end LMS with a night of live entertainment, dinner, photo booth, deluxe bar and a grand prize trip. Funds raised will benefit LMS research at Mount Sinai Hospital. 4. IN THE RISING MIST With a passion for poetry and creative non-fiction, Vaughan resident Kamal 4. Vaughan resident Parmar is excited Kamal Parmar to announce the December 2013 release of her second book, In the Rising Mist, which features beautiful poetry about the simplicity of life and the beauty of nature. An associate member of the League of Canadian Poets and a member of The Ontario Poetry Society, Parmar’s first book, Fleeting Shadows, uses the genre of poetry to describe her life and childhood memories of India.

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1b. Event volunteers Susan and Alexandra Michelini release a butterfly in memory of their loved ones

2. STEELES PAINT GOES PINK In support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region’s “Give Pink” campaign, Steeles Paint & Decorating Centre will be decorated in pink while staff will adorn pink corset T-shirts with the slogan “Love, Hope and Paint.” Steeles Paint pledged to donate $1 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for every gallon sold of any colour of Benjamin Moore eco-friendly paint and products and Para Paints zero-VOC paint during October. The cheque presentation from the month-long campaign will be held on Oct. 26, 2013, at 1 p.m., with former Global TV news anchor Anne Mroczkowski as the emcee. Supporters are welcomed to stop by the Steeles Paint supercentre and enjoy pink-inspired sweets and refreshments, take a photo on a custom-painted pink vintage tractor and learn practical tips to help reduce the risk of breast cancer at the Pink Tour bus.

3a. Dr. Martin Blackstein, medical oncologist from Mount Sinai Hospital

5. PRAYERS FOR NOAH FACECCHIA Undergoing intense medical procedures since he was 5. Little sister Kayla, mom Sonia and dad diagnosed Tony are by Noah Facecchia’s side with idiopathic refractory status epilepticus in 2011, Noah Facecchia, 8, has endured more than any child should. Shoppers Drug Mart at 4000 Highway 7 and Ainsley Grove will host its second annual gala in honour of Noah on October 19, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., to raise funds that will support Noah’s care-giving needs at home. Gloria’s Cakes and coffee for $5 will keep things sweet, as a showcase of jewelry pieces and a live DJ get the party started. For more information, visit the Prayers for Noah Facecchia Facebook page.

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REWARDS Have faith that your kids can behave without dangling a carrot Written By Karen Skinulis


no surprise that rewards have become the go-to strategy for time-pressed parents. Who hasn’t been tempted to offer a little incentive to get things done without a fuss? If you’re good while we’re shopping, I’ll buy you a candy bar. It seems harmless enough. You might even be thinking it’s better than threats or punishment because it’s “positive.” Yet those ubiquitous stickers, stars and charts that adorn so many fridges may lead to outcomes we aren’t anticipating. It’s time we take a deeper look and ask a few tough questions. For starters, what are the long-term results of this approach, and what are rewards really teaching kids? Could it even be possible they’re one of the reasons children aren’t as cooperative and hard working as we’d like? As innocent as they seem, rewards have serious baggage. The most troubling effect is that they encourage kids to think in a self-centred way; they encourage them to ask, “What’s in it for me? Why should I be good or help out unless I get something out of it?” Rewards focus a child’s attention on getting something. That’s why, when you ask your teenager to help shovel the driveway, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear: “What will you pay me?” This simply isn’t good training for cooperation in a family. Cooperation requires kids to think differently — to consider how they can help others and what the needs of a situation are. Search

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for words of encouragement, affection and respect instead of rewards: “I know it’s hard to come grocery shopping with me when you want to play, but we are almost finished. Would you like to help me pack up the bags at the cash? That’s so helpful. I really appreciate it when you help me shop.” The other area of concern is that rewards reduce motivation because they’re contingent upon getting specific results. Imagine making this promise: “If you get an A on your science test tomorrow, I’ll take you to Dairy Queen.” What happens if the A doesn’t materialize? Feelings of not measuring up, of things being unfair and of letting parents down are common reactions. These are unpleasant feelings, and that’s how motivation gets squelched. Although some self-confident kids will rise to the challenge and redouble their efforts, others won’t. The less confident get discouraged and give up, thinking they’ll fail: “The test is going to be hard. I probably won’t get an A and I won’t be getting ice cream — so why even try? It’s all stupid, anyway.” So what should parents do? The best way to encourage children is to put the focus on intrinsic payoffs instead — the good feeling you get when you’ve improved at something or

made a contribution that’s appreciated. Encourage your children to be helpful and enjoy their activities without worrying about how well they do. Children have loads of time to learn, and life is not a race. Effort, that willingness to keep trying, is the most important thing. Simple remarks such as “Good try!” or “Don’t give up!” are good, quick encouragers. It helps them accept mistakes without embarrassment. Remember, too, that children don’t need fireworks and applause every time they accomplish something. Sometimes the simplest acknowledgments are the best. “You tidied your desk so nicely. Everything looks organized.” This is enough. It’s all they need.

KAREN SKINULIS GUEST PARENTING EDITOR Karen Skinulis is a director at the Ontario Parenting Education Centre and a certified Montessori teacher. With an education in psychology, the mother of two is an expert at offering effective solutions to the most common parenting challenges, having co-authored three widely read books studied by both parents and teachers. Over the last 25 years, Skinulis has taught parenting classes and held workshops for family-focused organizations and corporations across Ontario.

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Ai Weiwei, second panel of the triptych Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn

FORCED TO SAY SOMETHING The importance of Ai Weiwei, China’s most controversial artist, and why his latest exhibit is an experience not to be missed Written By Gillian McIntyre

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Weiwei is easily one of China’s most wellknown and controversial figures. Currently on a North American tour and making its only stop in Canada at the AGO, “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” showcases a spectrum of work by the Chinese dissident, exemplifying why he’s so prolific and provocative, and considered one of the most significant contemporary artists at work in the world today. Many know him from his outspoken political activism, such as in his work Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, a statement both championing freedom and challenging the system, and presence on social media, most famously for the “Gangnam

Style” parody video he made last year. This is the first time that a large-scale survey of his artwork has been seen in Canada. When I first started working on this exhibition I realized how little I really knew about China. As an interpretive planner at the AGO, my job is to create strategies that enrich the visitors’ experience of our exhibitions. I always begin with articulating the big idea and the contemporary relevance of the art, and then I consider a range of ways of engaging our audiences. As well as reading and researching, I talked to various experts in Toronto to begin to understand the history of China and the contemporary and political climate that is reflected in Ai’s artwork. Ai is a passionate advocate for freedom of expression. This show features more than 35 pieces of his art, many of them immense in size and scale. While some, like the poetic Moon Chest, are purely esthetic, others, like Straight, embody his blunt and politically provocative nature. Made up of 38 tons of salvaged steel rebar, Straight is a memoriam to the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake when their poorly built schools collapsed. Ai’s observations of these schools’ shoddy construction made him more outspoken in his criticism of the Chinese government. Since then his activism and artwork have led to his arrest and the confiscation of his passport. He is currently not allowed to travel outside China and lives under surveillance in his Beijing studio. In addition to creating sculptures and installations, Ai is known for his work on film, including his 2012 documentary Ping’an Yueqing, an investigation of the mysterious death of a dissident in a Chinese village. He’s also the subject of the 2012 documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. In partnering with PEN Canada, a freedom of expression organization, I was able to meet and talk with exiled Chinese author Sheng Xue and create an interactive forum in the exhibition so that visitors can film their responses to the exhibition. As Ai says, “We have to give our opinion, we have to say something, or we are a part of it. As an artist I am forced to say something.” I hope this exhibition will be as thought-provoking and mind-opening for visitors as it is for me. “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” runs until October 27 at the AGO.

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es Misérables, the longest-running and arguably most famous musical in the world, returns to Toronto this fall, and with it comes awardwinning theatre performer Ramin Karimloo. At only 35, the Iranian-born, Canadian-raised actor has already catapulted himself to centre stage in renowned productions, including The Phantom of the Opera. Karimloo reprises his role as Jean Valjean, the protagonist of Les Mis, during the musical’s run at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Despite a hectic schedule leading up to the show’s opening, Karimloo made time for City Life to talk about taking on the hero once again.

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CL: You’ve played in Les Misérables several times, taking on the roles of various characters. For this show, you are reprising your role as Jean Valjean. What is it like stepping back into the shoes of the hero of Les Misérables? RK: I played Valjean about 18 months ago for four months in London, England. It was one of the best times I ever had. When I left I felt I wasn’t finished with the character, so to be part of this new production was my opportunity to have another go. What has been exciting for me is that I’ve been pretty busy since the last time I did theatre, so it hasn’t been just a case of reconnecting with Valjean, it’s been rediscovering and reinterpreting. CL: As a veteran of both this show and role, has your approach to playing and understanding the character Jean Valjean changed? If so, describe how your perception and appreciation of him has developed and how that will impact your performance. RK: I will, and did, go back to the novel to start everything off. This time around I have two directors in Laurence Connor and James Powell who I hadn’t worked with before with regards to Valjean. So that right away changes some aspects of the character. I’ve had time to physically put in more prep work for the character. It would be hard to be specific about what I think or feel about Valjean, as I wouldn’t want my inner interpretation to dictate what the audience takes from [the performance]. But it was beneficial to have the extra time to slowly develop through a full rehearsal process and to think about Valjean’s story. Funny enough, before, when I first tackled the novel to understand Valjean, there was one conduit that I felt a connection to which was my springboard to playing the role. This time around, I have discovered there are more moments in the show that resonate [with] who I am and my life than I realized. CL: In terms of challenge and complexity, how would you compare Jean Valjean to other characters you’ve played? RK: It’s probably the most complex. The story spans so much of his life. He is constantly challenged and tested. Taking on Continued on page 52 ...



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Cristina Piccirillo, mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centres

THE PROBLEM Over the past five years, there have been critical changes in the mortgage rules and regulations that have impacted self-employed people the most. The approval process has tightened up and lenders require a lot more backup documentation to support the level of income being submitted on the application. Lenders rely on what is called “stated income” or “low doc” rather than “verified income” for self-employed individuals. Normally, business owners often report relatively smaller incomes after all their income expenses (verified income), hence the reason we need to use the “stated income product,” which simply means the reasonable amount that a business owner in his/her industry can typically make.

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best possible means of achieving this with the lowest tax implications. 2. Maintain accurate and legal documentation in order to facilitate your mortgage broker’s application and support your stated income. 3. Consider paying down debt by liquidating redundant assets. This will better improve your debt service ratio and minimize your need for a co-signer. ALTERNATIVE LENDING If these traditional means do not work, all is not lost. You may be eligible for alternative lending or private funding. Contact our office for more information. WHO TO CONTACT? Cristina Piccirillo is a trusted mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centres. With over 15 years of experience, she knows the changing market, has developed many established relationships with different lenders and has helped many self-employed professionals obtain financing. 905-605-LEND (5363) / 281 Woodbridge Ave., Unit 28, Woodbridge, Ont.

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Si Robertson has an undeniable knack for storytelling. His first book, Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle, is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller

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eality TV’s new favourite uncle, Si Robertson, is equal parts wit, charm and hilarity in the A&E series Duck Dynasty. Already into its fourth season, the show revolves around the amiable Robertsons and their family business, Duck Commander. Founded in 1972 by Si’s older brother Phil, it eventually grew into a multimillion-dollar Louisianabased business specializing in the manufacture of an array of popular hunting products. Si’s job is to fashion the reeds that are inserted in every duck call, but you can bet his larger-than-life personality makes every day interesting as he works alongside his comical nephews. Cameras aside, there is a Silas Merritt Robertson that the world has yet to discover. With his new book, Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle, Robertson gives eager readers a glimpse into his life before duck calls. He admits there is a lot that fans don’t know about him, which is why he is pleased to divulge everything from his oldest memories to his toughest. Si bravely embraces his days in Vietnam and shares how his unconditional faith pulled him through — the Robertsons’ relationship

with God is something to be marvelled at. Si also speaks adoringly of Christine, the love of his life for 43 wonderful years — men, take note. With 30 chapters of bellyaching laughs, clever catchphrases and the day-to-day trials and tribulations of family, Si connects with readers in a personal, new way. We caught up with the man behind the beard and had some of our questions answered. Hey, you better take a look, Jack!

Monroe and started working for Phil the next day. Living among family has been the best thing for me — next to my relationship with God. CL: A life without duck calls — where would you be? SR: Hey Jack, I don’t even want to think about that! CL: What is the thing you admire most about your older brother Phil?

SR: Sweet potato pie and sweet potato pie. CL: What is some advice you would give married men that you wish had been given to you when you married Christine? SR: Listen to your wife’s intuitions. One morning on my way out the door for some squirrel hunting, Christine stopped me and said, “I don’t want

CL: If there is one thing you want your fans to learn about you, which chapter of Si-cology 1 should they be reading? SR: That’s a hard question to answer, so I’ll choose two instead of one. Not many people know about the woman of my dreams that I’ve been married to for 43 years — they can learn all about our dating time in Chapter 20. Then, there’s the chapter on faith — Chapter 30. I don’t get to express my faith often on the show, but it’s the single most important part of my life. CL: In Vietnam, you witnessed a lot of men become consumed by war. What helped keep you mentally and emotionally sound while so far away from the comforts of home? SR: Well, to be honest, I didn’t always keep my sanity. There was a time when I started drinking heavily just to forget where I was. It’s like, you’re in a place where people hate you, would kill you if they had the chance. It really does something to your mind. But when I came home, I gave up drinking for good. Now the strongest thing I drink is unsweet[ened] tea. CL: The Robertson family proudly celebrates its committed relationship with God. How has your devotion to faith shaped your family? SR: During the years that Phil was living wild and neglecting his family, Christine had vowed that she never wanted to set foot in Louisiana again. But as you know, Phil did a one-eighty and totally changed his life. One day, Christine stopped me in my tracks when she said, “If we can sell our house, we should move back to Louisiana so you can be closer to your brothers and sisters.” I ’bout fell over. Just as quick as I could, I drove straight to West

Not your average crazy uncle, Si Robertson steals the show with his quick-witted comebacks and laid-back approach to life

SR: Phil had the vision and put in the hard work to start Duck Commander. That strong purpose in him has brought our whole family together — working for a common goal and spending lots of time under the same roof. CL: The Internet is full of “Si-isms,” as fans quote your every word. Does this make you think twice about the wisdom you share? SR: I don’t know what you’re talking about? I say what’s on my mind — and I know I’m always right. CL: If you had to choose one of Miss Kay’s meals to live off of forever, which would it be?

you to go hunting today. I can’t give you a reason, but I just have a feeling you’re not supposed to go.” Of course, I went anyway. When I came home, I found a note on our front door telling me that Christine was in the hospital with pregnancy complications. I should have listened. CL: In your opinion, what is it about your family that connects and intrigues audiences with Duck Dynasty? SR: There’s no doubt about it, Jack. It’s our faith in God, our love for each other and the crazy antics of my silly nephews. City Life Magazine Oct/Nov 2013






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HEART OF CULTURE Celebrity chef David Rocco returns with his latest series David Rocco’s Dolce India, an exploration of the people, places and, of course, food that make India so colourful Written By Michael Hill

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a small stall along the streets of Old Delhi, there’s a man who makes a rather delicious double-fried chicken. The batter, explains David Rocco, is made of chickpea flour and yogurt, and spiced with a masala, some turmeric and garlic-ginger powder. But before the poultry is coated and fried, twice, it must be chopped. And here’s where it gets interesting: “Usually you have a person holding one end and another person holding the other and you’d chop,” continues the celebrity chef. “This guy is holding the chicken down with his feet.” His what? “His bare feet.” Rocco chuckles, acknowledging the bizarreness and blatant lack of sanitation. “I know! See, I just went with it. I saw it. I’m like, ‘I’m here. This is wild. This would never happen in Woodbridge.’ And it was the best chicken I’ve ever had.” Like the butchered bird at the heart of that tale, that practice would certainly never fly here in Canada — or anywhere with a health code, for that matter. But being a country of over 1.2 billion people, India is a land where an 8 a.m. appointment may turn into an 8 p.m. appointment on a whim and filming permits may be rejected for no real reason at all. Rocco found when exploring the warm, crowded and vibrant streets of India, you just have to go with the flow. “After all, in India, make plans and Indians will laugh at you. And God will laugh at you,” he says with a smile. For years, Rocco has spiced up the lives of television audiences with






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romantic tastes of the cucina povera, peasant cuisine, from across Italy on his hit series David Rocco’s Dolce Vita. But in a culinary twist, Rocco has broadened his gaze and shifted his attention to the rapidly developing country of India for his latest series David Rocco’s Dolce India. The change of scenery may seem like an odd choice for those familiar with the Italian-Canadian TV personality, but that’s precisely the reaction Rocco’s looking for. “That’s exactly what we want, because this is a series that I think really tests me, it pushes me as a chef and as a producer,” he says, sitting amongst the modern, milky furnishing and softwood accents of Avenue Cibi e Vini in the village of Kleinburg. “We went there and we really tried to get into the heart of the culture. It’s an exciting place.” As Rocco, dressed in a sharp glen plaid Ermenegildo Zegna suit, sits surrounded by the rumblings of arriving patrons and the clatter of Avenue’s kitchen coming alive, the home of Bollywood, the Taj Mahal and Gandhi might as well be on Mars. But as he dives deeper into his story, Rocco whisks us thousands of miles away. “I tried to go in with an open mind, an open heart and certainly with no preconceived ideas,” he says of his approach to the nine-week production shoot. No easy task, to be sure. An unfamiliar country, different language and ideologies, an alien way of life — it’s a challenge to check personal perspectives at the door. But Rocco was determined to capture the nation for what it is and how its people live. This new series, he notes, shows a progressive and modern India — “Everything you can find in New York is available in Mumbai,” he says of India’s most populous and wealthiest city — but one that also holds respect for tradition. “Both ends of the spectrum are explored on our show,” he adds. “I think it shows an India that is really going to be one of the great countries in the future.” From the streets of Mumbai to the hilltops of Rajasthan, Rocco explores all facets of Indian culture with the same theme of travelling, connecting with people and, of course, sampling food that he featured in Italy on his past series. For those who wonder why

the Italian chef would venture to India, Rocco, who was apprehensive about the idea initially as well, explains that the two countries share similarities. “Indians are crazy, dysfunctional, nuts. Just like Italians,” he says with a chuckle. But adds in earnest, “There’s a lot of parallels to Italian food in that, culturally speaking, there’s the history of the food, family recipes, the regional influences. Within 100 kilometres the same dish will be made 100 different ways by a 100 different families. So they have that passion for food.” Indians do, however, love it spicy, and there were waves of new flavours that educated his


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colours, with a local family to playing elephant polo with a maharaja, Rocco experienced an array of adventures throughout the series. He tells a specific tale about how he and the crew ventured to a gurdwara, a Sikh temple, where they would feed 20,000 people every day. “You could not script it,” he says of the monumental task. “It was just being open to opportunities and dialogue with people and being available for the unexpected.” People of all walks of life, regardless of faith or social standing, contributed to the meal. From millionaires to street sweepers, Muslims to Christians, a mass community gathered to help feed those


in need. There was no executive chef, Rocco notes, but everyone just seemed to know what to do. Lending a hand, Rocco found himself at a large vat of rice, stirring the meal with what was basically a shovel. “I’m moving it along and I remember saying on camera, ‘This is like shovelling your driveway when it’s full of snow,’” he says with a laugh. Things weren’t all heartwarming, however — they also got a little hairy with local authorities. At Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai, Rocco and his team showed up to scout the area for the following day’s shoot. But the police wouldn’t allow it. Rocco showed him his permits and outlined the situation,

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but the officer still refused. “Of course, the Italian in me, I think I’m going to outsmart him,” Rocco explains. The next day they showed up and began filming. They were quickly arrested. “He rounds us all up and takes us away, but we kind of got out of it with the old Indian bribe,” he says with another laugh. “But that was part of the intensity, that was part of our journey, and it’s part of Indian culture. And maybe Italian culture too.” This new series also marks a change in Rocco’s life. On Dolce Vita, Rocco would often travel with his wife Nina and his twin daughters Emma and Giorgia. But with their third, Dante, as a recent addition to the brood, his family couldn’t make the journey. “It was difficult to be in India for nine weeks without seeing my family,” he says, adding it was exceptionally hard having to miss his daughters’ fifth birthdays. But through the magic of technology they were still able to celebrate. “We had two birthday cakes. We filmed it with elephants and wished them a happy birthday on Skype. It was hard, but it’s all part of juggling and trying your best in all facets of your life,” Rocco says, adding, “I don’t think you should stop just because you have kids.” While Rocco is excited to share this new chapter with viewers, he’s also keeping an eye on the horizon. He explains that a fourth cookbook, which will feature Italian-Indian fusion, is slated for release next year, and that a restaurant could also be on its way in the next 18 months, in both Toronto and Mumbai. This new series is certainly outside the box for the Italian-Canadian chef, but Rocco knows that food is the great equalizer. We all must eat, “that’s a universal truth,” and food has that power to bring people together, to dissolve ignorance and discrimination. “I love people and I love travelling,” he says. “So, part of our mission — mine and as a production company — is to really explore these new cultures, and just bring it to people in a unique and inspiring way.” Visit for the latest updates on David Rocco’s Dolce India

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palate. Chillies, masalas, gravies, curries, slow-cooked meats such as mutton and goat — the flavour profiles were novel and inspiring. He notes pani puri (chickpea puffballs) and vada pav (a potato croquet) as two of his favourite street foods, and points out how the use of spice revealed new paths to explore his own cooking. “On a personal level, it was a great journey learning a new culture. But also as a chef, just being involved in seeing first-hand how dishes are made was really exciting,” he says. But it wasn’t just about sampling a range of fare. It was about getting to the heart of Indian life. From celebrating Holi, the Hindu religious festival of




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FIRECRACKER Lara Jean Chorostecki blazes the small screen in her role as audacious tabloid reporter Freddie Lounds :ULWWHQ%\6LPRQD3DQHWWD3KRWRJUDSK\%\-HVVH0LOQV

Beauty and the feast: Lara Jean Chorostecki will reprise her role as Freddie Lounds in the psycho thriller Hannibal in its second season airing in early 2014. Written by Bryan Fuller, the all-star cast includes Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas and Mads Mikkelsen

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ara Jean Chorostecki is tucked inside a small glass box, her back pressed into a tight corner. But despite being crammed in a panic-inducing, creaking Edwardian elevator paused on the fourth floor of the Gladstone Hotel, Chorostecki does what she does best. She gets into character. “Daaarllling,” she drawls, channelling an amalgam of Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman in an amusing Russian accent. “You look beeeuuutiful.” The blue-eyed, petite actress, shifting her slim body covered in fur, effortlessly transforms herself into an old Hollywood star. The scene is a striking contrast to the part Chorostecki plays on Citytv’s Hannibal, a dark, twisted thriller that plots the bloodbath of literature’s most grisly serial killer. In the role of tabloid reporter Freddie Lounds, she is both fearless and intrusive, her tight, fiery ringlets popping up at crime scenes to the chagrin of FBI agents. Her appearance is a cheeky nod, she explains, to British journalist Rebekah Brooks, an idea concocted by Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller. “I can’t really think of one way that I’m similar to Freddie,” says Chorostecki, who likes to sail the waters of Lake Huron with family during the summer months. Now curled up on a couch in the hotel’s Tower Suite wearing a T-shirt and jeans, Chorostecki reveals a humble, sweet side we don’t get to see onscreen. While her character employs a sociopathic pursuit to cracking murder mysteries, Chorostecki prefers to unwind with yoga, writing poetry and catching up with old friends. “There are parts of Freddie that I admire,” she admits, “because I find — as everyone does when little insecurities come up — that she wouldn’t care about what people think or what they say.” Her start in the industry is an impressive one. Growing up in Brampton, Ont., Chorostecki dreamed of becoming

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an actress after watching Susan Gilmore perform in Les Misérables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. She was eight. Her childhood aspiration became a reality after leaving high school early and working at the Stratford Festival as a theatre actress. In her early 20s, she moved to London, England, obtaining a master’s degree in classical acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. At 29, her trajectory is rooted in sacrifice, constructively shaping who she is today. “I had a really interesting journey … it was a lot of growing up, really quickly,” says Chorostecki, whose first professional gig was in The Threepenny Opera at the Stratford Festival. “There’s a lot of people who started acting young who can tell you the same story, but it’s not a sob story; you just grow up different.

airing in early 2014. Employing a surrealistic, stylistic approach to Thomas Harris’s 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon, the show explores violence with an artistic notion while tapping into the collective consciousness. “You get to see that psychological, deep dark part of yourself that you’d never want to put into reality and get to see it in this fantastical world onscreen, and I think that’s cathartic for people,” says Chorostecki. “I’m not saying we’re all psychopaths, but there are qualities of ourselves that we’re afraid of. It’s almost a way to exorcize those demons within us and watch them in a safe way.” Reprising the role of Freddie Lounds alongside a stellar cast, including Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen (in the lead role of forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter)

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I used to worry a hell of a lot more, but I don’t think that’s a story about being an actor, I think that’s the story about being human. I feel more comfortable now in my own skin, for sure.” By 2008, Chorostecki dived into TV, picking up roles in Camelot, The Listener and Copper, guest starring in The Border and has an upcoming guest star role in the sixth episode of this season’s Lost Girl. She also starred in the rom-com Please Kill Mr. Know It All earlier this year. Much to the delight of viewers, and critics who have praised the show’s ability to rise above the shark-jumping tactics typical of the crime drama genre, Hannibal ’s second season will begin

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and fellow Canadian Caroline Dhavernas, Chorostecki, who lives in Toronto, is revelling in the experience of working next to seasoned actors in select locations across the city. But she’s quick to credit the brilliance of screenwriter Bryan Fuller, who took a character once portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and turned it up a notch. His ability to move beyond the one-dimensional character has pushed Chorostecki to rouse her inner fire for a role originally designed for a male. “His writing is so layered, so intricate, that you are then allowed to be a layered and intricate character. He’s the kind of guy who makes you want to work hard.”


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huck Hughes may be a lot of things, but today he’s only interested in being a big kid. The Food Network star, Iron Chef America titleholder, restaurateur and author is kicking back to basics with the help of mini sous chefs outside Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School in Etobicoke, Ont. Towering over the diminutive kindergarteners, he’s showing them just how fun veggies and fruits can be. And everyone’s asking for seconds. “Hey, hey, no double-dipping!” chides Hughes as he passes around sweet pepper sticks and a bowl of mayo topped with cucumber and chives. An advocate of Hellmann’s Real Food Movement, Hughes is in town to help launch Real Food Trips, a new initiative that encourages children to adopt healthy eating habits. And he couldn’t be more at home. City Life Magazine sits down with the tattooed chef to talk life, food and whether or not he’s still a bad boy.



Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes gets to the root of healthy habits Interview By Simona Panetta / Photography By John Packman

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ON WHY REAL FOOD MATTERS “The real honest answer is that I’m kind of a product of the Real Food Movement, even though it didn’t exist back then. My real food movement was my mom, and you know, I’m lucky and blessed that I was raised in simpler times. I grew up in a small town about 45 minutes to an hour outside of Montreal. Back then, we didn’t have ready foods and all that stuff.” ON THE GUILTY PLEASURES OF LIFE “I had sweets like everybody else. They’re OK to have once in a while — I’m not completely lost — but I think kids deserve the chance to learn a little bit more about where foods, like vegetables and fruits, come from. The Canadian Food Guide can teach them about that. I think it’s about giving kids

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options and it’s about teaching them the beauty of food and how much fun it actually can be. If we can instill that into a kid at a young age, we’re doing it for the big picture: you’re doing your part for cancer, you’re doing your part for malnutrition, for diabetes. So you know, on a Saturday, when you’re watching a movie and want to eat chips, there’s nothing wrong with that. But, you know, not every day.” ON ENCOURAGING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES “Most of our problems come from not having a healthy lifestyle, not exercising, not eating properly. I’m not asking anybody to go above and beyond, I’m just saying take simple steps. How do you get kids to eat healthy snacks? If you cut that vegetable with your kid in the morning for his lunch, you make him wash the pepper, you make him clean it, cut it, guarantee you he’s going eat it and guarantee you he goes to school and talks about it; and it’s that kind of spark I want to provide for kids. I’m a big kid myself and that’s

I THINK I’M PROBABLY EVEN CRAZIER NOW THAT I DON’T DRINK BECAUSE I ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT I’M DOING why I’m looking forward to having my own children because eventually, you know, this is something that I want to preach to my own children. It’s really about connecting kids with food that hasn’t been processed, and food that’s real. Hellmann’s is giving me the opportunity to do that. You know, Hellmann’s is a condiment. It’s been made the same way for a hundred years, and when you make a dip and you choose to dip vegetables in there, that’s

a great choice. The dip we made today, I made it with a four-year-old. We can make healthy, great decisions and realize that it’s not complicated. Anybody can do it.” ON SEVEN YEARS OF SOBRIETY “I’m lucky that I had family and friends that supported me and that were able to help me along the way. Ultimately, you make your own decisions in life and you have to carve your own path. I think I’m probably even crazier now that I don’t drink because I actually know what I’m doing. Life has its ups and downs, whether you’re drinking or not, so you have to be able to deal with it. And it’s been an amazing, positive experience. I’m still bad in my own way, and you know what? Good is the new bad.” The Real Food Trips program, which provides grocery store tours led by registered dieticians, will be offered in select Ontario communities. To register, schools can visit

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AN OPEN LETTER TO VAUGHAN MAYOR MAURIZIO BEVILACQUA AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL Dear Mayor Bevilacqua and Members of City Council: We, the undersigned, are writing to you today to express our strong support for City Council’s decision to continue further consultation with respect to the development of an integrated entertainment and gaming complex in Vaughan. We urge you to recognize the significant benefits that such a development could bring to Vaughan, including: • • • • • • • • •

$1.2 to $1.5 billion in private sector investment An estimated 8,000 careers, with an average annual compensation of over $50,000 4,000 indirect jobs in the rest of the community 3,000 construction jobs for local contractors and tradesmen $32 million in annual hosting fees that can be used by the City of Vaughan for community priorities $3.7 million in annual property tax revenue A new convention centre and performing arts centre A 5-star hotel High-end retail and fine-dining restaurants

On two separate occasions this year, City Council has voted to engage in a process with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to explore this potential development. We believe that this process should continue so that Council can make an informed decision. The economic benefits that an integrated entertainment and gaming complex could bring to Vaughan are too important to disregard. Vaughan residents deserve to have an exhaustive consultation process; one that provides all the facts and evaluates all the aspects, both economic and social. We encourage Council to continue the conversation in a responsible and democratic way that ensures Vaughan’s residents and City Council have all the information necessary in order to make an informed decision. Sincerely,

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1. Volunteering at The Stop Night Market event with friends 2. Setting plates for a meal 3. Preparing pulled pork on rosemary buttermilk biscuit for the Hogtown Throwdown, a Group of Seven Chefs event at Evergreen Brick Works 4. Cavaillon melon carpaccio with goat’s milk panna cotta, fennel and pine nut granola, and fennel pollen vinaigrette

homes and interacting with their guests, to training pastry teams in various restaurants, to throwing together fun and unique events with my chef collective, I get to be a part of the community, to take from it but also give back. I’m very lucky. This direction allows me to meet new people all the time, to travel, brainstorm, learn, educate and collaborate. I am a strong believer in karma and that you get back what you give. Karma is what community is about. It is a big family. Take care of it and it will take care of you. Two voices, three opinions, four approaches are better than one. Diversity is strength. If you join forces, you can make anything happen. In the mean time, take Ruth Reichl’s words to heart: “Pull up a chair, take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.â€? BERTRAND ALÉPÉE GUEST FOOD EDITOR Bertrand AlĂŠpĂŠe is a Parisian-born chef and founder of The Tempered Chef Ltd., a culinary company that provides a variety of cooking services, including catering, freelancing, teaching and restaurant consulting. Before starting this venture, he studied under French culinary icons Guy Savoy and Alain Ducasse, worked in the kitchens of several Relais & Châteaux locations across France and moved to Canada to work at the Inn at Manitou in Georgian Bay. He would eventually ďŹ nd himself in Toronto working under Marc Thuet at Centro Grill and Wine Bar before opening his own establishment, Amuse-Bouche Restaurant.


aving been brought up in a traditional French family, I had food culture bred into my bones. As a kid, one of my favourite things was to accompany my mom on her food journeys in our hometown. We would visit local artisans and enjoy not only the beautiful displays of produce, cheese, charcuterie, hanging furry rabbits or wild boars, but also the interaction between people: shop owners recognizing each client, knowing their likes and dislikes and recommending delicious new products; customers chit-chatting about their families or exciting happenings in the neighbourhood. I remember thinking that my quartier was just a big giant family. That was my ďŹ rst exposure to community. To this day I strive to acknowledge and teach the importance of human relations, the beneďŹ ts of learning from people’s dierences, their stories, cultures and beliefs. Listening, watching and learning; conversing with friends, clients and neighbours; spending time with my morning barista while waiting for my caeine ďŹ x — I try to do it all. I try to always stay aware of the signiďŹ cance of my community and the inuence that it has on my everyday life, at home or at work. I’ve managed to create a little niche for myself in my industry that allows me to do what I love, which is cooking, all the while growing within my community. After owning a restaurant for ďŹ ve years, I took a break to reect on what I had accomplished and where I wanted to go next. During that time, my phone kept ringing. Friends, chefs, clients, people were constantly asking me to cook, whether to ďŹ ll in on the line for a sick employee, cater a wedding or help open a new restaurant. I was amazed at how the community kept me busy doing what I love. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to take a dierent approach and start an eclectic form of food venture. My slogan is “Blade for Hire.â€? I’ll jump into any situation and make it happen. From catering in clients’

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1. PRETTY IN PINK This sheer, soft pink pleated blouse radiates femininity and elegance, a combination only really possible with the colour pink. Such a piece does a great job at authenticating a certain kind of woman.


2. FEARLESSLY IN YOUR PRINT A lane striped shirt paired with an ultra-chic floral leopard jacquard ankle pant speaks to the independent, young-at-heart woman. The print-on-print ensemble balanced with a leather belt is very stylishly appropriate for the office or for a day out and about.

Fall 2013 trends have no boundaries. Venturing into punk and mid-century inspirations, to fur overload and hints of emphasized femininity, special attention to leather detailing and prints is what sets these trends apart. Pair any trend with an oversized statement coat — dubbed the must-have piece of the season Written By Tavneet Khera

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3. WELL MANOR-ED Definitively classy and very maturely alluring, this white manor wool coat was made for the modern, career-oriented gal. Paired with black cody zip-up riding boots, all eyes will be on the woman in black and white, with no room for wandering.

4. CHIC AND PROFESSIONAL Prints and attention to detailing are no secret to this collection. Pairing a modern dot blouse and a metropolis tweed pencil skirt is a subtly relaxed yet perfectly professional combination. A very chic-inspired office look quickly turns girly when paired with a cute floral leopard jacquard clutch.

5. LEATHER EDGE Leather jackets have almost always been in, but now with special attention being paid to details, moto jackets are sexier and more authentic than ever. This quilted moto jacket is feminine and soft with the figure fit, yet screams edgy.

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SOUNDS How music improved the life of one man :ULWWHQ%\$P\&OHPHQWV&RUWHV


met Jack when I started my internship in palliative and longterm care. I got to know Jack, a very charming gentleman who was always complimenting the ladies, over 15 years working as a music therapist. Music therapists work with individuals and groups of all ages, using

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music experience within a therapeutic relationship to facilitate change in behaviour. We use the power of melody to help a range of patients, from those with disabilities to those with terminal illness, work through physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual issues. Jack was much better off than some of the

other residents at the home because he was independent enough to take the bus and walk in the surrounding area. He had worked as a salesman and continued this role by buying and reselling small items, often trading them with staff, volunteers and visitors. Everyone knew Jack. Although he was a delightful man, I learned that Jack had relatively little family involvement; the people he fraternized with at the home were his circle of friends. I also discovered he was a music lover. I invited him to several events where I was performing, including when I sang the national anthem at a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre. Jack couldn’t have been more thankful. We took photos and he shared them with all he encountered. “It was the highlight of the year,” he told me. As Jack continued to “age in place,” as it is known in long-term care, his condition and independence declined. Physical and cognitive impairments constrained his ability to navigate the nursing home, and he spent the majority of his days in his room. While he was never a patient under my care as a music therapist, I felt compelled to visit Jack and continue stimulating him with song. In December of 2012, Jack was diagnosed with end-stage cancer and was transferred to the facility’s palliative care unit. I continued to visit Jack and sang at his bedside. As his cancer progressed, so did his level of awareness. I was struck that no members of his family came to visit and became even more conscious of the fact that I did not want him to die alone. Each week I would visit him, sing songs at his bedside and reminisce. Some of his favourites were “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning,” “Five Foot Two” and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.” At times Jack appeared to be sleeping and his breathing was laboured. But I knew on some level that he could hear me and understood he was not alone. I often held his hand as I sang, vocally matching the tempo of my songs with his breathing until he moved to a more relaxed state.

Christmas approached. I was scheduled off for one week over the holidays and would be out of the city. When I visited Jack on December 22nd he was very pale, frail, thin, and in and out of consciousness. I knew deep in my heart that this would be the last time I saw him. I tried to hold back the tears, but as I sang I softly wept. This man, who I really did not know all that well, had touched me in so many ways and taught me to appreciate each day and to celebrate the small moments, like laughing with friends and sharing stories; the importance of a compliment; and the power of my voice to bring pleasure to others. Jack passed on December 26th. I was honoured to provide music at his funeral service. Jack often comes to mind during my travels around the nursing home. His memory always brings me a smile and a feeling of warmth that I was fortunate enough to have known this great Canadian. It also brings me a great sense of happiness knowing that even in his darkest hour, Jack knew he wasn’t alone and that each day still brought a beautiful morning.


At Canada’s Best Karate, they look at each child’s individual strengths to help build character, confidence and self-discipline. It’s an all-encompassing program and that’s one of the things I really like about having my son here. — Debbie Meneghel-Sanvido

Find out why parents, physicians, teachers and therapists recommend Canada’s Best Karate programs for children of all ages. Our positive, family-friendly atmosphere is ideal for children, teens and adults to develop their full potential through the martial arts. With an emphasis on addressing each student’s individual needs, our professional Black Belt instructors will make sure YOUR family will enjoy the same success that many others have through training at Canada’s Best Karate. AMY CLEMENTS-CORTES, PhD GUEST MUSIC EDITOR Amy Clements-Cortes owns and operates Notes by Amy Music. On top of being a university professor and researcher, she is also an accredited music therapist, singer and recording artist. She is past-president of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and clinical commissioner for the World Federation of Music Therapy. Throughout her clinical experience, she has used her voice to guide patients through physical and emotional issues.

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Ford’s new hot hatch balances power and handling for a great European drive Written By Michael Hill


ord is putting a lot of faith in the new Focus ST. It’s the company’s first true global performance car, meaning the vehicle you get here in Canada is the same as you’ll get in any other country; save, of course, for steering wheel placement. That’s confidence. For us North Americans, it’s also a win. Because this hot hatchback melds power and Euroesque handling, striking the right balance for enthusiasts and pragmatics alike. The 2013 Focus ST takes the practicality of the already highly successful Focus and gives it the edge drivers crave. Its appearance is clean and handsome, with aggressive accents. Bold headlights are complemented by the blacked-out, Aston-like grille; its body kit is seamless; 18-inch tires are the perfect fit; a subtle spoiler brings a note of dynamism; and the centre exhaust at the rear is also a smart detail. This modern edginess continues inside with an angular dash and centre console that, while cohesive and intuitive, has distinct personality. ST badges are also stamped on the steering wheel and the shifter of the standard 6-speed manual, but the highlight inside is the leather Recaro

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racing seats. They hold your body firmly, connecting driver and car beautifully. That union will be appreciated when the Focus ST takes to the street. The Focus ST’s main competitors are the Volkswagen GTI and the Mazdaspeed3. Criticisms weighed against them are the lack of power in the 200-horsepower GTI and the unruly character of the 263-hp Speed3. The Focus ST finds a balance between the two. The turbocharged 2.0-Litre, directinjected EcoBoost engine delivers a welcomed 252-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Because the ST is also frontwheel drive, the obvious result of all that brawn surging to the front wheels is some theatrical steering. But that wildness is reined in by what Ford calls “torque vectoring control.” Many will appreciate not having to wrestle with an abundance of torque steer, but the system’s problem is that it’s constantly correcting itself. Off the line, when the clutch is popped and your foot is down, torque steer is still present, but the car takes over to rectify and sort out how best to deliver power. It makes certain moments feel as if you’re just part of the experience and not in control. Once you’re away, however, the ride is very

GENERAL SPECS Engine: Direct-injected, turbocharged 2.0-L EcoBoost 4-cylinder Transmission: 6-speed manual Horsepower: 252-hp Torque: 270 lb-ft Fuel Economy L/100 km: City/Hwy 8.9/6.2 MSRP: $27,519

enjoyable and peaks at exhilarating. The Focus ST corners with precision, feeling tight and poised. That European influence is apparent and appreciated. You’ll overtake with confidence and maybe even forget the Focus ST is front-wheel drive. Maybe. The Focus ST is a car that really makes you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. There’s plenty of power and the European handling works beautifully. This five-door hot hatch hits the balance between power and control — it’s no surprise that it won AJAC’s Best New Sports/ Performance Car under $50,000. If you’re looking for a sporty yet usable car for everyday life, the Focus ST should be one to zero in on.






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Continued from page 22 board his physical changes and attitude as the story progresses was challenging but, I have to say, the most fun I’ve ever had. Valjean is so interesting. The enjoyment factor I’m having with Valjean kind of trumps the challenges.

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CL: What are your thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s performance as Jean Valjean in the Les MisĂŠrables ďŹ lm? Does it add any pressure having to follow up his Oscar-nominated performance? RK: Pressure only comes from expectations. Expectations spoil relationships. So I won’t spoil my relationship with Valjean by putting expectations on myself or allow others to do that. It spoils the fun, and if you’re not having fun, then why do it. I am a fan of Hugh Jackman and found his performance to be inspiring, and I’m so happy he and the ďŹ lm got the recognition [they] deserved. I had a great chat with him about Valjean at the Oscars. That was really interesting. But you know, I have my ideas of who Valjean is and how I’d like to contribute to our version’s story through my interpretation. You have to honour your own truth. Just like Hugh Jackman did and just like Colm Wilkinson did. Those two inspire, so it’s more helpful than it is pressure. CL: We live in a time where rebellions have become a common occurrence in many countries (e.g., the Arab Spring) and much anger has resulted from the growing disparity in income distribution in North America. Given the show’s theme of condemning social injustice and class structure, do you feel a production like Les MisĂŠrables is more relevant today than it was in the past? RK: As you say, you open any paper and you can ďŹ nd Les MisĂŠrables somewhere. Many cultures deal with it. We see it here with all the Occupy movements as well. As they say, history is cyclical. Sadly so at times. Les MisĂŠrables is steeped in similar history. So whether it is more relevant? No. It’s just as relevant. CL: You’re also an accomplished musician. What does performing as a musician do for you that acting doesn’t satisfy? Is there a different feeling associated with each, or are they just different avenues that allow you to express your creativity? RK: Yep, that’s it. Just a dierent avenue. Also I’m learning so much, as it’s all still relatively new to me. I love the idea of sitting with someone and writing. Now when folks want to “jamâ€? with me, I would rather say, “Let’s write something and see what happens from there.â€? CL: You turn 35 this month. You’ve already played leading roles in two of the most renowned and longest-running theatrical productions, Les MisĂŠrables and The Phantom of the Opera. In regards to acting, what’s next for Ramin Karimloo? Where do you want to take your career? RK: I am always just looking for ways to get better. You can’t improve in the same place. So I’m looking for diversity. Ultimately I have to be having fun in what I’m doing. That is my ďŹ rst rule. If I’m not having fun, then I probably won’t be doing my work at the best of my ability. I would love to be part of a play, and my plan is to continue progress on my ďŹ lm and TV side. Who knows. I’m open. For now, it’s all about Toronto and Les MisĂŠrables. I don’t want to think beyond that or I may miss out on some great moments now.

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RETIREMENT REALITY Many Canadians won’t be in a position to retire. They simply won’t have enough money saved up to support them for the rest of their lives. If you asked them what they would do differently looking back, many seasoned investors would tell you they wish they had started investing earlier in life.


REDUCE VOLATILITY The last economic recession may have felt similar to a roller coaster ride for many investors. Although this dip was significant, if you tracked investment returns over 40 years, there would be many peaks and valleys in the chart. Having a longer time horizon to invest helps smooth these extreme ups and downs and ride out a lot of market volatility.


EARLY INVESTOR Five reasons why it’s wise for young Canadians to start investing their money now :ULWWHQ%\0LWFK3DUNHU


ecause basics of finance and investments aren’t taught in school, the word investing can seem scary for young Canadians. But with a little education and planning, it doesn’t have to be this way. Starting to invest early has a number of advantages and will put you in a much better place financially later on in life. Here are a few good reasons to start investing today so you can reap the rewards down the road.


COMPOUND INTEREST Compound interest is earning interest on top of interest already

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earned. If you place a single $1,000 into an investment at the age of 25 and earn an average of 8 percent per year, it will be worth over $23,000 by the time you’re 65. Factor in years of contributions and you can see how you can build some serious wealth.


CHANCE TO TAKE RISKS As a young investor you can afford to take larger investment risks. You still have to perform your due diligence, of course, but if things go off the rails, you have the rest of your life to make back any losses.

SELF-RELIANCE Government assistance programs, while they are available today to help retirees, may not be there when retirement is close to a reality for you. Even if there are programs, the chances of them covering all your needs are slim to none. Having to rely on the government for retirement is not the ideal way to spend what are supposed to be the best years of your life. While there are many more reasons why you should start investing as young as possible, these five are plenty to get you moving, and hopefully encourage you to come up with an action plan. Although there’s no such thing as a guaranteed investment, I can guarantee you’ll be glad you got started as early as you did.

MITCH PARKER FINANCE GUEST EDITOR Mitch Parker is the founder of MP Private Capital, a firm focused on aligning investors with quality, real estate-backed investment opportunities and developers with private funding. Educated in business and specializing in finance, Parker has attracted numerous clients who are tired of the ups and downs of inconsistent, traditional investment products. His conservative, level-headed approach has proven invaluable and key to his success.



At last, practical runway trends we can incorporate into life off the catwalk. This fall, don’t underestimate the power of the classics that prove to be timeless all over again. For the femme fatale or classy career woman in you, play around with these looks to add drama or subtlety This season, rock a matte wine lip for a chic autumn pout. The key is to keep the rest of your skin flawless and neutral, making for a daring lip statement. A single application of colour can give you an understated, natural look, but if you want to go bold, continue to add several layers to achieve a deeper hue.


Take a daring twist on the smoky eye — the perfect accent to a sexy black number. Create a vibrant look by blending your favourite coloured shadow through the lower lash line in a downward motion. Popular hues this fall range from dusky plums to electric blues. The no-makeup face is huge for fall as we see that oftentimes less is more. Simply enhance your natural features by applying a smooth foundation, subtle contouring and soft highlights. Pair with a nude lip to complete the look.

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With bold lips at the forefront of fall beauty, it’s time to kiss your ol’ faithful goodbye. From glossy and matte sticks to satin pouts and vinyl slicks, go-getting stains and buttery balms, this mash-up of all-things-mouthy will do all the talking

4. Liquid Desire Ellis Faas Milky Lips in Blood Red


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5. Perfekt Beauty Lip Perfection Gel 10. Naked Ambition Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in medium rose

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9. Wine & Dine-able Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Bordeaux

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14. Plum Pop Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom

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6 1. Smile With Buddha: A Buddha batik handmade painted tapestry inspires meditative thought. 2. Java Jolt: A CĂŠdric Ragot coffee table made with solid rain tree wood brings a twist to the living room classic. 3. Lights On: The Caravan Gem Hanging Lantern, adorned with coloured gems, provides just the right amount of ambient lighting. 4. Bon Voyage: Complete with an ottoman, padded lounge chair and adjustable back, the Voyage Immobile Modular Sofa makes for a sweet escape.

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8 5. Spice Of Life: Add some delicious Indian spice to your meal with Arvinda’s 12-tin set of premium spice blends. 6. Elephant In The Room: This exquisite wooden carved elephant is hand-hewn from 100 per cent resin. 7. Pouf In The Pudding: Handcrafted from exotic beads and stones, this vibrant pouf adds a splash of colour while giving your guests an extra seating option. 8. Stamped With Love: Skilled artisans in rural India handcarve these Blockwallah Stamps using sheesham wood.




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ith the leaves changing colour and the winds turning ice-cold, David’s Fine Linens embraces autumn with a heavenly collection of throws, blankets and duvets that’ll make bundling up a pleasure. With two locations and a warehouse fully stocked with blankets and woollens from luxury brands such as Marzotto, Cottimaryanne, Lanerossi, St. Geneve and Dea, as well as cotton blankets from renowned St. Pierre, David’s Fine Linens is the ultimate destination for fall comfort. Whether you’re dreaming of curling up in bed or relaxing on the couch with a cup of tea, the expert staff at David’s Fine Linens invites you to experience the finest in bedding. 8099 Weston Rd., Unit 25, Woodbridge, Ont., 905-264-7778 Bayview Village Shopping Centre, 2901 Bayview Ave., North York, Ont., 416-590-7311, Toll-Free: 1-877-591-1115

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With some teddy bears, monkey bars and helping hands, Anna Lopes proves that a big smile goes a long way



was Anna Lopes’ 40th birthday when she felt the pang of purpose tugging at her heart. “I needed to find my mission, my purpose in life,” she reminisces of the day she decided to start devoting her time to charity work. Little did she know, this decision would spark smiles on the faces of children with life-threatening illnesses across the GTA. What originated as a small initiative to bring joy to those in need of it took a fresh direction when Lopes stumbled across a charity barbecue two years later. It was here that she met 4-year-old Rachel Boni, the pint-sized hostess of the affair, who was trying to raise funds to donate to the Hospital for Sick Children. Rachel was going through treatment for leukemia. “This little girl inspired me enough that I reached out to her mother and said I wanted to help,” says Lopes. “I did an event for her, and we raised enough money to surprise her with her own piano.” It was the look on Rachel’s face at the unveiling of her gift that brought Million Dollar Smiles to life. Five years later, Rachel is in remission and has been cancer-free for three

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years — and Million Dollar Smiles has blossomed from a one-woman project to a committee of over 25 regular volunteers, all working to create “magical moments” for children with life-threatening illnesses. And how do they do it? “We give back to these kids what their conditions have stolen from them — play time,” Lopes explains. Building personalized playgrounds and delivering surprise four-foot-tall teddy bears seem to do the trick. “This year’s been crazy,” says Lopes, who balances her full-time job as a property manager with her duties at Million Dollar Smiles. On the agenda are the Halloween Gala on October 25th and the Christmas Bear Drive on December 14th, but despite her schedule being as wild as the jungle gyms she builds, Lopes claims it’s also just as fun. “I’ll never forget when one volunteer came to me and said, ‘Anna, I thought I was going to give up one of my weekends to help out. But after building the playground, I realized I had earned the weekend,’” she recalls. “People don’t realize that that’s the true meaning of life — giving of yourself and having no expectations back.” This philosophy has not only earned Million Dollar Smiles the promise

Anna Lopes is all smiles leading the organization that has changed the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses across the GTA

of charitable status in six months — “a huge leap,” Lopes says — but has nudged the Scarborough native under an international spotlight. On Friday, August 9, Lopes received the eWomen Network’s Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 13th annual International Conference & Business Expo in Dallas, Texas. “They found me through Facebook, nominated me, and I got selected — out of 4,000 women!” says an incredulous Lopes. “I’m so honoured.” When asked how Million Dollar Smiles has changed her life, Lopes answers, “Little things don’t stress me out. They’re nothing compared to what these kids have to go through on their journey. They completely inspire me.”

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