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Get yourself rain-ready with these stylish umbrellas

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ur GoodLife magazine is exactly that – a collection of feature stories about living life in your community. It’s about fascinating people, fascinating foods and activities that give rise to community pride, enjoyment and involvement. But everyday life in the community brings great challenge, too. This month I’d like to extend an invitation to the family caregivers. Metroland Media Toronto is proud to be the founding producer of The Caregiver Show, to be held May 14 at the Direct Energy Centre. As many as eight million Canadians are family caregivers. It’s not uncommon for people to care for family members or friends in short- or long-term need. In fact, it is so common we don’t tend to self-identify ourselves as caregivers. But caregiving is a challenge. Caregiving is a commitment. It’s often fraught with worry, built on unflinching dedication and often carried out with little respite. It’s important for caregivers to know there are resources available to them to help in challenging times. The Caregiver Show has three main goals: to provide caregivers with information, to provide the opportunity for caregivers to network with other family members in the same situation, and, well, a chance for caregivers to get a little pampering. It’s absolutely free, and we suggest you regis-

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ter early to attend. We encourage you to visit our show website at for more information and to register for this very special day. If you know someone in the community who is a family member caring for a loved one, why not suggest this show? Presenting sponsor is Saint Elizabeth, at-home services for family caregivers. Sponsors include downsizingdiva. com, Alzheimer Society and Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre among others. At the website you’ll find bios for a varied group of world-class speakers, well recognized in the field of caregiving, who will be presenting at the show. The keynote address will be by Teepa Snow, a much-sought-after speaker and author who calls North Carolina home. She is an occupational therapist currently working as a dementia care and dementia education specialist. Please consider the importance of caregiving and the importance of spreading the word of this special event.

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Nick Kypreos gearing up for another broadcast at the Hockey Central desk.






hen Nick Kypreos’ new custom home in north Toronto is finally ready, it will house, most likely in the basement’s rec room, a pair of gold seats from the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens.

Kypreos, a veteran analyst on Rogers Sportsnet and co-host of Hockey Central at Noon, admits he’s not much of a collector but couldn’t resist this piece of history when it came up for auction. “These two seats were actually the seats of the doctors so they had easy access to the players if they needed to go on the ice,” he says. “And so they were already built on a platform that slid

back and forth.” They, along with the Stanley Cup ring he proudly wears, are among the few mementos the former left winger has kept from his eight-season career in the National Hockey League. Born and raised in the city, Kypreos has a fondness for Maple Leaf Gardens that is shared by generations of Torontonians who watched their on-ice heroes play in the great arena. >> | 13


When Kypreos was growing up, tickets to Toronto Maple Leafs games were as difficult to come by as they are now, making the rare games he did go to, all the more special. Years later, when he was traded to the Leafs, he lived out the fantasy he’d played in his mind each time he was in the building. “My first game (as a Maple Leaf) was against the Dallas Stars. I kept looking down at the crest on my chest and it was surreal. I’m like, ‘Am I really playing for them or is this a flashback to Christmas Day when you open up the box and there’s your Darryl Sittler Leafs jersey?’” he says. “And playing in Maple Leaf Gardens was another kind of surreal, out-of-body experience where you’re trying to focus and play and at the same time, you are looking around feeling like you’re seven years old going to your first Leafs game with your dad.” Hockey has dominated Kypreos’ life since the first time he saw his slightly older nextdoor neighbour play at George Bell Arena in Toronto’s west end. “I just came home and told my parents I gotta try this,” he says. His parents, Greek immigrants and busy restaurant owners, enrolled their seven-year-old son in hockey lessons and the rest is, well, history. Over lunch at his favourite Toronto restaurant, Vita Sociale on Yonge Street just north of Eglinton Avenue, Kypreos is all too happy to reminisce about his hockey days and the nearly 17 years with Sportsnet that followed his retirement from the pros. “It was never an easy path for me as a pro hockey player,” he says. “Never drafted, never looked upon as a can’t-miss kid, not a firstrounder, and so (it was) the same thing in broadcasting. You just want to hang around long enough so that eventually somebody notices. And I’ve been able to do that in broadcasting just like in my hockey career.” Kypreos went on to play for four NHL teams, winning a Stanley Cup in 1994 with the New York Rangers. He ended his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, after sustaining a concussion during a pre-season fight. That same year, Sportsnet was launching and in need of on-air personalities. Kypreos auditioned and was asked to join the new team. “I thought maybe I could do this for another five or ten years. Well, this year will be 17.” Despite a rough start, Kypreos has become a valuable asset to the Sportsnet >> 14 | Goodlife Forest Hill - April - May 2014

Above, Nick Kypreos ended his National Hockey League career with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs from 1995 to 1997. He played his junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Centennials, where he played from 1983 to 1986. He went undrafted despite posting some big offensive numbers and was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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‘My wife says now that the kids are getting a bit older we don’t need the backyard rink anymore. And I’m like, no, you don’t understand. I never built the backyard rink for them, I did it for me. And I will be on that thing, I hope, when I’m 80.’

>> team and is likely to take on more airtime this coming year as the network begins its unprecedented 12-year deal with the NHL for national game coverage. “It’s almost as if the past 16 years has been a bit of a dress rehearsal to now the big stage,” he says. “Everything has been about prepping for what now is, I like to phrase, our time.” Despite the pressures of his job, Kypreos has maintained an easy-going attitude to life in the hockey-obsessed city and has realized the importance of having interests outside the game. He took up running, competing in the New York City Marathon last year, and has become involved with a Toronto company that makes GP8 Sportswater, a drink tailored for athletes. “For me, personally, it’s just something away from hockey,” he says. “It allows me to be part of the growth of the company, sit in on meetings. It’s been an amazing experience learning different parts of the business world outside what I know.” The Kypreos family recently sold their 110year old Leaside home (a house they had fully renovated less than a decade ago) and are renting a house while awaiting for their new home to be built in Toronto’s north end. Kypreos and Anne-Marie, his wife of 17 years, are raising their three children – Zachary, 15, >>

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Nick Kypreos with wife Anne-Marie and their three children (from left) Theo, Anastasia, and Zachary.

Although signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers in his second junior season, Kypreos officially began his NHL career with the Washington Capitals. He was a member of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers before ending his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. | 15


‘And playing in Maple Leaf Gardens was another kind of surreal, out-of-body experience where you’re trying to focus and play and at the same time, you are looking around feeling like you’re seven years old going to your first Leafs game with your dad.’ – Nick Kypreos photo by DAN PEARCE

At left, Nick, sporting the Stanley Cup ring he received with the New York Rangers, enjoys a glass of red wine. At right, Nick in Grade 3 at Seneca Hill Public School.

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>> Theo, 13, and Anastasia, 9 – with a focus on education and respect for each other. “The one thing that Anne-Marie and I have always said to the kids, and particularly my boys, is we’ve already done the hockey thing in the family. We haven’t done the doctor thing, we haven’t done the engineer thing. Do not feel any pressure,” he says with a hearty laugh. All three kids are involved in hockey at some level, but for Kypreos, the importance of team sports goes beyond thinking about what it can do for you career-wise. “So much is focused on ‘can it get someone a scholarship, can it get them a pro contract, can it get them millions of dollars,’ and it’s like no, what it can get you, though, is a great blueprint to apply anywhere in life,” he says. “You need a team around you to have success and that’s all you want the game to teach, an understanding that you win together, you don’t do it by yourself. You don’t have success by yourself; you need to count on others and they need to be able to count on you. That’s all we really need out of sports.” Like many Toronto families, the Kypreos clan enjoys eating out together and sampling cuisine from around the globe, walking their dog, an Australian labradoodle, in the city’s great dog parks, and just spending time together at home. Every winter, as the days start getting shorter and colder, Kypreos indulges in recreating in his own backyard that most iconic symbol of Canadian culture – the outdoor skating rink – to enjoy with his kids as well as his old hockey friends. Every winter, that is, except this one because the family is in a rental house. “We are in transition now and it pains me that this is the coldest weather in recent history and I’ve missed it with a backyard rink. I am so upset and next year it will be mild again,” Kypreos says, shaking his head with regret. Although he says his wife, who is a Florida native, has become a “great hockey mom” she is still mystified by his need for an outdoor rink in the dead of winter. “My wife says now that the kids are getting a bit older we don’t need the backyard rink anymore,” he laughs. “And I’m like, no, you don’t understand. I never built the backyard rink for them, I did it for me. And I will be on that thing, I hope, when I’m 80.” GL

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Nick Kypreos during a lunchtime interview with GoodLife magazine at his favourite restaurant Vita Sociale (2472 Yonge St.). | 17


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Italian fare...


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BY antoine Tedesco photography by dan pearce

little more than a decade ago, Mauro Di Martino, owner of Mount Pleasant Village restaurant Bello Bio, embarked on a journey to change his life. His wife, Lisa, had fallen ill, and as a result of her getting better, they decided to take “a close hard look at what we eat, how we eat, and where does the food come from.” The first step was to only eat organic, then they removed meat, then dairy, until they went completely vegan.

are vegan but are definitely not good for you. GoodLife: What inspired you to open Bello Bio?

GoodLife: How long have you been vegan? Di Martino: It was something I didn’t want my wife to undertake on her own, but our daughter, Maria Linda, was six years old at the time and I wanted to make sure our lifestyle effected her positively, that it didn’t effect her growth, and what we found out is it is perfectly healthy, even healthier. Before we went completely vegan, it took over three years. GoodLife: What is the biggest vegan myth that needs busting? Di Martino: I would say the biggest misconception would be that vegan food does not taste as good as the original or as the meat products. Although that was true once when the vegan movement began (because of limited vegan products 20 | Goodlife Forest Hill - April - May 2014

Mauro Di Martino, owner of Mount Pleasant Village vegan restaurant Bello Bio.

to choose from) it is absolutely not the case today. Another myth is that vegan is healthy, and I say that because you can be a junk food vegan. Veganism is about not eating animal protein, but eating quality non-animal protein; I could eat chips all day long, but that’s not healthy. It’s easy to buy products that are high in salt, high in sugar, that

Di Martino: We go to Italy every year, and after becoming vegan that very summer we went to Italy. I said to my wife that I love being vegan, but I don’t think I can eat salads and pasta for six weeks, as much as I love pasta. We landed in Rome and spent three days there. I discovered a store there called Natura Si. In that store – it’s a chain throughout Italy – we discovered all of the products I now import. They were Italian products, everything we were familiar with. We bought them, took them back to the Pescara region, prepared everything and I immediately said to my wife, ‘We have to import these products. We have to bring them to Canada.’ The quality of vegan products in Canada is lacking in comparison to Italy and the rest of Europe. GoodLife: What do you see the European Union, and Italy in particular, doing that North America is not when it comes to >> vegan food?


Di Martino: The EU has banned genetically modified organisms, Italy being the first and foremost to ban GMOs. Lately, there has been a lot of pressure on the EU to start introducing some GM corn, but Italy has been in the front saying, ‘No way!’ Also, there is clear labelling in Europe – not only do they tell you by order of product, but they will give you a percentage of that ingredient. GoodLife: What is your kitchen philosophy? Di Martino: Simple: with the finest organic ingredients and everything made in-house. We make our own breads, doughs, focaccia, tomato sauce, and the only the thing we don’t make are the products I import from Italy, but we use them in our dishes. There is no frying, everything is baked, and we make everything in-house. I’m not a trained chief, but chef Ryan (Graham) was trained in Italian kitchens in Toronto, so we have a great give-and-take. When Ryan came here he was blown away by the quality of ingredients we import: the sprouted-rice mozzarella, we have the ricotta, the meat alternatives allow us to do great meaty sauces as well as great Italian sandwiches. Vegan is not foremost in what we do at Bello Bio. We’re vegan 100 per cent, but we don’t push the vegan in people’s face. We let our food do the talking. We love that people come here because they love great Italian food – they have no voglia (desire) to be vegan, they just love the food. I would love for everyone to go vegan tomorrow, but it has to be a gradual thing. GoodLife: Did you find any difficulties going from traditional Italian kitchens to a vegan Italian kitchen? Graham: No, because if you take Italian cooking to its roots it started out like this. The real peasant food from the beginning is not very meatbased. To me it’s easier but also a challenge because I’m trying to recreate meat-based dishes. The one challenge is textures. Flavours are easy to reproduce, but textures are harder. With the products we import, I actually can get those textures without having to use meat. Most people are expecting certain textures, and these products definitely get me the results I want. GoodLife: Why do you think we still, vegan or not, crave the texture of meat?

Clockwise from top: Organic homemade pickled vegetables; Caprese Salad with cherry heirloom tomatoes, sprouted rice mozzarella, with a balsamic reduction; Saten roast with roasted Yukon gold potatoes, organic green beans, mushroom marsala, with swiss chard; Pizza with saten sausage, roasted pepper, sprouted rice mozzarella, homemade organic pizza crust; and a desert trio: tiramisu, lemon tarts with pine nuts, tiramisu gelato .

Di Martino: Becoming vegan doesn’t mean you have to renounce the great flavours and textures you enjoyed. People will come in and say to me in a quiet voice, ‘I eat meat.’ I always say to them it’s OK, I used to eat meat for 40 years. I’m not going to stand here and say I’m better than you because I don’t eat meat. If you want to transition, learn, because if you have the knowledge, making the choices is easy. GoodLife: Why open in this neighbourhood?

Di Martino: I love Mount Pleasant Village. It’s amazing. I grew up at St. Clair and Dufferin, left for Woodbridge, and came back to the city to open Bello Bio. Living in Woodbridge, and being vegan, if you wanted to buy or eat vegan you had to go right downtown – Queen Street, Bloor Street – there wasn’t anywhere else. GL Bello Bio is at 511 Mt. Pleasant Road. Visit them online at | 21


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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 Forest Hill - 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


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

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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

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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.

Toronto-based makeup artist Carla Smith, owner of, 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 filling 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”.


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. | 25




Map Quest

By Lisa Rainford Photography by MARY GAUDET

ARTISTprofile Dave Murray


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 high-quality photographs at a high-frame rate, allows him to replay the footage in slow-motion 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. 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. >> 28 | Goodlife Forest Hill - April - May 2014

Dave Murray with a text map of the Yonge and Eglinton area.


A humorous illustration tacked up in Dave Murray’s Davenport Road studio-home.

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 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 and Baldwin Village and Queen Street West and 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.

“An unintended consequence is that the map has become a time capsule,” he says. 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. Murray grew up in St. Catharines before attending Sheridan College where he received 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. In addition to his maps and illustration work, Murray, with his friends, co-founded the Garrison Creek Bat Co., inspired by a love of baseball and handmade artistry. The trio has teamed up to create uniquely crafted bats. GL

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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

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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 Forest Hill - April - May 2014

Spring for beer


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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out source landscape disasters are transformed into sellable gems by IZABELA JAROSZYNSKI

Carson Arthur takes on the great outdoors as host of new HGTV show The exterior of a Yonge and Eglinton semi-detached (shown at right before the renovation) was given new life by Carson Arthur with the use of Brazilian hardwood, a façade that’s attracted plenty of positive feedback from neighbours.

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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,” says the HGTV star. “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 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 says. “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 in which Arthur and his co-hosts, Lisa Colalillo >>


The basement of the semi-detached home at Yonge and Eglinton after the reno, at left, and before (above).

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7 >> and Jo Alcorn, up the market value of mustsell properties 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 says. “First impressions are not made inside anymore.” He says the top reasons millennials (those 20 to 30 years old who are buying their first homes) 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 says. “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.” Take, for example, one of Arthur’s projects on his new show. The house, a semi-detached in the Yonge-Eglinton area (Episode #3), was in desperate need of an outside overhaul. “There was not even a stitch of landscaping,” Arthur says. Homeowners Chris and Lia Gabriele admit landscape design was the last thing on their minds when they decided to trade in their city

semi for an acre property in Vaughan. “We just thought, ‘Time to sell, let’s finish the basement and put on a fresh coat of paint,’” Chris says. “When they told us that Carson was working on the front of the house, we didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t see there being any room for more plants or grass.” But the couple wanted to sell their home in the $900,000 range and Arthur knew it had to draw in buyers right from street-level in order to fetch that price. The major problems were the box-like staircase leading to the front door, the exposed garbage bins and the fact that the entire front yard of the home’s small lot was taken up by a parking space. “With parking in Toronto at a premium, we knew we couldn’t get rid of the parking spot. That had to stay,” Arthur says. What he did instead was take an $8,000 budget and turn the house into a show-stopper. Using a hardy and sustainable Brazilian hardwood that adapts well to Canadian weather extremes, Arthur ramped up the home’s appeal by giving it a new façade. “I wrapped the front of the house in this hardwood,” he says. By using horizontal lines, he added much-needed character to the house and used the continuous lines to hide the garbage

bins, creating a clean and modern look. “I can’t tell you how many neighbours and passersby ask me about the deck and what kind of wood he used,” Chris says. “You don’t see that kind of hardwood too often. It really has become a topic of conversation to the neighbours. We were shocked with the outcome.” With designs like these, it’s no wonder Arthur is in high demand. A native of Thornbury (a small town near Collingwood, Ontario), Arthur moved to Toronto in his early twenties 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, and is a spokesperson for Black & Decker Canada as well as Pure Rain. When not working on his latest show, the designer likes to escape the city to his cottage near Haliburton or to his recently purchased rural property in Prince Edward County. Like everyone, Arthur is looking forward to spring when he can tackle his own outdoor spaces. “I can’t wait to get started,” he said. GL | 37



Carson Arthur’s top tips for spring

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 toward the loud and bright, he says. 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.


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.


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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2876 Dundas St. W. 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.

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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.


124 Ossington Ave. 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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Amsterdam BrewHouse

245 Queens Quay W., South Building The Amsterdam BrewHouse opened its doors in the summer. Visitors can marvel at one of the nicest sceneries in the city as Lake Ontario lies to the south and Toronto’s skyline to the north. It seats more than 800 people with 500 in its rustic, historic building and another 300 or so on the lakeside patio. The craft brewery offers its award-winning brews, many used in their menu items or as a pairing. The menu uses not just the finished product, but elements of the brewing process, including cooking with the spent grains and reductions made from the wort (young beer) in braises, sauces and glazes.


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245 Eglinton Ave. E.

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.




587 Yonge St. 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.



Mill Street Brewery

21 Tank House Lane (originally 55 Mill St.) 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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what’s happening in the communities of forest hill, leaside, rosedale & lawrence park APRIL 15 Appel Salon: Fact into Fiction: A Balancing Act Toronto Reference Library Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Authors Greg Hollingshead, Helen Humphreys and Nino Ricci address the challenges of writing fact-based fiction. Moderated by Toronto Public Library Writer-inResidence Marina Endicott. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar reception. Visit online to book free tickets.

JUNE 15 Yorkville Exotic Car Show Noon to 5 p.m. Celebrate this landmark year by spending Father’s Day in Bloor Yorkville enjoying a collection of rare, exotic and classic cars in support of Prostate Cancer Canada. Bloor will be closed to traffic between Bay Street and Avenue Road and turned into a luxurious red carpet display of more than 120 muscle cars and luxury vehicles. This family event is free and open to the public.

APRIL 29 International Dance Day in Toronto Yonge and Dundas Square The Canadian Dance Assembly co-ordinates a free noon-hour event in celebration of International Dance Day. UNTIL MAY 4 Papermill Gallery Exhibitions Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd. 416-396-2819 or todmorden@ Admission is free • Botanical Artists of Canada: March 26 to April 6 • Danforth Collegiate: April 9 to 20 • Bulgarian Artists: April 23 to May 4 Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. MAY 2 Live and Let Dine! The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre, 28 Fairlawn Ave. 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets $60 (includes a $35 charitable tax receipt) 416-488-3446 The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre hosts its Feast for Friends and Neighbours - Live and Let Dine! Sample exotic foods from Yonge and Lawrence Village restaurants; dance to live band North of 7; dress up as your favourite James Bond character.

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The silent auction showcases products and services from local merchants and community members. Sponsored by the Yonge Lawrence Village BIA. MAY 4 Dvorák Requiem Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 3 p.m. Tickets start at $35 The Orpheus Choir of Toronto’s 50th anniversary season reaches a dramatic climax with a rare opportunity to hear Dvorák’s richly expressive Requiem. A stellar solo quartet, along with the 160 voices of the Orpheus Choir and Chorus Niagara, and Talisker Players Orchestra join forces for this gala celebration. MAY 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 A Celebration of Jeanne Lamon Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W.

In celebration of her remarkable tenure, music director Jeanne Lamon is selecting her favourite repertoire from 33 seasons at Tafelmusik. Musicians from the orchestra will write goodbye gifts of newly composed pieces based on variations of Purcell movements. MAY 10 & 11 Toronto Comic Arts Festival Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Free A week-long celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Presented by Toronto Public Library. UNTIL MAY 31 ‘The Last Confession’ Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W. 416-872-1212,

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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. 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. 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 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

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 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. 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:// ‘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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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. >> | 49


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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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.

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 branch>> ing trees.


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.

Park Güell Park Güell is a garden complex situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It was also designed by Gaudí and built from 1900 to 1914. The park was originally part of an unsuccessful commercial housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi Güell, after whom the park was named. It is now a municipal garden. The focal point of the park is the main terrace and staircase, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. From the terrace, Park Güell offers amazing views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean. Located in the northern part of the city, Park >>

The view from the Park Güell terrace at the top of the staircase offers a panoramic view of Barcelona. The blue waters of the Mediterranean can be seen beyond the edge of the city.

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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 Hotel Arts Barcelona: Marina 19-21, 08005 Barcelona Spain Telephone: +34 93 221 1000

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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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unning has been instrumental for me on my fitness journey. I use it for stress management and cardio to complement my kettlebell sport training. If you are new to running, the best way to start is to join a local running group or hire a personal trainer with running experience. The physical action of running is very natural and instinctive to us. As we are all anatomically unique, each person moves with a slightly different “gait” or movement pattern. The science of running is devoted to studying these patterns and determining what the most efficient patterns are.


Start off with a brisk two to three minute walk, and then a light jog for two to three minutes. By now you should have broken a bit of a sweat. Now take two to three minutes to loosen up the shoulders, hips, knees, quads, hamstrings, calves and ankles. Land on your mid to forefoot. Landing on your heel delivers too much shock into the feet, ankles, legs and hips. The recommendation is to practice landing on your mid to forefoot. Keep your strides light and clean (don’t overreach). Whenever possible choose a softer running surface, and quality “running” shoes. Run tall and let your chest lead you. Keep the body tall, chest proud and allow a very slight forward tilt of the body from the ankles. Relax the shoulders and arms. Mix up your runs. Start off with shorter runs at slower speeds and gradually include longer runs to build endurance. Try stair sprints or hills. Run up, walk down for a rest, and repeat for 15 to 30 minutes. 56 | Goodlife Forest Hill - April - May 2014

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Incorporate body weight strength exercises. Running on its own is not a complete form of exercise. The legs are rarely challenged into a deep knee bend, and the chest, shoulders, back and arms don’t get any resistance work while running. Of all the body weight exercises, these are the most simple and complementary to running. You can do them at the end of your run, or at intervals along your run.


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rt enthusiasts may rejoice as the Rosedale Art Festival returns to the mid-town neighbourhood for a second year. Following the success of the event’s inaugural year, the Rosedale Main Street BIA has planned another festival of art, entertainment and culture for the spring weekend of May 31 and June 1. “Last year was fantastic,” says Marissa Agueci, the Rosedale BIA chair. “We received way more people than we thought we were going to. The retailers were extremely happy at how the event took off; even the artists were happy.” The event showcases the work of established and up-and-coming artists, who attend alongside the work they have created, giving festival goers an opportunity to chat with the artists. Last year, emerging artists from the Ontario College of Art & Design were invited to show their work at the festival. This year, the Rosedale BIA has invited 15 gifted art students from Richmond Hill’s Holy Trinity School to be a part of the community event. “We chose Holy Trinity School because we wanted to pick a school that was not in the area,” says Agueci. “We want people that don’t normally hang out in Rosedale to come and experience the neighbourhood, the culture, the food and the restaurants. We also wanted to honour a school that is not in our area.” Holy Trinity’s art department head Kim Cimetta knew one student in particular who would be an exceptional artist to represent the school. Kristen Ianni, a Grade 11 student, has shown an exceptional aptitude for the fine arts and a dedicated interest in the subject. “She’s not afraid to change. She’s not afraid of hard work. She’s not afraid to get better and for these kinds of things, that puts Kristen head and shoulders above a lot of her classmates because she will push herself and try something that is not easy for her,” says Cimetta. “Kristen makes her work very personal and that is a big step for an artist to make because >>


A selection of Kristen Ianni’s work: Child in White, chalk pastel Bicycle, and Resting Child in pencil crayon.

>> students (tend to be) nervous, they don’t want to share too much, they’re already going through these teen angst (emotions) about who they are.” The well-rounded student, who also excels in math, science and languages, was awarded the Grade 10 Spirit Award – a prize bestowed upon a student with the highest grades in the arts. Ianni says she is nervous about displaying her work alongside her classmates and professional artists. “I am sometimes hesitant to show my family my artwork because I don’t know what they will say about it,” says Ianni. “I am a perfectionist and I want it to be good.” Ianni has travelled to Europe to study art, and plans to return this summer again to explore the renowned styles associated in Turkey, Greece and Italy. “I want to make my artwork my own and I don’t just want to copy work. I want to make something that I am proud of and that I can look back on it and say I’ve done my best,” she says. “I focus when I do my work, but because I am a perfectionist I go over my work many times,” said Ianni, who enjoys painting portraits. “The face is

so interesting to me because everyone looks very different. I find it is hard to capture exactly what someone looks like.” Each Trinity student will be paired with a local business, an establishment that best reflects the content of their work, while other artists will display their work in Scrivener Square, adjacent to the Summerhill LCBO. The RBC-sponsored event will sprawl out from Rosedale’s centre on Yonge Street between Crescent Road and Woodlawn Avenue. The BIA is also looking toward next year’s art fair. “Next year I want to put a whole twist on it the festival. I’d like to have a battle of the bands, with emerging bands participating from different schools. We want to set up various lounge areas and offer cocktails,” says Agueci. GL Rosedale Art Fair takes place Saturday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 1 from noon to 5 p.m. Visit | 59




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fter a winter that seemed to go on forever, we are welcoming spring with open arms! And as much as your pets may have loved the first snowfall, we can guarantee they’ll be just as happy as you to see it go. Here are some things to consider while we start the big defrost. April showers, May flowers... and spring cleaning! This time of year we all feel the urge to throw open the windows and power wash winter away. While you’re making your household scrubbing list remember to consider your faithful (furry) companions. We don’t recommend tossing the dog or cat in the washer, but you can do the following:  Clean your carpets and pet bedding. Old hair and dander can build up even with regular vacuuming. This will also help any house guests that may have mild allergies.  Do a pet item inventory and replace anything that has serious wear or could pose a hazard.  Go green with your cleaning supplies, and keep hazardous chemical-based cleaners in a secure place. Your pet may be eager to get outside once they sense spring has sprung. The following tips will help to keep your animals safe:  Ensure screens are firmly in place when airing out the house. Your cat (or dog) may love the window but they won’t love being trapped on the roof.  Have ID tags/microchips with up-to-date contact info for your pet in case they decide to explore without your permission.  When going for walks, be sure to watch for icy/slippery patches of melting snow and always avoid frozen bodies of water that will be melting. 62 | Goodlife Forest Hill - April - May 2014

Pia Lauretti is volunteer president of the Etobicoke Humane Society. Visit

One of the joys of spring is shaking off winter hibernation and joining your community. EHS is hosting its annual Leashes by the Lake Dog Walkathon. It will be held May 25 at Amos Waites Park, 2445 Lake Shore Blvd. W. EHS invites everyone to join them, give back to the community, and help ensure that many more animals will see another spring.

King Carpets & Area Rugs

HUNDREDS OF DESIGNS IN ALL SHAPES, SIZES AND COLOURS. Over 15,000 Sq. Ft., the largest selection of area rugs in the eastern GTA. Our unique custom-built sliding racks allow you to browse through hundreds of area rugs at your own pace without the hassle of pushy salespeople.

TEL. (905) 831-RUGS (7847) 1050 BROCK ROAD, UNIT 7, PICKERING (SOUTH OF HWY 401)

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A fashionable evening in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada photography by peter c. mccusker


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Love Her was held Feb. 27 at the Liberty Grand, with 400 guests and $260,000 raised in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada. 1. Co-hosts of the evening were, from left, Sue Harper, Tracey Best of CIBC (sponsor) and Kelly-Jo Wellings. 2. David Folk, Greg Belton of HUB Int’l. (sponsor), Susie Belton (committee member) and Natalie Boutet of Next. 3 & 4. Models walk the runway at gala, with fashions from Bayview Village and Toronto fashion destination Andrews. 5. CIBC sponsors group: Cynthia Pitura, Angela Sarino, Tracy Best, Christina Nolan, Rina Khosla, Rebecca Ram and Jenn Mooney. 6. Ashley Iyer and Nancy Zorzi of Roche, Brian Wynn (board member) Elizabeth Baugh, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada and Claudia Connor of OCC. 7. Comedian Ron Tite brought some levity to the live auction. 8. Juno Award-winner Divine Brown opened the show. 9. Canada AM hosts Marci Ien and Beverly Thomson were emcees. 10. Dr. Steven Narod accepted the Karen Campbell National Award at in support of ovarian cancer research, with Sue Harper and Kelly-Jo Wellings in the background. 11. Ann Marcotte of IBM Canada got swept off her feet by Andrew Foote, one of the Toronto firefighters (calendar) at the gala. 12. POI (sponsor) group: Marla Olah, Anne Gowan, Isabella Talbot, Deborah Sperry, Lisa Snucins, Dana Barbetta and Laura Cook.


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East York



Phone 416-759-6823 fax 416-759-6973 6 Dohme Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4B 1Y8

Tuscan Cellars Handcrafted Wine Rooms

A wine cellar is considered a significant architectural addition to a home. More and more wine enthusiasts are looking to convert and dedicate an existing room in their home for their wine collection. At Tuscan Cellars our team of knowledgeable wine cellar experts are at your service to capture your vision and work with you to bring your dream cellar to fruition. From the initial meeting with our designers and engineers we will gather your design criteria - from the initial concept, to material selection and bottle count requirements to lighting needs and cooling specifications. We are certain you will be impressed with our wine cellar expertise and capabilities along with our professional and detailed approach to ensuring that all your design and installation needs are met and exceeded.

2899 Steeles Ave. W. Units. 16-18

416-661-9463 (WINE)

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