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t’s the little pleasures in life that sometimes carry the day. And while we spend too much of our time trying to make use of every single minute in an all-too-short summer season, there’s great benefit in stopping to, literally, smell the roses. And the beach. And the bistro. Surveying the content of this summertime edition of GoodLife magazine, I’m struck by the attention to detail. It’s the simple yet detail-rich decorum of L’Avenue Bistro and the depth of understanding that motivates the menu of owner Otta Zapotocky and chef Jeremy Dyer.

It’s the pride homeowners take when designing the beauty of their gardens in Forest Hill and South Hill – and the work of Paul Zammit, director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, to build such a great annual garden tour. It’s the secret unexpected ingredient that makes the Panna Cotta with Wild Blueberries become such a special treat. What struck me about the collection of content in this edition are the “I didn’t know that” moments and advice that helps to build a wonderful summer. You can learn so much through these pages.

I’m quite sure featured artist Jeff Jackson looks at a beach much differently than I do. In fact, we all look through slightly different glasses. Is it the structure of the sand? Is it the wisp of wind? Or is it the heat rising on the horizon? Choose your passion, appreciate and follow it. The secret of summertime success is to use all five senses. So smell the roses, enjoy the sites and sounds of your local bistro, art gallery or park bench. As always, we look forward to hearing from you. Tell us what you think of GoodLife and what you’d like to see featured in upcoming editions.

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decades and some have even called it the most important Jaguar in 50 years. But Thornhill’s Jaguar crowd is here to see it for themselves. Duane Taylor, the dealership’s general manger weaves through the crowd chatting up the regulars and tossing cards to new potential customers. To him, the excited babble says it all. “The F-Type has been heavily featured in the press in recent weeks and the amount of online activity is unprecedented for the launch of a Jaguar,” says Taylor “It was great for everyone to finally meet the car in the flesh.” The two-seater is outright sexy – from the sleek bulge of the wheelarches to the angle of the rear window and the low-sitting cockpit. Prices range from $76,900 to $100,900. When asked whether the vehicle is deserving of the buzz, Taylor says there’s no question. “(The F-Type) encapsulates the very essence of Jaguar, which is to build beautiful, fast cars,” he says. “It’s a true sports car – gorgeous lines, fast with a sound track to match.” The F-Type is the successor to the

iconic E-Type, which was launched over 50 years ago. “The E-Type quickly became, and to many still is, the most beautiful car ever made,” says Taylor. He has faith that the F-Type will go down the same road. In early May, Taylor got a chance to test out the F-Type at the Circuit of the America’s F1 Track in Austin, Texas. “What struck me was the performance and handling – absolutely amazing,” says Taylor. “It out-shone the cars that we compared it too and had the best interior, attention to detail and fit and finish.” He thinks the look of the car will be the biggest draw for clientele and with

three variants available – the 340hp V6, 380hp V6 S and 495hp V8 S – there’s a F-Type to suit everyone. “The F-Type will do very well in our area,” says Taylor.“We are among the top retailer’s of the XK and XKR, the existing convertible and coupe.” On the way out of the event, I find Eric Daw, a local car enthusiast, enviously eyeing the silent beast in the center of the room. When asked what he thinks of the car he says it’s something he could definitely see himself driving. “They’ve done a really good job with this one.” Judging from the mesmerized crowds surrounding the vehicles, Daw is speaking for the majority. | 11

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hrough the Garden Gates, the 26th annual private garden tour hosted by the Toronto Botanical Garden, may have wrapped up for the year, but the aftermath of inspiration it provides gardeners of all talents has just begun. The private garden tour and pivotal fundraising event for the Toronto Botanical Garden trailed through 19 spectacular gardens in Forest Hill and South Hill during the second weekend in June. The showcase of gardens, from classic English to eclectic and contemporary styles, can give the newest green-thumb a flourish of ideas for the seasons to come, or even provide new insights to veteran horticulturists like Paul Zammit, director

A classic English garden on Forest Hill Road; below, bleeding hearts add elegance.

exclusive homes in Forest Hill and South Hill opened their garden gates to the public of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Zammit, an award-winning horticulturist and garden writer, describes the two-day event as a true labour of love and artistry. “This tour is usually a year and a half out in

terms of planning,” says Zammit. In addition to viewing some of the finest private gardens in Toronto, it is a social event where ideas are exchanged and garden enthusiasts meet. “It’s a fantastic way to explore the neighbourhood and its gardens, as well as meeting up with other fellow gardeners,” Zammit says. The Toronto Botanical Garden’s committee takes various approaches to scouting spots along the tour, which will take place in Hogg’s Hollow in 2014. “The committee goes up and down the streets looking for great gardens, we knock on doors – we are that bold,” says Zammit, who reveals that calls are put out to landscape designers and >> | 13

• FEATURE • architects looking for interesting and unique gardens to include on the tour. It’s about networking and, of course, getting ideas. “After I (went through the 19) gardens on the tour, I left wanting a wall in my garden,” Zammit says. “I told my wife, we need to build a wall.” The tour featured gardens with exuberant flair, combining horticulture and artistry, particularly a garden designed by Aviva Rosenfeld of AKA Grow Inc. The front garden of the home featured a centre sculpture by Ilan Averbuch and is surrounded by long, draping blades of grass. The garden is unique as it combines a variety of different feels through texture – the long grass, the rusted, metal sculptures and colour – bright orange chairs amidst plush greenery and a streamlined wood fence. At the opposite end of the gardening spectrum, the tour also featured classic English gardens, like homeowners Ronald McCluskey and Faryl Hausman have surrounding their expansive 6,000-square-foot Forest Hill home. “I’ve always been impressed with English gardens and wanted to create a private, comfortable living outdoor space,” McCluskey says. He takes modest ownership of the garden, which his wife asserts is entirely his vision. “He’s created a private and amazing space where we can go out during the week and unwind after work or enjoy breakfast under the morning sun,” Hausman says. The home features not one, but two impressive gardens. A perfectly manicured hedge, an arbour adorned in wisteria, a mix of ferns and hostas as well as rhododendrons and lilies, flanked the pool, at the rear of the home. “The pool was already here when we moved in,” McCluskey says. “We wanted to create a private and functional space around the pool.” At the east side of the house, when the couple and their three children moved in, was a dead space – a concrete slab with a basketball net. >> >>

A Warren Road home boasts an inviting mix of plants. Below is an up close look at the colourful floral offerings.

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At top, the Warren Road home also makes use of a rock feature to enhance the garden. Below left, purple and silver make for a striking display

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• FEATURE • >> McCluskey redesigned the space as a private refuge directly off their kitchen, which enjoys the morning light as the sun rises each morning. “I wanted to create a secret garden behind the gate,” he says. The secluded area also includes a hedge, for continuity between the two spaces, but also has Chanticleer pear trees, pink climbing roses, peonies and hydrangeas. “Variety is very important to me,” says McCluskey. “My goal was to always have something happening in the garden so I have experimented with soil and light.” Each garden on the 19-stop tour has a unique feature, something that speaks to the homeowners and what they sought for their private, outdoor space. And while the tour features mainly lavish and outstanding work, Zammit always looks for a specific unifying element, which is present in all great gardens. “I look for the gardener in the garden. I look for the intimate details that tell me something about the homeowners,” he says. “It is the feel of the garden, not how big it is or how much money was spent, that helps make it unique and beautiful.” GL

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tips from the expert 8 Start small: “It isn’t necessary to dig up an

and depth. They should be left out all year long.”

entire lawn, which can be overwhelming, but instead work your way to creating the complete garden you want for your home,” Zammit says.

8 DEFINE YOUR SPACE: “A wall is a great year-

8 Survey the landscape: Check out what is surrounding the home, whether it is level or sloped, the quality and quantity of natural light that is present and the soil that is available. “It is important to choose the right plants for the right location, soil type and light,” says Zammit. But a great garden still needs more than an identity to make it stand out.

8 CLIMATE CHECK: According to Zammit, Canadians must use our climate to their advantage. “A good garden has form and shape and colour all year long,” he says. The growing season may be short, but the garden doesn’t fade away when the plants and trees are dormant. “In a good garden, you should look for the winter bones,” says Zammit. “A trellis and other architectural features will keep a garden interesting all year long, as well as furniture, urns and vases, which add colour

long feature in a garden. It creates a sense of enclosure and intimacy.” Beyond intimacy, a space needs definition. “Ask yourself how you intend to use it. Will it be a living space? Will it be used for exercise and play? Are you going to produce food?”

8 BIODIVERSITY: Once its intent has been settled, it becomes easier to decide what plants and trees will be best suited to define an area. “The importance of biodiversity also needs to be stressed. A variety of different plant species is very important, not just for visuals, but when disease comes in, a good variety ensures it doesn’t wipe out an entire crop or garden,” Zammit says. “Diseases are usually host specific and variety acts as a buffer.”

8 HAVE FUN! Lastly, Zammit adds, have fun with it. Gardening should suit the gardeners’ lifestyle, not overwhelm it.



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tta Zapotocky, owner and sommelier of L’Avenue Bistro, and the restaurant’s chef, Jeremy Dyer, finish each other’s sentences, enjoy a glass or two of red wine and met on Craigslist. Opened just over a year, this Leaside 40-seat French bistro expands upon tradition, offering French-inspired food from places such as Quebec, Morocco, and the Basque region of Spain. GoodLife: Why French colonial/Frenchinfluenced dishes on the menu? Otta Zapotocky: I looked at Jeremy and said, ‘Why don’t we have a Bouillabaisse (fish stew)?’ He said, ‘No, we have a Zarzuela (a seafood dish 18 | GoodLife | July § August 2013

cooked in a rich sauce)’ from Spain. We have beignets (a sweet doughnut) from New Orleans. We have a Moroccan street sandwich on the menu. Why? Because everyone speaks French in Morocco. The Chicken “A La Basque” is delicious, and it’s more exciting than Chicken Cordon Bleu. GoodLife: How much time was spent creating the menu? Otta Zapotocky: The process is usually back-andforth-and-back. Usually Jeremy asks, ‘What do you think of this?’ I say I was looking for something a little different. Jeremy will give me a few options, and I’m good with it.

BY ANTOINE TEDESCO Photography by dan pearce Jeremy Dyer: We have constant discussions about this. New Year’s Eve we had a menu to create; we decided Quebecois in Paris. We want excellent food, done extremely well, that is very reasonable. No one is going to leave here unhappy. GoodLife: Do you find stumbling blocks to cooking seasonally and locally with a French-inspired menu? Jeremy Dyer: You’ll find a lot more pickled items come the winter months, a lot more preserved items come the colder months. I’m going out soon to pick bulrushes, out there foraging. I bring most of what I forage here, but sometimes things might be a bit too strange so I bring >>

• IN THE KITCHEN • >> them home. It’s a passion of mine. People are big on farm to table, I’m big on forest to table.

Otta Zapotocky: Sometimes I have to keep him on a short leash (laughs). He’ll sneak things in every once and a while but it’s always just to complement what we already do, but don’t convert olive oil into a powder, that’s just strange. GoodLife: What approach do you take when pairing wine with food? Otta Zapotocky: I am not snobbish about wine. If someone wants ice with their Pinot grigio, I say absolutely. Have whatever you want, whatever makes you happy – that’s what we do here. As a sommelier, I want people to know exactly what something tastes like – who cares about the soil in a Chablis? Jeremy Dyer: The same kind of snobbery can be found in the kitchen. Some chefs won’t cook a steak beyond medium-rare. Well, some people like a well-done steak. That’s not the way I would eat it, but I’m not the one eating it. GoodLife: To what do you attribute the success of your wine-tasting nights? Otta Zapotocky: We sell out a month ahead. The key is that it’s a five-course meal for $90. Jeremy has carte blanche. I give him the tasting notes, he shoots the food ideas back to me. Jeremy Dyer: What I save on, let’s say the appetizer, I will turn that back and wow them with perhaps the main or the dessert. There is an expectation your wines will get better with the meal, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes the best wine is at the beginning.

way. If somebody comes to me, we set up an appointment, we taste the wines, I’m going to buy something. I cannot buy full cases of some wines, I’ll buy three bottles. I want certain wines on my list. I also buy because I have people who come every week or every two weeks and they always want to try something new in that price category. Jeremy Dyer: We both love wine. Otta and I have grapes tattooed all over us. My whole back is tattooed with grape vines. GoodLife: What do you like about the Leaside neighbourhood? Otta Zapotocky: First of all, we support the local businesses. We buy our fresh fish from De La Mer (1543 Bayview Ave.). Could I get it from a supplier cheaper, sure, but that doesn’t help the community, the neighbourhood. This makes a difference. And not just De La Mer, also Epi Breads (1526 Bayview Ave.) and Badali’s Fruit Market (1587 Bayview Ave.), Alex Farm (1578 Bayview Ave.) for our cheese. Amazing guys. The cross-promotion between us is amazing. GoodLife: Why open L’Avenue Bistro? Otta Zapotocky: To fill a missing element on Bayview. Give people what they deserve: honest food, for a good price with great service. There is not enough time in our lives to waste it eating bad or mediocre food. Hospitality is my life and I enjoy it more than anything else. GL

Opposite page: chef Jeremy Dyer and owner Otta Zapotocky enjoy a glass of wine. This page: top, Chicken “A La Basque” (buttermilk fried chicken, espelette pepper and tomato ragout, seasonal slaw, frites); above, Moulard duck breast with duck confit Swiss chard, sunchoke puree and raspberry juniper coulis; below, the intimate interior of L’Avenue Bistro.

GoodLife: Why stock more than 170 wines? That’s a huge selection for a small bistro. Otta Zapotocky: I’m a sommelier. In the end, it’s ego. When I lived in Victoria, B.C., I worked for Vincor and a few restaurant owners would have me in, they would taste the wine, and would buy wine because I went to see them. I feel the same

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FOR BLUEBERRIES Panna Cotta with Wild Blueberries Pictured on page 6.

Ingredients 2 cups frozen wild blueberries 3 cups whipping cream 1 pkg (1/4 ounce) unflavoured gelatin 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp granulated sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract Sauce: 3 tbsp wild blueberry juice (from berries) 2 tbsp brandy 1 tbsp lemon juice

Preparation Defrost frozen wild blueberries in the microwave. Save 3 tbsp of juice for the Panna Cotta. Put cream in a medium saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over it. Let sit for five minutes. 20 | GoodLife | July § August 2013

Turn heat to low and cook stirring until gelatin dissolves completely but cream doesn’t boil. Add 1/2 cup sugar and stir until dissolved, about five minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and reserved wild blueberry juice. Pour into moulds and refrigerate until set, about six hours.

You’ll start to see signs for fresh-picked wild blueberries at stands along the sides of Hwy. 400 this summer as the fruit, which is high in antioxidants and is considered a superfood, comes into season in July and August. Wild blueberries grow on low bushes and are connected For the Sauce: Put wild blueberries, 2 tbsp brandy, 2 tbsp sugar and 1 underground by a series of tubes. What this means is the tbsp lemon juice in a saucepan. plants can’t be transplanted. Wild blueberries have grown Bring to a boil and cook about five naturally for approximately 10,000 years in Northern Ontario, minutes until sugar is dissolved. Quebec and Maine. Each pea-sized wild blueberry has a sweet, Blend slightly with an immersion tangy taste and has a deeper blue colour than the cultivated blender, keeping some berries whole. Cool. variety. To celebrate wild blueberries, Evergreen Brick Works is hosting its annual festival, this year offering a To Serve: Detach the Panna Cotta full month of events as well as the Wild Blueberry with a pointed knife. Place moulds Festival Aug. 25. Check out these recipes in warm water briefly to loosen Panna featuring wild blueberries, courtesy of the Cotta and unmould onto dessert plates. Spread the wild blueberry sauce over the Wild Blueberry Association of Panna Cotta. North America. Serves 6 to 8.

Kumera Crisps with Wild Blueberry Vanilla Chilli Marmalade Marmalade 3 tbsp frozen wild blueberries 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 3 tbsp wild blueberry jam 1/4 tsp vanilla extract Stir together frozen blueberries, pepper flakes and jam in a microwavable container. Microwave about 20 seconds until berries are defrosted. Stir in vanilla.

Kumera Crisps 1 lb kumera or prepared sweet potato chips Vegetable oil for frying Peel kumeras and cut them into thin slices. Heat oil to 350 F. Fry kumeras in small portions and drain them on paper towels.

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Flammkuchen with Wild Blueberries Ingredients 1 medium red onion 8 ounces frozen pizza dough 1 tbsp minced thyme leaves 4 oz crème fraîche 1/2 tsp salt

Wash apple and dry. Core apple and slice into rings. Evenly arrange the dough with partially thawed blueberries, bacon slices, onion rings and apple rings. Bake at 450 F until crust is brown, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 4. Preparation time is about 30 minutes.

pepper (to taste) 1 large Granny Smith apple 3/4 cup frozen wild blueberries 4 slices bacon, thinly sliced

Preparation Peel onions and slice into thin rings. Defrost dough and roll out for thin crust. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chop thyme leaves. Mix thyme and crème fraîche. Season with salt and pepper. Spread créme fraîche on the dough, leaving 1/4 inch margin on the outer-side of dough (for crust). Partially cook bacon in frying pan or microwave. Blot with paper towel. Cut into 2 to 3 inch strips | 21

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(From right to left) Tight Rein owner, Steve Malfatti and registered designers, Gabriel Guiducci from Geometra Design Ltd., and Janine Shmuelevitz from Sisters In Sync


I’ve put together a great team to give my clients the best structure and design in home renovation.” The moment a homeowner walks through the door to their dream house is the moment Steve Malfatti lives for. “I’m motivated by client satisfaction,“ says Malfatti, the owner of Tight Rein Construction Ltd.“I’ve dedicated my life to being a catalyst for my clients when it comes to their home renovations. I make sure they get the home they wantno matter the cost or size of the project.”

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Tight Rein Construction Ltd. is just that, a tightly run construction business with Malfatti at the helm. As founder and president, he’s backed by four generations of commercial and home builders, and has put together a highly efficient team of innovative designers, expert construction workers, experienced tradesmen and an established architect. “I’ve put together a great team to give my clients the best structure and design in home renovation,” says Malfatti. Tight Rein Construction Ltd. is insured and an active member of the Better Business Bureau. From contemporary city homes to modern condos, the company has completed over 100 construction projects across the GTA, including homes, condos, and commercial buildings. Whether it’s a complete construction from the ground up or interior and exterior renovations,

Malfatti has designed his business to meet expected deadlines from start to finish. He makes himself available by cell phone 24 hours a day, and believes the secret to a successful home renovation is all in the scheduling. “The day my clients sign the contract is the day I start ordering the materials. We have a lot of material in stock before you even pay, which is a risk for me but it’s the best way to avoid a delay.” Tight Rein Construction Ltd. will finish a brand new house in four to five months, while renovating a washroom can take as little as two weeks. When it comes to design, the company’s registered designers, Gabriel Guiducci from Geometra Design Ltd., and Janine Shmuelevitz from Sisters In Sync, work one on one with homeowners to create a custom look. Offering trendy and new state-of-the-art materials, Tight Rein Construction Ltd. has made the design selection process easier for clients by building a 1,000 sq. ft. showroom at 33 Casebridge Court. Materials like stone, ceramic, hardwood flooring, pre-hung solid wood doors, sophisticated home entertainment and security systems, and fireplace and window designs are all on display. Plaster mouldings and wood trim are custom-made for clients, lending a personal touch to every room of the house. All hardwood floors and glues are eco-friendly. To protect clients and their families, no harmful chemicals are used in the renovation process. Working with high-end clients, Tight Rein Construction Ltd. connects with suppliers all over the world to import one-of-a-kind materials and furniture at the clients’request. “If you want it, we can get it,” assures Malfatti. “And we will get it at the best price.” Whether its a unique chandelier, or designer candles and rare rugs, the designers search the globe for the best in home design. “My architect and designers are well established in the GTA with reputations for having creative instinct,” says Malfatti. When it comes to his success, Malfatti credits his entire team. “We strive to make the renovation process for our clients less stressful by keeping materials in stock, maintaining a beautiful showroom and communicating with them throughout the entire process,” he says.“It’s all thanks to my team, suppliers and tradesmen, who care just as much as I do.”



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ARTISTprofile Jeff Jackson BY LISA RAINFORD photography by DAN PEARCE


rchitect-turnedartist Jeff Jackson is busily preparing for his latest exhibit, transcribing sketches of inspiration drawn on the streets of Paris from paper to canvas. Urban centres invigorate the midtown resident, who joined his wife on her business trip to Paris two summers ago. “I go out for walks when I travel, sketching landscape and architecture. I carry a sketchbook with me,” says the veteran painter of three-plus decades, who a year later visited London. “Both cities are beautiful cities, great cities to walk in.” Jackson says his Avenue and Davenport roads neighbourhood is an idyllic setting for its English-style architecture, particularly the University of Toronto campus. It’s easy to navigate on foot and provides ample opportunity to sketch. Jackson’s work has been described by enthusiasts as “primitive,” “sensual” and “romantic.” He describes his acrylic work as having “a hard edge;” his pastel pieces he calls “more impressionistic.” Born in Toronto in 1954 and raised in Thornhill, Ont., Jackson, one of four boys, recalls a childhood playing sports such as hockey and football, but in quieter moments he would entertain himself by drawing. He went on to pursue painting in high school, even taking a few art courses in downtown Toronto, but he was pulled in two directions. He was drawn to both art and architecture. “My father was an architect; his work influenced me,” he says. However, so did his childhood neighbour’s art collection, which boasted work by Picasso. >>

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Above, a piece titled ‘House With One Window’ and at right is ‘Walking Man Blue Blazer.’

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• WINE •

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here’s nothing as toe tickling as rosés to cut through the lazy hazy days of summer. Well-chilled, they can beat the heat on the backyard patio or cottage dock. Most are created by crushing red grapes, and removing the dark staining skins very quickly.

Don’t forget, red grapes have white flesh inside! Sometimes, white wine grapes are added as well. Dozens of grape varieties can be used, depending on the country and the winemaker. The grape palate drawn upon is huge, from simple to complex, from rare native varieties to international favourites.

Food compatibility is amazingly versatile. I often enjoy a Spanish rosé (Rosado) to quell the heat of intensely spicy lamb curry. We have selected three winners for flavour, each of which is new to the LCBO’s General List of products. All of them are fun wines, joys of the moment, as fleeting as the blooming and drifting down of lilac blooms


Strawberry, elderberry and cherry aromas and flavours mingle in a naturally slightly sweet-edged sprightly rosé. LCBO #323766 Food suggestion: Melon and prosciutto or serrano ham Rating: 88

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The winery with the Queen Anne house and stately lake views offers a very tasty rosé, with cranberry, fleshy strawberry and cherry character. LCBO #324541 Food suggestion: Cheese sampler and strawberries Rating: 88+

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he Ontario Craft Brewers sent along several beers for the GoodLife tasting panel to enjoy. The selection ranged from refreshingly crisp to too-hoppy-for-most-palettes. Of the more than a dozen beers (all available at the LCBO), we found our Top 5, but several others are worth mentioning: To be consumed at room temperature, Black Creek Pale Ale (Black Creek Brewery; Toronto) is a malty English interpretation of the pale ale

style. Lots of caramel and toffee backed up with an appropriate hit of bitterness. (Rating: 3.5 out of 5). The dry hops blended with a malty flavour brings you back for more Black Oak Pale Ale (Black Oak Brewing Co.; Toronto). The perfect blend between a British and American pale ale. (Rating: 3 out 5). The pale golden Stone Hammer Pilsner (F&M Brewery; Guelph) is less hoppy than many pilsners, playing as a refreshing summer drink but lacking the depth pilsner lovers would look for. (Rating: 3 out of 5)

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Curious Parrot Mill St. Brewery, Toronto

Smashbomb Atomic IPA Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Barrie

Mill Race Mild Grand River Brewing, Cambridge

Lug•Tread Lagered Ale Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Vankleek Hill

Mad Tom IPA Muskoka Brewery, Bracebridge

A brilliantly clear ale, with a deep golden colour. It pours with a soft off-white head that hangs around. The aroma is full of tropical fruits and citrus, with just a hint of pine. The key word here is balance: up front it has lots of fruity sweetness, followed by a pronounced but not overwhelming bitterness. The malt offers a subtle note of toasted bread. It’s a perfect fullflavoured, refreshing beer to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon.

An India Pale Ale on supersonic speed! This amber, overly bitter and citrusy IPA pulls no punches with its intense mustiness. The unique Citra hops offer subtle fruity aromas. The website calls this beer a “happy accident” resulting from founder and brewer Peter Chiodo’s “cockamamie experiments with Burst Hopping,” which casts hops at every stage of the brewing process. The hops stay with you to the bitterly satisfying end.

As its name suggests, Mill Race Mild offers a toneddown take on a traditional dark beer, striking a good balance between creaminess and bitterness, with the latter less pronounced than in many darks. It pours a deep brown with traces of deep red and a thin but creamy, tan-coloured head. Its flavour is full but not filling, with a smooth, nutty taste complemented by hints of chocolate and caramel. A dark that is more summery than many.

This beer begins its life top fermented like an ale, then it’s cold aged like a lager. This combination produces a golden ale that’s lightly sharp with a smooth, dry crispness. Made naturally in the German style, with certified organic malts and hops, the taste is extremely clean, leaving an enjoyable lingering finish in the mouth with hints of fruit.

If you are looking for an India Pale Ale that will fill your mouth with hops, then Mad Tom IPA is your beer. Made with Chinook and Centennial Hops this beer – at 6.4 per cent – is rich in flavour, with a citrusy undertow that will satisfy your IPA craving every time. On the other hand, the bitter taste might be a little too much for some beer drinkers. Like the label states ‘...So brace yourself, and crack one open for old Mad Tom.’

Pairing suggestions: Hamburger or sausage grilled on the barbecue

Pairing suggestions: Curries, peppery and blue cheeses, spicy appetizers

Pairing suggestion: Burgers or grilled beef

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2 Test the waters and take a paddle with the increasingly

popular water sport – stand up paddle boarding, an excellent and fun way to enjoy time on the water while being active. This soft-top board with UVA traction and wide surface by C4 Waterman is a great choice for entry-level stand up paddlers who are looking to cruise and leisurely sail on flat-water surfaces. C4 Waterman 10’6 Holo EVA SUP Paddle Board, $975 at Mountain Equipment Co-Op.

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companying paddle and this lightweight paddle by Accent is suited for slow, leisurely strokes or intense workouts. This is a perfect choice for beginners because the paddle is

equipped with a T-grip handle for easy control and can be adjusted according to your height. Accent Max Select Adjustable SUP Paddle, $120 at Mountain Equipment Co-Op.


Chart new waters or paddle at ease wherever you please thanks to this inflatable kayak by Advanced Elements. The boat comes with a carrying bag for easy transport and storage and also supplied are two zip-in decks so you have the option of riding solo or tandem. Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Inflatable Kayak, $799 at Fogh Marine.


Enjoy lazy summer days and get some well-deserved rest and relaxation or take a break from your favourite water sports on Sea Doo’s inflatable lounge. Equipped with six facing seats and drink holders, two built-in coolers and built in waterproof speakers and MP3 storage box, this lounge is the ultimate way to spend time off in the sun and can be conveniently deflated to fit in your car. Sea Doo Aqua Lounge 6 Inflatable, $479.99 at Bass Pro Shops. | 33


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GROW Designer Theresa casey grants family’s wish to add space and light to their leaside home BY daniela piteo photography by IRVIN MINTZ


Theresa Casey enjoys the sunlight streaming into the home she renovated on Parkhurst Boulevard in Leaside. Top, a view of the open concept eat-in kitchen and family room.

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he house on Parkhurst Boulevard in Leaside wasn’t atypical – a small, Tudor-style home dating back to the 1930s with a sizeable lot on a mature, tree-lined street. The family home was valued for its location, but the homeowners and their two young children needed more livable space. That is where Theresa Casey of Theresa Casey Design Planning Group Inc. came in and helped the family see the great potential of their home. “My role is to evaluate the function of a space,” says Casey. “Renovations are a big investment and you want it to be right for you and >>

• AT HOME • your family.” It isn’t unusual, says Casey, for homeowners to struggle with reimaging and repurposing the layout and design of their home. Even with the advent of the Internet and the array of television decorating and renovation shows, people often have a sense of what they like, but can’t visualize executing a plan to get them what they want. “I provide the vision and the process, how to get from A to Z,” Casey says. “Designers are a big part of the successful transformation of a home.” The primary steps in a design for Casey are to start with a plan and a function for the space undergoing work. Then Casey evaluates who will be using the space and how long the homeowners intend to stay in their home. “The homeowners knew the house was too small for their growing family and the kitchen wasn’t functional,” says Casey. “A client’s space is about them and their lives.” While Casey has 20 years of experience and an educational background in art history, fine art and design, her interest is largely focused on space, environment and feeling connected to them. “I enjoy getting to know my clients and figuring out what is going to work for them and their lifestyle,” she says. Casey knew updating the space and making it more functional wouldn’t be enough; the young and growing family needed more space and the two-phase design project started with an expansive renovation of the first and second floors. The importance of maintaining a connection in a home is obvious for Casey as the original house, with its warmly lit, cozy rooms, trimmed with rich gumwood mouldings, blends seamlessly into the new extension of the house. Its flow, so natural and inherent in the home, makes it difficult to determine where the old house ends and the new rooms begin. The open-concept eat-in kitchen and family room enjoy deep colours and dramatic windows. The kitchen cupboards are a slate blue and are paired with a stained, rich wood island. A wall of cream-coloured bookshelves and cabinets complement the space and its comfortable style, but there are pops of colour and modernity that bring the house up-to-date. “We chose functional fabrics for a family with small children,” says Casey. “They’re stylish, but durable.” The kitchen is outfitted with high-end appliances, not just for aesthetics, but also for added value. “Appliances should always be married to the


‘The homeowners knew the house was too small for their growing family and the kitchen wasn’t functional. A client’s space is about them and their lives.’

– Theresa Casey

value of the house,” says Casey. While constructing the new kitchen and family room Casey was less interested in trends and strived to create a space that would have longevity and meaning. But the combined room is not without flair, as Casey veered toward her go-to colour incorporating bold red chairs into the relaxed blue and

cream room – a beautiful and surprisingly pleasing union. As the first phase of the renovation project moved to the second floor of the house, the feel also moved from warm and cozy downstairs to light and airy upstairs. The original house had three bedrooms and a full bath on the second floor, but with Casey’s redesign, a master bedroom with ensuite and walkin closet was added. “We created a calm and relaxing space for the homeowners,” Casey says. “A master bedroom and bath are a sanctuary for people. It’s a place to recharge your batteries after a long day.” Creating a spa-like bathroom, with a white basin tub and separate glass shower and private toilet room were as important to the home as incor- >>

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• AT HOME • porating a large, organized closet. “A lot of houses in Toronto don’t have great closet space,” Casey says. Inadequate storage can create chaos in a small space. “You’re in the closet at least two times a day and if stuff is all over the place, it’s a (headache). If you are looking at that mess every day, it can’t be good for your psyche,” Casey says. “Adequate storage gives a sense of order.” The impressive first phase renovation, an eightmonth project, was followed by a second phase - the basement. “The basement was a raw, empty and unusable space,” says Casey. “We’ve now transformed it into a great playroom for the children and added another bedroom and large laundry room.” GL


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As a seasoned interior designer in the Toronto area, Sharyn Kastelic is an accredited visionary for functional and stylish interior design. Recognized by her peers for her ability to create timeless elegance with comfortable and sophisticated furnishings, her designs have won two CDECA awards; in 2009 for her Ranch Kitch-

en Reno project and in 2012 for a Basement Bathroom Renovation project. Kastelic started making her way into the homes of Torontonians when she formed her company, Primed By Design, in 2001. She began teaming up with real estate agents in Bloor West Village, the neighbourhood she lived in for 18 years, by using her newly honed skills to stage homes for resale. After making a name for herself, she assisted clients with decorating their new homes. Today, Primed By Design Inc. specializes in all facets of residential interior decorating, with an emphasis on space planning. “I like using a computer-aided design (CAD) program to draw walls and move furniture around, which is a creative method that lets me get my head into a space to see the possibilities,” she says. Kastelic finds it very gratifying to change how a space functions for its users – not just making it more stylish but making it more organized and functional. Space planning is such an essential part of interior decorating, “if you don’t get this part right, then everything else is going to be off,” she assures. Primed By Design Inc. offers planning as a separate service. Clients who want to do their

own decorating, or do it in stages, can take advantage of her consultation services to plan the perfect space. “All I need are photos, room dimensions and client requirements.” she says. “I can create a proper dimensioned plan that includes the sizes of all the furnishings they will need, which takes the stress out of decorating.” What’s her style? Her style is your style. It can be anything you want it to be, but in general Kastelic prefers classic design. Furnishings with clean lines and classic style, whether traditional, mid-century or contemporary, have longevity and can always be updated by refinishing, reupholstering or mixing with a few contemporary items. Kastelic will always try to purchase the best quality furnishings that fit within her client’s budget. They last longer and it’s smart decorating which also happens to be“green”. “If you purchase cheap items of low quality, they may look good for a while, but will quickly end up in a landfill site,” she says. “And it will likely cost you more in the long run, because you will have to purchase again and again.” To learn more about Primed by Design Inc., visit

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what’s happening in the communities of Forest hill, leaside, rosedale & lawrence park July 16 to Aug. 3 Toronto Summer Music Festival Paris La Belle Epoque Various times, dates and locations Website: Opening night features Pasquier Pidoux Pennetier Piano Trio performing the iconic impressionist trios of Ravel and Faure. Champagne reception for the entire audience after the concert. July 18: chamber ensemble Gryphon Trio perform Debussy, Mussorgsky. July 25: Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet delight with Bizet’s Carmen Suite. July 30: Cedric Tiberghien is one of France’s most promising young pianists featuring works by Schubert and Debussy.

July 25 Lawn Summer Nights Leaside Lawn Bowling Club, 190 Hanna Rd. Time: 7 p.m. Website: A lawn bowling fundraiser held in cities across the country, including Leaside, benefitting Cystic Fibro-

sis Canada. The event is simple – four people in their 20s and 30s wearing classic leisure attire enjoy lawn bowling along with music and classic cocktails.

July 27 Use Your Words: Workshops for Emerging Writers St. Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Website: Writers aged 16 to 30 can find inspiration and hone their craft with some of the hottest writers in the city including Sheila Heti, whose book, ‘How Should a Person Be?’ was chosen by The New York Times as one of the 100 Best Books of 2012.

July and august Music in the Park Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland and Bellair streets) Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Website: Stroll through the neighbourhood, have a seat and tap your feet to smooth summer sounds ranging from jazz with Raz Hilland Trio to Latin with Cascabel Duo. Weather permitting. Yorkville Gallery Walks Rotunda, lower level, Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue Rd. Time: meet at 6 p.m. with the walk going from 6:30 to 8 p.m., first Thursday of the month Website: Contact: Marg King, 647-588-1144 Join Marg King and group leaders in touring local art galleries in Yorkville. Meet exhibiting artists, hear gallery curators’ commentary and meet other Art Walk visitors.

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The Walkyries’ Eliane Bonin, below, and Catherine Desjardins perform during the 2012 Scotiabank Buskerfest. This year’s event goes from Aug. 22 to 25.

Historic Yorkville Walks Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., walks last two hours, various dates Website: Call: Genova Tours, 416-367-0380 to reserve Yorkville is one of Toronto’s toniest neighbourhoods. However,

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Annelies McConmachie-Howarth takes part in last year’s Lawn Summer Nights at the Leaside Lawn Bowling Club, which raises money for cystic fibrosis. This year’s event takes place July 25. it has a storied past when it was a village outside of Toronto. The tour will visit the highlights of historic Yorkville.

July to September Music Mondays The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Times: 12:15 p.m. Website: Call: 416-598-4521, ext. 304 Cost: Suggested donation, $5 The 45-minute concerts continue weekly until Sept. 30. Visit the website for the full schedule.

ongoing to july 31 The City as I See It by Neil Bass Deer Park library, 40 St. Clair Ave. E. Photography by Neil Bass expresses the simplicity of everyday life. Textures - Tapestry Exhibition By Juana Sleizer Yorkville library, 22 Yorkville Ave. Call: 416-393-7660

ongoing to oct. 8 AppleTree in the Village June Rowlands Park, Davisville and Mount Pleasant avenues Time: Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m. Website: www.appletreemarkets. ca

The AppleTree Markets Group is a non-profit organization that builds community in midtown Toronto. The markets provide seasonal fruits, vegetables, meat and more.

Aug. 3 The Bridle Bash Foundation’s The Day Party Poolside in a ravine backyard setting of a private residence Time: 1 to 5 p.m. Website: Cost: $500 The Tragically Hip will take to the stage and thrill the crowd of more than 800 lucky people, 23 years and older, attending Bridle Bash V featuring fine food and bottle service, the sounds of Miami DJ Joe Dert and more. A portion of the proceeds support the Bridle Bash Foundation’s Marvelle Koffler Chair’s Breast Cancer Research Study project at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Aug. 22 to 25 Scotiabank Buskerfest Downtown Yonge neighbourhood Times: various Website: www.torontobuskerfest. com Buskerfest supports Epilepsy Toronto and features circus performers, daredevils, musicians and more. | 41



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Toronto has plenty of events, destinations and attractions; here is a sampling of what’s on around town Summer Music in the Garden Free performances of classical and traditional music from around the world returns for another season from July to September at the Harbourfront Centre. Bench and shade seating is limited. The concerts take place Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Call 416-9734000 to find out if the concert is on for the day. Visit for details. A Summer of Romance The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Toronto Entertainment District BIA present free outdoor screenings of romantic classics Wednesdays at sunset until Aug. 28. There will be a selection of films from Hollywood’s Golden Age to more recent romances. Films are screened at David Pecaut Square, Visit http://bit. ly/180LEFs Giant Pandas The giant panda exhibit featuring Er Shun and Da Mao is now open at the Toronto Zoo. Take in the adorable pair and the state-ofthe-art Panda Interpretive Centre. The pair will be in town for the next five years. Toronto Zoo, 361A Old Finch Ave. Visit The Fringe Festival The festival celebrates 25 years with 148 shows in 35 venues. Fringe Club features visual artists, Tent Talks and plays in tents and sheds – all free. The festival runs July 3 to 14 at various venues. Visit http:// Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto It’s the 46th anniversary of the three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry. The signature event is the Grand Parade on Saturday, Aug. 3 along Lake Shore Boulevard. From July 9 to Aug. 4. Visit http:// 42 | GoodLife | July § August 2013

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Guitar legend Liona Boyd performs on the Kew Gardens stage during the Beaches International Jazz Festival in 2012. This year’s festival takes place July 19 to 28. The Honda Indy The Honda Indy arrives with 2INT.O. - two races in one weekend at Exhibition Place. Race weekend is July 12 to 14. Visit The Beaches International Jazz Festival Celebrating 25 years with a 10day music festival. It includes a run, workshops, a street festival on Queen Street East and more. July 19 to 28 at various venues. For a complete festival guide, visit Summer Music Series Enjoy a barbecue, drink and music on the outdoor terrace at Casa Loma, with the iconic Toronto skyline as the back drop. Tuesday, July 23: All That Jazz featuring Cara Matthew; www. Wednesday, Aug. 14: Happy Days at Casa Loma, The Dreamboats perform good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Tuesday, Sept. 3: A Night at the Opera at Casa Loma, featuring opera, pop, techno and world

music with classical high notes; visit Concerts take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, cash only at the door. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. Call 416-923-1171. Visit Taste of the Danforth Featuring traditional Greek dancers, singers and musicians, cooking demonstrations, food and much more. Aug. 9 to Aug. 11 on the Danforth from Broadview to Jones avenues. Visit Canadian National Exhibition The CNE arrives Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 with a midway, deep-fried gourmet treats, games of chance and much more. The Canadian International Air Show takes place Labour Day weekend Aug. 31. Sept. 1 and 2 at 1 p.m. Visit Sail-In Cinema The Toronto Port Authority presents Sail-In Cinema, the world’s first (free) two-sided floating movie experience. For three nights,

Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Dr.) is transformed into Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre. Aug. 15 to 17 at dusk. Visit www. Open Roof Festival The Open Roof Festival brings films, music and refreshments to rooftops in Toronto throughout the summer, featuring independent films and local bands. The festival runs until Aug. 22 at 175 Queens Quay E., inside Corus Entertainment on rainy nights. Visit Toronto International Film Festival Roll out the red carpet as Hollywood visits Toronto from Sept. 5 to 15. Tickets are on sale now. Various packages and prices are offered. Visit Vegetarian Food Festival Free talks and cooking demonstrations from leading vegetarian experts, vendors, local restaurants and more, from Sept. 6 to 8. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Visit




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ur boat has just left its dock in Deep Cove when the midday rain starts. “Not to worry,” reassures Chris, our captain. “It will make for amazing waterfalls.” No one aboard the cozy Seafinn seems the least bit worried. In fact, we are mesmerized in equal parts by the moody magnificence the rain has created outside and by the brilliant red of the steamed lobster tails being served for lunch indoors. The famous New Zealand rock lobsters, or crayfish as they are called locally, were caught earlier that day just a few miles from where we sit. Tomorrow morning, Chris tells us, we too will be pulling out crayfish traps and coming face to face with the Fiordland Reds – known to be some of the best lobster in the country thanks to the pristine condition of the waters. The rain increases in intensity as we eat our lunch. We are, after all, in the heart of New Zealand’s wettest region.

Covering an area of nearly three million acres, Fiordland epitomizes all that New Zealand is known for: rugged wilderness, diversity of wildlife and a landscape whose sheer scale is almost beyond comprehension. The Fiordland National Park, a world heritage site, is located in the remote southwest corner of New Zealand’s south island and boasts an average of 200 rainy days a year. Rainfall here is measured not in millimetres but in metres seven, on average, in Doubtful Sound where we are making our overnight journey. Covering an area of nearly three million acres, Fiordland epitomizes all that New Zealand is known for: rugged wilderness, diversity of wildlife and a landscape whose sheer scale is almost beyond comprehension. Chris has been travelling, diving and fishing in these waters since 1976 and seems to know ev-

ery nook of Doubtful Sound as we navigate our way through the rain toward the Tasman Sea. “Weather here can change quickly,” he tells me when I visit him at the helm. The heavy rain and wind has made for some choppy water and Chris turns back to see if we are up for the rough ride toward the mouth of the Sound. He gets a thumbs up from all six of us and continues on course. Soon we are greeted by a colony of seals, lounging, as they do, on a large rock. We pause for a moment and they pose for some pictures, the Tasman Sea as their backdrop. At some point while we are being entertained by the seals, the clouds lift and the sun comes out. I walk to the edge of the deck and take in the glory of the unspoiled wilderness surrounding me. This is what Doubtful Sound would have looked like to the first European explorers back in 1770. Captain Cook was the first to spot it, but was unsure of his ability to navigate it, >> | 45


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Top, a Kea, a large species of parrot found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. Above, an egret readies to take flight. Above right, Tawaki penguins. Right, a seal pup in Luncheon Cove, Dusky Sound.

thus giving it its name. As promised, the rainfall has done its job and waterfalls tumble dramatically from the sheer cliffs around us. We fish a little and catch some blue cod, which Chris soon turns into a spectacular dinner – the freshest seafood meal I’ve ever eaten. As night approaches, we pull into a sheltered cove. The Seafinn can accommodate up to 12 passengers in six separate cabins. With only six >>

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Matt Black, left, and Mike Bradwell in their high school football jerseys, Black’s from Northern Secondary and Bradwell’s from Leaside High.



oronto Argonauts Matt Black and Mike Bradwell have come a long way from the fields of midtown Toronto en route to becoming Grey Cup champions. Now, a few months removed from a thrilling 100th Grey Cup win, Black and Bradwell know the team cannot rest on its laurels. The duo both got their start on the gridiron at midtown high schools, with Bradwell taking up the sport at Leaside High School and Black learning the ins and outs of football in Northern Secondary School’s vaunted program. “I went to Northern because of its sports,” Black recalls. “When I was choosing a high school, it came down to Central Tech and Northern, and Northern had a bit better reputation. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.” Black had never played football prior to attending Northern but joined when it became obvious the sport was an institution at the school. He fell in love with the sport almost instantly, though, and became a stalwart defensive back. “I was one of the smallest kids on the team at the time and I got into three plays in my first year,” he says. “My second and third year, I had a pretty accelerated learning curve.” Bradwell came to football even later. He had excelled at hockey and did not join the Lancers until Grade 12. “Me and a bunch of my buddies said, ‘It’s our last year of high school so let’s go out for football,’” he says. “We had our first Tier One Division playoff win that year.”

Bradwell took quickly to being a wide receiver, his height and speed serving as assets in helping him ascend from neophyte to pro. “I was always a tall, fast kid, so being a receiver was a bit of a natural fit,” he says. “I just had to learn the little things to help me succeed.” Bradwell lived in the North Leaside area and still enjoys spending time there visiting his old haunts. “I loved going to (Serena) Gundy Park because it was kind of like an escape from the city,” he says. “Bayview’s a really nice street to live near because there are so many great restaurants there.” Black, meanwhile, commuted into the area, part of a busy schedule that saw him playing select hockey in North Toronto, rugby with the Toronto Nomads as well as at Northern, AAA baseball and more. Black and Bradwell are now gearing up to help the Argos defend their Grey Cup title and know they cannot take last year’s success for granted. Bradwell noted that, as defending champs, the Argos will have targets on their jerseys. “We know everyone’s going to be gunning for us a little more,” he says. “It’s up to us to be ready for that.” Both he and Black are confident the Argos will be able to build on last season’s success, with hard work at the core of their bid to repeat. “When we’re 65 or 70, we can all get back together and reminisce, but (the Grey Cup win) is last year’s news,” Black says. “Now it’s time to win another championship.” GL




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Clockwise from top left: Hal Spradling, left, Virgina Evoy, Peter Sherk and Julia Schindeler pose with a 1928 Durant automobile during Leaside’s 100th anniversary celebration; Kerry Carmichael, left, gala co-host David Sparrow and Don Valley West MP John Carmichael ready for a photo; former Don Valley West MP Rob Oliphant, left, speaks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the gala; Metroland Media Toronto and GoodLife publisher Ian Proudfoot speaks at the gala; MP John Carmichael, left, Metroland Media retail advertising sales manager Angela Carruthers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Toronto Councillor John Parker; guests mingle at All Canadian Self Storage on Laird Drive. | 57



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