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• PROFILE •

Personal chef Robyn Goorevitch prepares dinner for four at a client’s home.

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Personal chefs like Robyn Goorevitch are changing the way we eat hampagne lobster risotto with fresh garden herbs and Parmigiano Reggiano. Mascarpone-stuffed Medjool dates with a sprinkling of fleur-

de-sel. Oysters baked in a spicy bacon sauce with French bread.

BY NOEL GRZETIC Photography by mike pochwat It’s not a list of menu specials at the latest hot spot on Bloor Street West. It’s dinner ‘chez vous’ with award-winning chef Robyn Goorevitch at your personal service. On this particular night, Goorevitch is whip-

ping up an elegant feast for an intimate dinner party at the home of clients Peter and Rita Selby. The physicians return from their commute to a house filled with the aroma of pistachio-crusted lamb. “To food and friends!” toast the guests, while Goorevitch serves up an appetizer of duck confit tacos. >> GoodLifeMagazine.ca | 13


• PROFILE •

Goorevitch strains the goat cheese panna cotta before putting it into ramekins and into the fridge. Below, the pistachio-crusted lamb chops are prepared.

>> Dinner

parties and catered home events represent a growing branch of the personal chef industry. For Goorevitch, it spans more than 50 per cent of her business, Dining In Chez Vous. “It’s instant gratification because people are there and they are seeing you (cook),” explains Goorevitch. “When you work in restaurants you don’t have any interaction with the clients, all you ever get is somebody bringing a steak back to say ‘that’s too well done.’” Whereas the oohs and ahhs of her clients as she enters the dining room with dessert – panna cotta with vanilla balsamic strawberries - give her plenty of feedback. Her business in the area has grown through word-of-mouth by clients like the Selbys, who first fell in love with Goorevitch’s cooking as guests of another dinner party, and have since used her services for several social and family events. “She rescued Christmas,” jokes Peter about a particular year Goorevitch stepped in at the >> 14 | Goodlife Bloor West - April - May 2014


• PROFILE •

‘The strangest dinner party I ever did was during the (2003) blackout. I did the entire dinner party on the barbecue. To this day I still can’t believe I made crème brûlée on a barbecue.’ – Robyn Goorevitch

>> last minute during the holidays. “We entertain a lot, and it’s nice to be taken care of,” his wife adds. Goorevitch was the first chef registered with the Canadian Personal Chef Association (CPCA) and was named personal chef of the year in 2009 by the American Personal Chef Association. Raised by a nutritionist, she worked for countless restaurants prior to turning to personal chef services. Now her days are filled with catered events, dinner parties, and personal chef services – going into a client’s home to prepare

ready-made meals. For a flat rate of $300 plus the cost of groceries, Goorevitch will whip up 20 meals, providing two people with 10 weeknight diners. Meals are frozen and re-heated as needed by clients. Mia Andrews, director of the CPCA, says busy families are especially appreciative of the time that’s freed up with a personal chef service. “In terms of value for that cost, what you have are about 10 to as high as 15 hours per week, that a family saves because they don’t have to do the grocery shopping, they don’t have to >>

From top: Goorevitch in her clients' kitchen as she prepares a restaurant-style meal for her party of four.; Olive oil is drizzled over golden beets before wrapping them in foil and roasting for a sweet treat; the table is set and only the food awaits.

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• PROFILE •

>> do

the food preparation, or the cooking, and the cleanup is usually much easier,” explains Andrews. “So for families who understand the value of their time, that (cost) could be eaten up by billable hours of anywhere from one to six.” The industry is not regimented, but the association sets the standards by which personal chefs are encouraged to operate. Andrews trains 15 to 20 chefs a year and estimates there are anywhere from 200 to 300 personal chefs in Canada. It was this training that helped Goorevitch get her start in 1999, after studying at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute in Ottawa. In the 14 years that have followed she has had a number of unique experiences that taught her the need for flexibility. “The strangest dinner party I ever did was during the (2003) blackout,” recalls Goorevitch. “I did the entire dinner party on the barbecue. To this day I still can’t believe I made crème brûlée on a barbecue.” People skills also come in handy; chefs have to be extroverted when working so closely with clients, explains Goorevitch, especially when nine out of 10 first-timers want to stay in the kitchen to watch her work. >>

Above, duck confit tacos were served as an appetizer at the private dinner party. The main course included a wild mushroom ravioli with a shitaki mushroom sauce and pistachio-crusted lamb chops.

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• PROFILE •

Dr.’s Rita and Peter Selby, and their dinner guests Paolo Piro and Rosa Dragonetti (back towards camera) toast during their at-home dinner party prepared by personal chef Robyn Goorevitch.

>> The industry is also evolving to accommodate

the different kinds of food people are consuming. From its roots in providing weeknight meals for busy families, personal chefs are now responding to a growing market for those in search of better health. There are increasing demands being placed by doctors to eat healthier, to those self-imposed regimens for weight loss. In short, there is a more aware population that is seeking health alternatives to drive-thru and take out. “Along with that growing sophistication in the marketplace about how important our food is, the other side of that you still have the time pressures, and on top of that you have a generation of adults who really haven’t grow up cooking their own meals,” explains Andrews. “...You get people who know they should eat better, they’ve been told by their doctor that they need to change their diet...but they don’t really know how to do it.” That’s where Goorevitch’s services become invaluable. She has seen and cooked it all; Paleo, Dr. Berstein, medical diets for conditions such as diabetes, Weight Watchers, etc. Her greatest successes come from facing the challenge of a restrictive diet and putting a client on the road to health. A recent victory was

‘You get home one day and your house smells fantastic because of the cooking that’s been going on...It’s not something I think twice about anymore.’ – Client Michelle Macphie the journey she took with an influential writer recovering from a heart attack. “I came in a for a year, I cooked for him. He started walking and ran a marathon after that. I also gave him cooking lessons so he could cook for himself.” She is hoping to gain a new accolade soon with Michelle Macphie, a marketing professional who recently entered an upcoming figure competition with the Ontario Physique Association. Macphie had been struggling to follow the restrictive diet regimen set by her personal trainer. “I found that it was taking me pretty much five hours every Sunday to cook my meals for the week just for myself,” says Macphie, who turned to Goorevitch for help. “She thought of different ways in terms of spices she could use, different things she could do to make things a little bit more interesting...it’s made it so much

better.” Macphie has used Goorevitch’s personal chef services for a few years now. She originally hired her to cook a few week’s worth of meals for her family and never looked back. The bonus? Her children adore Goorevitch’s cooking and she has gained valuable face time with them. As for having a stranger cook in her kitchen, Macphie says the initial uneasiness wore off fast. “You get home one day and your house smells fantastic because of the cooking that’s been going on...It’s not something I think twice about anymore.” Finding the right chef Thanks to training by Canadian Personal Chef Association, most chefs have their own website. You can search by area to find CPCA registered chefs via cook4me.ca. GL

For more information on Robyn Goorevitch or Dining In Chez Vous, visit www.diningin.ca

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CONSUMER FEATURE: KEATING ROOFING & EXTERIORS

Brothers Justin (l) and John Keating are the third-generation owners of Keating Roofing & Exteriors.

KEATING ROOFING & EXTERIORS J O H N K E AT I N G , CO-OWNER AND PROJECT C O N S U LTA N T

Turn your current home into your dream home We all choose to sell our homes and move on for various reasons, be they relocating for work, outgrowing our existing space, or moving up the property ladder. Sometimes, however, no matter how you try to make a space feel like home, you find your esthetics just don’t fit your surroundings. A west Toronto couple were dealing with that exact problem when they called Keating Roofing and Exteriors for a quote. Tired of their home’s

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faded facade, the couple was looking to sell, and reasoned that they’d have to do some serious work on the home’s curb appeal in order to get top dollar for their property. The Keating team, on this job led by Senior Exterior Consultant Vlad Blazanin who has been with the company for over a decade, visited the home to discuss roofing and aluminum work with the homeowners, who were hoping to sell by this spring and move onto a space with greater curb appeal. Upon speaking with the homeowners and determining both their goals and love of the Baby Point area the home is located in, the team helped the couple realize they could make their house everything they wanted without having to move. “I met with the customers and discussed what they needed and wanted,” says Blazanin. “Once I had all the information I needed, I came back to our studio and created a full plan with our talented design team.” Blazanin, who says he loves the renovation business and making clients’dreams a reality, was able to put together a plan that addressed all of the homeowners’concerns about their property,

and then some! “Thehomeownersgotquotesfromothercompanies in the meantime,” says Blazanin.“However, we were the only company that was capable of delivering the range of services they needed.” And what a range it was! Keating Roofing and Exteriors transformed the whole look of the home, installing an integrity roof system with a Velux skylight, attic insulation, eaves troughs, soffit and facia, exterior pot lights, a complete rebuild of the sinking front porch with the construction of an overhang, along with interior finishing, Marvin doors and windows, and construction of three stone pillars. Rather than list their home once the project was completed, the homeowners declared they were in love with their new space, and have decided to stay put in Baby Point.


Senior Exterior Consultant Vlad Blazanin. Finding dependable, honest, trusted and reliable contractors can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to respecting the unique character and charm of historic West Toronto homes. Over the last 13 years, John Keating, co-owner and project consultant for Keating Roofing & Exteriors, has helped many customers recapture their home’s curb appeal and beauty through experienced, invested and quality exterior remodeling work. Today, Keating Roofing & Exteriors has 27 inhouse full time employees – a team of several different crews, each consisting of five to six professionals, including a licensed carpenter, a cabinet finisher to handled detailed mouldings, an aluminum crew, flat roofers, shinglers, a stucco and stone crew, and door and window installation professionals. “There’s a lot of skill, a lot of knowledge, and everybody really does care,” says Keating. “When they finish a job, they stand back and admire the work they’ve done. There’s a great appreciation for what they do.” The company is so committed to quality workmanship that they have created a full training facility in their warehouse that contains an entire model home. Keating welcomes prospective customers to the facility and gives them the opportunity to see products and installations in person, instead of in pictures alone. Three generations of the Keating family have created something special in West Toronto, fostering relationships with their clients that extend far beyond the remodeling job. “I have had families invite me in for dinner and a glass of wine to thank me for the work our company has done. Nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction, knowing that not only are your customers pleased with the work, but they have also gotten to know us on a personal level, and have the same appreciation for our family business as we do.”

Top: This Baby Point home was in desperate need of some curb appeal. Bottom: The finished project pleased the homeowners so much they decided not to sell.

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• IN THE KITCHEN •

Marcus "Marky" DeSimone, chef at Marky & Sparky's Smokehouse in the Junction.

have hunger will travel ....for slow-cooked barbecue

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n less than a year, Marky & Sparky’s Smokehouse has become a fixture at the corner of Runnymede Road and Annette Street. The popular barbecue joint was the brainchild of slow-cooking enthusiast Marcus DeSimone, “Marky,” and Butcher by Nature owner Frank DiGenova, “Sparky.” For nearly a year, they have been offering up their signature ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken. The beef is traditionally raised in Ontario and supplied by DiGenova. It is brined overnight, injected with spiced beer, slathered with mustard and finished with a spice rub before being smoked over apple

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cooking a pork shoulder in my backyard – I BY LISA RAINFORD PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY GAUDET think it was about a 20lb pork shoulder.

GoodLife: How long have you been here now? Marcus DeSimone: Since May 10, so just past nine months.

It took 18 hours to cook. It was for my nephew’s birthday so I was just sitting in my backyard and a light switch flicked in my head. Many people have eaten my barbecue and they said they love it and said, ‘Why don’t you open your own restaurant?’ From that day forward, I progressed with that idea.

GoodLife: Tell me how the concept for Marky & Sparky’s Smokehouse came about? Marcus DeSimone: One day I was slow-

GoodLife: Where does your love of barbecue come from? Marcus DeSimone: I grew up in Vegas for five years. I spent my high school years >>

wood and hickory. GoodLife interviews Pitmaster Marcus DeSimone.


• IN THE KITCHEN •

>> there. I came out of this concert, it was a Lollapalooza concert and there was this guy in a shack – he had a smoker in there. He was yelling out, ‘Ribs, ribs, ribs!’ So I asked him, ‘What are these?’ He said, ‘They’re slow-cooked ribs.’ I’d never had one ever at that time in my life so I said, ‘Okay, let me try it.’ And, when I tried it, I was pretty much hooked that day. When I tried to slow-cook or barbecue in Vegas, I kind of did it wrong. When I moved back here and actually purchased a decent smoker, that’s when I really started getting good at it.

GoodLife: You used to be a graphic designer, why the change of career? Marcus DeSimone: I sat at a computer pretty much the majority of the day. It’s not my thing. At the end of the day, I love to cook; I love being in the kitchen; I love when it gets tense in here with the rushes. GoodLife: Where does your love of cooking come from? Marcus DeSimone: It came from my mom. She taught me how to cook, a lot. She said, ‘Y’know, Marcus, I’m not going to be here for your whole life so you’ve got to learn how to cook.’ GoodLife: How did you zero in on the concept for this restaurant? Marcus DeSimone: There’s a new segment in the restaurant industry. It’s called highend casual. Basically, you cut out the waiters and the waitresses. You just hire a cook team that cooks the food and gets the food out there. GoodLife: What is it that appealed to you about this location? Marcus DeSimone: I talked to the butcher across the street (Frank DiGenova, owner of Butcher by Nature), who showed me this place. I’d been in the neighbourhood awhile – I used to live at Keele and Annette. So, I know the neighbourhood really well. The only thing that concerned me about this location was the walk-by traffic. There’s not much, but that being said, he told me if you make a good product, people will come. So far, so good.

Marcus DeSimone keeps an eye on ribs in the wood smoker at his restaurant. Diners can enjoy the chicken and ribs platter for two, bottom left, or a brisket sandwich with chipotle sauce, cheddar cheese biscuits and home-cut fries. Pulled-pork poutine is also on the menu.

GoodLife: Without giving too much away, what is the secret to successful slow-cooking? Marcus DeSimone: I think it’s different levels of flavour within your meats. We go through pretty lengthy steps. We brine our brisket overnight; we inject it with flavour – we use a beer injection. It’s a gluten-free beer so if anyone has gluten issues, they don’t have to worry about it. We do a mustard slather over it and then rub it. I never rub my rub in. The mustard slather acts as an adhesive. GoodLife: What feedback do you get about your food? Marcus DeSimone: People say they’re addicted to our brisket. People love the brisket here, it’s very tasty. I have people come here regularly on a certain day just to pick up the ribs. People just love the food here. What I’ve noticed is, people have gone to

other smokehouses, but they don’t taste the smoke whereas here, I do a medium smoke on my meat. It really does give it a great flavour. GoodLife: How often do you add new dishes to the menu? Marcus DeSimone: I have some really seasoned cooks, so I let them be really creative in the kitchen. I’ll let them show me a recipe and I’ll say, ‘Let’s do it.’ My cook, Andrew, he introduced the Mac ‘n Cheese balls. And, they do extremely well so they’ll be a permanent item. GL

Marky & Sparky’s is located at 520 Annette St. Visit markynsparkys.com or call 647-748-4BBQ (4227). Delivery now available.

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Asparagus Pizza

Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This is a delicious blend of flavour and colour. Substitute your favourite fat-reduced cheese for a change of style.

Serve this easy but elegant recipe with a green salad or potatoes and maple carrots for a special spring celebration.

1 tbsp olive oil

4 boneless skinless Ontario chicken breasts

1 Ontario onion, halved and thinly sliced

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush with a little of the butter. Toss crumbs with remaining butter; pat onto stuffed breasts. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Bake in 400 F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced. Broil for two to three minutes to brown topping if desired. Remove toothpicks and slice to serve.

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

1 tsp granulated sugar

4 slices Ontario provolone cheese

8 to 10 stalks Ontario asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

16 Ontario asparagus spears, trimmed

1 medium Ontario greenhouse tomato, chopped

2 tbsp butter, melted

Tip: Allow toothpicks to protrude on side of stuffed chicken for easy removal after baking.

1/4 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs

– Recipe courtesy of Foodland Ontario

1 tsp dried basil salt and pepper 1 baked 12-inch whole wheat pizza crust 3 tbsp chèvre cheese, crumbled In frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat; sauté onion and garlic until softened and golden, about eight minutes. Add vinegar and sugar; stir. Add asparagus; cook for three minutes. Add tomato, basil, and salt and 22 | Goodlife Bloor West - April - May 2014

pepper to taste; cook for one minute. Spread asparagus mixture over whole-wheat pizza crust; top with chèvre cheese. Place pizza directly on middle oven rack (for softer, chewier crust, bake on cookie sheet). Bake in 375 F oven (or according to pizza crust directions on package) for six to eight minutes or until crust browns. Broil for two minutes or until cheese begins to bubble. – Recipe courtesy of Foodland Ontario

Place chicken between waxed paper; pound with mallet to flatten to 1/4-inch thickness. Combine mustard, tarragon, and salt and pepper to taste; spread evenly over rough side of each breast. Top each with cheese slice and four asparagus spears. Roll up chicken, letting asparagus protrude on both ends; secure with toothpicks. Place, seam side down, on


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Cream of Asparagus Soup Some like it hot. Some like it cold. Serve this knockout soup one way, then freeze the rest for company later. 1 lb (450 g) fresh asparagus

Ontario Asparagus & Chicken Pasta Salad Use hot or mild salsa for the preferred “heat” level when dressing this main-course salad. Serve it hot, cold or at room temperature for busy-night family dinners or as part of a buffet meal. Brown-bag any leftovers for office or school lunches.

2 cups chicken broth or water

6 oz dried penne pasta

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp butter

1 lb (500 g) Ontario asparagus, trimmed and cut in one-inch pieces

3 tbsp all-purpose flour 2 cups milk

12 oz (375 g) boneless skinless Ontario chicken, cut in one-inch pieces

salt and pepper, to taste

1 large Ontario portobello mushroom cut in one-inch chunks

Discard the white part of asparagus stalks; rinse well in cold water. Cut into one-inch pieces. Place in saucepan with water or chicken stock and onion; cover and bring to a boil. Cook until asparagus is tender, about seven to 10 minutes. Reserve a few tips for garnish. Puree soup in blender or food processor. Melt butter in saucepan; stir in flour and cook until smooth and bubbly. Add milk and seasonings; cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens and comes to a boil. Add asparagus puree. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve hot or cold, garnished with reserved asparagus tips.

2 tbsp each olive oil and red wine vinegar

– Recipe courtesy of www.dairygoodness.ca

1/2 cup salsa 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley Salt and pepper In large saucepan with at least 12 cups of boiling salted water, cook penne for five minutes. Add garlic, asparagus, chicken and mushroom; return to slow boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for five minutes or until penne and asparagus are just tender. Drain. Add oil and vinegar; toss well to coat. Add salsa and parsley; toss gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste. – Recipe courtesy of Foodland Ontario

Asparagus And Red Pepper Frittata This Italian version of a crustless quiche is perfect for a spring brunch or dinner served with a green salad. 2 tbsp olive oil 12 oz Ontario asparagus, trimmed and cut in one-inch pieces Half Ontario greenhouse sweet red pepper, chopped 1 Ontario onion, chopped

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1 clove garlic, minced 8 eggs 1/4 cup milk or light cream 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper 3/4 cup shredded Ontario provolone cheese 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup grated Ontario parmesan cheese In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, red pepper, onion and garlic; stir-fry until softened, about five minutes.

Place in greased nine-inch pie plate or quiche dish. Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper; stir in provolone cheese and basil. Pour over vegetables; sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake in 350 F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until centre set. Let stand for five minutes before serving in wedges. – Recipe courtesy of Foodland Ontario GoodLifeMagazine.ca | 23


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• BEAUTY •

BID GOODBYE TO THE BOLD LIP – THE EYES GET ALL THE ATTENTION THIS SPRING

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s seen on the spring 2014 catwalks, metallic gold eyeshadow reigns supreme. Not surprising, as gold is flattering on all skin tones, is easy to apply and is wearable for various occasions from work to weddings.

With clean hands, apply a small amount of product to the back of your hand and use your fingers to blend eye primer onto your eyelids from the base of your lashes to the brow bone.

Parkdale-based makeup artist Carla Smith – owner of HeartCoeur.com, an online store selling vegan and curelty-free cosmetics, offers tips on how to achieve the look of the season.

Gold eyeshadow can be as easy or complex as you like. Start by choosing a shade that is right for your skin tone: lighter skin tones can opt for a yellow gold; darker skin tones can lean toward a bronze gold. I recommend using a loose shadow, as the dimension of the metallic seems to show better than a pressed shadow. Starting with a brown eyeliner pencil, use short strokes to line the top lashes from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. Then, keeping parallel to the outer corner of the eye, lightly extend the eyeliner into the crease, creating a contour line in a half moon shape (between the top of the eyeball and the brow bone), lightly fill in the outer and inner corners of the shape.

PREP AND PRIME Spring is a time to let go of heavier foundations. Switch to lighter formulations such as tinted moisturizers and BB creams. These formulations allow a natural glow while still evening out the skin tone. Since eyes are the focal point of this look, an investment in an eyeshadow primer is a must. Eyeshadow primers help eye makeup stay in place all day. This is particularly important for loose eyeshadows and metallic eyeshadows as they tend to have a bit of “fallout”.

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To soften and blend the liner, use a short, bristled smudging brush. Next with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, apply the gold eyeshadow onto your eyelids, filling in the half-moon shape. Blend the shadow into the liner so there is no stark contrast or obvious lines. Next apply a thin line of liquid eyeliner to the top lashes. Stay close to the lashes and only extend to the edge of the eye for a subtle wing. Curl lashes and apply a volumizing mascara. Keep cheeks subtle. Use a small amount of bronzer or rose-coloured blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend well. A metallic on the eyes is considered edgy; to balance it, use a nude natural lip colour. Metallic gold eyeshadow will remain a trend through to fall, making it a valued purchase. GL GoodLifeMagazine.ca | 25

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Map Quest BY LISA RAINFORD Photography by MARY GAUDET

ARTISTprofile DAVE MURRAY

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ith his GoPro camera strapped to the handlebars of his bike, illustrator – and avid cyclist – Dave Murray captures streetscape video of some of Toronto’s most prominent neighbourhoods transforming them into screen-printed typography maps. The Davenport Road and Shaw Street-area resident’s mapping series, which began as a school project in 2007, has become so popular he is now being noticed when he’s out and about researching a new community. “At one point, someone recognized me and said, ‘Hey, you’re the map guy!’ It was surreal,” admits Murray, who is used to going incognito. Once he’s chosen a neighbourhood to zero in on, he charts it block by block jotting down all the businesses, services, residences and retail spaces it’s comprised of, taking note of particularly influential places, those that are more noticeable than others. His new camera, which shoots highquality photographs at a high-frame rate, allows him to replay the footage in slowmotion so he doesn’t miss anything. “I’ve developed my own way of watching a video, it’s like a language,” Murray says. “I like to explore each neighbourhood because it gives you a more personal feel.” He makes a point to speak with people on the street. The local Business Improvement Area provides a general guideline of a neighbourhood’s boundaries, he says. Once he’s collected all the data he needs, Murray relies on a process he’s developed on his own to size each word and then place them >> 28 | Goodlife Bloor West - April - May 2014

Photographer and avid cyclist Dave Murray with a text map of Roncesvalles. His artistic endeavour is an extention of a project he started in school.


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individually into the block it belongs. “I don’t rely on any computer programs to arrange the words into their shapes,” he says. “A lot of people think that it’s Wordle (a program that creates word clouds), but I’ve developed my own system of sizing each word.” He relies on Google Maps as a template to arrange street names and buildings block-by-block on the canvas. “Arranging the words satisfies the OCD (Obsessive–compulsive disorder) part of me,” Murray says. The ever-expanding series includes Bloor West Village, The Junction, Roncesvalles Village, Kensington Market, The Annex, The Beach, Leslieville, Grange Park & Baldwin Village and Queen Street West & Parkdale. He has begun travelling further afield, outside of Toronto, to document Stratford and areas of Halifax. “It’s interesting, the shape these take on,” Murray says.

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What struck him most about Roncesvalles Avenue was how much longer the street is than he initially thought; the western edge of The Junction is a contentious point – Murray chose to use Clendenan Avenue; he’d never spent a lot of time in Bloor West Village before studying it for his map. He recalled it being a congenial community. “I spent a lot of time in the Junction because of my illustration work for the Indie Ale House,” Murray says, referring to the craft brewery and restaurant on Dundas Street West.

After speaking with more than 50 people in The Beach, the consensus was that he had to call the neighbourhood “The Beach” instead of The Beaches. At the corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, those he ran into weren’t shy about telling Murray he’d have to update his map within two years because it’s already changing. “An unintended consequence is that the map has become a time capsule,” he says. Murray grew up in St. Catharines before attending Sheridan College where he got a bachelor’s degree in illustration (the only dedicated Bachelor of Arts Illustration degree program in Canada). His passion for illustration stems from his love of comic books and drawing. GL

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• WINE •

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nvading LCBO shelves is a large raft of new Vintages wines. Part of the release is a special Spanish spotlight featuring 17 reds and one white. After several disappointing country spotlights recently, I was finally impressed with the selection in this one. The Spanish white Rioja made from viura grapes, and the Don Jacobo Rioja red are both excellent. A few other Spanish reds are worthy of your attention as well. The trendy regions of Priorat and Ribera del Duero tried and mostly failed to be as amazing as the Rioja offerings. Are your castanets ready? Here are the other Spanish stunners.

Bodegas Corral Don Jacobo Reserva 2004 Rioja, $18.95 (Spain) A classic Rioja red from a fabulous vintage. The aromas unfold with coconut and vanilla bean. Elegant flavours of violets, cherry, coconut and sandalwood spice. Food suggestion: butterflied leg of lamb Rating: 91 LCBO #313270

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• The best Ribera was Resalte De Penafiel Pena Roble 2004 Reserva (#355107, $31.95, 89+/90) with coconut and hot black cherry elegance, but definitely overpriced. • Ares 2009 Crianza (#305912, $17.95, 90) is a unique Rioja red with smoky mocha and tar bouquet and blackberry and licorice layers of flavour. • Hacienda Lopez De Haro 2005 Reserva (#357335, $17.95, 90) is a Rioja with classic sandalwood, vanilla extract and black cherry aromas and flavours, still young for a 2005. • Mas Perinet 2005 Perinet (#143453, $16.95, 90) was the best Priorat offering, with black berries and crushed ants (formic acid) aromas and violets, leather and black cherry depth. Many other Spanish reds rated 88 or so, an excellent showing overall. Go out, buy four or five different bottles and compare for yourself.

Beronia 2012 Viura Rioja, $14.95 (Spain) An exciting white from the legendary red Rioja region. Beguiling lemony floral peach aromas and slightly sweet showing floral golden apple and Anjou pear with hints of slivered almonds. Food suggestion: snapper or sea bass Rating: 90 LCBO #190801


• BEER •

Wag the Wolf Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company (Vankleek Hill, ON) Wag the Wolf, a weissbier (wheat beer) made with 65% wheat, and fermented with a traditional German weissbier yeast and New Zealand organic hops, pours a cloudy pale straw colour with modest but lasting white head. A stronger beer at 6% alcohol, with a perfect mouth feel of wheat, banana, clove, papaya, mango and citrus. Delicious. Pairing suggestions: sausage, duck, goat cheese and spicy foods Rating: 4 out of 5

Detour Muskoka Brewery (Bracebridge, ON) This sessionable IPA was dryhopped, giving it bitterness without being overbearing. A hazy, golden beer, with a thick head and lasting power. Boasting breezy citrus flavours with a mild floral scent, it is low in alcohol content at 4.3%, which goes well with its smooth, easydrinking style. Pairing suggestions: foods with a mild kick, like curries or other spicy fare Rating: 4 out of 5

Dogstalker Bock Grand River Brewing (Cambridge, ON) This rich copper offering pours smooth, with the signature low carbonation of a traditional bock. Sweet, with just a hint of hops on the finish to take the edge off the toasted caramel flavours. A solid example of the brew first made by monks to replace their daily bread. A smooth easy drink that packs a secret wallop, it is a most pleasant way to welcome spring. Pairing suggestions: Spring greens, fresh fish for a seasonal feast Rating: 4 out of 5 32 | Goodlife Bloor West - April - May 2014

Spring for beer

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s temperatures transition into spring, so does beer – a little lighter in look, but by no means light in flavour. More so than months past, the tasting panel really enjoyed many of the spring offerings from our craft brewing friends, increasing our picks to seven from the customary five. The standouts are highlighted here, but others did grace our glasses: Portage Ale (Mill Street Brewery, Toronto) is smooth, but runs a bit low on taste. (2.5 out of 5) The all-season crispness of Steam Whistle (Toronto) always satisfies. (2.5 out of 5). Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale (Lake of Bays Brewing, Muskoka) sounds intriguing, but the maple character can be a bit overpowering. (2 out of 5) Shoulders of Giants – Imperial IPA Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (Barrie, ON) India Pale Ales aren’t for everyone, and Imperial IPAs can be even more challenging. Fortunately Shoulders of Giants is an incredibly balanced beer considering its 10% alcohol. It pours relatively clear, with a slight haze and a frothy thick head that lasts. Typical of an American IPA, the aroma has resiny pine notes coupled with citrus. The flavour starts with a touch of dark caramel, then gives way to a strong, but not harsh bitterness that lingers. The flavours are bold, but not overwhelming. Pairing suggestions: spicy foods, Indian or Mexican Rating: 4 out of 5

Cujo Imperial Golden Ale Lake of Bays Brewing Company (Muskoka, ON) Cujo, like the man who inspired the beer, retired NHL goalie Curtis Joseph, is a balance of tough and tender. The second in the ‘Masked Men’ series, it pours copper-coloured with a thick ivory foam. Notes of sweet caramel and honey combine with flavours of bread, fruit and toasted nuts to round things off. The effervescent start is quickly mellowed by the dry, full finish. Pairing suggestions: deep flavoured braised meats Rating: 4 out of 5

Spring Bock Amsterdam Brewery (Toronto, ON) A solid doppelbock that pours a dark red with a slim tan head that fades quickly. This bock features rich but not overpowering notes of caramel and chocolate along with some dark fruity malts. For a beer with such a strong alcohol content (7%), it’s easydrinking, but lacks in hoppiness. Pairing suggestions: roasted pork or cured meats Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Spring Thaw Maple Ale Mill Street Brewery (Toronto, ON) Meant to break you out of the winter frost, this ale pours smooth with a light head. It has a rich amber colour with an underlying aroma of maple. The Madawaska Valley maple syrup adds a not-too-sweet burned flavour, which starts tangy but quickly switches to a more bitter and hop-filled flavour. It leaves you with a nice after-taste and a glossy lace on the edge of the glass. Pairing suggestions: BBQ pork ribs for a zesty balance Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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• AT HOME •

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ecognized internationally as a green guru, Carson Arthur is not your typical gardener. He doesn’t advocate for large flower beds. He doesn’t even like fancy, high-maintenance gardens. And his biggest pet peeve? Lush lawns. “We put in these big lawns in our homes and they are not functional,” the HGTV star said. “It is a waste of our time, effort and resources.” Creating that green grass look around your home, he says, consumes more natural resources than anything else in your backyard. What Arthur does instead – what he’s based his career on, in fact – is creating incredible outdoor spaces that are lifestyle appropriate for his clients and environmentally sound for the planet. Known across Canada and internationally for his appearances on the hit shows Room to Grow 36 | Goodlife Bloor West - April - May 2014

and Green Force, Arthur has become an advocate for eco-conscious outdoor design. His hope is to inspire people to consider the environmental impact of the materials they use. “No one wants to feel guilty about their outdoor space,” he said. “But while most Canadians are making good decisions on a small scale, they are not doing it on a large scale.” He says it comes down to education and showing homeowners that eco-friendly products are sometimes worth the extra up-front investment. In his latest venture, however, Arthur is taking a slightly different approach and using his years of landscape design expertise to help homeowners realize their property’s full value. Airing this spring on HGTV, Critical Listing is a show where Arthur and his co-hosts Lisa Colalillo and Jo Alcorn up the market value of must-sell >>

Before This bungalow in the Kingsway lacked character according to Carson Arthur. He ripped out the majority of the interlock and laid down recycled asphalt, which still maintains the ‘expensive’ look.

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using only a small budget from the homeowners. Arthur tackles all the outdoor projects – using his innovative and eco-friendly approach, of course. “The outdoors are driving a lot more of home value,” he said. “First impressions are not made inside anymore.” He says the top three reasons that millennials (those 20-30 yearolds that are buying their first home) purchase a house is location, ability to work from home or proximity to work and curb appeal. “They don’t want a homogenized house,” he said. They are looking for a unique feature or a sense of personality from the home – something that speaks to their own individuality. This can mean simple changes, such as modern house numbers or outdoor lighting, or a more dramatic approach, such as resurfacing the home’s facade. “It’s about understanding the buyer,” he said. Take, for example, one of Arthur’s projects on his new show. The small home with white trim, a beautiful bay window and a lovely patio over the garage is located in the sought-after Kingsway neighbourhood. While it had a lot of potential, the landscaping outside the house had been let go. “It was a cute bungalow with zero curb appeal,” Arthur said. “The driveway had interlock that had not been looked after and was full of weeds.” Structurally, the home’s front yard was poorly designed, he added, with no connection between the driveway and the front door. “It didn’t make any sense,” he said. “And there was no character at all.” Arthur started by removing the majority of the interlock from the driveway, leaving only a strip on either side. He replaced it with a recycled asphalt. The combination

‘The outdoors are driving a lot more of home value. First impressions are not made inside anymore.’ – Carson Arthur means the driveway is easy-tomaintain while still creating that “expensive” look, Arthur said. Next, he reused the interlock stones from the driveway to create a wide and functional path that connected the driveway to the front of the house. “Interlock is a great investment, but you have to look after it,” he said. After he had addressed the major structural issue and cleaned up the look of the home, Arthur tackled the home’s lack of character. “This neighbourhood is really trending with younger families. It offers easy access to work downtown,” he said. But Arthur knew young couples would want the house to have some personality and curb appeal, so he set to work installing retaining walls. “These were purely decorative,” he said. “It gave it the personality that the house desperately craved.” The house sold quickly with multiple offers. With results like these, it’s no wonder Arthur is in high demand. A native of Thornbury, Ont. (a small town near Collingwood), Arthur moved to Toronto in his early 20s and his designs have already made an impact on many of this city’s landmarks – from a garden at the downtown YMCA to a community space at Trinity Triangle to a gazebo at the foot of the CN Tower. He has also authored a book on landscape design, regularly writes advice columns, is an expert on lifestyle shows such as Cityline

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Before Carson also renovated the kitchen in the Kingsway home, which eventually sold with multiple offers.

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rural property in Prince Edward County. Like everyone, Arthur is looking forward to spring when he can start to tackle his own outdoor spaces. “I can’t wait to get started,” he said. GL GoodLifeMagazine.ca | 37


• AT HOME •

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Beware of Colour “Canadians in spring have a habit of going crazy for bright colours,” he says. After enduring months of drab and grey during winter, people are craving colour and tend to gravitate towards the loud and bright, he said. Instead, Arthur suggests indulging the need for colour by purchasing accessories (such as cutlery or plates) in vivid hues while keeping the key outdoor pieces neutral.

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Start small “Don’t head out and load up with cartfuls of plants,” he says. Instead, start with one area of your garden and then move on to the next. This ensures you won’t get discouraged with the work. Make sure what you create in your backyard space fits with your lifestyle, he adds.

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Light the waY “Invest in outdoor lighting that showcases your home in the evening,” Arthur advises. He says solar-powered lighting has come a long way and can be used to highlight the best features of your house for evening entertaining and during those hours when people love to walk around the neighbourhood. But, he cautions, don’t go overboard. “You are not creating an airport runway.”

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• AROUND TOWN •

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2876 Dundas St. W. indiealehouse.com The Indie Ale House opened its doors in October 2012 and quickly grew to seating 125. Its house-brewed ales share 12 taps with an occasional cask beer and one or two guest taps. This brewpub focuses only on ales, the only one in Toronto to do so. The diversity of its ales is a testament to beers people at Indie Ale House enjoy. Examples include barrel-aged beer, hybrid styles such as Belgian IPAs and dark wheats and three to six one-off beers that will never be made again. Indie Ale House can be found in the Junction and offers a brewpub for both beginners and those with a refined palate. If you’re around at 5 p.m. on a Wednesday, see what’s in the smoker – it changes weekly.

Bellwoods Brewery

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With craft beers rotating 12 different taps, Get Well’s nano brewery offers exclusive Ontario beers. It seats up to 125. Some of the popular brands include the Pinball Wizard IPA and Bastard Landlord, an English IPA. Get Well always keeps its beers new and exciting having brewed 30 plus different styles. Brewmaster Brad Clifford won a silver in the last Ontario Brewing Awards. Get Well is welcoming and offers a genuine experience, letting the customer decide the right beer for them. If the craft beers aren’t enough, Get Well offers a grand bottle selection from every corner of the world.

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124 Ossington Ave. bellwoodsbrewery.com Bellwoods Brewery is a craft brewpub and retail store located in the downtown west end. It opened in April 2012 and offers creative choices and bright hoppy beers. Brewing many different styles year round, it also has a selection of beer staples: Wizard Wolf, a dry hopped session ale; Witchshark, an imperial IPA; and Grizzly Beer, an American brown ale are just some of the many regular offerings customers can expect at any time. With a small production capacity, these brews are an exceptional treat. Add a focused menu to the mix and Bellwoods offers a cozy setting to enjoy a few glasses.

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• AROUND TOWN •

Granite Brewery & Restaurant

ALTHOUGH NOT A NEW CONCEPT IN TORONTO, THE POPULARITY OF THE BREWPUB HAS SEEN A SPIKE IN RECENT YEARS WITH LOCATIONS POPPING UP AROUND THE CITY SERVING GREAT BREWS AND TASTY FOOD – MANY DISHES CONTAINING THE LIQUID BREWED ON SITE. FROM THE GRANDDADDY OF TORONTO BREWPUBS TO FRESH UPSTARTS, THE ATMOSPHERE, THE FOOD AND, OF COURSE, THE BEER HAS TORONTONIANS FILLING SEATS.

245 Eglinton Ave. E. www.granitebrewery.com

Granite Brewery & Restaurant has been pouring in-house craft beers since 1991 in a spacious, 167-seater with front and courtyard patios. It offers nine draft taps, four hand pumps for its cask-conditioned ale and even a tap for non-alcoholic, house-made root beer. With a total of 25 different brews, there are many that come and go depending on month and season. Beer appears in a number of the menu items, including the batter on the fish and chips, IPA braise on their lamb shanks, and their Stout BBQ on ribs, chicken, wings and even some wraps. Granite believes its customers have embraced finer, dark and hoppier beers. A true neighbourhood pub, Granite’s beers are also offered in 25 pubs across Toronto.

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587 Yonge St. barvolo.com barVolo holds the proud title as being the first bar or restaurant in Canada to introduce a pilot system or “nano brewery”, which allows the production of smaller volumes than a regular brewpub. This makes room for more experimentation with different styles. Much of its beer is used in the home brewing industry or by other breweries looking to develop recipes. barVolo focuses on making beers that are cask-conditioned – its beers are under the label of House Ales. barVolo also offers products no other bars in the city have as it’s well known for its draught and bottle selection.

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21 Tank House Lane (originally 55 Mill St.) millstreetbrewery.com Shimmering tanks and kettles enclosed in a glass brewhouse tie together with an aroma of sweet malt and bitter hops that greet you upon arrival to Mill Street Brewery. The brewery is also home to the Beer Hall, a large hall with an open kitchen, communal tables for sharing plates with a beer-inspired fare, such as the Steak Frites (8oz flat iron steak with Yukon gold frites, finished with Coffee Porter demi and fried herbs). The Beer Hall also houses a copper still where ‘bierschnaps’, a strong German concoction, is distilled from finished beer. A heated courtyard patio with a glass rooftop and a patio bar is also available in the Beer Hall. Try one of Mill Street’s classics like its Pilsner, IPA or even an ESB for those looking for a bitter punch.

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From left, Chefs Terry Port, Jonathon Brum, John Cirillo, Jeremy Mabntesso, Anthony Zolkiewicz and Douglas Tranquarda serve up the snacks of their labour during the 3rd annual Artful Palate fundraiser at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy. This year’s event happens June 11.

Pangman and her Alley Cats; April 24: Steven Koven Trio; April 25: Lora Solnicki Trio; April 26: Swainson and Thompson Duo. Until April 25 Queer Media Arts Project (QMAP) 2014 Arts Etobicoke Gallery, 4893A Dundas St. W. Time: weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $65 to 100 Call: 416-622-8731 Website: artsetobicoke.com Artwork created in QMAP’s silkscreen/textile workshop series, which took place in January 2014. Focus was on self expression and storytelling with a LGBT theme. April 25 Lessons in East Coast Swing The Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Time: 7:30 p.m. to midnight Website: www.torontoswingdancesociety.com Toronto Swing Dance Society hosts friendly social dance. No experience or partner required. Beginner lessons at 7:45 p.m.

April 25 to May 17 Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward The Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. W. Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Email: info@villageplayers.net Call: 416-767-7702 Email: info@pegasushospitality.ca Tickets: $20; child under 12 is $16; senior over 65 (Wednesday/ Thursday and Sunday only) $16. Student $16 When Charles Condomine’s first wife Elvira is summoned - by means of a seance - from the other side, she arrives with considerable “baggage”. A classic comedy.

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April 28 Etobicoke Camera Club Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd. Times: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: Free Email: info@etobicokecameraclub.org Website: www.etobicokecameraclub.org Awards salon for Prints Competition along with our winners presentations explaining how they produced their winning prints. After ceremony

June 11 Artful Palate Fundraiser Cirillo’s Culinary Academy, 4894 Dundas St. W. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $65+ Call: 416-622-8731 ext. 223; Website: http://bit.ly/1gfC4Da or artsetobicoke.com Fifth annual fair with more than 20 exhibitors and presentations. Tasting stations, food demonstrations all benefitting Arts Etobicoke programs.

May 11 Mother’s Day Brunch Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $48.50 adults; children (four to 12) $22.50; children one to three $10.50; children under age one are free. Prices exclude tax. Email: 416-533-1573 Email: info@pegasushospitality.ca Celebrate mom by the lake with a buffet brunch that’s ideal for the whole family.

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Toronto has plenty of events, destinations and attractions; here is a sampling of what’s on around town From Kimonos to Comme Des Garcons A lecture followed by an exclusive reception with Akiko Fukai, director and chief curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute and one of Japan’s most respected fashion historians. The evening with fashion historian Akiko Fukai takes place April 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave. Visit www. textilemuseum.ca Green Living Show Showcasing more than 450 of the best products, services, food, innovation and more to help promote a healthy lifestyle. Learn about healthy living at the Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd., April 25 to 27. Visit www. greenlivingonline.com Bond Affair Dinner Series This sophisticated “popup” social dinner is held at a magnificent location such as a museum, conservatory, historical site, golf club, gallery or fivestar restaurant – the location will be revealed two days before the event. Tickets are $200 for the April 25 dinner, slated to go from 7 to 11 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/ Bondaffairdinner Canadian Brass This is a Mooredale Concerts debut for the famous brass ensemble. Expect classical music by Bach, Scheidt, Schumann, Kamen and Ewald, along with popular arrangements of Gershwin, Fats

Instagratification 2014 The Exhibition of Cellular Photography features 500 of the best photographs taken by the most commonly used device. The exhibit is at Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W., May 1 to 21. Visit www.instagratification.ca

The Forbidden City For more than 500 years, the gates of the world’s largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. This new exhibition invites you to cross the threshold to see 200 national treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum – some travelling outside China for the first time. Take a tour inside the court of China’s emperors until Sept. 1 at the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Visit www.rom.on.ca Waller and more. The concert is at the MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Cr., 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., April 27. Get tickets through www. mooredaleconcerts.com Toronto Jewish Film Festival This is the largest Jewish film festival in the world, showcasing the best in international features, documentaries and shorts concerning themes of Jewish culture and identity. This year’s fest will present more than 90 films representing more

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than 15 countries. The festival’s 22nd season runs May 1 to 11, at multiple locations. Visit http:// tjff.com ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum’ Scarborough Village Theatre hosts this comedic production featuring mistaken identities, beautiful courtesans, eunuchs and pirates. The play will be staged at Theatre Scarborough, 3600 Kingston Rd., May 1 to 17. Call 416-267-9292 or visit www.theatrescarborough.com for tickets.

Toronto Wing Festival Lick your lips, loosen your belt, and get ready to help crown the next King of Wings. Proceeds will benefit the charitable activities of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline The wing fest takes place at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park, 585 Dundas St. E., on May 4. For tickets, visit http://torontowingfestival.com Proftalks Lectures’ University For A Day North America’s finest professors from top universities present their best lectures in a day-long learning extravaganza. Rediscover the thrill of education and the joy of learning. Listen in on May 4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd. Visit www.proftalks.ca or call 647-361-6212. Ultimate Food Challenge Three Toronto chefs will unleash their culinary talents in the gastronomic ring. Enjoy appetizers created by the competing chefs, as well as gourmet desserts, drinks and a silent auction. The event helps support Daily Bread

Food Bank. Who will win this heavyweight championship? Join the expert judges and help decide May 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Dr. Visit www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com Our Time: A Pride Concert Singing Out (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community chorus) promotes pride both in who we are and in our musical excellence. The spring concert titled Our Time is a perfect opener for World Pride 2014. See Singing Out at the Glenn Gould Theatre, 250 Front St. W., May 10 at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Visit www.singingout. com Toronto International Circus Festival Expect mind-bending acrobatics, side-splitting comedy and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts. See the circus May 17, 18 and 19 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen Quay W. Visit www.torontocircusfestival.com Francis Bacon and Henry Moore The Art Gallery of Ontario brings together two giants of 20th-century British art in a major exhibition of sculpture and paintings, featuring 60 works by the two highly influential artists. Take in the exhibition until July 20 at the AGO, 317 Dundas St. W. Visit www. ago.net


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arcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia (Catalunya) in Spain, and is the second largest city in the country, with about five million people living in the metropolitan area. Founded during Roman times, Barcelona is known for its rich cultural heritage where the arts and architecture play a leading role. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, the city provides visitors with an ideal mix of arts, architecture, sports and beach culture. >>

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• GETAWAYS •

For many visitors, exploring the city will be centered around the old city of Barcelona. Bisecting this part of the city is La Rambla, a treelined pedestrian mall that stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre to the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. La Rambla forms the boundary between the Barri Gòtic district to the east and El Raval to the west. Both of these districts of the old city can provide visitors with days of exploration. For the art lover, there is no shortage of galleries to explore in Barcelona. For most first-time travelers to this city, the best starting point is the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya). The museum is situated on Montjuïc hill and is housed in the Palau Nacional. The museum possesses a well-known collection of Romanesque church art and is known for its outstanding collection of Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It will give you a good feel for the art from the region. One of the main reasons to visit Barcelona is to experience Catalan modernista architecture, most easily recognized through the work of architect Antoni Gaudí. Catalan modernista architecture is related to the Art Nouveau movement, and has left a remarkable legacy in Barcelona. There are several buildings in the city that are listed as World Heritage Sites, including the spectacular (and still unfinished) Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, Casa Batlló, Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de Sant Pau. Each of these World Heritage Sites is worth visiting, but two of them are “must sees” for all visitors to the city. >>

Above: The ceiling of the Sagrada Família church looks more like an organic, living forest than something built by the hands of man. Antoni Gaudí’s vision comes to life in the incredible interior. At right: For visitors to Sagrada Família, cranes and ongoing construction is the reality for visits to this amazing work in progress. Construction began in 1882 and is expected to continue until 2026. Here we see the Nativity Façade, constructed between 1894 and 1930. At night, the crowds have departed, but you can still get close enough to appreciate the riot of sculpture and natural scene. The lights add an otherworldly glow to the elaborate structure. On the previous page: The spires of the Sagrada Família reach to the heavens on a perfect fall day in Barcelona.

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Sagrada Família Any trip to Barcelona requires a visit to Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece. Work began on the cathedral on March 19, 1882, and Gaudí was commissioned to take over at the end of 1883. He continued work on the church until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work based on his original ideas, with completion anticipated in 2026. From an architectural design perspective, the crypt and the apse are in a Gothic style, while the rest of the church is conceived in an organic style, imitating natural shapes. For the interior, Gaudí intended it to resemble a forest, with inclined columns like branching trees. >>


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>> As you would expect with a monument of this significance, getting into the Sagrada Família can be difficult. Expect long lines and crowds; booking tickets in advance is suggested. While the inside of the church is something to behold, the outside is equally spectacular, and much of it can be viewed from outside the grounds, after hours. Come back to Sagrada Família in the evening when the lights are on for an exceptional experience.

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>> Güell is a little bit off the beaten path, but is well worth the effort. While Barcelona offers many reasons to visit, the unique art and architecture found in this amazing city provides the perfect theme for visitors to build an itinerary around. Take some time to explore this world-class city and immerse yourself in the art and architecture of Catalunya. GL

When to go? Barcelona is blessed with a beautiful Mediterranean climate that can get very warm during the summer months. As a result, early summer and fall are ideal times to visit, with the best options being May/June and September/ October. Most of the rainfall occurs in April, and as with most of Europe, August is the major vacation month, increasing the number of people in the city significantly. As a result rooms in the best hotels along the coastal areas are almost impossible to find unless it is done well in advance.

Where to stay? For travelers looking for luxurious accommodation in Barcelona, there are a number of great choices. For those who want to be in the heart of the city, the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is just north of the Plaça de Catalunya at the northern end of La Rambla. The unhurried and tranquil feel of this exceptional hotel provides an oasis when you want to retreat from the hustle and bustle of central Barcelona. For those who prefer to be outside the downtown core and on the Mediterranean, the Hotel Arts Barcelona (part of the Ritz-Carlton hotel family) provides a vibrant base, with one of the most gorgeous views of the city. The resort-like property northeast of the old city center offers five restaurants on site, a spa on the 42nd floor of the hotel and access to Barcelona’s excellent beaches. Mandarin Oriental Barcelona: Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40, 08007 Barcelona, Spain Telephone: +34 93 151 88 88 www.mandarinoriental.com/barcelona/hotel Hotel Arts Barcelona: Marina 19-21, 08005 Barcelona Spain Telephone: +34 93 221 1000 www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Barcelona/Default.htm

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Above, Antoni Gaudí was known for his signature mosaic work that adorned most of his projects. Above is the centerpiece of Park Güell, located at the base of the staircase; Gaudí’s multicoloured mosaic salamander is an example of the artist’s mastery of sculpture and mosaic. At left, the sign at Park Güell provides an excellent example of the mosaic work seen throughout the park. Below, Casa Batlló is one of Gaudí’s masterpieces and is located in the heart of Barcelona. One of the many World Heritage Sites in the city, this incredible building is worth a visit. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles, further extending the organic feel of the building. There are almost no straight lines on the building, and Gaudí’s style is highlighted by the irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stonework.


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BEST FOOT FORWARD Progression: Most spring running injuries stem from doing too much, too soon. Remember, if you are a runner who avoids the outdoors in the winter, your joints are not going to be accustomed to the impact when you hit the pavement. Try incorporating a test run. If you’re a winter treadmill runner who normally runs five to 10 kilometres, try to make your first outdoor run about two to three kilometres less, at a slower pace, and break it up with a couple minutes of fast walking. After a couple of weeks, your joints will begin to adapt to the impact as the supporting muscles and tendons increase in their strength.

ances. Many injuries are avoidable if the body is able to withstand the prolonged impact of running. Running mechanics are based on natural gait, however; other lifestyle implications such as sitting for long hours can wreak havoc on our posture, shorten our muscles in the front of our body and cause our muscles in the back of the body to be comparatively inactive. Compound that with the repetitive impact of running and you predispose your unstable joints to uneven strain. Improve muscle imbalances by seeking out a fitness pro to undergo a functional movement screen. This allows you to identify areas of weakness, imbalance and poor mobility.

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One common mistake runners make is hitting the pavement too fast once the weather improves. Enjoy an injury-free run with these tips. ing. This entails using the knowledge from your functional movement screen to address areas of weakness during your strength conditioning workouts. Functional strength training involves incorporating whole body natural movements through full range of motion. Exercises such as deep lunges, trunk rotations, deadlifts and squats can help improve joint strength and therefore transfer to enhanced running mechanics.

Mobility: Equally important is to have a focus on joint mobility. Warming up before your run should include activities like light jogging, lunges, leg swings and dynamic stretches. Tools such as foam rollers and massage balls can be instrumental postrun to ensure you restore muscle pliability and enhance recovery.

Proper Footwear: To ensure good running mechanics, it’s important to have proper footwear. Running shoe type is dependent on the length and type of running you do. Everyone’s needs are different physiologically; some may have a neutral foot placement while others may over-pronate (foot rolls inward during gait cycle) or over-supinate (foot rolls outward during gait cycle). In addition to differences in foot placement, there are also differences in foot widths. I recommend that you go to a reputable footwear store where your foot can be properly assessed for your running needs. GL BRENT BISHOP is a celebrity trainer, on-air fitness expert, author and owner of Think Fitness Studios. More about Brent: IamBishop.com


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• MUSIC •

Members of the Toronto All-Star Big Band make their recent rehearsal a black-tie affair.

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he Toronto All-Star Big Band is known for reviving the spirit, style and sound of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s – music made popular by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and the like, yet it’s a little known fact that its genesis was the accordion. Founder and artistic director Zygmunt Jedrzejek, a native of Poland, grew up playing the accordion, which was the most popular instrument played at rural weddings in the central European country in the early 20th century, even replacing the fiddle. “My parents had me take accordion lessons,” recalls Jedrzejek, who also plays the piano. In the 1970s, the teacher by trade who opened his own music school, started an accordion band whose repertoire focused on “light classical” tunes, “songs people would know.” “By the ’80s, it was difficult to find students who play the accordion, let alone admitted to owning one,” Jedrzejek says. “I switched the accordions to the synthesizer, but some of the instruments’ sound was hard to duplicate. We had 19 to 20 synthesizers on stage.” 58 | Goodlife Bloor West - April - May 2014

A YOUNG CROP OF MUSICIANS REVIVE THE SOUNDS OF THE ‘30S, ‘40S AND ‘50S At the time, audience response was lukewarm. “People said we sounded too mechanical,” admits Jedrzejek. That was the catalyst that led Jedrzejek to replace the synthesizers with brass instruments and to turn his focus to music of the Big Band era. “I’ve always enjoyed the Big Band music from the ’30s and ’40s, the arrangements are fun to listen to,” says Jedrzejek. For almost two decades, The Toronto All-Star Big Band has had a reputation for its fun and interactive performances that include a five-piece vocal group, whose sound rivals that of such acts

as The Andrews Sisters and McGuire Sisters. Its cast of young talent, musicians 15 to 22-years of age (the average is 18), say they love to play the music their grandparents listened to. “It’s really interesting music – not music you’d hear nowadays,” says Toronto All-Star Big Band singer Meagan Luchko. “The songs are really well-written. I find the lyrics have a lot more meaning than the songs that are written today.” Luchko auditioned for a spot in the band five years ago as a high school student in her vocal jazz choir. Now, the Etobicoke resident is a Bachelor of Applied Music – Contemporary Music student at Humber College. She says the training and experience she’s had with the Toronto All-Star Band is “the best I’ve ever had.” There’s a lot of camaraderie among the group as well. “Some of my best friends have come out of the band. They’re great people to work with,” says Luchko. That the band is comprised of high school and college-university-aged musicians is both a blessing and a curse, says Jedrzejek. While there is lots of rotation because youth move on and graduate, the band is always auditioning new players so the sound is always fresh. Audi- >>


• MUSIC •

(Clockwise from top) Members of the band jam: at back, Alex Gambrel, Peter Eratostene, in front from left, Martin Matuszczak, Joey Martel and Sean Sydney. Artistic director Zygmunt Jedrzejek; and Alex Heatherington, Donovan Locke and Meagan Luchko croon into the microphone. >> tions

are held in October and April. Players are chosen not only for their musical skill, but also their personality and ability to get along with the other musicians and vocalists. “You have to have a personality that fits the band,” Jedrzejek says. “It’s a team effort. Prima donnas are difficult to deal with. Touring throughout Ontario and the U.S., the band performs as many as 80 concerts a year. The non-profit organization drives its own bus and is responsible for setting up its own equipment. Recent gigs include the Glenn Miller festival in Clarinda, Iowa – the famed musician’s birth place, the Snowbird Extravaganza in Florida and the Muskoka Lakes Music Festival. “We try to emulate what the Big Band era has done,” says Jedrzejek. “We’ve brought in people who played during the Big Band era, like jazz clarinet player Buddy DeFranco and Tonight Show with John Carson band leader Doc Severinsen.”

Luchko advises anyone looking to audition to be ready to work hard, however, the rewards are plentiful. “I do love the travel,” she admits. “It’s good experience to get out to different places in the world.” In April, the Etobicoke-based group presents its annual scholarship show in memory of longtime friend, fan and volunteer Scotty Woods, who passed away in March 2012 at the age of 88. The band plays lots of weddings, private functions and outdoor concerts. Critics have been known to refer to the band as “amazing” with “infectious energy.” GL For further information or to hire the Toronto All-Star Big Band, call 416-231-5695 or visit www.torontoallstarbigband.com GoodLifeMagazine.ca | 59


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• SOCIAL •

Chris Korwin-Kuczynski and Danuta Diana Gumienik don their best green attire at the charity luncheon which benefitted various charities, both in Toronto and Etobicoke.

The C. Dennis Flynn Foundation held its 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Charity Luncheon at the Old Mill on March 17. The foundation was established in 1984 in recognition of then-Etobicoke Mayor Dennis Flynn to provide funding to families in crisis. This year’s recipients include: Covenant House, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, Youth Without Shelter, Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank, Dorothy Ley Hospice, and Women’s Habitat. Flynn was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was two years old. His political career spanned over 25 years including serving as the Mayor of the City of Etobicoke, the Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto and the Metro Council representative for the Kingsway Humber riding prior to amalgamation. He was honoured with the Order of Ontario in 2001. Mr. Flynn passed away in August 2013.

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Raising a glass of green beer at the luncheon are, from left to right, Percy FordSmith, Kim Harkins and Bob Doherty. Mayor Rob Ford, presents a plaque from Toronto City Council to Mary FlynnGuglietti, president of the foundation.

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Left to right, Kelly Sore, Joanne Fallowfield and Lynn Bevan raise a glass in honour of the foundation’s good works.


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Newly elected Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Doug Holyday hoists a glass of green beer.

Mary Flynn-Guglietti, president of the C. Dennis Flynn Foundation with John Tory, the event’s MC.

Tom Bradley entertains attendees on the piano during the luncheon. The event also featured entertainment by comedian Terry McGurrin, along with rafffles and prizes.

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