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Build your dream home on this expansive 287 foot deep lot and watch the sunsets over the water. Don’t’t miss the experience of living in the great, four season community of Wasaga Beach. • Offered at $259,000

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10 Home Tour 22 In the Kitchen 33 Home Tour

Blue Mountain - small photo inspires design

Georgian Bay - the best of everything in one home

with Gareth & Julie Carter of Men with Knives

42 Four Voices 48 Humane Society 54 Portfolio 56

Get Active this Summer things to do in the Georgian triangle

Musical talent abounds at home

Behind the scenes at Georgian triangle Humane Society

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58 Selection Smorgasbord 60 Events 64 In the Crowd 66 Drink: Craft Beer Patio season is here and your craft beer is waiting

local farms bring a smorgasbord to the table

things to do in our area

Collingwood Chamber recognizes best in business


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editors note


What an exciting time to live in the Georgian Triangle!

The overwhelming feeling I have after reading this edition of Georgian Bay GoodLife is I just want to get out and have fun.

With the warmer weather finally upon us, there is so much to see and do, explore and enjoy right here in our own backyard. It’s really no wonder why our tourism and housing prices continue to soar.


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With so many amazing things to do and see, there simply is something for everyone in this area.

This issue we celebrate some of the fabulous local activities to do, whether you are entertaining guests from out of town, or simply looking to be rediscover the area. Enjoy our two fabulous home tours, one in Collingwood and the other in The Blue Mountains. Both properties are of exceptional quality and design situated in the finest locations to maximize your four-season lifestyle.



If you are looking for some inspiration, check out the article listing the plethora of activities in the outdoor playground that is the Georgian Triangle. From the zip line to tee time, writer Dawn Ritchie assembles an easy-to-use guide to plan your summer fun. And if music is a must on your list of fun, try to catch a set by local musicians Jason Redman, Too Nice, Chuck Baker or The Foremast Jacks.

Local artists are front and centre this issue with four entertainers who are a must-see this summer. Finally, tour the local farmers’ markets, enjoy Men with Knives, and more … all right here for your reading pleasure in this edition of GoodLife.

So much to explore in this issue and this area! Have fun.

Happy summer. Elise Allain

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This issue’s food section serves up some delicious stories, including a profile on Men With Knives, a Collingwood-based catering company specializing internationally inspired global dishes that are locally sourced.

A life well lived is not about the magnitude of things accumulated, but rather about the sum of exhilarating escapades one experiences. In this month’s issue we highlight the myriad of life-enriching adventures available in the Georgian Triangle.

“We love creating unique dining experience for our clients,” says Julie Carter, who owns and operates Men with Knives with her husband and trained chef, Gareth. Local food also takes centre stage with a feature on the evolution and popularity of local farmers’ markets.

Swing, scale, spelunk and soar! The world is your oyster. Get out there this summer and have some fun.




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If your nose detects the sultry smells of a seasoned meat smoker, and it just may lead you to the Larder of Men with Knives in Collingwood. This event venue serves up a mouth watering BBQ inspired menu featuring smoked meats.

The front elevation of this month’s waterfront property on Bartlett Avenue is quite unassuming and tucked nicely away from the road. However, once you walk inside, the home expands to almost cavernous proportions that do not coincide with the view from the road.

Check out their catering options or catch them at an event near you.

Only one things makes an open concept like this better, in my opinion, and that’s multi-levels. Add in the timber and stone and I’m in my dream home. And then there’s the waterfront!

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D r o p t h e perfect resort home on the i deal lan d scape situate d between pictu r e s q u e s k i h i l ls o n t h e we s t, l u s h g o l f g reens to the east, a fun-filled r esor t village on the south a n d a b o at in g pa ra di s e to t h e n o r th and you have 106 Dr ak es Path in The Blue M ounta ins.


his two-storey, 4,455-square-foot, custom-built architectural gem was the brainchild of Natasha and Devon Stanley, who designed and constructed the recreational property in 2013 to their own exacting standards. Important to this dynamic couple were aspects such as a bright contemporary look, good flow, open concept floor plan with quiet integrated spaces and pleasing views from every window. “You can see the mountain from practically every room in the house,” says builder/ homeowner Devon Stanley. “At the back of the house, I have a 16-foot long window with panoramic views. And every night we watch the lights of the ski hills from our master suite as the groomers go up and down the hills preparing runs for the next day.” The genesis for their design stemmed from a tiny postage stamp-sized photo

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they had glimpsed in a magazine. “We were in Chapters in Toronto one day flipping through magazines,” says Stanley. “Just looking for ideas and this little one inch by one inch picture popped out.” It was a partial angle of a home with a courtyard that housed a pool, and they kept coming back to it. Realizing the heart of a home could lie outside of the actual structure, they began working with Bruce Abbott on the blueprints to base their new home’s design around a courtyard. Foregoing the pool they instead opted for a spacious terrace and laid dark charcoal flagstone with pea gravel intertwined between the slabs. In the centre, a two-stemmed river birch was planted that will eventually canopy the entire courtyard as it matures. The rear of the courtyard sports an eight-foot tall privacy wall that blocks any view from neighbours.

“It helps encapsulate the area to create a serene outdoor oasis,” says Stanley. The courtyard layout dictated incorporation of separate wings for the residence, which has served a useful lifestyle purpose. Quiet après ski time before a roaring fire in the great room can occur concurrently with raucous movie watching and rough housing in the media room on the opposite side of the courtyard. Everyone in the family remains within eyesight yet conveniently out of earshot. Entering through the front door of the home, the foyer extends to a long, open hallway that permits open concept views to the rear of the residence where the kitchen and dining room are located. An open rise architectural staircase with two steel stringers, solid treads and glass railing climbs the wall to the second level. “I fabricated the metal on-site myself,” says Stanley, who also framed, drywalled and roofed the entire structure, built the kitchens and bathrooms, laid the flooring, and did the fine finishing. Foundation, electrical, plumbing and heating tasks were contracted out. The immense kitchen with mega storage has two islands to support an active family with built-in wine and beverage fridges. Four spectacular glass pendants suspended over the islands provide task lighting. A fullsized fridge and standup freezer flank the large windows that illuminate either side of the commercial-sized gas range. Beside the kitchen is a walk-in butler pantry with full cabinetry and sink that performs as a second kitchen. Ahead is the dining area and the main living area. Once in the great room, you are struck by the magnitude of light cascading in from the floor to ceiling windows. Daylight bounces off the white walls that are the presiding theme of this contemporary residence. “You can go all day long without turning on a light,” says Stanley. “The glass is in the right spots. It’s always bright and fresh looking.” In the evening, energy efficient LED lighting provides ambience. Floors on both levels are polished concrete. Kick off the ski boots and radiant heating instantly warms the feet. “It’s the primary heat source for the house,” says Stanley. “Radiant is the most energy efficient source you could put in this house. It runs

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The immense kitchen with mega storage has two islands to support an active family with built in wine and beverage fridges.

You can go all day long without turning on a light,” says Stanley. “The glass is in the right spots. It’s always bright and fresh looking.”

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off a boiler system.” The in-floor heating has multiple controllable zones with adjunctive air heating serviced by two furnaces. Dressing the concrete floor before the wood-burning fireplace is a wool-blend Feizy rug in chocolate, grey and ivory tones. On it sits a recycled wood plank and forged metal coffee table from L.A.’s innovative Cisco Brothers – a home furnishing design company that transforms discarded objects into residential items that are functional works of art. The distinctive coffee table embodies a unique metal footrest flange under the tabletop so that no feet need ever find their way to the surface again. The Stanleys teamed with design savvy Holly Stone, owner of Stone Home Design (10 Keith Ave., Collingwood in the Cranberry Mews) for furnishings. Stone placed two cow print swivel bucket chairs from Rowe in the great room, along with a distressed leather settee and black/brown sofa from Cisco Brothers. “Everyone who comes in the house sits in those cow print chairs,” says Stone. “And they never leave because they swivel all around. They’re the perfect height to hold your drink glass. From those chairs you can see the lights of the ski hills and turn back to look in to the kitchen and off to the media room on the other side of the courtyard.” The media room is supplied with a 70inch wall-mounted TV and gas fireplace. The surround is a sheath of stunning hot-rolled steel installed by Stanley himself. A cowhide rug covers the floor in front of the oversized organic linen Loft sectional chaise lounge

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The Media Room is supplied with a 70-inch wall-mounted TV and gas fireplace. The surround is a sheath of stunning hot-rolled steel installed by Stanley himself.

from Cisco. “The chaise is huge,” says Holly Stone. “Almost the size of a double bed.” Stone also sourced the coffee table from Four Hands, out of Austin Texas, built with recycled wine crates from local vineyards. An adjoining three-piece bathroom with spa shower (wall tiled with stunning Marmi Deco Blanco Porcelanosa large-scale tile) makes the media room convertible to a main floor master, allowing residents to age in place. The home was constructed with two upper level masters as well. “We wanted two masters so in-laws and guests who stayed with us would have their own private section of the house,” says Stanley. In the main master bedroom hangs the superb handmade forged Spider chandelier from Cisco that complements the Sienna Iron Queen Bed (by Four Hands.) The bed is draped with velvet chocolate brown linens. A leather scrap rag rug from Feizy covers the floor. The second master is furnished with a 16 | GoodLife Georgian Bay | Summer 2016 ■

grey barn board dresser and bed frame locally made in the Blue Mountains by Barn Built Furniture. Linens, including the lavender duvet are from sOUP, an environmentally correct company that harvests silk from silkworms without killing them, according to Holly Stone. Both masters on this level have gas fireplaces and lush en suites with dual sinks, spa showers and that luxurious Porcelanosa dimensional tiling – a glistening pearl pattern in the main master and Marmi Deco Blanco style in the second master. The main master’s European-styled en suite also boasts digital thermostatic valve shower controls, and the room is all tucked behind an open-sided feature wall hung with rough sawn pine. This dividing wall doubles as both a division from the main master’s en suite and also as the headboard for the bed. The same wood feature is carried through to the bathroom on the wall behind the standalone tub to tie the look together. Off the main master a luxe dressing room

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ensures organization with a dressing bench from Four Hands and a low voltage LED Marimba lighting fixture from Modern Forms. One of Natasha Stanley’s favourite features is the second level laundry room, which is not only accessible from both wings of the house but is also entered directly from the master closet, making sorting and putting away garments a breeze. For Devon Stanley, his favourite aspect of the home is the prime location. “I like the proximity to the village and the fact that you can walk to the ski hill,” says Stanley. “I come home at 8 p.m., toss on my ski clothes and head to the chairs. I can come home late and still get in an hour or two run. At the end of the dead end street, there’s also the trail to the village. You can pop through the side path and you’re right in the main village for dinner and drinks,” says Stanley. The Stanleys are again scouring magazines for inspiration for the latest new build they have embarked on. 106 Drakes Path is now on the market with Royal LePage.

In the main master bedroom hangs the superb handmade forged Spider chandelier from Cisco that complements the Sienna Iron Queen Bed (by Four Hands.)

We wanted two masters so in-laws and guests who stayed with us would have their own private section of the house,” says Stanley. 18 | GoodLife Georgian Bay | Summer 2016 ■

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n the late ’90s, Dr. Bijan Pourat and his wife Nellie were visiting cousins in Collingwood when they paused to glimpse in the window of a realty storefront. In a quicksilver move, the realtor suggested, “Let me show you a place on the water.” Curious, the Pourats agreed to take a look, despite the fact they were nearly three thousand miles away from their primary residence in Beverly Hills, California. | 23

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We wanted the sun, the light, the view. Outside is so important. We didn’t come here to sit in a dark room.”

The great room and adjoining bar was now sunken a half level below the kitchen, providing a smooth transition to the exterior and direct access to the lake. A pretty iron-branched railing divides the two areas. Grey natural stone with radiant heating was installed in all the heavy traffic areas as yet another way to bring a sense of the outdoors inside.

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“In the evening, there are the magnificent unbelievable sunsets. We turn on the firepit and just enjoy looking at them. It makes all the effort of coming and going worth it.”

The inviting setting of the chalet right on the bay was hard to resist. “We made an offer that morning,” says Nellie Pourat. It was countered in the afternoon and before evening they were the proud owners of the sprawling five-bedroom residence on the glistening waters of Georgian Bay. “I wanted a house that you could hear nothing but the birds,” says Dr. Pourat. “Collingwood has this Highway 26 zipping along the coastline. Most homes get this noise, but not here. There’s a nature reserve next door. All you could hear were the frogs making a racket. I felt enveloped in nature.” It was just the right prescription for relaxation to combat the daily stresses of this busy Cedars Sinai cardiologist from Los Angeles. Dr. Pourat had recently distilled his practice from the traditional crack and cut cardiology into a concentration on whole body health. He knew the importance of down time and what better spot to reinvigorate one’s system then in this leisure paradise. “Nutrition is 70 to 80 per cent of good health,” explains Dr. Pourat. “But also, lifestyle. No smoking, the right amount of sleep, mentally being calm, exercise and your value and support systems. These are the keys for good health.” The first order of business before occupying the chalet was to increase the interior’s access to the land’s natural beauty.

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Opposite the kitchen’s island, a turned-legged dining table that seats eight is lit by a wrought iron chandelier. Nostalgic Wood from Mount Forest laid the richly warm reclaimed rock elm flooring here. It was milled from barn beams that were over a hundred years old.

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The couple decided to demolish half of the house and rebuild. “There were no windows looking out to the water,” says Dr. Pourat. “We wanted the sun, the light, the view. Outside is so important. We didn’t come here to sit in a dark room.” The Pourats hired local Swiss contractor Peter Schlegel and instructed him that money was not an issue in the chalet’s rebuild. They wanted the best of everything without compromise. Schlegel switched the direction of the roof and faced the gables towards the water to take advantage of the view. The room was now open to the extensive vistas of picturesque Georgian Bay through a wall of premium quality Loewen windows that extended right to the chalet’s peak. “We wanted to bring the lake inside,” says Dr. Pourat. “Now there’s lots of light. At first we were warned, this could be terrible in winter, they don’t normally do this, installing windows to the roofline, but we insisted and with good insulation and in-floor radiant heating, even in the worst winters the house remains unbelievably comfortable.” Normerica, a post and beam builder, supplied the pine wood beam package for the new addition, which coordinated perfectly with the tongue and groove pine ceilings Schlegel installed. Stonemason John McCaffrey shaped and built a seal stone fireplace that rose dramatically to the cathedral ceiling. The roof was reshingled in natural cedar shake. The great room and adjoining bar were now sunken a half level below the kitchen, providing a smooth transition to the exterior and direct access to the lake. A pretty iron-branched railing divides the two areas. Up the steps to the kitchen, you pass two deep leather club chairs where guests can relax and chat with the chef during meal preparation. Opposite the kitchen’s island, a turnedlegged dining table that seats eight is lit by a wrought iron chandelier. Nostalgic Wood from Mount Forest laid the richly warm reclaimed rock elm flooring here. It was milled from barn beams that were over a hundred years old. Premiere Kitchens in Collingwood finished the kitchen design in keeping with the upscale rustic theme desired throughout. Grey natural stone with radiant heating was installed in all the heavy traffic areas as yet another way to bring a sense of the outdoors inside. “People want na-

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ture,” says Dr. Pourat. “The house has to reflect that.” The natural stone flooring carries through to the walls of the shower in the three-piece bath on the main floor. The experience inside the chalet was of equal significance to the homeowners. It had to be thoughtful and inspiring. Passage to the main floor’s two bedrooms take guests past reminders of the wild, a gigantic turtle shell, the elaborate carving emerging out of a tree trunk and bowls of sea rocks. There are five bedrooms in total in the chalet to support the steady influx of guests – two on the main floor and three more, including the master on the second floor. Even the master’s en suite is bathed in natural daylight, which streams in from an upper bank of windows in the room. It was important to the Pourats that construction materials and furnishings be all locally sourced. Designer Lorna Gordon Brown was hired for the interiors with marching orders for an eclectic look. She ordered plush custom-made slipcovered sofas and chairs for the great room that just beg to be sunken into after a long day of activities. An antique games table with stools sits behind the main sofa for evening chess games. In the event of inclement weather, the spacious recreation room on the lower level holds a championship-sized ping-pong table for family tournaments. The majority of the art in the home was carted up from California piece by piece on each of the homeowners’ many trips, including a 30-pound monster Ammonite fossil (an extinct marine mollusk) they had purchased in Los Angeles at a collectibles boutique. It was a gruelling operation, recalls Dr. Pourat. Especially dealing with the relentless import regulations and duties, but they had a singular goal in mind. “We wanted every corner of the house to remind us of our trips around the world. We knew we were assembling something beautiful for us and our guests.” The coffee table trunk with drawers in the great room hails from India. The antique paintings over the bar are from Iran. The imposing masks in the foyer are authentic tribal pieces from Africa. Every corner holds art objects and handmade pots from the likes of India, China or another distant land. Nautical pieces are also found scattered throughout the chalet including several ship captain’s wheels and engraved

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antique copper diving helmets from the U.S. Navy that decorate the shelves next to the fireplace. “Those are quite valuable pieces,” says Dr. Pourat, who purchased them at an auction in the states. “Lugging everything was so heavy. It was a real labour of love.” Landscaping was next on the agenda. The property boasts an enormous boat slip and the Pourats wanted the promenade out to the water to be a picturesque one. Speakers were not only installed throughout the interior of the chalet but also in the exteriors. The manicured expanse of lawn on the right side is cut by a meandering path of flagstone and boulders to the left that extend right onto the raised dock where four Adirondack chairs await the spectacular sunsets the homeowners so deeply appreciate. A patch of wild seagrass was left to line the shoreline. Although their boat slip could easily accommodate a flotilla of watercraft, the homeowners settled on “tiny canoes and rowboats.” Living out of province meant it was simpler to rent motorized boats whenever so desired. “All the day we enjoy music,” says Dr. Pourat. “Inside and outside. In the evening, there are the magnificent unbelievable sunsets. We turn on the firepit and just enjoy looking at them. It makes all the effort of coming and going worth it. With their adult children all grown, the Pourats are now “tidying up their lives” and have reluctantly put 140 Barltett Blvd. in Collingwood on the market. It is listed with Andres Paara of Royal LePage.

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en with Knives is a Collingwood catering company specializing in internationally inspired dishes that are locally sourced. “We love creating unique dining experience for our clients,” says Julie Carter, who owns and operates Men with Knives with her husband and trained chef, Gareth. And they have some pretty big news to share. Coming this winter, Men with Knives will be the exclusive caterer for the Alpine Ski Club’s new clubhouse, which will open in November. “We’ve been catering at Alpine since December 2014, but this new facility will allow us to serve groups of up to 500 people,” she explains. “It’s pretty exciting!” To get the inside story on Men with Knives, GoodLife recently caught up with Julie Carter to chat about recent developments, popular dishes (fish tacos — yum!) and more. | 33

in the kitchen|Men with Knives Explain your connection to the Alpine Ski Club. JC: Since December 2014, we have been the exclusive caterers to the Alpine Ski Club. This August, the old clubhouse is being torn down and a new 44,000-square-foot facility is being built. It will open its doors in November, allowing us to offer a beautiful new venue that will be able to seat 500 people. It will allow us to host weddings, corporate and social groups during the spring, summer and fall, and midweek yearround. What’s Men with Knives’ mission statement? JC: We are passionate about our food, and serious about service. It’s all about the people. We are inspired to bring creative and delicious menus to your table. What are some of your most popular dishes? JC: It depends on the event, but some of our most popular signature dishes are fish tacos, ancient grain salads, duck club on a skewer, wild leek vichyoisse, smoked trout falafel, Georgian Bay nicoise salad, Larder smoked meat with wild leek pommery mustard, pickled asparagus in cones, mac and cheese, apple crisp (served in Mason jars), beef tenderloin and anything off the smoker menu. Our pig roasts are also very well received.

What led you to open a catering business in the Collingwood area? Julie Carter: After years of travelling and living abroad (the couple used to run a bed and breakfast in Wales, UK), we decided to move to Collingwood. We settled on Collingwood because we both have strong family ties in the area and thought it would be a great place to raise our family. We moved to Collingwood in 2005. A few years later (2009), Gareth set up Men with Knives, and I joined him in 2012 and together we took the business to the next level. Today, we can cater groups from five people to 500. We have three full-time chefs, five full-time employees and our seasonal staff can swell up to 30 people. 34 | GoodLife Georgian Bay | Summer 2016 ■

What do you offer? JC: We are a full service catering company serving greater Simcoe County, Midland, Muskoka, Grey-Bruce as well as unique locations across Ontario. Our fleet includes a wood fired smoker, a mobile kitchen and the Larder, which is a permanent commissary kitchen and event space. Throughout the winter, we feed members and corporate clients at the Alpine Ski Club. Our focus is not just food but food experiences, which is why we have such a unique fleet of equipment. Every event is special and by making food something to talk about and enjoy, we like to add that extra something to it. We love being playful with food.

Tell me more about the smoker menu. JC: Our smoker menu is super popular for off-site and outdoor events. We bring the smoker to your event and it’s a real feast. We smoke all day long and serve up a variety of dishes including smoked chicken wings, pork ribs, brisket and so on. It’s a huge draw for people because they love watching their food being cooked right in front of them. Off-site catering is a big part of your business. Please explain. JC: We have access to some really cool local venues – from farms to local wineries and breweries. Our mobile kitchen allows us to set up in pretty much any location. We love providing unique experiences for our clients and will look after all the event planning details from beginning to end.

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Tell me about your customized menus. JC: Our goal is to personalize each culinary event for our clients. For example, we have a wedding booked this summer with an English bride. The couple really wanted to focus on her British heritage, so the entire menu is UK-inspired. And let’s just say it’s much more elevated than fish and chips. [Smiles].




Men with Knives’ food philosophy is locally sourced, and internationally inspired. Please explain. JC: Gareth and I are huge advocates of travel and we’ve been all over the world with our kids. Our goal is to recreate dishes that we’ve enjoyed on our travels, while using locally sourced ingredients. To give you an example, you will find lots of Asian and Spanish inspired dishes on our menus, as well as Welsh food because Gareth’s father is Welsh and our son was born in Wales. Men with Knives is also a scratch kitchen and we make just about everything. We even cure and brine our own bacon, smoke various meats and so on. What’s the Larder? JC: The Larder can accommodate 50 people for a sit-down dinner. It’s a lovely, homey, rustic dining room that’s perfect for smaller groups. When we aren’t at the Alpine Ski Club, this is command central for us as it has a large commercial kitchen on-site. Let’s hear about the mobile food truck. JC: It’s a 22-foot, fully equipped mobile kitchen and we can take it pretty much anywhere. We use it for food festivals, music events, community events and for facilities that don’t have kitchens. Our wedding and


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What about diners with special dietary needs? JC: Our chefs are very accommodating and will cater to all guests and their dietary needs or food allergies. You specialize in catering for others, but what’s your favourite dinner to make at home? JC: Rack of lamb is hands down our favourite meal to make at home. Local lamb is best and we buy our lamb from Gord Kemp, a nearby farmer.

corporate clientele love it for late-night snacks. We roll in and serve up grilled cheese sandwiches, sliders, fries and poutine. People think it’s fantastic! What about desserts? JC: Whether we’re serving appetizers, entrees or desserts, presentation is really big for us. To give our guests that dessert wow factor, we individually bake a lot of our sweet treats (such as brownies, cobblers, bread pudding and crisps) in Mason jars. Tell me about your community involvement. JC: We love community events and have been actively involved in donating our food 36 | GoodLife Georgian Bay | Summer 2016 ■

and time back to a number of community events including the Gecko Bonspiel in Collingwood, Taste of the Town, Soupstock, Foodstock, Feast in the Forest, various local school fundraisers and more. The Collingwood area has been extremely supportive of our catering business and we think it’s important to give back. Living in the Collingwood area must give you access to great local suppliers. JC: From locally grown apples to zucchini, we always source local ingredients when possible. We also serve local beers, ciders and wines at our various events.

What’s your favourite local food destination? JC: We love Bruce Wine Bar ( and Azzurra ( when going out. We enjoy cooking at home and being out in the neighbourhood where we can be playful and enjoy what we love most about food – good friends and family. You’ve got the ear of thousands of local catering patrons. Anything you’d like to add? JC: If you are in the market for a unique, outside-the-box catering experience, then give us a call. Men with Knives Catering 10 Ronell Cres., Collingwood 705-888-8233




in the kitchen|Men with Knives S M O K E D T R O U T FA L A F E L S A L A D WITH WILD LEEK VINAIGRETTE Recipe courtesy of Men with Knives catering “This is a very popular and delicious salad that we regularly serve up,” says Julie Carter of Men with Knives catering. faLafeL 1 cup dry chickpeas 1 small onion diced 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 clove garlic 4 oz Kolapore Springs smoked trout 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp salt pRepaRaTion: 1. Put all above ingredients in food processor and pulse until it has become finely chopped and sticks together, almost but not quite a puree. Form into one inch balls and fry in batches using a deep fryer or frying pan with about an inch of veg oil at 300F. 2. Cook until well-browned and crispy, turning if necessary, and cool on a wire rack or paper towel. Set aside. VinaiGReTTe 5 wild leeks (greens and bulbs) cleaned and trimmed of roots 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp shallot, chopped 1 Tbsp liquid honey 1/4 cup cider vinegar 3/4 cup canola oil salt and pepper pRepaRaTion: 1. Put first five ingredients in a food processor and process for 30 seconds. With machine running, slowly stream in canola. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. 2. Assemble your favourite salad, we used spring mix, tomato, cucumber and red pepper. Garnish with falafel and drizzle with wild leek vinaigrette. yummy!!

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sWinG Tee up and hit for the greens at one of the 14 golf courses in this verdant golfer’s paradise. Stay for a week and play a new course (or two) everyday as you tour The Triangle. The pristine waters of Georgian Bay are your foreground, the iconic Blue Mountains are your backdrop and the sand trap is yours to conquer. Pay no heed to the golfer’s lament that claims, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Take your mulligan and chip out of the rough onto emerald fairways that will up your game at any one of these championship courses. blue Mountain Golf & country club Established in 1964 this semi-private picturesque 18 holer is known for its spawn of championship female golfers. Green fees $80-50. Pro shop, licensed clubhouse. 706 Tenth Line Collingwood • Tel: 705-445-3918 oslerbrook Golf and country club Designed by golf architect, Graham Cooke, Osler is a private course nestled on 230 acres between the escarpment and the bay. Although private, full membership is not yet fully achieved, which means you can still get on it. Play now before it’s too late. Clubhouse, fine dining, casual patio. Golf rates $115 during prime hours to twilight fees of $49. 2634 10th Line, Collingwood • Tel: 705-444-5588

The Marlwood Golf and country club With a course length of 5400 yards, a clubhouse with country dining and a good putting green, this eighteen-hole course offers reasonable summer weekday tee rates for only $40. 31 Marlwood Avenue, Wasaga Beach batteaux creek Golf course Stephen Young (Grey Silo) designed the course and packed it full of challenging hazards and oversized rolling greens. 6 kms southwest of Collingwood. Highway 124 South of Nottawa. Dress Code. $80-$55

Lora bay Hold onto your driver, green fees can bunker your pocketbook at up to $135 a round during high season for this exclusive course, but the views of Georgian Bay and Nippising Ridge are what make it worth it. Pro shop, country club, warm up facilities. 109 East Ridge Drive, Thornbury • Tel: (519) 599-7500 cranberry Golf Resort 6,556 yard, 18-hole championship golf course in the heart of Collingwood. Green fees: $89-50 19 Keith Avenue West, Collingwood • Tel: (705) 445-6600

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Georgian bay Golf academy One of the most exclusive clubs in the area. Limited memberships with food and beverage minimums. Par 71. 55 acres of fairways. PGA professionals. The Georgian Bay Club, 516689 7th Line, Clarksburg • Tel: (519) 599-9949 Tomahawk Golf course The course for the casual family game. Low rates, $7 tee offs. 18 hole, 3 par. It’s not a crime if you pop a divot on a few shots.

Twin creeks Golf Both a membership and pay as you play course. Lookout, four bunkers on the 14th hole! With licensed clubhouse, pro shop, driving range and fabulous country style golfing breakfasts. Green fees $57-40 includes the cart. 10 Club Court, Wasaga Beach Tel: (705) 429-2791 Links at new england A players course. Championship Par 72, 7000 yards. An excellent course to really enjoy the natural beauty of the land and challenge your game. Ample natural water hazards. Green fees $50-40. 305 River Road West, Wasaga Beach, Ontario. For tee times phone (705) 422-0171 or Email: info.

scaLe After a morning on the fairways test your limits by scaling Metcalfe Rock in the Duncan escarpment provincial nature Reserve. Free Spirit Tours provides all the climbing gear and instructions for a half-day adventure for $70. Location: 415477 10th Line, The Blue Mountains. Call 705-444-3622 for reservations. Raining outside? No sweat! Ascend indoor climbing walls at climbers corner, 95 Sandford Fleming Rd. Unit #4, Collingwood. Tucked inside the Head Over Heels Gymnastics Club they offer top rope climbing, bouldering, children’s climbing classes and birthday parties. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 10am - 10pm, Saturday 10am - 9pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm

SPELUNK In the heat of the summer, cool off in the underground crevices and caves at Scenic Caves in Collingwood. Well-marked routes take you on a rocky journey exploring caves (spelunking) into the mossy depths of the escarpment. Your excursion is dotted with story-laden signage along the trail. Or cross the suspension bridge dangling twenty-five meters above the valley floor— still the longest footbridge in Southern Ontario, at four hundred and twenty feet in length. 260 Scenic Caves Road, Blue Mountains. All day access to the caves and suspension bridge is $22.57 for adults. $18.58 for youth and kids under two are free.

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Georgian Bay Cup falls on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Launching from the Collingwood Yacht Club, the cup is a 45 nautical mile race for yachts flying spinnakers in the Racing Division, and a 30 nautical mile race for yachts with white sails only in the Cruising Division. There’s also a CYC Invitational Race, so plenty to see.

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before landing on the right taste.” Quibitt and Wilkins will be serving up the goods along with entertainment and other beach products in their relaxing new beach bar, The Wasaga Brewing Company this summer at the Main Street Market. The bar is scheduled for its grand opening on July 1st. The Canada Day long weekend. Alternatively, toast the day’s adventures by taking in a three-stop collingwood brewery Tour with a group of six or more. Tour three of Collingwood’s hottest microbreweries: The Side Launch, Collingwood Brewery and Northwinds Brewhouse. Learn the magic of how hops become beer and sample a flight of four tasty beers accompanied by buttery homemade pretzels. Bookings through Free Spirit Tours 705-444-3622

chiLL At the end of it all, drop into the iwa spa in blue Mountain Village to recenter your spirit and relax the muscles with a rock

bath… yes, a rock bath. Iwa Spa, the winner in 2015 for The Top New Spa at The Canadian Spa & Wellness Awards, offers the unique experience of the Japanese Gan·Ban Yoku, a rare sixty-minute therapy session where you “bathe” on a slab of volcanic rock that is heated to 40C (104F.) The heated slabs are both beautiful to behold and relaxing to stretch out on as they emit negative ions and infrared rays that heal and detox the body. The exact translation of Gan·Ban Yoku literally means Rock Board Bath, and it is purported to bring relief from pain, insomnia and stress, and to boost immunity, detoxification and weight loss. Founder, Michelle Ubell launched the operation in August 2015 after talking with a friend who suffered from fibromyalgia and wanted a natural way to control her pain. Ubell relentlessly researched every aspect of gan·ban, speaking to geophysicists, geologists and The School of Natural Science at U of T. “I even spoke to the American Marble Association, who I think thought I had lost my marbles,” laughs Ubell. But she had to learn the science of it, and came to discover how important the amount of lava in the stone was to emitting the rays and ions that deliver the therapeutic effects so popular in Asia. Iwa’s rock is black marachi mosaic granite quarried from Brazil. It was formed millions of years ago at the end of an ice age. The granite and marble mosaic is sealed naturally with black lava silica and heated hydronically by warm water. The pleasant therapeutic effects draws both women and men to the spa. “I tell the men, go bike, ski, golf, hike, climb. Do all the things the Georgian Triangle has to offer. Then come back here and restore your muscle mass,” says Ubell. In addition to the volcanic rock baths, Iwa offers massage and reflexology, facials, pedicures and outstanding restorative yoga classes (done right inside the rock sauna.) A sixty-minute session of Gan·Ban Yoku is $30. Iwa is open at 10 a.m. daily. 190 Jozo Weider Boulevard, Mosaic Building, Blue Mountain Village across from the Westin Trillium. Call 705-293-2492 for reservations or reserve online at:

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here may be no more perfect existence for a working musician than a life lived in a resort town, according to busy acoustic singer/songwriter Jason Redman. “I play about five gigs a week and give guitar lessons on the side,” says Redman. “It’s busy around here, even in the off-season.” With two children between the ages of four and nine, and a working spouse, staying close to home and maintaining that balance of family and music is important to this rock/country/folk artist. “I’m a homeboy. I like being home at night,” says Redman. “This is Canada. I don’t want to be touring around in the wintertime. If you can set up where you can be at home every night, what’s better? I have a family. I wouldn’t want to be on tour for the last 10 years. I’d miss seeing them.” A thoughtful choice indeed, as was evident at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ceremony where artist after artist tearfully apologized to their morose adult children for not being a part of their lives while they grew up. Unlike some other musicians whose lives have gone off the rails, music has always been the stabilizing force in Redman’s life. In his youth, he had designs on becoming a drummer. “When I was 12 or 13, we had a horrible little band,” he remembers. One night a friend of his brother’s left his guitar behind. Redman played it all weekend, and that was that. The guitar became his lifelong instrument of choice. Singing came next. “As


it turns out, nobody wants to be the singer. So I volunteered. Who knew, all the money’s in singing.” In high school, Redman and his pals listened to Neil Young and Dylan devotedly. “Songwriting was where it was at.” By the time he was in his 20s, he was a keen songwriter and eventually found his way into writing music for television programming, a role he remains very open to even today. “I’m always putting down licks and riffs on my cellphone,” says Redman. “I’d be very happy to be behind the scenes as a writer. And hey, if I never win a Juno, I’ll be all right with that.” But the golden handcuffs of being an in-demand local musician with endless requests for corporate gigs, weddings, club bookings and events fill his playbook. Redman is just looking forward to the fall when his youngest finally starts Kindergarten and he can immerse himself in songwriting again during those midday hours. There’s a rumbling deep inside and a lot of new material percolating that is waiting to get out. See Jason Redman at his regular weekly appearances on Sundays and Mondays at 9:30 p.m. at MJ Byrnes in Blue Mountain; at Gustavs in Collingwood on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and around The Village on Friday and Saturdays. Find his latest album, the heartfelt Starlight Drive, on iTunes. | 49


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“First names only,” is what lead singer Johnny of the band TooNice demands when asked for the surnames of his band members. “All of our last names are TooNice,” he proclaims. Which makes one wonder if any of these musicians are on the lam from the law. ‘Johnny TooNice’ laughs that one off. “No one is a fugitive,” he insists. Despite the band’s provocative on-stage antics, including their gigantic five-foot papier-mâché joint with an internal fog machine that blows smoke on the command of a wireless remote. “It’s great when we’re singing Hey Policeman,” chuckles Johnny. “Hey policeman, policeman, leave us pot smokers alone.” No doubt, a stunt that will go over well in Colorado on their U.S. tour next summer. An outlaw image is integral to the persona of reggae/ska bands and TooNice has been treading the rebel trail for the past six years. “We basically came together from a Kijiji ad,” says Johnny. “Now we play two to five shows a week. We’ve opened for The Wailers, illScarlett and Honeymoon Suite. Had a lot of support from some great bands.” TooNice is a high-energy five-piece band (Johnny, lead vocals; Cherelle, backup vocals; Tiny, percussion; Troi oi on bass and KD on keyboards) that

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worship the late Bradley Nowell of Sublime – yet another musician who tragically died of a heroin overdose in his 20s. “Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, The Specials, The Clash and old Jamaican Reggae are our influences,” says Johnny. “We’re taking what they’re doing and bringing it locally. There aren’t many Canadian reggae/ska bands around.” TooNice plans their yearly summer tours around these influences. This summer they are headed off to the UK. In 2014, they visited the Southern California haunts of their ska idols. And last summer they somehow crossed Canada in a 1988 RV that miraculously got them from St. John’s to Victoria without any major breakdowns. “We spray painted the junk out of it,” Johnny says. “Did 14 shows in 12 days on the east coast leg alone.” TooNice’s recently released third album is the self-produced, A Perfect World, with the new song WBC (Wasaga Beach Canada), which musically is an homage to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. “We play beach music and we’re always promoting Wasaga,” says Johnny. Their motto? “Have a good time. Keep it stress-free.” Find new cuts from their latest album on their or see them live on June 24 at Barcelos, Wasaga Beach; July 2 at The Village at Blue; or on July 9 at The Marketplace in Wasaga.

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When you tap in to the creative force and the music flows through you, it’s bound to collide with other artistic avenues en route. Innumerable musicians satisfy their muse by dabbling in the fine arts as well. Joni Mitchell, Tony Bennett, Dylan, John Lennon, Ron Wood, the list is long. Chuck Baker is of this ilk. A man of diverse talents,

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Apart from the family connection, Baker has managed to also carve out a niche as a solo acoustic blues/rock/jazz act and has appeared twice at The Mariposa Folk Festival. His three albums – A Little Piece of Quiet, Every Flat Earth and In A Room (duoed with Sarah Lichti) – are soon to be joined by many more he promises. “I’ve been recording in my home studio for the past three years and I’m sitting on a treasure trove of material, getting ready to put something out,” he says. Meanwhile Baker is having the time of his life playing with his cronies in a fringe rock/punk band mysteriously named Left By Snakes. They wail regularly at The Silver Dollar in Toronto, at the Casbah in Collingwood and will appear at The Hard Rock Café on June 25 in Toronto. “That’ll be a blast,” says Baker. “They’re a bunch of old punkers. I’m the youngest in the band. We use this as an amazing outlet. All the songs are a minute and half. We play 80-90 songs in a performance. It’s a rock and roll assault.” Look for Baker with his bandmates at the Hard Rock on June 25 and he’ll be at the Deep River Summer Fest on July 30. His albums are available for download on iTunes.

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Nautical themes and Irish drinking songs are the stamp of this local Celtic-styled band, formed only two years ago. At the roots of the group, a deep love of punk rock music resides, but a savvy awareness of how narrow a field of support that genre engenders prompted the members to bring music to a broader range of audiences that would be more pleasing to ears. “I love all those Irish drinking songs and sea shanties,” says mandolin player and sailor, Andy Gnaedig. “Celtic drinking music … you can play that to 18 year olds and 80 year olds. Everyone likes it.” Including the band itself. Although they admit they did receive a somewhat mixed reception on St. Paddy’s Day when they dared to belt the Irish rebel song, Come Out Ye Black and Tans and a few incensed patrons with strong points of view stormed out of the Steamwhistle pub. But for those who enjoy hoisting a Guinness and Kilkenny or two, an evening with The Foremast Jacks is a night well spent trying to resist singing along. In two short years,

he paints life with his brushstrokes, potting wheel and his voice, delivering his thesis on the human condition through his vast collaboration of partnerships in both music and the visual arts. “I think a lot of it has to do with being alone … solo,” says Baker. “The starving artist in a garret. I don’t buy in to that. I don’t like to make art or music solo. I do a layer and mail it to a friend. It’s interactive. The point of music for me is to trade solos and improvise and have someone to ride home in the car with. It’s a communal act.” Baker’s musical journey began with collaboration when he was a mere child and was teamed with his father to play music in nursing homes. “He was a chromatic harmonica player,” says Baker. “He taught me all the Cole Porter songs. I cut my teeth on those old songs.” Although his tastes have altered substantially since then (Wilco and Tom Waits are his inspiration today), Baker still plays the old songs for father onstage. “He passed away eight years ago, but he’s still very much onstage with me,” says Baker. “And now I’m playing with my daughters too. They’re 10 and 13. We’ve done fundraisers together at the YMCA and Food Bank. I’m becoming my dad. You plant a potato and you get a potato.”

4 THEFOREMASTJACKS the band has amassed 50 to 60 songs in their repertoire and are now considering adding a tin whistle and bagpipes to their sound. The Foremast Jacks are Jason Noble on lead vocals and guitar, Andy Gnaedig on Mandolin and vocals, Liam Willis on banjo, guitar and vocals, Kyle Nightengale on bass and vocals and on drums and vocals, Troy Franklin, who is also a member of The Coyote Kids, which is fairly endemic of the

cross-pollination of many bands within the Georgian Triangle. Look for The Foremast Jacks on June 10 at The Bruce Wine Bar in Blue Mountains and at a special event on July 9 when the band will sail to Beckwith Island in Georgian Bay on Gnaedig’s 30-foot sloop for a night of music and bonfires on the beach. Check out their Facebook page or Twitter feed for details.

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The Georgian Triangle Humane Society By DaWn RiTchie


nimal shelters have the reputation of being sad affairs where unwanted or abused pets and strays are held in cages with the distant hope of ever being adopted before their number is up. Not so with the Georgian Triangle Humane Society, a bright shining star in Southern Ontario’s animal welfare system. Self-governed and self-funded, the GTHS has a remarkable save rate of 99% for dogs and 95% for cats. Animals are only euthanized as a last resort if there is no quality of life or nothing that can be done medically, according to executive director Sonya Reichel. The shelter has an operating budget of over $600,000 annually and is primarily run by 300 enthusiastic volunteers who support the full-time staff of five and part-time staff of eight. 100% of the funding is generated by community donations, fundraising and their retail thrift store operation, Treasure Tails (186 Huronontario Street,) that is also

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run entirely by a devoted volunteer force. Quite a feat! The average stay for a dog in the GTHS facility is a mere two weeks and cats move through the system to their forever homes in less than a month. THE PROCESS – FROM INTAKE TO ADOPTION “I’m often asked about the life of an animal that goes through the shelter,” says Reichel, who is quite proud to divulge the entire process. Nothing is hush-hush in the backrooms around here. Animals enter through the back doors of the facility and directly into a quarantine room, which has its own ventilation and plumbing system separate from the adoption arenas. Here animals are assessed in a head to tail exam. Weight is recorded, they are given initial vaccinations and parasite treatment and if they don’t have a name, this is where they are assigned one, based

on what they look like. Animals in distress or with wounds are transferred to veterinarian partners for care. Animals remain in quarantine, generally around five days (less for kittens) and are not processed into the general population until they receive a clean bill of health from the vet. Every day of their quarantine they are reassessed, checking for ear mites, eye infections or anything that could arise overnight. They also have a new procedure daily: from viral testing for FIV and Feline Leukemia to spay and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, deworming and more. Dogs also receive SAFER tests for behavioral personality traits. Each day, between 20 to 45 volunteers arrive at the centre to tackle these chores and assist staff members. Everyone who works the intake area is required to wear PPEs (personal protective equipment) so that no cross contamination of disease finds its way into adoption areas.

upcoMinG eVenTs noT To be MisseD! kiTTYpaLooZa juLY 8, 9 anD 10 At the height of the kitten season. Swag bags, vendors and discounted adoptions: Only $50! (Includes $100 microchipping, $200-$700 spaying, $100-$150 vaccinations, $30-$50 deworming, all free of charge.) At 6 a.m the volunteer “Food Fairies” arrive to mix up the made-to-order recipes for each cat or dog’s morning snack. At 8 a.m. the Cat Care Technicians arrive for a powwow with the staff supervisor to discuss who is moving up for adoption and who needs medication. Every single activity is recorded on the animal’s individual kennel cards. The aim is always a “high level of welfare and low level of stress,” assures Reichel. Which is why cats are eventually placed in a communal adoption room where socialization is encouraged and the freedom to roam, jump, play and sleep reigns. A team of 120 dog walkers arrives

throughout the day for three walks daily and volunteers prepare written animal profiles, photography and even videos to support the adoption process. “Last year we helped a thousand animals,” says Reichel proudly. “If we ever have an opening we bring in dogs from other shelters that are overcrowded. We’re open every single day, including Saturday and Sundays, from 12-4 p.m.” BECOME A VOLUNTEER Volunteer orientations are held once a month with a full presentation of opportunities available and a tour of the facility. Once a volunteer’s area of interest is ascertained, training sessions are scheduled.

ouR fRienDs foR Life WaLkaThon sepTeMbeR 24 Dog Lovers come join the fundraiser of the season and support the GTHS. GThs DoG schooL Obedience classes and in-house seminars are also available to improve overall manners and increase the bond between owner and dog. $125 for a sixweek course. Georgian Triangle Humane Society 549 Tenth Line, Collingwood ON, L9Y 0W1 Phone: 705-445-5204 OSPCA affiliated | 55

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raindrops on a windshield, rust on a metal pipe, the embroidered edge of a bridal veil, a single flower in a meadow filled with blooms and brightly coloured fish painted on the side of a building. for lenore burton, the photo is in the details. you’ll find no stretching landscapes or panoramic views in her portfolio.

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he jokes that she bought a wide-angle lens, but has yet to use it. “I was taught this way,” she said. “The theory is you take a photo of the whole barn, then you focus in on it. I think that’s why I like abstract … I like to focus in on stuff.” Burton doesn’t like trees; she likes branches. She loves rust, simplicity, patterns and black and white, although you will also find a lot of colour in her photographs. “You have to dare to be different. Learn the rules and then break them.” Burton may photograph details, but she doesn’t sweat them. “Life is fun, if you want it to be,” she said. Her career has been a bit of a whirlwind, with photography developing from an idea to a best friend. After graduating from Brampton District High School and Brampton Business College, Burton was working for Urwick, Currie Limited management consultants. At the time, there was a shortage of business teachers in Toronto high schools. She went to an interview – without a teaching degree – and was hired immediately on the condition she work toward a teaching degree

while teaching business classes to secondary school students in Scarborough. Students used to refer to her as the “punk” teacher, a nickname she finds hilarious. But it’s not a far-off assessment of the artsy businesswoman with chunky blonde hair, a leather jacket and a love for classic cars. Burton majored in sociology at York University, where she took two photography courses. In her early days as a photographer, she took photos of people on Yonge Street in Toronto. She travelled with photographers, taking seminars in far-away places, devouring advice doled out by experienced photographers. She’s kept a print from her early days – a woman breastfeeding in the middle of the street in Mexico. “In Mexico, I spent a lot of time taking photos of children … and also roosters,” Burton said with a laugh. “I started out with people, and I really did like doing weddings.” She’s been to the Amazon River, the Chained Islands, cruising in Florida and is preparing for a photography trip to Norway this June.

“You meet wonderful people in photography because you have the same interests,” said Burton, adding she takes most of her vacations on her own, joining workshops for the security of travelling around cities in numbers. Eventually Burton had a house, complete with a darkroom, built in Caledon. She’s still chagrined they had to convert it to a bedroom in order to sell the house, but photography is very much a digital world. It was the instant preview option that ultimately sold Burton on digital photography. “I went digital because a group of us was photographing a little girl and those with digital were able to show (the girl) the image and say ‘see, you have to smile,’” she explained. Despite a nearly unlimited number of frames available on a memory card versus a roll of film, Burton doesn’t subscribe to the rapid-fire style of shooting that is possible on today’s cameras. “When I was trained, we went to Wonderland, and we could only take one image of each thing,” she said. “You had to watch the light.”

She jokes that she takes her time getting a photo, and will still often take just a single frame of an image she’s composed in the viewfinder. “I’m not a bird photographer because I’m not fast enough and they fly away,” she said, chuckling to herself. Burton eventually left her life in the city to move to Wasaga Beach “for the serenity.” “I used to go every night to the beach for the sunsets. On Sundays I loved taking photos of people kiteboarding.” Burton now volunteers for the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts and is one of the original members of the Georgian Bay Photography Club. “(Photography) is exciting. You see the world in a different way. You’re always looking and you see the beauty in the world … I tell myself that my camera is my best friend.” Burton’s first big photography show was in Creemore, and the exhibit featured her photos matted and hung on a clothesline. The show was called Hanging Out with Lenore Burton.

She has also built up a portfolio of classic car photography – hers are mostly parts of the cars instead of the entire vehicle. She used to ask the car’s owner what part was their favourite or held the most sentimental value – expecting a story about a steering wheel or a hood ornament. However, one day after asking the question, a car owner told her he favoured the back seat because that’s where he first made love to a woman. That was the last time she asked the question. Burton’s work has been featured in the distillery district, at Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, the Mad and Noisy gallery in Creemore, in Brampton and most recently at the Simcoe Street Theatre as part of an exhibit by the Georgian Bay Photography Club. The next show she will be part of is at the Collingwood Library this summer. Her work is permanently displayed at David Hillis Salon in Collingwood, The Cutting Edge in Wasaga Beach and at Wasaga Family Chiropractic. For more on Burton, visit her website at | 57

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suMMeR sessions Warmer weather means more time outside on the deck and patio. Thankfully there’s a class of beer that won’t punish you for staying out a little longer BY ROBIN LEBLANC


ith the warmer weather finally here (knock on wood), I’m spending a lot more of my time on the porch at the cottage and, as I always do at this time of year, finding that my tastes are going more towards session beers. Now, when I say “session beers,” I’m not referring to beers that you can have at Session Toronto, the much-anticipated beer festival happening at Dundas Square on June 11. While those are fantastic beers to look forward to, in this instance I’m talking about the class of beers you can pick up at the store and enjoy at home. To be called “session” a beer has to follow one simple guideline: be at or below 4.5 per cent ABV – just low enough in alcohol that you can enjoy several of them in a drinking “session,” as it were. It may initially sound odd to give lower-alcohol beers a distinction like that but with more and more breweries making some beers that – while fantastic in flavour – can start at 8.0 per cent ABV and go all the way up to 15%, it’s good to know that there’s a selection out there that won’t skimp on flavour ... and ensure you can walk away after one or three cold ones on the dock. 58 | GoodLife Georgian Bay | Summer 2016 ■

When you see a beer with “session” in its name, you can be sure that you’re in for a beer that won’t lead to a headache afterwards.While session beers aren’t totally a new class, the past two years have seen a fantastic rise in demand for them, with plenty of Ontario breweries coming out with their own easy drinking beverages. LiTTLe noRWaY paLe LaGeR sawdust city brewing co. ABV: 4.5% In 1942, at the height of the World War, the Royal Norwegian Air Force moved its “Little Norway” training facility from Toronto to the Muskoka Airfield near Gravenhurst. From then until the remainder of the war, the town was host to thousands of Norwegian pilots honing their skills. This pale lager, a collaboration between Gravenhurst’s Sawdust City and Norway’s Arendals Bryggeri, is a tribute to the past and present friendship of two nations. This very light-bodied beer – only available in select bars, at the brewery itself and in select stores in Norway – has distinct grain character with a delicate grassiness and crisp, dry finish.

sTaTe of MinD session ipa collective arts brewing Ltd. ABV: 4.4% LCBO# 420034 Collective Arts is one of Ontario’s most memorable breweries due in no small part to the vibrant, consistently changing artwork that adorns their bottles. But while the bottle designs by local artists manage to grab your curiosity, the results of head brewer Ryan Morrow’s talent grabs your attention. State of Mind is a very solid addition to Ontario’s selection of Session IPAs, with pineapple and orange balancing nicely with a mild bitterness. DeTouR session ipa Muskoka brewery ABV: 4.3% LCBO#: 404368 (single) 404335 (six pack) Muskoka Brewery doesn’t get much credit for being fairly ahead of the curve when it comes to certain beer style trends in Ontario. Mad Tom IPA, for instance, was one of the first intensely flavoured IPAs when the province was just waking up to the style. Similarly, Detour was one of the first beers in Ontario to be marketed as a Session IPA before the craze really started kicking off. Detour is both adventurously hopped and one of the more accessible beers for newcomers in Muskoka Brewery’s catalogue. Expect notes of lemon, grapefruit and pine with a grassy finish in this lovely porch sipper. Robin LeBlanc is an award-winning beer writer and owner of She is also the co-author of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, which is now available.



poMpous ass enGLish aLe Great Lakes brewery ABV: 4.2% LCBO#: 408054 It’s important to note that session beers aren’t just light-bodied and hoppy. Sometimes they’re rich, malty and a bit heavier as well. A prime example of this is none other than Great Lakes Brewery’s own year-round favourite, Pompous Ass English Ale. Pouring a deep hazy amber and giving off an aroma showcasing roasted coffee notes, expect lovely flavours of bread pudding, caramel, and stone fruits in a medium body.

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early every Saturday morning for the past 26 years, Lynda Van Casteren of Nicholyn Farms has risen before 4 am, loaded up her farm truck (with help from family), and made her way to the Barrie Farmers’ Market to set up shop. “I always look forward to market days,” confesses the long-time vendor as she serves up a freshly prepared peameal bacon sandwich to an eager customer at the Barrie market. “The community and social atmosphere is amazing.” While the friendly community feeling has been a constant, farmers’ markets have changed since Van Casteren first started decades ago. “There has definitely been an evolution,” she explains. “Back in the early days, we had a handful of vendors and the selection was limited. There was the egg

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farmer, the honey guy, the apple farmer, the produce farmer and so on. We still have all of those staples, but now there’s much more. Heck, you can even buy Ontario wine at the Barrie Farmers’ Market now!” Apart from homemade baked goods, local farmers’ markets feature a rainbow of local farm fresh produce, honey, locally raised meats, plants, flowers, preserves, chocolate, and gourmet food products -to name a few. “Prepared foods are now really big at markets,” she explains. “At the Barrie Farmers’ Market, you can buy soup, Chinese food, Indian food, perogies, along with various other prepared meals. And the meals are made with local ingredients.” To keep up with trends, Van Casteren who started out selling pork, pies and preserves 26 years ago, now serves up their own farm

raised pork, beef, chicken, lamb, along with baked goods and fresh fruits and vegetables from their gardens and Geodome. She also sells locally produced bison, elk, venison and fish. “Like other vendors at the market, we’ve diversified.” Why the plethora of offerings? A couple of reasons. “Consumers have become more food savvy and want more variety,” explains the local farmer. “Secondly, grocery stores have realized that farmers’ markets are popular and have taken great measures to set their shops up like local markets — as such, we’ve had to step it up a notch to compete.” There’s no question that farmers’ markets have grown in popularity over the past decade. Inspired by the local food movement, farmers’ markets have been

growers and producers to sell directly to taking root all across Canada. While some consumers.” Lakeview Gardens is a three are well established (the Barrie Farmers’ generation farm with a 28,000-square-foot Market has been around since 1846), others greenhouse operation and outdoor fields. are just a few years old. A sampling of Lakeview Garden’s crops Robert Chorney, executive director of include: various cucumbers, tomatoes, Farmers’ Markets Ontario, says the interest sweet peppers, gourmet greens, kale, in farmers’ markets is strong. In the early collards, onions, beets, 1990s, Ontario had about carrots, leeks, beans, 60 markets. By the end shallots, broccoli, herbs, of 2016, about 180 will flowers, vegetable be up and running. seedlings and more. What’s driving the “We also grow hot renaissance of farmers’ peppers from mild markets? Three things, jalapeños to the hottest according to Chorney, varieties in the world, who is also the founding including the Carolina President of Farmers’ Reaper and the Trinidad Markets Canada. “The Scorpion,” he explains. whole local food thing “We sell those at the is huge right now, and market, and trust me, it’s here to stay. People they are hot!” want fresher foods Offering items like hot grown locally. Secondly, Lynda Van Casteren of Nicholyn Farms peppers illustrates how community groups are vendors are stepping looking to do something outside-the-box to cater to modern foodies. new like put a bit of fizz in their downtowns. “We are constantly experimenting with Lastly, the farmers are saying they’ve had new crops and work hard to extend growing enough -- they want to sell direct and cut seasons for our customers,” says Radcliffe. out the middle man.” Besides shopping, there’s plenty to see Shopping at a farmers’ market is a and do at the area markets. Many local healthy decision not only for you, but for farmers’ markets now offer up live music, your community’s economy as well. “For barbecues, roaming magicians, strawberry every dollar spent at the market, another festivals, pancake breakfasts, and more to two dollars ripple through the provincial entice visitors. economy,” explains Chorney. In Ontario Getting back to the root of farmers’ alone, sales at farmers’ markets total almost markets, Henri Linde of Valley Farm $750 million, leading to an economic impact Market and Catering says folks are drawn of $2.5 billion. to farmers’ markets because they want to “For every one person you see working at know where their food and plants come the market, another two are busy at work from. “People enjoy meeting the local back on the farm,” he explains. As many growers and producers,” says the farmer as 27,000 people in Ontario are directly who is a vendor at the Springwater-Elmvale involved in preparing and selling the Farmers’ Market. “Beyond that, more and products you find at the market. more people are realizing that supporting Farmers’ markets are also a great way to local agriculture is important.” incubate a new business because of the low Valley Farm Market grows asparagus, overhead. “At the Barrie Farmers’ Market, strawberries, Saskatoon berries, sweet we’ve seen several vendors turn their stalls peas, sweet corn, beets, mixed lettuces, into storefronts,” explains Van Casteren. carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and much Examples include SoupHerb and Chavo more on its farm. And all of that is on offer Crepes to name a few. at the farmers’ market. Robert Radcliffe, who represents his But the best reason to go to a local family’s business, Lakeview Gardens farmers’ market is freshness, according to in Lefroy, at three farmers’ markets – Linde. “Where else can you buy a carrot Bradford, Innisfil and Sandy Cove – says: that was freshly picked that morning?” “farmers’ markets are a great way for local

nicholyn farms grilleD balsamic asparagus Nicholyn Farms are vendors at the Barrie Farmers’ Market Nicholyn Farms 3088 Horseshoe Valley Rd W, Phelpston (705)737-4498, This recipe is a tasty way to enjoy the local asparagus crop. 1 lb (500grams) fresh asparagus 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced ½ tsp sea salt Fresh ground black pepper, to taste pRepaRaTion: 1. Snap off tough ends of asparagus and wash well in cold water. 2. Combine all ingredients in a sealable bag or container and marinate for 30 to 60 minutes. 3. Preheat grill on medium heat. 4. Remove asparagus from container and place on preheated oiled grill rack. Grill 5 minutes on each side or until tender to touch with a fork. 5. Devour with enthusiasm. | 61

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valley farms saskatoon pie Valley Farms are vendors at the SpringwaterElmvale Farmers’ Markets Valley Farm Market & Catering 2457 County Road 92, Elmvale 705-322-2646,

flevo farm sausage & penne Flevo Farm is a vendor at the Creemore Farmers’ Market 3212 Flos Road 3 West, Phelpston 705-322-1832, Ed and Nancy DeGorter of are full-time vendors at the Creemore Farmers’ Market. Their family has been in the pork business since 1973. Nancy put this recipe together to enjoy Oktoberfest sausages without the bun that is the usual accompaniment. Says Nancy: “we have since tried it with our honey garlic and hot and spicy. All three are delicious and quick to prepare!” 1 lb (500 grams) Flevo Farm sausage 2 cups penne* 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, cut into wedges 1 clove garlic, minced 1 stalk celery, chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (or 2 whole tomatoes, chopped) 2 Tbsp fresh basil or fresh parsley, chopped (or ½ tsp dried) ½ tsp hot pepper flakes 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar Fresh grated parmesan

pRepaRaTion: 1. Boil sausage in large skillet until cooked to a hint of pink inside. Drain, reserving liquid. Slice sausage into 1/4 inch rounds. 2. Cook penne until al dente. 3. Heat oil in skillet. Cook onions, garlic, celery for a few minutes. Add tomatoes and basil/parsley and cook for a few minutes until tomatoes have softened. Stir in hot pepper flakes, sausage rounds, and balsamic vinegar. Toss in penne and mix thoroughly. Add some of the reserved liquid if mixture seems too dry. Sprinkle with parmesan. Makes 3 to 4 servings. Enjoy! Note: *Substitute 1 cup whole grain or basmati rice and cook according to package directions. Serve sausage mixture over rice rather than mixing it all together.

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This recipe makes great use of the Saskatoon berries grown at Valley Farms! 4 cups Valley Farms Saskatoon berries 1/2 cup granulated white sugar 2-1/2Tbsp cornstarch 1 tsp (extra) granulated white sugar for topping Pie crust for one 9-inch pie (top and bottom) 1 egg, beaten for brushing the top pRepaRaTion: 1. Gently toss together berries, sugar and cornstarch until berries are coated. 2. Place bottom crust into the pie plate. Pour in berries and top with 1 Tbsp butter, if desired. 3. Cover with top crust (either a full cover, or strips). Brush top pie crust with the egg then sprinkle the 1 tsp of sugar on top. Pinch seams together and mark your pie vents. 4. Using the lowest rack of your oven, bake for 15 minutes at 425F. Reduce to 350F, and bake for about 50 to 55 minutes more, or until you see the pie filling bubbling and your pie is browned. 5. Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack. Enjoy this pie with some local French vanilla ice cream. {serves 6}


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Salsa at Blue. Have fun at the 8th-annual very hot Ontario Salsa tour at Blue Mountain from June 17-19. This free family street party transforms Blue Mountain Village into a showcase of Latin life with pulsating music and passionate dancing. Schedule includes dance lessons, live Salsa music, parades, soccer demonstrations and much more.


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PedalFest. All for the love of the bike. PedalFest runs from June 25-26 at Blue Mountain Village with a family-friendly schedule of free events and activities including a kid’s bike parade, bike demos, bike shows, live music, guided and self-guided trail rides and more. Blue Mountain will be hosting the East Coast Canada Cup Downhill. Guests can find bike rentals on site or get out the bike rack and bring their own.


Music Festival. This multi-venue, multi-genre music festival features 30 musical acts at various spots around Wasaga Beach June 30 to July 2. Participating venues for Georgian Triangle Music Festival 2016 include Art in The Park, Barcelos, The Beacon, Boston Pizza, Studs Lonigans, Wild Wing, and the Wasaga Public Library for our youth and family stage. The various musical genres will range from rock, blues, country, jazz, singer/songwriter and cover acts. georgiantrianglemusicfest. ca


Peak to Shore. Peak to Shore Music Festival takes place July 6-10. This Top 100 Festival and Events Ontario recognized three-day musical extravaganza featuring 2016 Juno winners Whitehorse and dozens more of Canada’s finest tatent on multiple stages throughout Thornbury, Collingwood and Blue Mountain Village. Free concerts all weekend.




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Elvis. Collingwood Elvis Festival runs from July 20-24 in Collingwood and at Blue Mountain Village. Anyone who attends can let loose, release their inner Elvis and feel a little bit like The King. This year’s theme is “Elvis: Timeless.” It’s a chance to learn about the man his music, his attitude and his iconic image. Also enjoy the Live and Original Music Showcase, featuring Canadian talent and original songs. collingwoodelvisfestival. com


Under Siege. Visit British, American, Native and British Naval Encampments on Nancy Island and experience life in 1812 during Wasaga Under Siege on Aug. 13 and 14. Enjoy musket and cannon demonstrations, native drumming and storytelling, War of 1812 surgeon, cooking demonstrations, 1812 fashion shows, 1812 scavenger hunt, candy cannon, kids mini militia and much more. Musical entertainment provided by the Zoom Daddy's. Admission: $5 per/person/day, 12 and under free. The Friends of Nancy Island will operate a food and refreshment booth. Come out and experience life during the War of 1812.


Celebrate beer. Creemore Springs Brewery’s annual Copper Kettle Festival, Aug. 27, is a celebration of the brewery, the township and the beer. Take a stroll through town, enjoy the farmers’ market or stop by the brewery. Head down to Mad River Park for food and drinks, stroll around for the Copper Kettle Classics Car Show, check out the live music, and enjoy the cook-off.



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The Collingwood Chamber of Commerce recognized the best in business on Thursday, May 26 at its annual Business Excellence Awards at Georgian Bay Hotel and Conference Centre. Businesses and residents were recognized in 10 categories. Chamber Business of the Year Award was presented to Ace Cabs. Restaurant or Food and Beverage Award was presented to Gustav Chophouse and Bar. The Accommodation and Tourism Award was given to The Service Industry and Trades award recognized those in the service industry including salons, spas, accountants and contractors. The winner was iwa Spa Blue Mountain. The new or renovated business award was presented to The Strand. The customer experience award was given to The Clever Office. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up Hut took home the Innovative Business Award and Oslerbrook Golf and Country Club took home small business owner of the year.

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