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he reshaping of the luxury markets in Toronto and Ottawa is evident when one browses the Mizrahi Developments’ list of developments. Since its inception, Mizrahi has aimed to create communities with bespoke living options consisting of old-world craftsmanship and elegance. With its team of skilled professionals, Mizrahi has elevated standards of living and continues to set this benchmark for future projects. CORPORATE OFFICES 125 HAZELTON AVENUE, TORONTO, ONT. 416 922 4200

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“As we get past our superficial material wants and instant gratification we connect to a deeper part of ourselves, as well as to others, and the universe” — Judith Wright

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quick glance through this issue will reveal how curiosity, wholeheartedness and hard work are direct factors that shape people’s path to success and their destinies. These are some of the stories we would like to share with you in this winter edition of Dolce to remind us all that no great success comes with instant gratification. Alex Bellini’s journey to a life of adventure started with a small trip in Alaska. Here the famed adventurer found that exploring is what he really wanted to do in life and decided not to continue his studies in accountancy. Totally committed to this new calling, in 2003 he walked across Alaska pulling a sledge for 2,000 kilometres, and later in 2008 he rowed for 18,000 km across the Pacific Ocean, from Peru to Australia, in just 10 months. Curiosity was the driving force behind the many discoveries that Bellini cherishes to date (story on page 32). Artist Paul Klee once said that when we look at something meaningful, “one eye sees, the other one

getting signed by Real Madrid back in 2009 for a then record $100 million, what Ronaldo values the most is his role as a parent. His advice on the topic of parenthood? Simply that it is the small things that will make a difference in your kid’s life. (See our cover story.) As you can see, although there is no singular, magic formula to a life of success, we aim to convert those who want instant gratification and shy away from hard work. Since 1996, our goal has remained the same: to continue to inspire you with each and every individual story we bring you. We feel blessed to be able to share these intimate accounts as we give you a glimpse into success stories such as these — stories that show you how it is possible to achieve a level of success and happiness and balance. We can all agree that these stories are possible just as long as one is prepared to take on the necessary challenges and not be deterred by the obstacles. Instead, see these obstacles as opportunities to find a new way, to challenge yourself and come up with a new solution. Finally, perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is to opt for hard work instead of instant gratification. All your efforts will only serve to make it even sweeter when you reach that finish line! We hope you enjoy this edition of Dolce Magazine. May you enjoy a love-filled holiday season and a prosperous 2018, full of new opportunities and new successes.

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feels.” A three-year process of dedicated planning and tireless efforts by well-respected developer Sam Mizrahi went into commencing The One, soon to be an iconic Toronto landmark — a process that came from the sheer desire to give a voice to the character of the city. We can only anticipate how The One, which will be the tallest building in Canada, will add to the vitality of our city’s skyline (story on page 44). But success is not as simple as possessing the desire to achieve great things … You have to work hard, too. And in the words of Gary Friedman, the chairman and CEO of Restoration Hardware (whose new Toronto location recently opened at Yorkdale) … “you need to fight for what you believe in and chase your hopes and dreams. If you get knocked down 10 times, get up 11 and keep going.” Friedman also reminds us of the power of motivation: “Men and women will work for a dollar, but will die for what they believe in.” (See story on page 86.) “Heart over matter” is the mantra when one is wholeheartedly committed to fighting what may feel like an uphill battle … Much like Danielle Eden and Rob Scheinberg (founders of Dog Tales, the dog and horse sanctuary), who often go to auctions to compete against yet another meat buyer to save the horses that are for sale. Over 60,000 horses a year get slaughtered in Canada for meat, a practice that has been illegal since 2007 in the U.S. Eden and Scheinberg’s goal is to change the lack of regulation in Canada as they continue to battle the troubling fate that awaits many horses. (Read story on page 40.) If we say “Ronaldo,” you will automatically know who we mean … much like other one-name sport stars: Pelé, Ali … This is not a phenomenon among just soccer fans, but among sports fans worldwide. It’s based on earned respect from years of legendary performance by the Portuguese footballer. But even having experienced the mind-boggling event of

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A CUT ABOVE: Sparkling pieces to soothe and swathe


CRISTIANO RONALDO: The Portuguese football legend gives the insider scoop on the game, his inspiration and his favourite role: fatherhood


A NEW LEASH ON LIFE: Altruism defines Danielle and Rob’s quest to rescue all of the animals at their King City animal shelter




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DAWN OF A NEW AGE: Dinosaurs of the automobile industry make way — there’s a new king rolling into town

TOUJOURS L’AMOUR: The hottest gowns warm the streets in the City of Light


DOLCE EXCELLENCE: Showstoppers in the world of automobiles, architecture and jet setting


LIFE IN THE (VERY) FAST LANE: Canadianborn Nicholas Latifi is racing his way to history and up the Formula championship standings

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The Margaret + George Make News gala fashion show and dinner, in support of the Breast Reconstruction Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, was a smashing soldout success this November. This 6th Margaret + George event welcomed more than 200 guests at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto. All fundraising efforts will be directed toward creating the new position of Physician Assistant in the Breast Reconstruction Program. The Margaret + George events are organized by Lisa and George Corbo and have raised a total of $1.5 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to date.





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1. Emmanuelle Gattuso, Dr. Toni Zhong, Lisa Corbo and Lina Policaro 2. Emmanuelle Gattuso and Nada Ristich 3. Sergio Sosa and Michelle Zerillo-Sosa 4. Charlene Zivojinovich, Alex Lifeson and Anna Manca 5. Dr. Hisham and Suzi Kaloti 6. Maye Musk and designer Sally LaPointe 7. Holly Miklas 8. Jana Webb, Joan Kelley Walker and Ann Kaplan Mulholland 9. Maye Musk on the runway 10. Policaro Auto Family and friends



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Canada’s premier wine and culinary fundraiser hosted its 13th annual Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival in October. Many items were generously donated and auctioned off, including a 2017 Aston Martin DB11, an 18K white gold and diamond Riviera necklace, a one-of-a-kind painting by Mr. Brainwash, courtside Raptors tickets in Madison Square Garden (along with a private flight and a onenight stay in New York), the Toronto Maple Leafs Platinum Experience, and tickets to the Metropolitan Opera with dinner at The Grill in New York. The event raised a whopping $3.5 million in support of scientific research and key program areas at Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, part of the University Health Network. The three-day event, presented by Aston Martin and Grand Touring Automobiles, has raised more than $21.2 million since 2005.



1. Dr. Raja and Samina Rampersaud, Etienne de Montille, and Joan and Martin Goldfarb 2. Eddie Milstein and Ellen Halpern 3. Shari and Anthony Fell 4. Daniel Greenglass, Heather Reisman, Joseph Brennan and Gerald Schwartz 5. Todd Halpern, Grand Cru Founder & Chair, and Dr. Ian McGilvray 6. Honey and Jeff Rubenstein 7. Edward Burtynsky and Julia Johnston 8. Lou and Marisa Rocca 9. Lana and Stuart Sherman 10. Eric and Vizma Sprott, Dr. Donna McRitchie and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee


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The Tzedakah Chapter of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) had its 14th annual At Our Table event at the home of Simon and Liora Yakubowicz. More than 250 women attended the stunning event, raising funds to support CHW projects both in Israel and locally. More than $225,000 was raised for the CHW, making it a total of $1.2 million raised to date.





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The Swarovski Crystal Wonderland Party started off Milan Fashion Week with a bang. The Crystal Wonderland Party celebrates all the stars of Swarovski’s 2017 Holiday Campaign. Swarovski brand ambassador Karlie Kloss arrived at the glamourous party wearing a stunning, custom-made, upcycled Swarovski dress by Ronald van der Kemp. Located at the stunning Villa Gernetto in the Milanese countryside, guests were treated to a delicious dinner prepared by two-Michelin-starred Antonio Guida and incredible musical performances by stars such as award-winning Lithuanian violinist Saulė Kilaitė, Italian opera superstar Andrea Bocelli, American singer-songwriter Daya and British pop icon Boy George in a DJ set.



1. Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss and Robert Buchbauer 2. Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor and Nathalie Colin 3. Alessandra Ambrosio 4. Maye Musk 5. Naomi Campbell 6. Boy George 7. Alessandro Vergano, Fei Fei Sun and Bryan Boy


10th annual imaGine Gala


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The 10th annual IMAGINE Gala took place at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in October. IMAGINE Gala’s theme is, naturally, imagination. With captivating entertainment, tantalizing cocktails, food to satisfy a worldly palate and the opportunity to spend the night with special guests, the IMAGINE gala enchanted all of its guests. The gala is put on by the Pinball Clemons Foundation and raises funds to empower youth for the future and help them achieve their dreams. This year’s event raised more than $900,000 for under-resourced youth.


1. Rachel, Michael, Raven, Rylie and Diane Clemons, Anne Bryant 2. Christine and Jonathon Fischer 3. David Reale, Steven Martin, Sheldon Resnick, Steve Meehan and Mike Hetherman 4. Kim Williams, Noriko Oyama, Nadine Meehan, Sheri Armstrong and Heather Moyse



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The chic Westin Harbour Castle on the waterfront was the venue for this year’s Diwali — A Night to Shine event. The seventh annual event celebrated the Southeast Asian holiday with a dazzling display of colour and heritage and raised more than $1.5 million for the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation: $1 million for diabetes and transplant research and $500,000 for emergency care. Major donors included three-year presenting sponsor Scotiabank; Richard Wachsberg, who donated the $500,000 for emergency care; Sam and Shaila Ajmera; Ian and Kiki Delaney; and Air Canada. Commitments already in place for next year exceed $600,000.





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1. Shaila and Raj Kothari 2. Sergio Sosa and Michelle Zerillo-Sosa 3. Tennys Hanson 4. Cheryl and Rob McEwen 5. Bill and Debbie McFarland 6. Bambina Marcello 7. Kiki and Ian Delaney 8. Shraddha Kothari-Walker 9. Drs. Mala and Anil Chopra 10. Megan and Brian Porter 11. Donette Chin Loy Chang 12. Shaila and Sam Ajmera 13. Nathalie and Richard Wachsberg



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Updated country home, swimming pond and century barn on paved road just north of King City. 2 lots. 123 acres.

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In October, Restoration Hardware unveiled its newest design gallery, RH Toronto, at the Gallery at Yorkdale. Host committee member and supermodel Coco Rocha made an appearance, and Chris Malinchak of New York DJed the event. Guests tasted gourmet bites by RH Café, along with curated wines by Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Blackbird Vineyards, and enjoyed a caviar bar paired with vodka martinis. The event benefited the beloved local charity Breakfast of Champions in support of SickKids. 6

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1. Jeanne Beker 2. Gary Friedman and Mila Mulroney 3. John and Rita Appugliesi and Hani Roustom 4. Michelle Zerillo-Sosa and Gary Friedman 5. RH Toronto opening 6. Colette van den Thillart, Jessica and1Ben Mulroney, Amoryn Engel, Coco Rocha, Gary Friedman, Andrea Lenczner, Christie Smythe and Alex Josephson

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The David Foster Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert raised a record-breaking $10.2 million to help Canadian families. The event was emceed by HLN’s Michaela Pereira and CTV’s Ben Mulroney, and featured performances by Grammy Award winners David Foster and Steven Tyler, and many more. 1. David Foster and Steven Tyler 2. CeeLo Green and Shani James 3. Phil McGraw, Robin McGraw, Katherine McPhee and David Foster



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Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) assembled a VIP group, including the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, PCC patron Sylvia Mantella and PCC ambassador Melissa Grelo, for the opening of the 95th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this November. All three were sent 100 yards of Harris Tweed and challenged to wear the refined fabric differently in honour of the Campaign for Wool partnership, with Mantella wearing an outfit specially made by Canadian designer Mikhael Kale. As part of Canada’s Wool Week, The Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool sponsored all sheep-related events, including a sheep education centre, sheep-shearing demonstrations, a sheep-to-shawl competition and more. In addition, the Campaign for Wool partnered with the iconic Harris Tweed Authority to create a “wool house” exhibit. The exhibit highlighted the unique sustainable qualities of wool by replicating a room in a house in which everything was made from the durable fabric.


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1. Sylvia Mantella 2. Melissa Grelo and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell 3. Matthew Rowe and Trish Bradley 4. Jonathan Horovitz and Rachael Segal 5. Jeffrey Patrick and Mikhael Kale 6. Dawn and Mark Fell 7. Bob and Diana Vaux 8. Steve and Richa Roder 9. Astrid Ciarallo 10. Amanda and John Sherrington



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Captains of industry Wolfgang Dürheimer (right) and Stephan Winkelmann (left) have held and led numerous automobile corporations to numerous success

Bugatti finds new leadership as it heads into a new era with its well-received vehicle, Chiron SERIES WRITTEN BY BRANDON HARRIPERSAUD



or five years Wolfgang Dürheimer has lead Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S to burgeoning success. Now, at his own request, Dürheimer is stepping down to be replaced by Stephan Winkelmann. Dürheimer worked in the automobile industry for the majority of his life. Starting at BMW in 1989, Dürheimer worked his way through various managerial positions. In 1999, he moved onto Porsche AG, where he would The Chiron is Bugatti’s newest vehicle, boasting a ludicrous 1500 HP; become Member of the Executive Board for there are only 500 of these made to be sold Research and Development in 2001. From the development and launch of the Bugatti Chiron. there, Dürheimer became President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., Chairman and Chief Executive Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of of Bentley Motors and Chief Representative of Management of the Volkswagen Group, had the Volkswagen Group, heading the Group’s this to say about Dürheimer retiring, “I accept motorsports activities. In 2012, Dürheimer was Wolfgang Dürheimer’s wish to retire. I sincerely appointed Member of the Board of Management thank him for the outstanding work he has done for Technical Development of Audi AG. Two years in various positions in the Volkswagen Group over 18 years.” Dürheimer completed Bugatti’s later he returned to his former positions at Bugatti and Bentley, where his responsibilities included run of the Veyron, and of the Chiron, a new and

exciting chapter for the brand. Dürheimer’s replacement, Winkelmann, is no stranger to luxury automobiles. Winkelmann has been managing director of Audi Sport GmbH since the spring of 2016. Prior to that, Winkelmann was President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. for 11 years, leading the brand to become one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of super sports cars, as well as working for Fiat in various positions, including CEO of Fiat Auto Austria, Switzerland and Germany. “With Stephan Winkelmann, a proven expert in sports cars and the luxury sector is coming to Bugatti,” continues Matthias Müller. “I am convinced that Stephan Winkelmann will use his many years of experience in these fields, as well as his sense of dealing with an exclusive clientele and his deep understanding for brands, to bring new momentum to Bugatti’s further development and to lead this special brand into a sustainable future.”

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The Port of Hercules is a legendary docking station that is the perfect venue for the size and splendor of the Monaco Yacht Show


ince ancient times, the Port of Hercules has been home to many a vessel that has entered its shores. Undergoing various renovations over centuries, the Port is well known for being an entry point into gorgeous Monaco. For the past 27 years, the only deepwater port in the French Riveira has hosted the luxurious Monaco Yacht Show (MYS). Taking place over 4 days, the MYS is the world’s greatest superyacht event. Electric golf Over 125 superyachts participated in the Monaco Yacht Show, filling carts and shuttle boats are used to transport the French Riveira with their magnificence people around the massive event, which spans various historic exhibition areas, including Darse steadily rising attendance, the MYS is the absolute Sud, Parvis Piscine, Quai Albert Ier and Quai finest in yacht exhibition. At this year’s event, more Antoine Ier. The MYS combines the cultivation than 36,000 people participated, coming from all of historical landmarks with the newest inventions over the planet. An exclusive Gala Party, press in yachting, forming a new storied history to the conferences, cocktails on yachts and stands and already classic location. private evening receptions are a mere sampling Boasting an impressive 125 superyachts and a of the 150-plus private events that the exhibition

hosted. Two of the biggest and most enthralling events are the Car Deck and Tenders & Toys. The Car Deck introduced 16 exclusive thoroughbred automobiles from the likes of Bentley, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and more, along with classic cars from Mercedes-Benz and Shelby, all integrally rebuilt. MYS brings together the natural convergence of luxury cars and yachting, for those who appreciate the craftsmanship and prestige of rare items. Tenders & Toys presented the hottest new luxury tender and water toys on the market, aimed at a younger clientele who enjoy leisure activities while yachting, which is experiencing a prominent boom. With no plans of slowing down, the MYS intends to continue growing next year, with grander and greater luxurious spaces, and bigger and better yachts on the horizon.



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The curvature of the DB11 Volante increases its aerodynamics and performance while providing the elegant, athletic look you would expect from an open-top convertible

The all new Aston Martin DB11 is the classic Sports GT re-innovated and redeveloped, teeming with power, control and refinement



ruising down the open road with the top down and the feeling of fresh air hitting your face just got better. The new Aston Martin DB11 Volante presents the return of the ultimate convertible Sports GT. A new 4.0 twinturbo 510PS engine mixed with a lighter, less rigid aluminum frame makes for an exceptional combination of performance and efficiency, while maintaining its sporting character. Personalized to your liking, the veneer wood and carbon fibre interior The Volante’s excellent ability comes by underline the comfort and style of the DB11 Volante way of its three driver selectable powertrain calibrations and Adaptive Damping System (ADS) Created with aerodynamic features, and a unique with Skyhook technology modes GT, Sport and light blade tail that gives the car a C shape, its sleek Sport +. The driver is able to control the Volante to design defines its character. best suit the road and weather conditions, because The Volante can be personalized to suit everyone’s of the balance between the 8-speed paddle-shift needs. Its elegant design is complemented by the automatic transmission, electric power assisted heated steering wheel – encouraging all season steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic open-air motoring – rear set ISOFIX attachment points and much needed versatility. torque vectoring.

The defining feature of the Volante is the convertible roof. Created with a new eight-layer roof system, the roof is designed to protect occupants from extremes of weather and wind noise. Folding to a class leading height, the roof takes a mere 14 seconds to lower, 16 seconds to close, and can be operated remotely via key, or on the move at speeds of up to 31mph with a 31mph headwind. The new roof system has been rigorously tested to ensure that no matter what the conditions are, tundra or desert, the Volante will be able to withstand and give drivers the experience they want. The DB11 Volante is engineered to be the most developed and complete open-top Aston Martin ever built. With a fine balance of ride, handling, responsiveness and refinement, the DB11 Volante is sure to put others to shame.

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The 72-apartment state of the art complex offers an impressive view of the Buckingham Palace Gardens


pposite to Buckingham Palace stands a new structure. At an impressive 300,000 square feet, No. 1 Palace Street is located in the heart of St. James, one of London’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Created by London’s leading luxury property developer, Northacre, No. 1 Palace Street offers the unique opportunity to be a neighbour to the Queen. No. 1 Palace Street is the only residential property in London that grants a view onto the Buckingham Palace gardens. Residents will not only have beautiful, stylish homes, but will own a piece of history. Built in 1861, the Grade II listed wing of the building was a major landmark hotel of the Victorian period. The “Palace Hotel” hosted distinguished guests of Queen Victoria. The building’s historic relationship to the palace is reinforced by the design that mirrors the footprint of Buckingham Palace. Contrary to most contemporary developments, each apartment is custom designed with different layouts and interiors by Northacre’s interior design

LEFT: CEO of Northacre, Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro RIGHT: Design Director, Orlando Rodriguez

division, N Studio. Northacre’s design director Orlando Rodriquez and architectural firm Squire and Partners have carefully considered the interior architecture and design to complement the varying architectural styles of the building. In combining the best of old and new, the development represents an impressive blend of traditional and contemporary design. No. 1 Palace Street showcases five different iconic architectural styles

that span 1860s Italianate Renaissance, 1880s French Renaissance, 1880s French beaux-arts, 1890s Queen Anne and contemporary. Not only does No. 1 Palace Street offer a beautiful, historic home, but a luxurious lifestyle in tow. The property will house over 10,000 sq. ft. of lifestyle facilities including a 6,500-sq.-ft. “haven of well-being” for residents’ personal use. The haven will include an expansive gym, personal training suites, treatment rooms and a 20-metre private pool flooded with natural light. In addition, a private garden square in the heart of No. 1 Palace Street offers a cinema room, a library and an accompanying entertainment suite. Regardless of whether residents occupy a onebedroom apartment or the penthouse, all No. 1 denizens will enjoy personal catering services from the development’s integral restaurant and use of the vast entertaining space. The 72-apartment, state-of-the-art complex is sure to entice the most discerning of buyers when it is completed in 2019.



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Luxury designer’s new project No. 1 Palace Street will offer the finest in luxury suites and lifestyle, while giving you a chance to be a neighbour to the Queen herself



The tropical environment of Miami is reflected inside the restaurant and complements the elegant fine dining you would expect from Le Sirenuse

Answering the siren call, Le Sirenuse takes its famed Michelin-starred restaurant and brings it to the historic oceanside venue The Surf Club in Miami



or decades, The Surf Club has been the staple of Surfside, Miami. With a long history and a powerful sense of timelessness, it continues to grow in scale and scope. Over the years, guests and residents have had a bevy of memorable experiences, breathing life into the already lively oceanside hotel. Since 1930, its Mediterranean-revival architecture has encapsulated the relaxing, carefree essence of an Italian summer resort. This same leisurely feeling has long been experienced by legions of guests in the hospitality landmark Le Sirenuse, over on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Now, after a scrupulous overhaul, Le Sirenuse is answering the siren call of Miami and making its first venture beyond the Amalfi Coast by bringing the famed hotel to the legendary Surf Club. Le Sirenuse Miami Restaurant and Champagne Bar represents

the perfect harmony between these two historic lifestyle icons. Spearheaded by talented young Parisian designer Joseph Dirand, the new restaurant and bar pays respect to the Mediterranean-revival framework of the clubhouse interior while playing on shades of faded magnolia, beachcomber green and mahogany. This clever design perfectly balances the line between nostalgic past and bright future. The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club will play host to the brand new Le Sirenuse property. Adding to the already packed list of elegant, entertaining and exclusive experiences, Le Sirenuse Miami brings scrumptious, genuine Southern Italian cuisine that has been associated with the Amalfi Coast for generations. Chef Antonio Mermolia has crafted a menu that includes classic dishes from Le Sirenuse’s Michelinstarred restaurant, made with fresh ingredients

flown direct from Italy, in addition to a variety of new dishes. The Champagne Bar will offer Miami’s largest selection of fine champagnes and signature cocktails, all of which pay homage to The Surf Club’s storied past, along with a menu of light Mediterranean dishes. The luxury and decadence of these Positano delights will allow guests to take in the tropical bravado of Miami, while transporting their palates on a food journey to delicious Southern Italy. Le Sirenuse Miami represents a new era for both Le Sirenuse and The Surf Club — one that is sure to be a hit. By taking two historic icons of comfort and elegance and revamping them with a modern representation, Le Sirenuse Miami presents a new approach to classical that is bound to become a classic.

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This wool combo feels as soft as clean-shaven skin Oversized grey wool, silk and linen-blend suit jacket and trousers: CERRUTI. Sterling silver and glass rings: GUCCI

Suited for SucceSS Stay warm this winter. Keep your cool in suave suits, from soft-woven wool to perfect plaid and pinstripes photography by anton cornelis text by brandon harripersaud



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Pinstripes will have you looking pensive and debonair Oversized dark-grey double-breasted pinstriped wool suit jacket and trousers: ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA White slim-fit stretch- and cotton-blend shirt with metal detail and cap-toe leather oxford brogues: CERRUTI. Sterling silver and glass rings: GUCCI

A. N. OTHER WOOD Inspired by connection and friendship, the cologne elicits nostalgic notes of sweet cotton candy, the elegance of night blooming jasmine and a rich base of sumptuous dark leather

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AZZARO Wanted Freeride Eau De Toilette Fine engineering brings back this suave cult bottle as a limited collector’s edition. Made in France, this fragrance smells of fresh herbs, sweet spices and a light touch of amber wood

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Music Festival Eau De Toilette Travel back to Woodstock 1969 with a riveting scent. Experience the music and peace of the delightful smell of cannabis, leather accords and addictive patchouli notes

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ADVENTURE From studying accounting to going on dangerous adventures, Bellini has made a lifetime counting on the thing he can: himself





Famed adventurer Alex Bellini embarks on his greatest challenge yet, a two-week, 200-kilometre trek across the frozen tundra of Iceland



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Bellini has travelled all over the world in search of adventure. His minor accomplishments include a 200-kilometre stage race in Alaska and a two-year trek dragging a sledge 2,000 kilometres across Iceland


here would we be without the curiosity of the human being? At some point in the human experience, one of our ancestors decided to leave the comfort and familiarity of the communal fire to see what was over that next hill — the genesis of all of our shared experiences. Continuing this most basic human instinct of wonderment and adventure, famed Italian explorer Alex Bellini, in a collaboration with sportswear brand Paul & Shark, embarked on his latest great adventure this past January: crossing the ice cap of the 8,100-kilometre Vatnajokull Glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe — alone. It was a daunting task to traverse the cold, the infinite whiteness and ceaseless winds that batter this land, but it was one that Bellini embraced, just as he has done throughout his exploration career of nearly 20 years. A career that began not in the unpredictable world of adventure, but in the very predictable world of accounting. “I was studying accountancy in university, but I had the feeling I was actually someone else and if I continued on this path, it would lead to an unpleasant way of living,” says Bellini, born in 1978 in a small village among the Alps. “So I stopped my university studies to think about what I really liked in life. I started with small trips and one time when I was walking across Alaska I got the feeling that adventures and exploration could be the right thing to do and totally fulfilling. I became totally committed to adventures and began to experience very good feelings.” That commitment has resulted in an exploration career that is now the stuff of legend. In 2001 Bellini ran a stage race of 250 kilometres in the Sahara Desert. In 2002 and 2003 he walked across Alaska, pulling a sledge for 2,000 kilometres. Those were just warm-up acts for the next incredible adventures: Bellini rowed alone in 2005 for 11,000 kilometres over 227 days across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and in 2008 he rowed for 18,000 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Australia, in just over 10 months, once again alone. So Bellini was indeed the perfect choice for Paul & Shark when the brand began to look at testing new materials for its sportswear line. The well-known Italian company, now operating in 73 countries, is recognized the world over for its shark-shaped logo. The brand offers full men’s, women’s and children’s collections as well as various “capsule” collections inspired by the world of sailing and adventure. Paul & Shark was looking to test the quality of the -40 Capsule Collection, made up of three technical jackets, a fleece and a pair of trousers designed to withstand Arctic temperatures and the most extreme conditions. The company chose the Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland, with its most volatile weather conditions and fluctuations in temperature, as the perfect testing ground, and approached Bellini

as the perfect adventurer to put its products to the ultimate test. “Paul & Shark had the deep knowledge of the materials,” says Bellini. “And I had the knowledge of what specific clothing would be needed in that environment — it was the perfect collaboration.” Bellini was dressed in the -40 Capsule Collection during his entire two-week, 200-kilometre trek across the Vatnajokull Glacier by ski and sled. He says the Paul & Shark jacket was perfect for such an expedition. “I told them in those conditions and on a mission like that, the jacket needs to be made of tear-proof material, it needs to be breathable, have excellent down material, be comfortable and flexible, and perhaps most importantly, have lots of pockets,” says Bellini. “There were times in my tent after an exhausting day when I actually felt the jacket was a caress to my heart — like it was actually taking care of me.” The -40 Capsule Collection performed flawlessly for Bellini and he gave it the highest

marks in the toughest conditions. Paul & Shark’s fall collection is now available at Harry Rosen stores. A benchmark of Bellini’s exploration career has always been to experience an extreme adventure to mark the profound changes that are taking place in the world today and to witness firsthand the dramatic changes in the climate, an issue that closely affects us all. “The only way to bridge the gap between what we know, what we imagine and what is actually happening to the climate is to experience it firsthand,” says Bellini. To that end, his bigger dream is to live on a melting iceberg. “It doesn’t matter when or if I will ever realize this adventure,” says Bellini. “Adventure is an international language that everyone can relate to as we all have adventures in our day-to-day lives. Adventures are stories and I like to tell stories.”

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Janinna Caverly (left) and Julie Charbonneau (right) are the co-founders of Julie Charbonneau Design, a Toronto- and Montreal–based turnkey luxury design firm



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Industry extraordinaires Julie Charbonneau and Janinna Caverly run Julie Charbonneau Design with as much passion and gusto as they infuse into each and every project. With Charbonneau’s artistic eye and Caverly’s knack for nurturing client relationships, the duo have built a design empire that sits perfectly in the lap of luxury


rom transforming charming 17thcentury structures in the heart of Burgundy, France, to breathing life into Toronto’s most extravagant mega-mansions, the versatility of Julie Charbonneau Design (JCD) is unmistakable, with owners Charbonneau and Caverly spearheading some of the most luxurious projects in the industry. Its original home base is Old Montreal, but due to booming business in the city, JCD expanded to a second 5,000-square-foot downtown Toronto loft that eclipses its counterpart in size and productivity. Charbonneau has been enamoured with design for as long as she can remember. The passion to “Make Living an Art,” as the company tagline reads, has been the pulse in her veins since the age of five, when the designer can recall “transforming rooms and placing things” just because. After studying design in university, Charbonneau began her career renovating homes. “I was born this way,” says Charbonneau. “It’s not something you can learn; you either have it or you don’t.” She definitely has “it,” as 17 years in the industry and countless raving referrals have proven time and time again. Caverly, who has also been in the business for nearly two decades, admits that the partnership, formed just a few short years ago, was the perfect match. “Julie’s the artist in our business; she designs everything, creates it and puts it all together. I look after running the business and taking great care of our clients,” says Caverly. The approach is simple: the duo provides clients with fabulous turnkey properties — no expense spared, no detail overlooked, from collaborating with architects on the initial design to touring the world for the perfect pieces to decorating the space — JCD will even organize the final move. Can you name a more efficient duo?

Charbonneau loves meshing various styles and eras. This old-meets-new design, for example, marries clean lines and dark woods while maintaining old architectural features

Charbonneau’s roots are in classic French design, and that’s where her heart lies, but her inspiration spans across all eras — traditional European, modern and transitional. “Even throughout these different styles, there’s one common thread,” says Charbonneau. “I really believe in authenticity. Whether it’s in the material or how we design or draw a room, or what we purchase, for us it has to be authentic.” For JCD this means purchasing

real marble and original pieces, and pouring quality craftsmanship into every piece Charbonneau designs. She furnishes homes with pieces designed and built by the brand itself — that’s what helps maintain their vision of authenticity. Working on high-calibre projects, Charbonneau and Caverly first and foremost believe in always bringing the best to the table. “I will always delicately push my thoughts and try to explain my vision,” says

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Each project is furnished with a carefully curated selection of hand-picked items and artwork from around the globe, catering to the taste and lifestyle of JCD’s elite clientele


Charbonneau. “I push them until I know I can no longer convince them. Most of the time it’s very successful,” she laughs. Caverly admits that the trick to this success is walking clients through each and every phase of the project, giving them time to absorb the entire process. This begins with getting to know clients and working hard to get them to the point of comfort and trust. “Interior design is such a personal business that it’s important to spend the time learning about our clients,” says Caverly. “You end up developing such good relationships that you want to know what’s going on in their lives, with their children, and that never stops, even once a project is complete.” It’s undoubtedly the reason so many clients keep Charbonneau and Caverly on speed-dial. “We have clients who have us work on their international properties as well,” says Caverly. “Many of our clients will even send us photos on Instagram of things that inspire them or pieces they want our opinion on.” Charbonneau says the team never drops the ball — ever. If there’s an issue, they’ll fix it. Simple as that. Nowadays it’s fair to say that this level of care comes few and far between in such a competitive industry. It’s the authenticity of their design and the duo’s character that keeps clients loyal to JCD. “right now we’re working on one of Toronto’s largest homes — it’s over 30,000 sq. ft.,” says Caverly. “It is going to be very special, very luxurious. This client has allowed us to purchase very beautiful pieces of furniture and art.” Music to Charbonneau’s ears. The Montreal native is a dreamer who is inspired by everything and anything, the type of artist you could leave alone with nothing but a blank canvas

and she’d paint a Picasso. “That would be amazing,” says Charbonneau. “There’s nothing I love more than white paper and a pen.” Because JCD isn’t in the business of chasing trends, and because the team focuses on producing timeless work, Charbonneau has seen her projects a decade later and found they’re still beautiful and she wouldn’t change a thing. “We’re classic, we keep getting inspired by the places we travel. We love to go to different parts of the world to see different hotels, restaurants, cultures,” says Caverly. “That’s what keeps you up to date. I don’t see any challenge there, because inspiration is an endless source,” adds Charbonneau. The two work so well together, they actually complete each other’s sentences. It’s this kind of chemistry and effortlessness that clients adore about the design duo. One thing no JCD project is complete without? “Art,” says Charbonneau. An avid collector herself, the designer loves the opportunity to educate clients on both classic and contemporary art. Whether they prefer one or the other it’s all the same to Charbonneau; it’s all about the careful selection and placement of the pieces. “Sometimes if I show a client a piece on its own, they don’t see the vision like I do,” says the designer. “Only once everything is in its place do all the pieces work as a team to create the desired look — [clients] love it.” To work with JCD is to crave beauty within the walls that surround you and to rediscover the beauty in everyday life. Charbonneau and Caverly don’t just sell flawless interiors; they recalibrate one’s life through functional design, inspiring décor and an unwavering commitment to make living an art.



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King City saviours, Danielle Eden and Rob Scheinberg’s passion for animal rescue became their life’s work. With over 100 dogs, 78 horses, and a multitude of other animals, Dog Tales is sheltering and rescuing animals from all over the globe Written By Brandon Harripersaud

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Danielle and Rob have seven dogs at home and are thinking about adding an eighth giving new meaning to bringing your work home


e’ve all seen the commercials. Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” plays while short clips and pictures of suffering animals flash on the screen. We can easily ignore it or change the channel, as we tend to do for most commercials. We can avoid it when it’s not our reality, when we choose to remain ignorant to one of the biggest problems in the world. We have that luxury, if you want to call it that. Danielle Eden and Rob Scheinberg do not — or, more accurately, they have chosen not to. “The animals are what we are here for. That’s why it all started,” Scheinberg says, speaking of their years of donating to charities and fostering animals. Scheinberg and Eden have made it their life’s work to help all the animals they can, as many animals as possible. The compassion and care that Eden and Scheinberg have is what led them to create Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary that’s not only for dogs, but for any animal they can save.

Eden and Scheinberg are from Israel, another place that is woefully overpopulated with stray animals roaming the streets. Homeless, hungry and broken, they wander from place to place trying to survive, making our modern-day cities their newage jungle. Eden could not bear to witness this. From a young age she started to help and take care of dogs on the street, fostering and volunteering at rescues. It was not as easy as you might think. She remembers, “You just go out the door and you see a hundred dogs there, and you just choose which one you want to help” — and each one of those dogs would be starved, both for food and affection. Eden’s daily decision about which dog to help was a painful utilitarian thought experiment come to life. These kind gestures were simply the beginning of what would become a lifelong pursuit. Wanting to do more, and learning that some of their donations were not going directly to the animals themselves, Eden and Scheinberg started



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This swing sits in the glorious café that serves as the primary venue for open house Sundays, where people can fill out an application to adopt

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Dog Tales. With Dog Tales, “It’s not doing it better; it’s doing our own thing and knowing that the money is actually going to the animals,” says Eden. This allows them to be safe and secure in the knowledge that all of their time, funds and received donations are going directly to the animals. Designed and built by Toronto-based JTF Homes, the luxurious Dog Tales estate plans to grow and expand as the unfortunate need for shelter increases. Eden and Scheinberg dedicate their time — no, their entire lives — to helping animals, showing complete altruism. Others in their position might live lives of comfort and relaxation. But not Eden and Scheinberg. While speaking about their work, Eden tries to hold back her emotions. “Somebody had to do this job, and we’re making a difference,” she says, her exhaustion showing through. It’s not easy, but they are making a difference. With 48 employees, many volunteers and some trained professionals, Dog Tales gives 110 percent to every single animal that enters its doors. Dog Tales is home to more than 100 dogs all living in specially-made kennels designed to look like cabinets and dressers, as opposed to the usual cold steel enclosures. Half of these dogs are brought in from out of the country via various partnerships Dog Tales has with shelters and rescues, while the other half are local surrenders (Dog Tales gets about 50 requests for surrenders daily). Commenting on the diverse origins of the animals, Scheinberg clarifies, “Animal rescue has no borders. A dog in need in Greece, Bosnia, Miami or anywhere else in the world is not any less in need than a dog at home.” Scheinberg is right. There are dogs all over the world that need assistance and can be brought here to Canada, given a second chance at life and adopted into a loving home. Most, if not all of the dogs that Dog Tales saves are old, ill or in bad condition. A lot of senior dogs come in from all over the world, including local shelters and surrenders. Some of these dogs have been in shelters their whole lives and don’t know anything different. Even during our interview, Eden and Scheinberg pause to accept the surrender of a 12-year-old Yorkie who is in bad condition. When Dog Tales receives an animal, especially one that is sick, they make sure that its health is checked and tested and that it’s given the medical assistance it needs. A relationship with Veterinary Emergency Clinic (VEC) allows Eden and Scheinberg to ensure that all of the animals they receive are taken care of. Clearly moved, Eden recalls a recent painful case, “a 15-yearold who couldn’t walk” who they subsequently sent into surgery. “They wanted to euthanize her,”

Scheinberg drove the dogs to a facility in Florida to be rehabilitated. He and Eden are personally paying for the rehabilitation. Every month Scheinberg goes to Florida to visit. Speaking about the dogs’ progress, he grins. “They’re doing amazing for fighting pit bulls. Some of them are playing with each other. Six of that batch [are] ready for adoption already. They are safe to go back to the community, in spite of everything they’ve been through.” To say that Dog Tales saves lives would be an understatement. With the negative reputation that is attached to fighting dogs, especially pit bulls, it’s all too easy to give up on them and euthanize them. But Eden and Scheinberg do not give up on animals. They have proven that all dogs, even pit bulls — Eden and Scheinberg hope to “delete the ban” — can be rehabilitated, saved and given a new lease on life. Dog Tales has given a second chance to all kinds of animals. It features an impressive roster of cattle, pigs and birds and is looking to add chickens, peacocks and more. But besides dogs, the animals that Dog Tales saves second-most often are horses. The plight of horses in Canada has been a big surprise to Eden and Scheinberg throughout this venture. When they bought the property, it had a few horse stalls; they planned to have 15 to 20 horses. Now, Dog Tales is home to 78 horses. Horses are used, Scheinberg explains, “as tools, like a hammer, or a saw, or anything, and [afterwards] they just discard them.” With frustration, Eden continues, “As tractors to plow the field. After they’re done working with them and they took their spirit, everything, out of the horse, they just go and throw them in auctions and sell them for meat.” In addition to their already insanely busy, emotionally trying work, Eden and Scheinberg go to auctions to compete against meat buyers to save horses. “About 60,000 horses a year get slaughtered in Canada for meat,” Scheinberg says. This practice has been illegal in the U.S. since 2007. Since it is not illegal here — there are hardly any regulations at all — horses are shipped here from the U.S. to be sold. “It’s their stopping ground before they get killed,” says Scheinberg. The horses are sold by weight, “25 cents to 40 or 50 cents a pound.” The big buyers are countries in Europe and Asia, with horses even being shipped alive to Japan so they can be killed to make sashimi. To raise prices, the horses are sometimes pumped “full of drugs, steroids, whatever other ‘medicine,’ and often impregnated,” according to Scheinberg. Two horses they recently bought from auction were pregnant, unbeknownst to them, and have

“To AdopT A dog, you’re ALWAys sAviNg TWo dogs, becAuse you’re sAviNg The dog ThAT’s iN The sheLTer ANd TAkiNg The spAce, ANd you’re sAviNg ANoTher dog ThAT cAN come iN There ANd be rescued” — Rob Scheinberg

Scheinberg angrily says, but, “she’s walking [now], she’s doing good.” Eden adds happily. In fact, many of Dog Tales’s rescues saved would otherwise be euthanized. Dogs are often euthanized because their families cannot afford to pay their vet bills, to which Scheinberg passionately states, “If you can’t afford a vet bill, and you have to euthanize a dog because it ate a sock or underwear and the surgery costs $1,500, don’t f *cking take a dog.... If you adopt a dog, it’s part of the family. Keep it for life,” Scheinberg continues, “not just when it’s a puppy and it’s playing with you, but when it’s old and it pees on the floor sometimes.” Animal owners have a responsibility to take care of their pets, not just get rid of them when they become inconvenient. Scheinberg’s point stands: if you cannot afford to take care of a pet in the event of illness or mishap, do not get one. The other side of the ownership coin is that if you can not properly look after a pet, do not get one. In 2015, Eden and Scheinberg started the #SaveThe21 campaign in order to save pit bulls and other dogs seized from alleged dogfighting rings that were going to be euthanized. At first they thought there were 21 dogs; they later discovered there were more than 40. “The OSPCA wanted to euthanize them,” Eden says, and “Rob saw that and took it as a mission to save them.” Scheinberg fought for two years in court, even bussing volunteers to fight with him for these dogs. It was a gruelling battle that stemmed from Ontario’s ban on pit bulls, although there are similar bans in place all over the world. Scheinberg tried to bring various animal rights groups together to fight for this cause as one, but “everybody declined, everybody refused to come together,” Scheinberg says. Eden adds, “It became an ego competition, and Rob doesn’t work from ego; he’s pure heart for the animals.” Scheinberg was the only one left fighting for the dogs, and he won.



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how they cope with seeing all of these animals in terrible condition, Eden says, “If we had a psychologist with us every day it would be amazing. It’s not easy. It’s a very emotional job, and it’s something that you never get used to. It’s not something that [makes you think], ‘OK, it happened so many times before, so it’s going to be easier.’ It never is.” Despite all they are doing, Eden and Scheinberg still feel they are not doing nearly enough. Eden laments, “The dogs that we can’t save, and knowing what’s happening with the horses - that burns my soul everyday.” Amidst all the suffering they are faced with, Eden and Scheinberg have to remind themselves that they are making a difference. “We are helping those souls, and when you have a success story, it’s worth everything,” Eden says. Indeed it is. Every single animal they have saved makes a monumental difference. The most important part to Eden and Scheinberg is raising awareness about the situation of dogs all over the world and about the treatment of horses. Dog Tales has adopted out more than Inside the stables, home for 1,500 dogs to happy homes. There is a many of the horses at Dog Tales, misconception that rescue dogs are not including the lovely horse that posed for this picture, Honey as good as a dog you might adopt from a breeder. This is not true. Just like any other dog, all a rescue needs to thrive is a loving, welcoming family. The goal of since given birth to two lovely foals. If these horses Dog Tales is to give these dogs the best life they can had not been saved, both they and their unborn have. A life that they deserve. offspring would have been slaughtered and sold For those who are more particular in the type for meat. of dog that they want, Scheinberg advises, “In our Eden says, “We’ve seen horses in really bad shape. shelter and any other shelter in the world, you can They’ve told us they aren’t even going through the find any size, any breed, any age. There’s everything ring, just going straight to slaughter. They were really out there… To adopt a dog, you’re always saving abused. It was bad. We’ve seen some hard things. two dogs, because you’re saving the dog that’s in It was really sad.” the shelter and taking the space, and you’re saving At the crux of the problem is the lack of another dog that can come in there and be rescued.” For those unable to adopt or assist financially, regulations for how these animals are sold and bought. Scheinberg asks, “who’s to say this horse Eden offers another avenue of help: “They can put is healthy?” There are no methods or standards for a post somewhere asking for blankets, for dog beds, for towels, things that we need… People can also checking the horses. “You don’t know the history, donate their skills; that would be really helpful.” or you don’t care about the history, and you ship it Whatever your skills or profession may be, your for human consumption?” Scheinberg says. One of Dog Tales’ few allies in this fight is a group time and assistance are always greatly appreciated known as the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition, by any shelter, rescue or animal welfare organization. which has been fighting an uphill battle over the Eden and Scheinberg would save every animal past decade. The Horse Defence Coalition is solely out there, if they could. Dog Tales is just getting made up of volunteers, underfunded and severely started, with a big, bright, long future ahead of it. lacking in resources. They need help in combatting “We’re not here for the next two or three years,” Scheinberg says. “We’re here for the long run. We the troubling fate that awaits many horses. The wear and tear of this work has certainly have a bigger plan, but we’d rather not say it now affected Eden and Scheinberg. At first glance, one — how else [could we make] you come back and might think working with animals 24/7 is a dream do another story? To be continued.” job. But the physical and emotional toil Eden and Scheinberg face on a daily basis drains them. Asked

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THE ONE RESIDENCES AT YONGE AND BLOOR Mizrahi Developments Launches the Tallest and Most Transformational Building in Canada


In The 85-storey structure will boast 416 spacious suites — a nod to the renowned Toronto area code — and will also be Toronto’s first billion-dollar condo development

the 150-year history of Canada, the country has always punched above its weight when it comes to the design and development of iconic buildings. From Ottawa’s Parliament Hill to the Montreal Forum, to the CN Tower, Rogers Centre and New City Hall in Toronto, to Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Calgary’s Saddledome and the Empress Hotel in Victoria, great builders and imaginative architects have collaborated to leave an internationally admired imprint on our national landscape. Soon to join this august list is The One Residences, destined to become Canada’s tallest building and the first to exceed 1,000 feet in height, located at Canada’s most important intersection of Yonge and Bloor in Toronto. The One will be the very definition of a statement building. “This building is ambitious and it is bold, just like Toronto,” said Mayor John Tory at the October

groundbreaking. “It connects to the community and it sets a standard of design equal to other world-class cities. It will certainly add to the vitality of Toronto.” You almost want to call this 85-storey mixed-use development “The One and Only,” as Canada has never seen anything like it. Without question, it will be the most significant structure built in Canada since the CN Tower 40 years ago. For a city that already has one of the world’s top 10 skylines, The One will be a game-changer in the appearance, composition, feel and character of Toronto. Standing 1,005 feet (306 metres) high, it will achieve the rare classification of “supertall” in the category of world buildings, and upon its completion in 2022 it will be among North America’s tallest buildings. The One, with the address of 1 Bloor West, is the vision and culmination of a three-year process of city-building by respected developer Sam Mizrahi of Mizrahi Developments. Their tireless efforts



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working through the often challenging process of civic approvals has finally made this landmark development a reality. “Architecture tells me where we are and who we are, and it really identifies the character of a city,” says Mizrahi. “You can look at buildings and know immediately what the location is, and to me that’s identifiable, that’s art, and it’s a city’s art, it’s a country’s art, and it makes visible a city’s identity. The One will very much do that. You’ll be able to look at The One on its own and know it is Toronto, the same way you look at the CN Tower and know it is Toronto.” As the great artist Paul Klee once said, when we look at something meaningful, “One eye sees, the other feels,” and undoubtedly, The One will command that visual and emotional connection. The One will feature triangular exterior framing, and its light-champagne colour will be highlighted by inset LEDs capable of producing any colour. The lights will set moods as desired and allow the distinctive building to glow by night. Connecting the building to the street will be a five-storey podium: three storeys for retail and two storeys for restaurants. Retail space features 33-foothigh ceilings, and the ground floor will be 8,500 square feet uninterrupted by columns, an innovative feat of design and engineering from the project’s world-acclaimed architects, Foster + Partners of London, U.K. The sixth floor of this mixed-use building will be a Sky Lobby for an 11-storey hotel within the development and for residents of the condominiums within the remaining levels above. The top of the anchor podium will feature a landscaped terrace amenity with a pool for residents, a sanctuary within


the centre of one of the most densely urbanized areas of North America. The building will also offer direct connection to the PATH network and the interchange of Lines 1 and 2 of the TTC subway. Mizrahi’s brief to Foster + Partners was not to build the tallest building in Canada, but the best, with the understanding that The One would be the last piece of the cluster of buildings at Yonge and Bloor, a responsibility that each of the partners involved in the project took very seriously.

“Foster + Partners are delighted to see the start of construction of such a unique project, and we are excited by the prospect of constructing Canada’s tallest building in the coming years,” says Giles Robinson, a senior partner at Foster + Partners. The brilliance of Foster + Partners’ design approach is that it was not outside-in, but rather inside-out; they started first with the residential suites, envisioning how people would want to feel every night when they came home, and from that extending out to the actual floor plate design. As a result, design is somewhat secondary to the overall experiential feeling of the building. “When you live in these spaces, you start to see and feel all of the different components of where the creativity comes from, and how you actually wear it when living there,” says Mizrahi. The One Residences is a reflection of the vision, philosophy and standards that have made Mizrahi Developments one of Canada’s most respected developers. Not just with bricks and mortar, but with a desire to enhance the changing streetscape of Canada with carefully articulated mid-to-highrise buildings that give those who work and live in them as much pleasure as those who just pass by. For Sam Mizrahi, the importance of The One Residences to Canada and his unrelenting drive to see it become a reality provides him with perhaps the most satisfaction. “What you are seeing with The One in every sense is really the voices of the city speaking as one,” says Mizrahi. “We are creating something that is going to be an iconic landmark such as we see in other cities around the world, which will identify Toronto and Canada as a world voice.”

The One’s luxurious interiors are designed to be entirely customizable to the taste of the purchaser

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Life in the (Very) Fast Lane


Young hotshot Nicholas Latifi is working his way up the Formula track standings and representing Canada as he does it



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From go-kart to race car, Nicholas Latifi’s metoric rise in motorsports comes from a life- long desire to be first place


life can sometimes feel like it’s going by in a flash, imagine what it must look like from the perspective of race-car driver Nicholas Latifi of Toronto, zipping down a straightaway at speeds reaching 300 kilometres per hour in a sport that, from the outside, appears to be one of the world’s most dangerous and risky. “Most drivers never think about the risk involved; it’s just an inherent part of the sport,” says the 22-year-old Latifi. “It’s a surprisingly very safe sport, as there is probably more risk of injury playing hockey, soccer or American football. Safety is a top priority in our sport, as the cars are very safe and the manufacturers are always working toward improving them.” There is a school of thought that says race-car drivers are in fact the world’s greatest athletes, not only for their bravery, but also for the incredible microsecond synchronization of all of the human motor skills. Think of it: hands on the wheel changing gears, ears and body sensing when to gear up or gear down, both legs working the accelerator and brakes, eyes darting about an instrument panel that resembles a space shuttle, all the while being cognizant of the twists and turns of the track and the actions of your fellow competitors. And this isn’t just a two-minute downhill run. This can be more than two hours of intense, unrelenting pressure in extreme heat while enduring crushing G-forces, where losing concentration or focus for even a nanosecond can mean losing your life. For Latifi, the mental part of being a motorsports driver is key. “Yes, you obviously have to have a bit of natural, raw driving talent and the competitive desire to win, but the mental part is very important,” says Latifi. “You have to be able to cope with pressure in every race, as you have to perform and deliver — your seat in the car is never guaranteed. This may be the most cutthroat sport in the world, as



Latifi has made his way to the Formula Two Championship Series, now driving for the DAMS team


there are only so many spots in the field. Mentally you also have to overcome adversity because there are so many things that could go wrong. In motorsports there are a lot more lows than there are highs — but the highs are so great.” Latifi has been enjoying more highs than lows lately, as he debuted in the Formula Two Championship series in 2017 with one win and eight podium finishes in just 19 race starts, placing him in the top 10 overall. And the big show of Formula One may be even closer, as in 2016,

Renault named Latifi its new test driver. This continues the meteoric rise of one of the bright young stars of world motorsports. Latifi has been racing competitively for just eight short years, and like many race-car drivers, got his start go-karting. “I started karting at Formula Kartways in Brampton when I was 12, which is actually quite late,” says Latifi. “When I began I didn’t have the intention of pursuing it as a career; I just sort of stumbled upon it as a hobby for fun. But when I started to get better at it, I started to love it more

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Sharp eyes, quick reflexes and meticulous endurance set Latifi apart from the rest

and more and thought, maybe this is what I want to do as a career, with my goal being to drive Formula One.” Latifi’s career has been distinguished by success after success; he has been making his mark on racetracks across Europe since he was just 16 years old. In 2012 he won on the Italian Formula Three Championship circuit and in 2013 moved to the British and European Formula Three Championship series. In 2014 he graduated to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, where he finished in 11th place overall in 2015, before moving to the Formula Two Championship series to drive for the DAMS team in 2016. In his brief ascension toward the top of his sport, this kid from a Brampton go-kart track

has now rubbed shoulders with motorsports royalty. His two favourite drivers are legendary seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher of Germany and four-time champ Lewis Hamilton of England. While Latifi has never met Schumacher, he has encountered the mercurial Hamilton, widely regarded as the best driver of his generation. “He sometimes gets painted in a bad way, but he’s a really nice guy,” says Latifi. “He’s always under the spotlight and has an aura around him as the ‘bad boy,’ but in my opinion he’s very nice and down to earth, and of course he has that natural raw speed.” It has been a momentous career for Latifi thus far, with the highlight coming earlier this year.

“No question, my most memorable moment to date was the race I won this year at Silverstone in England, my first win at this level,” says Latifi of his victory at one of Europe’s most famous racetracks, and his personal favourite. “It’s true what they say about your first win being the toughest, and while I had come close before, it was a relief to finally win and to prove to myself that I actually can win. I also take pride that I’m one of the few Canadians to race at this level and win, while representing Canada on the international stage.” Nicholas Latifi — remember the name. Canadians will take pride in watching this young superstar athlete’s racing career as it flashes past us so quickly.



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MARGARET + GEORGE ENJOY THEIR SIXTH CELEBRATION BENEFITING THE BREAST RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM AT PRINCESS MARGARET CANCER CENTRE Margaret + George met for the 6th time to Make News bringing together NYC fashion designer Sally LaPointe and featuring model Maye Musk in supporting the Breast Reconstruction Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The evening was generously presented by BMO.

Thank you to La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso (Dinner Sponsor), Camrost Felcorp (Cocktail Sponsor), as well as The Sprott Foundation (Champagne Sponsor), and Policaro Automotive Family (Valet Sponsor). Thanks to all sponsors and guests!



The Rolls-Royce Dawn, photographed near Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa



Its name an homage to a famed Rolls-Royce drophead of the postwar era, the Dawn seamlessly blends the utmost in 21st-century technology with the utmost in traditional, bespoke craftsmanship, for an incomparable open-air driving experience WrITTEN By NIcK cZAP



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general specs Engine: Twin-turbo 6.6-L V-12 Horsepower (hp): 563 Torque (lb-ft): 605

PHoToS courTESy of roLLS-roycE


the Rolls-Royce lexicon, the name Dawn harkens to 1949, and to a Britain emerging from the darkness of the Second World War into a new era of cultural and economic possibility. The first car to carry the name, the 1949 Silver Dawn, was the first Rolls-Royce with a factory-built body. Rolls-Royce offered a convertible version of the Silver Dawn, although it was an exclusively coach-built affair, a nod to the rarefied tastes of its owners, who totalled just 28 in all. Two summers ago, Rolls-Royce announced it was reviving the spirit of its storied convertible, abbreviating its name simply to Dawn. Since last January, when the first car off the production line sold at auction in the U.S. for $750,000, the Dawn has won accolades from virtually every major authority, from Top Gear to The Daily Telegraph. This year, the Dawn reaffirmed its status when it was declared Best Luxury Car in the 2017 UK Car of the Year Awards. The Dawn is exceptional in several respects. It is the world’s only true four-seater super-luxury drophead coupé. It’s the quietest convertible in the world — as quiet as a Wraith, in fact, due to the advanced acoustic properties of a cloth top that stows itself away in a mere 22 seconds, a choreographed routine the automaker calls “the silent ballet.” And while the construction of its chassis makes it the stiffest four-seat convertible ever built, its exquisitely tuned suspension still delivers the same “magic carpet ride” for which Rolls-Royce is famous. Though imposingly big, the Dawn is seductively sleek, its svelte lines inviting you — via powerassisted reverse-opening doors — into a cabin outfitted with luscious hides and expanses of handfinished hardwood veneer. In classic Rolls-Royce

fashion, the dash and console are refreshingly spare and restrained, a rare zone of tranquility in an age of digital distractions. At the press of a button, even the navigation screen disappears behind a book-matched cut of Tudor oak — or teak, rosewood or any other one of a forest of exotic alternatives. For those who prefer a darker shade of daybreak, Rolls-Royce recently unveiled the Dawn Black Badge, distinguished by blackened chrome, a darker, more menacing interior bedecked in a stealthfighter-like composite of aircraft-grade aluminum thread and carbon fibre, and an optional exterior paint that the automaker calls “the deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface.” The twin-turbo 6.6-litre V-12 idles with a low whisper that belies its output: 563 brake horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque, the latter fully accessible from a mere 1,600 rpm. Under hard acceleration, the torque unspools in a seamless rush that RollsRoyce aptly describes as the impression of “one infinite gear.” The Dawn’s handling is just as superb, utterly adroit in every eventuality in spite of its 2.5-ton weight. In the twists and turns, the Dawn is always, uncannily, in precisely the right gear — silkily downshifting on the entry for greater control, and just as silkily upshifting as the asphalt straightens on the exit, as if it somehow sees the road ahead. In fact, it can, thanks to Satellite Aided Transmission, an innovative drivetrain technology that made its production car debut in the Dawn’s stablemate, the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Top down, cruising the coast at highway speed, there’s barely a hint of the wind whipping by. Just the sun and the sky up above, the engine’s endless thrust, and a waking dream that goes on and on, mile after delectable mile.

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.6 seconds Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically governed) Base Price: $400,000

For an automobile bristling with cuttingedge technology, the Dawn’s controls are refreshingly intuitive and simple to operate. Rolls-Royce’s innovative Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller allows effortless access to all of the Dawn’s media and navigation functions

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T O UJ O U R S L’A M O U R Whispers of passion fill the charming streets of the City of Light with eternal warmth, taking the bite out of bitter winters. Meanwhile, this season’s couture keeps spirits bright PhotograPhy by bela raba text by rebecca alberico



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This season it’s all about bold, touchable pieces. The combination of materials and detailing makes for an unforgettable ensemble Dress & gloves: CHANEL

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Peruse the city like a Parisenne in flirty frills and touches of pastel florals THIS PAGE:



Dress & jewellery: CÉLINE



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These shoulder-baring looks are as elegant as they are bold. Black-tie events call for dramatic black gowns Dresses, shoes & jewellery: DIOR



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Sometimes the perfect accoutrement is a bold one. This season, dazzling arm warmers take the place of statement sleeves THIS PAGE:

Dress, trousers, shoes & earrings: CÉLINE




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Nothing says sophistication this season like demure dresses embellished with dainty lace detailing Dresses & jewellery: ELIE SAAB

PhotograPhy: bela raba, Styling: StePhan KallauS, hair & maKe-uP: michael Salmen uSing oribe and mac coSmeticS, modelS: gabrielle ParadiS @ mP PariS, lariSSa marchiori @ elite PariS caSting: carSten doPamin, PhotograPher‘S aSSiStant: taloS buccelatti PoSt-Production: marKuS J. reinhardt



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We’ve curated a selection of hand-cut diamond pieces that are serious showstoppers. This season it’s all about brilliant diamonds and gems to pull you out of those dreaded winter blues


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1. Your look will be anything but chilly with these stunning icicle-shaped diamond earrings from Samuel Kleinberg | 2. This authentic Fabergé ring features genuine multi-coloured sapphires, diamonds, rubies, tsavorites and emeralds set in 18k yellow gold | 3. The perfect accessory for the little black dress. This piece by Hearts on Fire is bound to steal the spotlight | 4. Picturesque handcrafted petals adorn these citrine earrings by Anabela Chan | 5. Treasured by leading museums and private collectors, an irresistible objet d’art to own. Iconic House of Fabergé introduces the new Heritage Collection — a turquoise guilloché enamel and diamond locket in 18k yellow gold | 6. Beautiful rose and white gold evolves into this gorgeous masterpiece of a butterfly ring by Anabela Chan | 7. An elegant statement piece, this Hearts On Fire right-hand ring features a dazzling double crown of diamonds in a white-gold setting | 8. Renowned design house Royal De Versailles crafted these shimmering emerald-and-white diamond earrings sure to make anyone green with envy | 9. Ravishing rubies and diamonds adorn this ring. The gems are laid in 18k rose gold by Royal De Versailles | 10. Platinum and 18k yellow gold dazzle these Harry Kotlar earrings |

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Professional Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and Portugal’s national team



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The beauTiful game’s beauTiful man, legendary PorTuguese fooTballer CrisTiano ronaldo, has CemenTed his legaCy. aT The heighT of his Career, ronaldo has aChieved famed one-name sTaTus and has no desire To slow down written by rick muller | files from richard aldhous

cristiano ronaldo: FaME, FootBall and FatHErHood


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the history of modern world sport, there have been very few “onename” stars. It’s rarefied air to be an athlete and achieve the status of being recognized in practically every country on earth, just one name. Think of Ali, Tiger, Arnie, Pelé — with only one name, sports fans around the world will know who you are talking about. A full-fledged member of this most exclusive athletic fraternity is Ronaldo, the famed Portuguese footballer who has been making

magic and memories on pitches around the world for more than 15 years since first signing with Manchester United at age 18 in 2003. Ronaldo might have ended up first making his professional mark somewhere else, had it not been for a game he played for his boyhood club, Sporting Lisbon, against United and its famed manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. So impressed was Ferguson that he signed the winger, and Ronaldo first donned his famous # 7 jersey — now worn by kids around the planet. At United, Ronaldo was impossible to ignore — or to stop, once scoring 42 goals in

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Photos Provided by cr7

Cristiano and Cristiano Junior spend quality father-son time modelling for the football star’s CR7 clothing line and the highlyanticipated new CR7 JUNIOR collection. Cristiano’s first-born is a chip off the old block. One could say he’s inherited some great “genes”. Cristiano Junior has a knack for modelling, with a familiar million-dollar smile, and a passion for football.



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his team is what comes first. He views them as an extension of his family and treasures the shared experiences on the pitch, the unity of the practice field and the locker room. When the world’s biggest star puts his team first, you can imagine the impact that has on his club and with his teammates, and perhaps understand why he has such an exalted status. That position has allowed him to give back to causes that are important to him. Over the past decade, Ronaldo’s dedicated charitable efforts have raised millions for underprivileged children, another true measure of the man. But, much more than statistics or charitable giving or an upper body that would make Adonis jealous, it is how he plays the beautiful game that makes Ronaldo a star. The sheer artistry, imagination and flair that he brings to the pitch is what truly sets him apart — seeing an opening where there appears to be nothing, making a pass that didn’t seem possible, anticipating where the play is going before it even gets there. These are the Ronaldo trademarks and the skills he will be remembered for. However, no athlete has ever beaten Father Time — not even any of the one-name icons. After competing at the top level in perhaps one of the most physically demanding sports there is, there will come a time when #7 hangs it up. Right now, Ronaldo still feels healthy, still feels he can compete with the best, and is focused on maintaining that reality as long as his mind and his body can properly do so. Like all of the legends, he’ll know when he needs to step away. He’ll be aware of what he can’t do anymore, and will be the first to know it and the first to accept it. But for now, we should enjoy the passion and the artistry that is Ronaldo — his kind may never come again. The new father of a baby girl born in November recently sat down with Dolce to speak about his career, his teams, his sport and his life off the pitch. Some of you may have noticed: we have yet to use his first name. Q. Are you a bad loser? A. I am not a bad loser, but it hurts. It hurts and it is something I carry around with me. Sometimes in matches when we are losing, you want to do everything — you want to go to every part of the pitch to get the ball and try to do it all yourself. But football is a game of control and just as in life, sometimes you have to accept other people do things better than you, and you have to let them get on and do their own jobs. In this instance, I want them to get the ball and pass it to me so I can score a goal!

Cristiano Ronaldo pictured during the UEFA Champions League Group H game between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium

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a single season — and was widely recognized as the best player in the English game. And in the competitive field of world football leagues, where brand, sponsorships, merchandising, television rights and attendance are so important and fought over, the bidding soon began. The winner was the Spanish giant and one of football’s most successful and recognizable teams, Real Madrid, who signed Ronaldo in 2009 for a then-record $100 million. Statistically, Ronaldo is generally regarded as the greatest player in the world and one of the greatest of all time. He has four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. He has raised 24 trophies in his illustrious career, including five league titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship. For Ronaldo, this is his proudest achievement: almost single-handedly (though he would be the first to deny that) dragging some sides, who may not otherwise have been championship calibre, to club and international glory. Individually, if it’s possible, his statistics are even more impressive. Ronaldo has scored more than 600 senior career goals for club and country, including holding the following records: most goals in the top five European Leagues with 370, the UEFA Champions League with 111 and the UEFA European Championship with 29. Like all the other top one-name stars, Ronaldo’s consistency over the years is perhaps his most impressive characteristic; not only are these players the best of the best, but they have also held their positions for a long time. In 196 appearances for United, Ronaldo scored 84 goals, and so far in 272 appearances for Real Madrid he has scored a mind-boggling 286 times. As a result, he has achieved almost mythical status in his native Portugal, complete with a bronze statue that is adored by many and shows off his incredible physique, which is a result of the passionate dedication to fitness that has allowed him to stay at the top of his sport. In a curious way, Ronaldo’s commitment to physical fitness has drawn criticism from time to time. How can a guy approaching 33 look like that? But he never misses his gym time — that unrelenting drive to go the additional mile may be one of the many attributes that separates him from the rest of the footballing world. While most players his age may be beginning to see their careers in the rear-view mirror, Ronaldo’s eyes are focused forward, on the next goal, the next standard, the next title and the next achievement. One of his greatest qualities, something even his opponents admire, is how Ronaldo is the ultimate “team guy.” Despite all of the accolades, personal achievements and historic milestones

“FootBall is tHE UltiMatE tEaM GaME, and WE all contriBUtE toWard soMEtHinG tHat is trUlY MaGniFicEnt”

Q. How important is the team? A. Football is the ultimate team game, and we all contribute toward something that is truly magnificent. When you are a team you have

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For Ronaldo, authenticity and individuality are key to having a good sense of fashion

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individuality for me has always been important, and I would certainly encourage people to follow their own path.



selected Quotes: bbc/world soccer

What’s it like being a foot superstar? It’s great. Being who I am has given me the motivation to continue to work hard and be better in my job, but I have to say to be in my shoes is not easy — but I’m not complaining. I just want to say that. I feel happy. All this happens because of a reason. The reason is I’m unbelievable on the pitch. This is why the people have so much interest on me. So it’s as simple as that. I’m good, I’m happy, I’m motivated all the time. I’m very professional and I want to carry on like that. What possibility is there of you going back to Manchester United one day? As I have said many times in the past, as far as the future goes, nobody knows. At this moment I’m so glad and happy here at Real Madrid, but the future … nobody knows. Have you ever thought about becoming a coach some day? It’s not something that I think a lot about. If you ask me right now, I don’t want to be a football coach. After a few years, people might say, ‘you have the profile to

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such a shared unity, and that is very special. I cannot imagine myself doing a sport that is based on just one person — for me being in a team is being with family. Q. Have you considered retirement? A. I still have huge ambitions for my career and, really, I cannot imagine a time when I am not playing football. I wonder what I will do when I retire, and the only thing that really excites me is being a father. So I will need other things to fill my time! But at the moment this is not a priority for me — my priority is keeping my body going and ensuring I am the player I always was. At

be a coach,’ but I don’t want to — it’s too complicated. Right now, I just want to focus on football; this is my passion, this is what I love to do. But in the future, nobody knows ... maybe in five, six, 10 years, I will change my mind and I will be an amazing coach! Let’s see. Following Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory, how was winning an international competition compared to tasting success with a club side? It was the first time, so it’s always special. I’ve won the Champions League three times, but my dream was always to win something for Portugal, with the national team, and that’s what we did. We won for the first time and the feeling is completely different. I was very emotional. I was thinking about my team mates, my family — my whole family, because we were all born in Portugal. So the feeling was a little bit crazy. I cried a lot. Sad moments, emotional moments, happy moments; it all happened on the same day. It was an unbelievable achievement; it was a special day.

the age I am at now people keep reminding me that the years are moving on, but I feel really, really strong, and I think the way I am playing still shows that age does not matter; it is how you are in your head. What is true is I only want to play to the point where I can finish at the top — I think that is the way I want to be remembered. Q. How important is fashion to you? A. Well, very important, and to put my own ideas down in creating my own clothing line (CR7) has been a big thing for me. It is flattering that people want to wear my clothes, but

Q. What does it feel like to be a parent? A. It is the most incredible journey, and I look forward to sharing that journey with [my family]. I am so lucky to have these amazing people in my life, and really that goes before everything else I have. For me it is the link I have to the past as well. So, I have unbelievable memories of my father. He was always there for me and for me, it was always the small things that made such a difference. And those are the things I want to take forward as a father myself — the idea that it is the small things you do, not necessarily the big things. I was never pressured to do one thing or another. I always had a very clear vision and the encouragement to do whatever I wanted to do. Q. Does your mother still support you in your football career? A. My mother is still there for me now — she doesn’t watch my matches, as it is too much for her to go through, but she is the most important person and the rock beside me. Q. Looking back, what are your thoughts on Ronaldo, the movie? A. I am glad it was made; it provided a moment in time that I can always go back to now, and perhaps it enabled other people in the world to see a different side of me. Of course, I know it is fashionable sometimes to want to dislike a player, or a team. But I hope the movie stood me in a position so that people could form their own judgments and not just dislike me because of the team or country I represent. Q. Does reputation matter to you? A. I think many footballers get a bad reputation because it is easy for journalists to take something and make it negative. But most footballers are very humble guys, and are always so grateful for what they have and the lives they lead. And these guys care as well — of course we care about our own personal achievements. But more than that, we care about making fans and supporters happy, and it hurts us to know we have hurt them when we fail. I think that comes across in the movie, as well as the fact I really don’t mind what people think about me or the decisions I make. Some things will always remain private, and that is just for me and my family, but beyond that I do not really do anything for people to form negative opinions about me, I don’t think. So I must think to myself, if they still do have negative thoughts, then, really, I can do nothing about that!

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Power of Transplantation

Two doctors at the forefront of the nation’s advancements in transplantation are sharing what it takes to pursue innovation; and why organ donation is a vital component


oronto is on track to become a global leader in organ transplantation and research, and it’s all thanks to dedicated doctors like Dr. Atul Humar and Dr. Ian McGilvray. These driven doctors are the faces behind the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network (UHN), each giving his heart and soul to improving the transplantation process and outcome for the more than 600 transplants per year performed at Toronto General Hospital and the several thousand patients across Canada in their care. “We’re the largest transplant program in North America, and I guarantee you many people don’t know that,” says Dr. McGilvray. “If you look at the size of our program from a personnel perspective, we’re relatively small, but if you look at what we produce, we eclipse virtually every other program.” This year, more than 1,000 transplants have been performed in Ontario alone. As impressive as that may be, there is still nearly double that number of patients awaiting a transplant at this very moment. These numbers are what drive Drs. Humar and McGilvray to do what they do every single day. Transplantation was not a field that Dr. Humar really considered until he attended medical school and completed his residency. It was then that he saw the way lives were absolutely transformed after a transplant, and the young doctor was drawn to the cause. “Patients who were either on death’s doorstep from end-stage liver or lung disease or those who had been on dialysis for years with a very poor quality of life would have their lives transformed,” says Dr. Humar. It was not only the patients, but also their families whose hopes and lives were restored.

“If you look aT The sIze of our Program from a Personnel PersPecTIve, we’re relaTIvely small, buT If you look aT whaT we Produce, we eclIPse vIrTually every oTher Program” — Dr. Ian McGilvray

Today, as the medical director of the program at UHN, Dr. Humar has his hands in every single aspect of the process. From research to administration to patient care, his role is to ensure that the talented team of physicians, researchers and nurses are equipped with the resources they need to be the very best at what they do. “I’m very much involved in trying to make sure that we have the best organ transplant program in the world right here in Toronto,” says Dr. Humar. “And to do that, not only do we have to have a very large program with excellent patient outcomes, but also we really need to be at the leading forefront of research in all areas of transplantation.” According to Dr. Humar, this includes looking at alternatives to organ transplant like stem-cell therapy, and it also involves researching ways to prevent rejection of organs and infection. Not many people know that Toronto is home to one of the few multidisciplinary labs looking specifically at how infections in transplantations occur and how they can be prevented. For Dr. Humar, this is another crucial component to the success of the transplant program. What’s more, Dr. Humar is lucky enough to run the lab with another dedicated researcher, Dr. Deepali Kumar — his wife. “It’s great, we can always bounce ideas off each other, and I think it’s been pretty helpful in driving our research forward,” says Dr. Humar. It’s shocking to know that while many of us may believe organ donation is important, less than a third of Ontarians (about 32 per cent) are actually registered donors. Dr. Humar agrees that this is largely due to the common misconception that a doctor will “pull the plug” on a patient if they have declared themselves to be an organ



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The Multi-Organ Transplant Program performs one quarter of all transplants in Canada, and boasts the best patient outcomes among transplant centres anywhere in the world. Dr. Ian McGilvray (left) and Dr. Atul Humar (right)

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donor. This is false. In Canada, the processes of death, organ donation and organ transplantation are always handled separately. “We’re not involved in the donation process whatsoever,” says Dr. Humar. Coupling industry-leading research with award-winning technology, Dr. McGilvray, research director of the program at UHN, has spearheaded an immersive online experience called the Toronto Video Atlas of Liver, Pancreas and Transplant Surgery. This initiative is in addition to his role co-directing the Toronto Liver Laboratory. The Atlas was designed to instruct surgeons about the care of patients with problems in liver, pancreas and transplant surgery and to highlight the advanced surgical techniques required for the management of these diseases. The tool features a number of resources, including standard to complex cases and surgical techniques. A portion of the website allows physicians to refer transplant patients to the resource for a collection of patient- and familyspecific 3D computer animations that explain common liver, pancreas and transplant surgeries performed at Toronto General Hospital. Animations give

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an overview of steps in the procedure, the possible risks and complications of the surgery, as well as post-operative care and discharge information. Dr. McGilvray admits that oftentimes patients are not given a great deal of time with their doctor in the interview room, so something like the patient education module is good because it tells a story. “A patient and their family can run it through as many times as they’d like. It’s a condensed version of the sort of things I would say in the clinic and it’s always there.” The Atlas is the byproduct of the collaborative efforts of a group of expert surgeons and biomedical communicators and has won numerous accolades. The website earns a minimum of 500 to 600 hits per day. Dr. McGilvray is enthusiastic for the future of transplantation and for the possible game-changing innovations and discoveries to come. “I think the future of transplantation is not even necessarily in transplantation. I think the future of transplantation is the understanding of the organs of transplantation,” says Dr. McGilvray. “I think that if we get to a point of understanding an organ well enough, we can grow it outside of the body, or create it outside of the body, or come up with models that are based on the human starting point. Then we can change disease, period, because for the first time we’ll have an understanding of what the human condition is.” He also shares that the team is moving into mixed reality and virtual reality. “The animation and modelling stuff is extremely useful from an educational standpoint, but virtual reality is another level altogether,” says Dr. McGilvray. “We can create a virtual operating room very quickly, or a virtual person, or a virtual teaching module, and it’s extraordinarily immersive. It’s a bit frightening in some ways. You no longer require person-to-person contact; you can create the whole thing in an artificial world.” Dr. McGilvray admits that it’s a compelling world, one full of opportunity and possible advancements in the field, but it all begins with donors — financial and organ pledges — which will allow Drs. Humar and McGilvray to continue their life-changing work in transplantation. To make a donation to UHN’s Transplant Program, visit

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aining its name from the phrase “salt of the earth,” SAlt vine Wines is a project of simplicity and honesty. A grassroots endeavour, SAlt vine is a passion project of husband and wife proprietors Marc and Ashley Wade. Partnered with friend and 100-point winemaker Mike Smith, the Wades have built a winery that truly expresses the essence of humility. the humility, chill and relaxed attitude of SAlt vine is the embodiment of Wade. After 20 years in finance, Wade continues the busy business of Bay Street, while moving to the relaxing shores of laguna Beach. SAlt vine is but one of many passion projects Wade is a part of, including a partnership with rande Gerber from Casamigos tequila. even Smith, Wade’s winemaker, says that Wade’s “long hair” makes it hard to believe he ever worked in finance, emblematic of the idea that Wade himself is a “salt of the earth” type of individual. SAlt vine has two types of wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pinot Noir rosé — both pure and elegant expressions of their types. the Cabernet Sauvignon’s aroma displays hints of “intense ripe berries, blackberry tea, sweet tobacco, cacao nib and cassis,” and tastes of “dark berries,” “chocolate shavings” and “baking spices.” Meanwhile, the Pinot Noir rosé is a pale pink with intoxicating flavours of “wild raspberry, peach and blood orange.”

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SALT vine Wines are made from the best grapes found in Napa, California. Standards may be high but SALT epitomizes simplicity and humility. Owners Marc and Ashley Wade believe the secret to a great bottle of wine is the presence of good company to enjoy it with

◀ Marc Wade is pursuing his passions surfing, spending time with friends and family, and making incredible wine ▶ Co-founder Ashley Wade designed the label of SAlt vine Wines. each Cabernet Sauvignon label is made from oxidized copper and handcrafted to perfection. Pictured here is the rosé

thiS i did Purely PASSioNAtely, ANd By ACCideNt it BeCAMe SuCCeSSful… SoMe of the BeSt thiNGS Sell ANd you doN’t hAve to Sell it At All Wade wanted to make something new with SAlt vine, something that he liked and that he hoped other people would like too. in Wade’s approach, quality is the focal point — when making SAlt vine Wines, he uses only the highest-quality vines and grapes he can find. the entire process behind SAlt vine is an attempt to make the absolute best of the best wine that has ever been made: buying and growing the best grapes, employing rigorous horticultural standards and measures to cultivate them — and then, even further, only picking fruit of the utmost quality to be crafted into SAlt vine wine. “if you want the best fruit, with arguably one of the best winemakers in this time, that’s what we make,” Wade says. What SAlt vine offers, beyond a delicious, satisfying taste, is an experience. Wade encourages people to have SAlt vine wine while they are spending time with their family and friends, and

not just at Michelin-starred restaurants. A taste of this journey is also offered through private dinners that SAlt vine wine hosts. “We’ll get a table and set it for a hundred people, and it’s right between the vines of the vineyard overlooking the sunset. We’ll bring one of our favourite chefs to come up with something really cool that night. Possibly have a bonfire, and maybe some people playing guitars. We serve our wine. We’d rather you have a whole lifestyle experience than just come through.” the important part of this adventure is to acquaint the drinker with the true soul of what SAlt vine is. the expression of SAlt’s humbleness is not just through its experience or its founder, but also in the winery’s lack of bravado or pomp in promoting itself. the quality, hard work and passion of SAlt vine speaks for itself. Wade puts it best: “Some of the best things sell and you don’t have to sell it at all.”

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A SPECTRUM OF MI A MI Practised and experienced, coupled with an ardour for art, Eric Smith has led numerous art galleries and venues throughout his career, including the rising, successful, essential Spectrum Miami WRITTEN BY BRANDON HARRIPERSAUD

Smith started the Redwood Media Group to create venues to give young, up-andcoming artists a chance to be featured and represented



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hat defines art? Easily the most subjective and interpretive medium, art has a way of astounding and mesmerizing every soul that is lucky enough to bear witness to it. Art captivates and encapsulates moments, memories and feelings, while being a vivid, extraordinary display of personality, talent and serenity. You might not be able to define what art is, but you sure are able to identify it when you see it. Spectrum Miami, a juried, contemporary art show, is one of the places that make this possible. Now in its seventh year, Spectrum Miami is where “contemporary meets extraordinary,” says Eric Smith, CEO of the Redwood Media Group. Extraordinary is right. With over 160 artists, each with their own personal style, methods, artisanship and inimitable flair, design and technique, Spectrum Miami depicts a world overflowing with awe-filled wonder and teeming with emerging talent. Smith describes the feeling of witnessing memorable art by saying, “I think people have an inherent love and genuine feeling for collecting items that are manmade rather than things produced by a machine from a mould. Art is an expression of the human soul and can never be reproduced synthetically.” Unfortunately, it is difficult for contemporary artists, especially those of Hispanic and Latino descent, to break into the art world. Spectrum Miami gives them a path to do so. “I noticed a gap in the market for unrepresented and emerging artists who lacked a platform for showcasing their work that would ultimately help them become discovered,” Smith says. With over 40,000 attendees during Miami Art Week, Spectrum Miami has successfully given a venue and platform to artists from all over the planet, as well as exposing Miami’s art scene to the world. After Hurricane Irma, Spectrum Miami hopes to give artists a chance to “rise above the catastrophe,” Smith says. Spectrum Miami represents and features the numerous artists who come from Miami, Puerto Rico and Latin America — places that were affected by Irma. Hopefully it and events like it can allow people both a reprieve and an avenue for success amid the damage that has been caused. The opportunity to give artists, especially Miami-based, Puerto Rican and Latin American artists, a venue to display and sell their art is a vital and worthy cause in the art world. As Spectrum Miami and Miami Art Week continue to flourish and develop, more and more of the voiceless will be given a chance to speak through their art, just like the three artists featured on the next page.

El JUEGO DE LA Frida RicaRdo caRdenas Ricardo Cardenas’s El Juego de la Frida is one of the standout pieces of his Eddy collection. Made from steel and concrete, the piece displays a nine-grid square with a portrait and a game of tic-tac-toe being played on it, as well as a question mark and his signature both in green, contrasting the pink colour of the Xs and Os, occupying the bottom right square. It is a deliberate play on order and systems of winning and losing that exist in society. Hailing from Mexico, Cardenas uses his successful career as a construction engineer to connect to his art, both in media and technique. Cardenas’s feelings and beliefs are openly expressed by his art, using the same materials that he would on the construction site: his paintings and sculptures are created using concrete and steel bars, among other building materials. Cardenas demonstrates this approach with a collection of paintings where he reinterprets the main traits of art from a chosen master artist. Cardenas uses cement and iron bars as his canvas, painting and creating collages to make his pieces look like a poster or street graffiti.

El Juego de la Frida by Ricardo Cardenas

Pink LEOparD Sabrina RuppRechT Sabrina Rupprecht’s Pink Leopard is one out of five parts of her Big Five collection. Its vibrant, popping pink paired with leering blue crystal eyes strike a tone of both reverence and caution. Painting using acrylic on canvas, Rupprecht captures the essence of the leopard, as well as all of the other animals in the collection. After spending a year travelling through Southern and East Africa, Rupprecht, originally from Germany, developed a love for the continent, its fascinating cultures, exhilarating nature and wonderful wildlife. Now residing in Cape Town, Rupprecht’s wildlife art is a reflection of her personal experiences, and an attempt to capture the essence and emotion of the animals with her own bright and vibrant interpretation of what she saw. Colloquially called The Pink Safari, the Big Five collection consists of five endangered species, all of which are African game animals: the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros. The Big Five collection is Rupprecht’s attempt to raise awareness for these majestic species, exemplifying the beauty of these animals and giving them an opportunity to be praised in the form of art.

Pink Leopard by Sabrina Rupprecht

Light it up TaTiana Rajzman Tatiana Rajzman’s Light It Up is a veritable cubist’s dream come true. With a series of geometric shapes — circles, rectangles and squares — and lines dividing the piece into segments of various shapes, colours and sizes, Light It Up is a modern approach to the classic art form. Born in Brazil and now residing in Miami, Rajzman is a visual artist with an immense passion for painting. Rajzman was a fashion designer who left digital creation behind to enter the world of canvas. Rajzman’s preferred method is using acrylic on canvas, as well as ink pen. Inspired by cubist and abstract elements, Rajzman creates geometric compositions that turn into figures “born” of overlapping lines. Rajzman searches for inspiration in architectural designs, photographs and everyday objects. The world is her playground and is abstractly represented in all of her work. The trademark of her canvases is their contrast between black and white and their precise lines. The play on colour and divvying up of shapes give a confettilike appearance to her pieces, making each one a riveting, inquisitive surprise.

Light It up by Tatiana Rajzman

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The Bedrock of Australian Cuisine Superstar chef Curtis Stone has taken the culinary world by storm with his food knowledge and technical prowess. From chef to reality star, Stone has spread Australian cuisine around the globe WRITTEN BY BRANDON HARRIPERSAUD INTERVIEW BY SARAH KANBAR

Stone uses travel as a method of learning more and teaching about food everywhere he goes



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rom humble beginnings to mastering his craft, Curtis Stone is a food savant. First gaining notoriety after being published in London on a Plate, a cookbook about London’s finest chefs, Stone has since become one of the most renowned chefs on the planet. You may know Stone from one of his food shows like Surfing the Menu or Take Home Chef, or his many appearances on talk shows and reality shows, ranging from Masterchef to Celebrity Apprentice. The Australian chef infuses his roots and heritage into his passion for cooking and travel. Stone’s success led to the inception of two celebrated Los Angeles restaurants, Maude and Gwen; a bestselling cookbook, What’s for Dinner?; and the Kitchen

Solutions By Curtis collection, an exceptional line of glassware, utensils and kitchen accessories. Married to actress Lindsay Price and father to two young boys, Emerson, 6, and Hudson, 3, Stone finds himself extremely busy balancing work, travel and family life. We recently had the pleasure of meeting with Stone to discuss how he’s bringing Australian food culture all over the world and his family life. Q: Can you tell us about your partnership with Tourism Australia and how it came about? A: I’m so passionate about many things, and travel is one of them. Australia, I obviously grew up in. I’m really patriotic. I love my country. There’s so much to like about it. It’s a supernatural fit. I’m constantly talking about it anyway. The idea of spreading the word more about the culinary parts of Australia is meaningful to me. I watched it grow sizably. I did my apprenticeship there as a kid. Back when I was younger, I had to go to Europe to work under a chef or with a chef to learn from them. That is certainly what I did. What happened over time is that all of that knowledge that has been taken from Europe and other parts of the world has been brought back to Australia through native chefs. The restaurants are really fantastic and the wine regions have really grown into themselves. I’m super passionate about it. Q: I don’t know a lot about Australian cuisine, and I don’t think many people do. Could you elaborate on some of the typical flavours? A: It’s a real melting pot. We have cultures from all over the world. It’s very diverse. Geographically we’re closer to Southeast Asia than anywhere else. What grows well in Southeast Asia grows really well in Australia too. We have a variety of tropical regions, subtopic regions, dry heat areas, and we have cooler climates too. That’s the first thing. We’re a melting pot. We have Southeast Asian cooking, rooted heavily in Europe from an English standpoint. Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside of Athens. We have a large Italian population, and more recently, a lot of Southeast Asian immigrants. The food has really evolved. There are great indigenous ingredients that you can’t find anywhere else. There are even some interesting ingredients that you can’t grow anywhere else. Even the animals, kangaroo, emu and stuff like that, people find on menus in Australia. It’s unique and it’s cool. Q: What about the wine and the wineries? A: The wineries are everywhere, in all different corners of the country. The regions are really diverse. Cooler climates like the Mornington Peninsula and even Tasmania produce fantastic Pinot Noir. Diversity in the same region, where you have some of that hot/cold [temperature variation], produces some of the best Shiraz that

you’ll find in the Barossa Valley. The Hunter Valley and Eden Valley [as well] — again sort of more moderate temperatures. The Margaret River over on the west coast is a great region that produces incredible Sémillons, and great Sémillon Sauvignon Blancs. There are a variety of different regions that are producing really beautiful wine. Q: What inspires you to create new dishes? A: Inspiration comes from a variety of places. Firstly ingredients. You can walk through a farmer’s market, go meet a farmer or look at a tree. You start there; it’s the building block of every dish. Then there’s technique. As a chef you constantly try to learn different things, or you perfect a technique in one way or another, and you apply it to a different ingredient. It’s interesting. There’s also culture. I always start with, “What do I want to create? Who’s coming? Do I want it to be formal? Do I want it to be romantic? Do I want it to be sort of family oriented? Informal and casual? Do I want people to share?” If you think about the moment, because that’s really what food is, it’s a moment in time, it’s a combination of those things. “What do you want to create in the moment? What ingredients do you have available? What technique do you have?” Q: How do you balance career and travel with your family life? A: I probably don’t do a great job of it, to be honest. I work more than I should. But I love what I do. It’s funny when you love what you do; it’s hard to say no to things. I’m lucky that my family gets to be involved in my work a lot. I’m sure if I was a lawyer and in court all day long, it’d be more difficult. I cook for a living and I develop recipes for a living. My kids are often involved in the process and involved in the end result, which is hopefully something delicious to eat. They travel with me a lot too. While they’re young it’s easy to take them on the journey, which is cool.

Always touched by the hand of an artisan

So what is next for Stone? Focusing on his family. “The boys just started school. I’m really enjoying being a big part of that. Taking them to school and helping them do their homework. I love being a dad and I don’t want to overcomplicate things, to be honest. I’m really happy.” Stone has his hands full with two restaurants, two children and two dogs. A “full roster,” Stone jokingly calls it. His pioneer restaurant, Maude, is undergoing a menu renovation. Instead of centring a single key to that compose the entire menu, the selection will be created by focusing on a specific wine region each quarter. Whether it is pairing wine and meals or combining work, travel and family, Stone brings his Australian heritage and love of food everywhere he goes.

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Richardson grew up with a love for house and home, one that translated into a passion for creating beautiful spaces



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De sign eD for De sign Successful interior designer and TV personality Sarah Richardson has utilized her passion for decorating and made her dreams come true. With more than 20 years of experience, Richardson is tackling new challenges, putting her family on TV and being a brand champion for Monogram Written by brandon Harripersaud intervieW by saraH Kanbar


amed interior designer and TV personality Sarah Richardson discovered her passion at a young age. “I was a really creative kid growing up, and if I ever got sent to my room … I would rearrange my furniture,” Richardson laughs. Pairing a love of design with an admiration for fashion, Richardson was a creative soul from birth. And what started off as venting frustrations in her room led to a passion for interior design. Richardson says she “came by [interior design] honestly.” Her mother, who was a great cook and loved to experiment with design, would involve Richardson in all of her projects. Richardson moved on to create her own projects as well, such as sewing prom dresses and other items and redecorating for fun. Through this time with her mother, Richardson’s care and consideration for house and home amplified. “When I was at university,” Richardson recalls, “I probably spent more time redecorating my apartment or planning a dinner party than thinking about my next term paper.” For some people, this could have been a problem, but for Richardson, it worked out perfectly. “I was fearless about trying things, and that set me on a path of creativity — and here I am,” Richardson says. The reputation that Richardson built for herself — she quickly came to be known for “having a lot

“There’s a saying: ‘Do whaT you love anD The money will follow.’ iT Took a long Time To follow, buT evenTually i founD iT” — Sarah Richardson

of home, and entertaining and fashion [expertise]” — led her to her first job in TV. Richardson received a call from an acquaintance from university who asked if she would be interested in working as a prop stylist, which she describes as “being [like]

Publishers Clearing House calling.” After jobs from painting and a decorative art business, she finally had the chance to do what she truly adored. This was her first foot in the door. Now, 20 years later, Richardson is a successful, well-known designer and TV personality. With a total of eight TV shows under her belt, Richardson has been at the forefront of creating groundbreaking television about design. Her newest TV venture, Sarah Off the Grid, is a new direction for Richardson, and one that is “most personal,” as she exposes not only her house, but also her family to the public eye. Richardson describes the show as “unlacquered, unvarnished [and an] authentic portrayal of my life as a designer and at home.” Sarah Richardson Design has been a burgeoning design business since 1998, with Richardson’s designs featured in her TV shows and numerous design publications on both sides of the border. She has also had two bestselling books, the second of which she wrote entirely on her own. She even cooked and styled all the food for the recipes. So what inspires Richardson and fuels this zeal for design? Her three main sources of inspiration are the architecture (the structural design), the building’s interior (the type of building it is that she is working in), and the client. Richardson says, “You put those three things together and it yields a different result.” The variation of these three

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The test kitchen that Richardson created for Monogram acts as a learning centre. The Navy-blue cabinets and whitishgrey counters and décor are why Richardson calls it her “night-sky” kitchen

aspects and their combination will always result in a different, distinctive end product. This is what makes Richardson’s work fresh, unique and different every time, enabling her to bring a new perspective to every project she takes on. This may sound exhausting, but for Richardson, “the bigger the challenge, the better the adventure.” Although each of Richardson’s designs is exclusive and inimitable from the others, there is one component present in all of her designs: Monogram. The brand is Richardson’s appliancemaker of choice for all of her kitchens, especially her own. What stands out for Richardson is Monogram’s “craftsmanship, quality [and] design” of their appliances, especially the design details of the range and the vent hood. Since she discovered Monogram, Richardson has been a champion for the luxury appliance company. She describes its products as exactly “what [she] wants.” Monogram, upon learning of Richardson’s infatuation with its work, has formalized the partnership to make her an official brand champion for the company. The partnership is seamless, which Richardson believes comes from a shared belief in “craftsmanship, quality and design. And quality, design and value in equal measures.” As part of a special project, Monogram partnered with Richardson to design a contemporary kitchen to inspire homeowners at the Monogram Design Centre in Toronto. Richardson sees a kitchen not only as a place to cook, but a place where people gather, lounge and hang out. This learning kitchen has been designed to reflect that lifestyle. Richardson calls it a “kitchen with personality” containing artisanal references and handcrafted elements. The navy-blue palette and a wall of antique mirrors that “almost look like a cloudy night sky” prompt Richardson to call it her “nightsky kitchen.” Richardson never stops working and trying to improve. She is currently tackling several design projects, working on new partnerships, launching a wallpaper collection and thinking about meal ideas for her TV show. “There’s always something cooking in my kitchen,” Richardson says, both literally and figuratively. Richardson achieved success by finding her passion and pursuing it through years of hard work and dedication. To young aspiring designers and entrepreneurs, Richardson offers some solid advice. “There’s a saying: ‘Do what you love and the money will follow.’ It took a long time to follow, but eventually I found it.... The best thing you can do is have a sense of self. Trust your gut. Don’t be afraid to express your creative personality, but also never lose sight of the importance of integrity and authenticity.”


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Santa Monica is one of the most desirable destinations in California. Find out why this sunny beachside city is the perfect place to base yourself on your next visit WRITTEN BY REBECCA ALBERICO


there’s one corner of the City of Angels that captures the warmth of the Pacific, the serenity of a coastal city and the culture of a big metropolis, that place is Santa Monica. If Hollywood is where dreams come true, Santa Monica is where creativity is born. Just west of downtown Los Angeles, Calif., this coastal city is home to a number of notable attractions like Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, featured in countless music videos, television shows and films, including Forrest Gump (the pier is even home to an American seafood restaurant chain inspired by the film). A stroll down the famous boardwalk is the real treat, however. Not only are you surrounded by breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean, but also the countless art installations, performers and eyecatching colours that breathe life into the cityscape. At just over 20 square kilometres, Santa Monica is a blogger’s playground — it’s what Millennials would call an Instagrammable city. What’s great about Santa Monica is its central location to neighbouring cities Malibu, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. When you base yourself in one of the many accommodations in Santa Monica, you’re at the centre of it all. After an exciting day at Universal Studios or shopping in Beverly Hills, your tranquil beachside retreat awaits. Don’t be fooled — this bustling city is the best



At the heart of the Santa Monica experience are eight distinctive neighborhoods, each infused with a wealth of personality and visitor attractions

“YOU CAN DINE YOUR WAY DOWN PICO BOULEVARD, DISCOVER MIDCITY’S ARTS SCENE, OR VISIT LANDMARKS LIKE THE SANTA MONICA PIER, BUT I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE BEACH IS MY FAVOURITE ATTRACTION” — Misti Kerns of both worlds. For those who like excitement and nightlife, there are a number of hot spots right in Santa Monica. The city has also been unofficially dubbed “Silicon Beach” due to the influx of tech startups and other media neighbours like Hulu.

What does the president and CEO of Santa Monica Travel and Tourism, Misti Kerns, recommend? “Set out on a shopping tour on Main Street or up Montana Avenue, or jump on a train to Downtown Los Angeles from Downtown Santa Monica,” says Kerns. “You can dine your way down Pico Boulevard, discover Mid-City’s arts scene, or visit landmarks like the Santa Monica Pier, but I would have to say the beach is my favourite attraction.” Her personal favourite spot is Perry’s Café and Beach Rentals, where guests are given walkietalkies for the ultimate beachside service. If you’re interested in a more active getaway, there are countless water-sport excursions and equipment rentals to get you moving. It’s time to cross an experience off your bucket list and hang 10 with one of Santa Monica’s surf schools. With fun for the entire family, the legendary Pacific Park boasts the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel (a spectacular sight in the evening), the century-old Looff Hippodrome and the West Coaster roller-coaster that is sure to satisfy young thrill-seekers. “Santa Monica has always been an inclusive destination, and we remain proud to welcome people of all races, religions and origins to our shores,” says Kerns. “It’s truly an unforgettable destination.”



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Grand Couture Submit yourself to the Venetian daydream and fall into fearless European fashion. Punchy florals and bold detailing rule the runway this season, and the versatility of statement pieces is key photography by anton cornelis | text by rebecca alberico



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Lose yourself in the tranquil rise and fall of the tide. Sink into this season’s eye-catching, oversized outerwear Floral embroidered cottonblend cape DOLCE & GABBANA, embroidered silk crepe de chine shirt CHLOÉ, masculine tailored waistband trousers MAISON MARGIELA, Gold leather sandals GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

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THIS PAGE: in the Lose yourself In the floating city, tranquil rise and fallanything of goes. Studded leather the tide. Sink into this ensembles by day and night season’s eye-catching, Gold-studded leather jacket top oversized outerwear. and miniskirt BALMAIN, Gancino sandals with gold Fiore heels Floral embroidered cottonFERRAGAMO, “J’adior” blend cape DOLCE & sunglasses black and gold tone DIORsilk GABBANA, embroidered crepe de chine shirt CHLOÉ, OPPOSITE PAGE: masculine tailored waistband Bridge gap between trousers the MAISON MARGELA, fashion andsandals comfort. What’s Gold leather better thanZANOTTI a cosy knit that GIUSEPPE transitions from daywear to a chic after-hours outfit? SPORTMAX oversized wool turtleneck sweater with stretch long zip skirt, velvet-trimmed studded suede platform sandals in gold MIU MIU

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The PhilosoPhy of

Human Design Anchoring the brand-new wing of Yorkdale is the grandiose, luxurious furniture retailer Restoration Hardware Toronto. Dolce had the pleasure of chatting with founder Gary Friedman to discuss RH’s experiential nature, his values and beliefs, and what makes him such an incredible curator Written by brandon Harripersaud intervieW by saraH kanbar


rom the outside, RH Toronto is a luxurious concoction of a hotel, a movie set from a dream. All three floors of this magnificent structure are adorned with large windows that allow anyone outside a view into this riveting world. A massive skylight highlights the main entrance with its “RH” logo, as if to say, “Let there be light.” The transparency of RH Toronto beckons your entry; it invites you in to see what it’s like on the other side, where the light is brighter. If the outside is a cocktail of hotel, a movie set and a dream, then the inside is the same but with a rousing sense of hospitality and warmth added to the mix; RH Toronto blurs the line of home and hominess, the unorthodox enterprise is simultaneously retail and residential. RH Toronto is meant to “activate all of your senses — sight, sound, taste, touch [and smell],” says RH chairman and CEO Gary Friedman. Every aspect of RH Toronto is created with the senses in mind. “A sense of harmony” is the feeling RH Toronto provides as you walk through the doors, says Friedman. RH’s design philosophy is based on a reflection of human design. Its “balance-based symmetrical proportions [are] based on the golden mean,” Friedman says, referring to Aristotle’s theory of scale-based proportional values. Every aspect of RH is designed to be human-based. “I want people

“It’s about who has the best Idea and what’s the best Idea, and how do you Focus on what’s rIght rather than who’s rIght” — Gary Friedman to feel a sense of harmony, to walk into the space and go, ‘ah, that feels good.’” Partnered with long-time collaborator, architect James Gillam, RH Toronto aims for a neutral vibe and environment. Friedman compares the symmetry to human design — a tenet of the Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects design philosophy. “We are all some shade of a neutral. Nobody is green, nobody

is yellow [and] nobody is red,” Friedman points out. RH instills this idea of neutrality into its design and integration; it is “all kinds of degrees of shape, and proportions and sensibilities that are a reflection of human design,” says Friedman. Instead of being designers, RH Toronto is more of a curator. Gathering inspiration from all over the planet, and finding the best artisans and designers to work with, Friedman and RH’s specialty is integrating all of these components into the RH mindset. “We really try to curate the best people, the best products, the best ideas, the best inspiration, and then, the thing that we probably do best is integrate those people, products, ideas and inspiration into kind of an integrated point of view that reflects our own personal taste and style,” Friedman clarifies. The integration of the best of everything is how Friedman relates RH to Apple. In the same way that Apple obtains all of the best developers and designers to develop and design “for the best platform,” RH searches for and locates the best artisans, designers and people to create for it. “We’re trying to build the best design platform [so] that the very best designers, artisans [and] manufacturers in the world want to design for our platform, because our platform can amplify their work,” Friedman says. Friedman and RH are always on the lookout for what is new and great, a process that is an integral



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part of the company’s platform. “If somebody shows me a great table, the first thing I usually ask is, ‘who did that?’ If you find the right people, they usually have other great ideas,” Friedman says. Being able to take and put together ideas from all over the world and combine them with harmonious synergy is nothing short of impressive. But impressiveness is what Friedman specializes in. Considering his rigorous eye for talent and detail, you might not have expected that Friedman grew up not having much of anything. “I grew up with a single mom. My dad died when I was five. We never lived in a house. We never had any furniture. The most money my mom made in a single year, her best year ever, was $5,000. So we grew up on welfare, food stamps [and] got evicted from apartments. I always think maybe I’m not good enough and I’ll get fired tomorrow, so you’ve got to get better and work harder.” Friedman’s desire to evolve and constantly improve is evident in what RH is. RH is not just a store that you walk into; it is a living, breathing space that is constantly growing and adapting, both to its environment and to what is new and current. It is this mentality of “never being finished” that keeps Friedman at the top of the designer game — that combined with being a perfectionist. The ability to notice minute details is a “gift and a curse,” Friedman says. “I’ve never done anything or experienced anything in my life where I didn’t immediately [think] it could be better. But once you look at it again and again from different angles and different perspectives, you realize that everything can always be better.” Even during our interview, Friedman notices little details about the space around him that could be improved. But his keen eye makes him aware not only of what looks good, but also what would look great. That’s not all that makes RH work; there’s also the idea of what RH itself should be. Blurring the lines of home and hospitality is crucial for Friedman. People can go years without stepping into a home furnishings store. After seeing the success of the first RH Café in Chicago, Friedman halted construction on RH Toronto in order to figure out how to integrate a restaurant. Adding a food venue enhances RH Toronto overall. When people come for food, they can explore the furnishings and everything else the rest of the store has to offer. Friedman elaborates, “We like to say we don’t really build stores. We try to create inspiring spaces that blur the line between residential and retail, that create a space of more home than store.” The blurring of home and store is extremely evident as soon as you walk into RH. Most furniture stores are quiet, lifeless places with an employee wearing a pronounced smile and offering you “the deal of a lifetime.” RH does not feel like a furniture store at all, but an intriguing crossbreed of lively Parisian café and a neutral-toned, sitting-encouraged art gallery. It is by far the most comfortable you will ever be while having a coffee.

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Part of Friedman’s intention in making RH hospitable is the belief that humans are intrinsically social creatures. “It’s why we like to go out to restaurants to eat, or why we go out to movie theatres when we could watch a movie at home; we could cook food at home, but we generally like to be around other humans,” says Friedman. RH feels like a social space made for congregating and conversing. The open floor-plan and the feeling of freedom to browse at your leisure encourages people to meet, explore and wander together. The experience of RH Toronto is one that entices people to come out, rather than shop online. When people see RH Toronto firsthand, they can immediately tell the difference. The size, depth and design make it easily stand out, even in the extremely busy Yorkdale Shopping Centre. “The Internet is the most democratic channel, if you think about it. It’s the hardest to distinguish yourself. Holly’s home store can look as big as RH online. The screen is the same size; the only way to know we’re different is to click on that screen 10,000 times and see we have such an assortment,” says Friedman. Besides the fact that RH hosts some of the world’s finest crafted furnishings, it distinguishes itself because of what it offers as a whole. Grandiose presence aside, the environment and the capabilities of RH Toronto set it apart not just from other home furnishings stores, but from all other retailers. “We’re big believers in creating physical spaces that aggregate people, activate all the senses [and] make people feel good,” Friedman says. Other retail stores do not offer anything close to that feeling. Friedman gives a few examples, such as “windowless department stores,” the “lack of humanity” and “lack of machination” in retail. “Most retail stores are archaic, windowless boxes that lack any sense of humanity. There’s no fresh air, there’s no natural light. Plants die Each Restoration Hardware location is built from the ground up, with a different vision and recipe every time — all part of Friedman’s in a department store.” ever-changing growth Friedman has made sure that RH Toronto is nothing like that. Thanks to 120 French are really authentic expressions of what we believe.” doors and windows, there is all kinds of natural These beliefs are evident in the careful light, enhanced by the massive skylight across the craftsmanship of every meticulous detail of the store. Decorated with mirrors, art, chandeliers and, front of the building. All three sides of the building face natural light and fresh air, and the windows of course, furniture, RH Toronto presents itself as can be opened. This is all accentuated by the more than just a store. It is the embodiment of the chance to taste food, touch the furniture and view values that Friedman and RH hold. “Everything you see here is a reflection of our dramatic installations — “an experience that would be difficult to recreate online,” says Friedman. “I values, beliefs, our taste and our style,” Friedman think that physical world experiences [are] why says. The RH culture is engineered all around its we go on vacation. Otherwise we would just go values and belief system, and is omnipresent in the online and look at everything. You kind of want to company. These values and beliefs distinguish RH go there, and go see that, and experience that. That’s from other retailers. fundamentally what we believe in. These galleries RH’s values are “people, quality, service and

innovation,” says Friedman. He puts emphasis on finding the right people, creating the best items and standing out. “We’re very specific about the kind of people that we believe are the right people. We’re very specific about how we think about quality, how we think about service and how we think about innovation being at the core of what we do.” The same focus is put on RH’s beliefs. “These tenets form the “The RH rules”: “Vision is everything, love us or leave us, [and] this is personal,” “there is no school for cool, and fast is as slow as we go,” Friedman coolly states. Following these values and beliefs is not always easy, though. In a big corporation especially, these finer details can get lost between the cushions as problems arise — an issue that RH was unable to avoid and that Friedman himself had to rectify. Discussing the infamous memo he wrote to his employees, Friedman clarifies, “I wasn’t yelling at anybody; I capitalized the most important points.” Friedman sent the memo out to his employees last year after the store RH Modern was launched and quickly found itself six months late in orders. “That specific note was to empower everyone, was to let people know, no one will ever get in trouble for making the customers happy, but you might lose your job if you don’t. We’re a service business. Don’t worry about making any decision, no matter how costly, to delight a customer,” Friedman says. Friedman did this to reinforce the values and beliefs that RH abides by. For him, they are not just circumstantial happenstances to promote a healthy business image, but an integral part of RH’s identity. Friedman uses the analogy: “Everybody was talking about … the burning building. ‘Who started the fire?’ ‘How did it start?’ ‘What are we going to do?’ How are we going to put it out?’ Nobody was talking about the people in the building.... The fire department doesn’t go and put out the fire in the building while there’s people in the building. The fire department goes and gets people out of the building. They save the people.” It is this kind of dedication to the customer over everything that separates Friedman and RH from other companies. Friedman stresses constant communication, and even has a chief values officer. “The leaders in our organization have to live our values. We believe the organization is a reflection of our actions and behaviour,” Friedman says. Not only the leaders have to live these values, which Friedman himself wrote; RH also ensures that its team is comprised of people who similarly are concerned with what’s right over who’s right, in terms of both morals and product.



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The RH café in RH Toronto is sleek, stylish and elegant, balancing the neutral tones, the fine dining experience and the courtyard feel while activating all of your senses

In a profession with new and different challenges every day, Friedman requires people who will not have their egos bruised or get in the way of a better idea. “Forget about what I liked yesterday. Maybe I had an idea that was really good yesterday, but somebody has a better idea today. It’s not about whose idea it was. It’s about who has the best idea and what’s the best idea, and how do you focus on what’s right rather than who’s right,” Friedman says. The never-ending search for what is right harkens back to the philosophy of human design, and Friedman’s constant striving for the golden mean. RH is never finished trying to reach the ultimate balance between better and best on the scales of quality, service and moral fibre. With so many RH locations, Friedman is motivated by his passion. “I love to learn. I love to be open.... I’m just excited to learn and grow. The more I learn and grow, the better leader I am,” Friedman says. Friedman sets the tone for the company and ensures that everyone follows his lead. One thing that Friedman avoids is being judgmental. “People being judgmental is why we have conflicts in this world, why we have wars in this world [and] why we have divisiveness in this world.… When you’re judgmental it’s like closing the window shade; you don’t let the light in. If you don’t let the light in, you can’t see. If you can’t see, you can’t learn.” Friedman avoids this, not only because of his socio-political standpoints, but also being open to fresh ideas and concepts allow him to learn and grow. Qualities that Friedman highlights are being curious and critical. “New information, new data [and] new perspectives come in all the time, and you can see something you couldn’t have seen a moment ago or a day ago. You can usually make it better,” he says. Even in RH Toronto itself, Friedman can see aspects that he would like to change. “We like to say we’re always unfinished, always on the move. We’re never really finished with anything. We’re kind of always learning and growing,” Friedman says. The RH brand stands out as an example of hard work and dedication. The blood, sweat, tears and materials that are put into every single one of RH’s

products and stores are a testament to that. For other brands out there, Friedman recommends being authentic and following your heart. “I think what people appreciate is honesty and authenticity. Not someone who’s trying to make it, or it’s not really what they believe in, and it seems overly scripted or something,” says Friedman. “We try to operate from a really deep level of authenticity, what we truly believe in, what’s really meaningful to us, and we obsess about those things,” Friedman says. This authenticity fuels what RH is and bleeds right into the heart of the company. “We like to say [that] by chasing our hopes and dreams, we inspire others to chase theirs, and by fearlessly fighting for what we believe in, we encourage others to do the same,” Friedman says. But no matter what one is doing, Friedman’s advice is to keep pushing and working toward it. “Fight for what you believe in and chase your hopes and dreams. If you get knocked down 10 times, get up 11 and keep going. Usually, we as humans will do that when we deeply believe in it.... The work we do, our best work — sometimes we get knocked down 25 times, and [we] have to get up 26. It’s hard to do. You have to really believe in it. You have to really be passionate about it. We see the history of humanity; men and women will work for a dollar, but die for what they believe in. That’s what I say to anything, be it a brand or whatever: just have your own voice, do your own thing [and] make sure you believe in it. It doesn’t really matter if someone else is doing it too; if you believe in it more deeply, you might do it better than them. Originality comes from our own unique perspective.” RH’s unique perspective comes from Friedman, and the people he collaborates with. The constant balancing of the scales to achieve the golden mean is the core of Friedman’s originality and unique perspective, which is what makes RH and RH Toronto a beacon — not only of design and innovation, but also of authenticity, heart and, most of all, human design.

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The home is approximately 11,000 sq. ft. of luxurious modern architecture, set on 41 green acres in the heart of Caledon

A MODERNIST’S DREAM Fusing unmistakable mid-century modern architecture with a love of the natural elements, this rural escape brings together the best of both worlds for those who seek to live in the true lap of luxury


his luxurious 41-acre estate is something straight out of a Hollywood movie: a sophisticated, smart home perfectly hidden in the heart of the suburbs. It has that James Bond Diamonds Are Forever feel, certainly not the kind of architecture you’d expect to see in Caledon, Ont. Pull up to the gated property from the rural road and you’ll be instantly enamoured with the forest-lined estate. Its grandeur offers an unmistakable sense of seclusion and security, perfect for those who value their privacy. “There are quite a few buyers interested in new builds with modern architecture and design, and that’s very hard to find in a rural setting,” says John Dunlap of Moffat Dunlap Real Estate. “It’s a gem.” Not only is the Caledon home totally equipped with the latest in home automation tech, its modern

design seamlessly integrates indoor and outdoor living. Beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the woodland property and its opulent outdoor amenities. Surrounding the home are expansive multitiered decks with adjoining waterfall gardens. The outdoor living spaces also feature a firepit with a stone seating area. No truly modern home would be complete without a state-of-the-art infinity pool, and this one is heated for four-season use and equipped with advanced LED lighting. “This home probably has the highest degree of home automation technology that we’ve seen — climate, security, lighting, [and] sound,” says Dunlap. Much like its desirable exterior, the interior of this modern masterpiece was designed for entertaining. The main floor of the home features a beautiful open-concept layout, with spacious

living, dining, kitchen and wet bar area. The key to any modern kitchen is a large, functional centre island with cooking station, sleek breakfast bar and large, well-organized walk-in pantry — a dream for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. For movie lovers, there is also a state-of-the-art home theatre designed by one of Canada’s top audio specialty brands. Overlooking the great room is a cosy loft with its very own deck offering views over the pool and the ridge of the Niagara Escarpment in the distance. This indoor and outdoor space spans 600 sq. ft. and is the perfect place to enjoy a nightcap. The gem of this four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home is its master suite. The main-floor master suite features an opening glass wall system that brings the outdoors into the space. The glass wall opens onto the private deck and offers floor-to-ceiling views



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over the natural surroundings. What’s more, the ensuite features a soaker tub and luxurious shower with heated river-rock floors in keeping with the natural elements. Although there may not be any secret passageways, this home does feature a glass-walled wine cellar with modernist racking. The space is fully climate controlled and the glass is treated with UV protection to ensure a perfect wine climate. This modern marvel is listed at $4,350,000.

The estate is conveniently located five minutes from the Caledon Ski Club, Devil’s Pulpit Golf Course, Caledon Riding Club and Caledon Mountain Trout Club

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Steven Golick may not believe in fate, but we believe that the retired insolvency-lawyer-turnedphilanthropist was born to help others. It’s not just his knack for dreaming up great ideas like the newly founded Canadian Chordoma Network or his hosting of successful fundraisers, but also his eagerness to spread positivity, kindness and encouragement where it’s needed most Written By Dave GorDon intervieW By reBecca alBerico

teven Golick says that he has never let life’s problems get in the way of embracing positivity, or of investing enormous amounts of time into helping others. This, despite being thrown one of life’s most serious punches. Golick’s life was “ordinary and normal,” besides a little trouble walking in a straight line that he thought was merely vertigo. But after spending a dozen hours in the hospital, a CT scan and an MRI, he heard the words no one wants to hear: you have cancer. Golick was diagnosed with a very rare tumour called a chordoma. This is a form of cancer that occurs in the bones of the spine or — as in Golick’s case, the skull. It took an incredible team of doctors and surgeons, a 12-hour procedure, more than three dozen radiation treatments (reaching his lifetime limit of radiation) and a long period of recuperation to battle the diagnosis. So far, the chordoma hasn’t return, but it’s likely that it will. It’s now been five years, and since that time Golick has sought to raise awareness and funds to help others with the same cancer, which affects one in a million people each year, according to the Chordoma Foundation. “I decided to give something back,” says Golick of his fundraising and awareness campaigns. One of the first campaigns he organized was a musical fundraiser in New York that raised $50,000. Another event in Calgary — a Climb for Chordoma — raised $70,000. All of these efforts began at a grassroots level, asking friends, family and contacts for support. “It’s wonderful that part of this began at the community level. It’s not at the corporate level, which is what makes it fun,” says Golick of the support from friends, family and former colleagues from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, the business law firm from which he recently retired as partner. Not one to rest on his laurels, this year Golick’s efforts included becoming founder and CEO of the charitable foundation Canadian Chordoma Network. Additionally, he is the co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at the Odette Cancer Centre. This unit of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is said to be one of the largest Canadian cancer centres, and Golick says one of his projects currently on the go is assisting in creating a “new patient concierge service.” Among the endeavour’s goals is to ensure that patients are greeted by a staffer upon entering the hospital and offered a number of supports to help them during their stay — help scheduling appointments, locating exam rooms and more. Other projects include creating videos of patients’ stories that will be available to other patients and staff. “The staff love the humanization of it,” says Golick. “I think the whole institution gets over



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Prior to his 30 years as a lawyer, Steven Golick was a professional musician and performed in Canada, the US, the UK and Europe

“AS the BuddhiStS SAy, ‘pAin iS inevitABle, SuFFering iS optionAl.’ it iS much heAlthier, much more Fun, And i juSt preFer it to live in the moment And Be poSitive” — Steven Golick

300,000 patients a year. When you can humanize it for the staff, and they hear one patient’s journey, they love it. They are passionate, eager and want to help. It’s a unique organization and I’m proud to be a part of it.” Moreover, Golick — a keyboard, organ and synthesizer player for the American Bankruptcy Institute house band, the Indubitable Equivalents — naturally melded his love for music and his passion for helping others to produce Nov. 9’s fundraising concert, Chords for Chordoma, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. It was there that top jazz musicians from North and South America took to the stage, performing an array of genres such as Brazilian, samba, swing and Cuban music. “Rare cancers make up about a third of cancers. But any one of those individual cancers is rather unique. One of the goals we’re trying to accomplish in hosting a big event like this one is to raise awareness among the public. You have to band together to build a community,” explains Golick. For his generous contributions to the community, Golick has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which also honoured his work as co-founder and director of Kids Help Phone. Established in 1989, Kids Help Phone is a network of counsellors reachable by phone (and now on the web) who offer their services pro bono to help youth sort out crises. “It’s been amazing — being around people who are so passionate about helping children and youth and young adults is inspiring,” says Golick. “The organization, unlike many others, is made up of people who are passionate about helping and want to be there for Canadian youth. I have been blessed with being involved.” Golick recognizes children as the most vulnerable members of our society and takes the responsibility of protecting them very seriously.

His ardour for communicating to youngsters extends to having been one of the executive producers of Ruby Skye PI, a web series about a detective. Unsurprisingly, Golick hustled into fundraising mode, enabling the start-up show to pay for equipment, actors and other items. The awardwinning online series ran for three seasons and is now regularly featured on CBC Kids. It seems that helping others was always Golick’s life mission, and his charitable efforts are the natural extension of his 30-year law career, focused on fixing what’s broken. “To do insolvency, what you are really doing is taking companies that are in distress — either financial or otherwise — and you are making them better. You are getting them healthier,” he notes. And, who better to seek out funds for cancer research than one who is driven to improve the lives of others in just about every single way? He’s been doing it for decades and he shows no signs of slowing down now. Golick finds happiness and purpose in kindness. However, he admits that one doesn’t need to be at the forefront of fundraising or committees to better their life. “We all have a choice in life. Our choice is to decide how we deal with things, how we react to things. It’s inevitable that we are going to cut our finger at some point. You can choose to say ‘ouch’ or you can choose to go wash off your finger and put a Band-Aid on it,” says Golick. “As the Buddhists say, ‘pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.’ It is much healthier, much more fun, and I just prefer it to live in the moment and be positive,” says Golick. “There is no advantage to being negative. It doesn’t make you a better person and it doesn’t make you happier.”

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aaron Bennett is a Partner and Senior Research Analyst at Jarislowsky Fraser, a global investment management firm that integrates eSG into its investment philosophy

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Sustainable, responsible or impact investing is gaining momentum among institutional and individual investors alike on a global scale. The cornerstone being incorporating Environmental, Social and corporate Governance (ESG) criteria into investment decisions. The aim? To generate strong long-term financial returns and to impact society in a positive way. What it means “It’s really the non-financials, the things that don’t show up on a spreadsheet,” says Aaron Bennett, a partner and senior research analyst at Jarislowsky Fraser, an independent global investment management firm. “It’s high-quality business practice.”

Benefits for investors “It’s not about the next quarter’s earnings, it’s about building a business to last and making good use of scarce resources,” says Bennett. “We believe we’ll get better returns by integrating this kind of analysis into investments, focusing on high-quality companies and buying at the right price.” As well, people are realizing the risks associated with the global financial crisis: the disruption of big business and increasing regulations. “The future is hard to predict,” he says. “developing a resilient portfolio can help — it gives us an edge.” In fact, people now want to do more with their money and align their investment portfolio with their own values. “It’s something educational and faithbased organizations have been doing for a while,

but you see more discussion around it now,” he says. “There’s no one-size-fits-all protocol; we certainly subscribe to customized efforts in that regard.”

Why is JarisloWsky fraser a good choice? It’s important to assess the culture of a firm. “They need to be able to show you their investment process, how they manage money and tangible evidence of what they do,” says Bennett. “Because sustainable investing is something that has become mainstream, it’s important to differentiate between firms. Ask yourself, ‘Is this just good marketing? Or is this a firm that is truly integrating this into their investment process?’” Bennett, who serves on the firm’s Sustainable Investment Committee, is proud of the way Jarislowsky Fraser does business: “We’re an independent firm that’s been around for more than 60 years,” he says. “What distinguishes us from other investors is the level of integration and commitment to a lot of these principles.” And the firm has a track record to prove it. Jarislowsky Fraser works with organizations, such

as the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, to promote accountability. Recently, the Investment Industry Association of Canada named the firm’s founder, Stephen Jarislowsky, to their hall of fame to honour his integrity and pursuit of excellence.

leaving a legacy Originally trained as a biologist, Bennett has always been interested in connections, such as how the ecosystem and the financial system relate to each other. “And I have kids, that leads to thinking about what I want to leave behind in terms of a legacy, in terms of work, in terms of the world,” he says. Then Bennett thinks of it all from a professional perspective of achieving the best results for the firm’s clients. “So some of it is personal, some of it is thinking for the next generations, some of it is clients and some great conversations that I have with them,” he says. “It’s trying to find a competitive advantage over others in the industry in our broader attempt to be the best at what we do — managing money for our clients and growing their wealth over the long term.”



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