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Can spring be far behind? PHOTO: “Can Spring be far Behind?” by Michael Maclaverty

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NEIGHBOURHOOD is growing our network. You can find viewing copies of the magazine at our clients and supporters in the East Side. You can get your free copy at www. neighbourhoodliving.com and you can like us on Facebook. We love the East Side with its neighbourhoods and micro neighbourhoods; Cabbagetown, Corktown, Greektown, Danforth Village, Riverdale, Riverside, Leslieville, The Beach, East York, East Chinatown, Little India, The Pocket, Upper Beaches, and The Bluffs. We love the people who love our neighbourhoods because vibrant, healthy neighbourhoods make for a great city. If you know anyone from the East Side who has given “above and beyond“ and you would like to see them honoured let us know. We showcase local people, artists, businesses and services. If you have a special event or a special sale you would like to promote, send an email to GregB@neighbourhoodliving.com or message us on Facebook.

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Inside

THE NEIGHBOURHOODS

INSIDE THE BEACH

INSIDE THE DANFORTH

INSIDE EAST LESLIEVILLE

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Swiss Chalet

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Community Building in the Pocket

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Yellow House Gallery

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Options for Cars

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Michael O’Brien

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East End Arts

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Remarkable Bean

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Luc Sculpture

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Katie Refling

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Lippert Music

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Accidental Photographer

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Tibet Shoppe

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The Fox Theatre

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Elizabeth Berry

INSIDE RIVERDALE/ CABBAGE-TOWN/RIVERSIDE

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Cobalt Gallery

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Coffee shops add fuel to our main streets

Gallery MJG

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Craig Scott

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St. John Bakery Part Two

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Ken Johnston

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Stand up Riverside

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Paths 2 Vitality

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Riverside Bridge Comes to Light


FOOD AND CELEBRATION

FASHION AND BEAUTY

HEALTH AND FITNESS

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104 Ziliotto

112 Medfit Rehab

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106 Urban Nails

116 Know your Body Best

82 Masellis

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120 Joy of Dance

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108 Bumbleberry Kids

North Pole Bakery

Gypsy Soup Recipe

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Lisa Shamai

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Coach House

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Black Bear Pub

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Mary Macleod's

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M. Thompson Chocolates

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100 El Sol

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HOME AND GARDEN 122 Gary Crowder

CRAZY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

124 Kevin Karst

152 Balsam Avenue Garden

128 Sustainable TO

158 Michael Maclaverty - MIsty Morning

136 Grethe Jensen

BACK COVER Don Valley Auto

138 Luberon 140 Alfs Antiques 142 Snob 143 Green Tea 144 Pealac Carpet 146 David Crighton 147 Elber Antiques 148 Emily Millar 150 Jane Hall

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NEXT ISSUE Summer 2015 Serving The Beach, Cabbagetown, The Danforth, East York, Leslieville, Greektown, Riverdale and Riverside. Patron Supporter: MedFit Rehab Writers: Randee Holmes, Belynda Blyth Graphic Designers: John Beadle Neighbourhood Promoters: Ben Lewis, Greg Barsoski Writers and Photographers: Greg Barsoski, Belynda Blyth, Jamie Gateman, Jake Armour, Michael O’Brien, Mike Maclaverty Publisher: Greg Barsoski Neighbourhood Living Guide is in its 5th year, celebrating the wonderful people and places in our neighbourhood.

ON OUR COVER Fox Theatre by David Crighton

All rights reserved info. No article or ad may be duplicated without the consent of the publisher. Neighbourhood Living makes no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to the qualification or accreditation of those whose opinions are expressed herein, or with the respect to the accuracy of completeness of information (medical or otherwise) provided to, or published in, this magazine. The views and opinions expressed within are not necessarily those of the publisher. www.neighbourhoodliving.com Follow us on Facebook for the latest in what’s happening in your neighbourhood

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For Marketing Advice that can increase your neighbourhood business call Greg Barsoski at 416-4024283 or GregB@neighbourhoodliving.com 19 Ravina Crescent, Toronto, M4J-3L9.

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ellow House Gallery is a brand new art gallery in Kingston Road Village. We showcase local and regional artists working in contemporary ways, and aim to create a conversation between local work, and international art practices of the day. Our gallery also offers custom framing for artists and art lovers alike. Yellow House mounts monthly exhibitions of both emerging and established artists. We have different exhibitions every month. We host an open reception every month to celebrate the show so be sure to join our mailing list to get a personal invite to our opening receptions! In addition to our monthly exhibitions Yellow House hosts special events such as artist talks and workshops. Stay tuned for a series of artist lectures we’ll be hosting soon. Check online at www.yellowhousegallery.ca

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About your Director Yellow House is owned and operated by Christina Kostoff. Christina is an alumna of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned her MFA in 2013. She studied sculpture and installation art at The Ontario College of Art and Design where she received her BFA in 2009. During her studies in Chicago, Christina developed her studio practice as well as studying art history, and she received a nomination for the Clay Morisson Scholarship for her outstanding research in the area of L’Art Brute (European ‘raw art’) as well as American outsider art. Within the local Chicago scene, Christina began curating screenings and exhibitions showcasing artists working in all media. Christina is elated to be opening Yellow House Gallery, borrowing it’s namesake from the historic Yellow House, a studio founded by Vincent Van Gogh at the turn of the 20th century. In this house, Van Gogh and other artists such as Paul Gaugin hashed out some pretty modern ideas concerning the art of their time.”

CONTACT Yellow House Gallery and framing 921 Kingston Road Toronto, ON M4E 1S6 phone: 416 792 8460 christina@yellowhousegallery.ca Instagram: YELLOW_HOUSE_GALLERY www.facebook.com/ yellowhousegallery


Upcoming Exhibitions APRIL

“Abstract Connection” Mixed Media work by Adi Zur April 9th-May 9th 2015 Opening Reception: Thursday April 9th 6:30-9:30pm Artist will be in attendance RSVP to christina@ yellowhousegallery.ca MAY

Yellow House 1 year Anniversary Party and Exhibition May 2015!!! Yellow House Gallery celebrates it’s 1st birthday with a fantastic May BASH and amazing group exhibition showcasing several up and coming artists within the Toronto arts scene. Dates and details TBD. Stay tuned, and join our mailing list online at www.yellowhousegallery.ca to get the scoop! JUNE

Kingston Road Art Walk June 20th 2015 Various small business along Kingston road will host different artists working in all mediums. Be sure to drop by Yellow House to see our group show featuring local artists!

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nown for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, Michael is recognized for his portraits, nature based work, cultural documentary and night photography. The predominant theme of his recent work is humanity’s relationship to the natural world.

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After photographing extensively in Latin America, since moving to the Beach area in 2009, the Lake has been his constant source of inspiration, and during many hikes with his camera the EARTH WATER SKY series took shape. For O’Brien being near the shores of Lake Ontario means being close to the many powerful forces of Mother Nature. In olden times, his ancestors,

the Celtic peoples, saw the Earth, Water, and Sky as a sacred trinity that was afforded great respect and reverence—through them came the main essentials of life. The First Nations people of this area also had a similar understanding. Although living in a different time we can still connect with the power of these ancient elements. The photographs here are a selection from that series.


O’Brien’s work is informed by a strong interest in the history of photography and a deep understanding of technique. He maintains strict control over the quality of his work by handling all aspects of postproduction processes including the printing of all his own work, both digitally and in the darkroom. Working with digital and film cameras allows him the full range of possibilities that he likes to explore. Michael is also passionate about teaching and mentoring others while working privately and at local Colleges in Toronto. Many aspiring photographers look to his personalized mentoring programs and his one-on-one training sessions for inspiration during the growth of their photography practice. He also offers workshops that emphasize the ‘art of seeing’, perceptual skills, as well as the creative use of digital technology to help people develop their craft.

To see more of Michael O’Brien’s photography go to his website: www.michaelobrienphoto.com or blog: www.michaelgobrien.blogspot.ca

MICHAEL O’BRIEN PHOTOGRAPHER OFFICE 416 778 6521 michael@michaelobrienphoto. com www.michaelobrienphoto.com www.michaelgobrien.blogspot.ca

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Remarkable Bean Now open in Leslieville ‌

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REMARKABLE BEAN 2242 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1G2 Phone: (416) 690-2420 Hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

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KATIE REFLING PHOTOGRAPHY

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atie Refling’s ability to draw out the unique allure and

Katie enjoyed a star turn as the photographer on the TV show

sensuality of her clients has brought her to the forefront

How To Look Good Naked, Canada and coverage in numerous

of the exciting and intimate field of artistic nude and boudoir

international magazines and publications, including People and

photography in Toronto. Female empowerment underscores

Best Health. Her imaginative and distinctive style captures the

Katie’s photography and it is this driving force in her shoots that

spirit of the woman in the portrait and leaves a lasting impression

has drawn media attention to her stunning body of work.

that goes far beyond superficial beauty and sexuality.

Beautiful award winning fine art photography from The Beach and around the world by Michael Maclaverty. Giclee prints from $100 and prints on canvas from $125. Michael produces the annual Beach Calendar as well as greeting cards and small items suitable for souvenirs and gifts. His work can be viewed online and purchased at the following locations in The Beach: Pippins Tea Company, Essentia Mattress, The Outrigger Tap & Table, The Massage Addict, Kew Beach Veterinary Clinic, Seagull Classics, The Incurable Collector, Book City, Arts on Queen, Starbucks at Hammersmith Ave., and The Beaches Arts & Crafts Show (June 14-15, 2014). Private showings can be arranged. Long- and short-term rentals for corporations and stagers.

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Elizabeth Berry Elizabeth is a Toronto based artist who divides her time between her Beach Studio, the Bahamas and Europe. Her subjects include historic houses and store fronts of Toronto and Southern Ontario. In August Elizabeth paints on location in Georgian Bay, Algonquin and Lake of Bays. On a small island in the Bahamas Elizabeth paints local school children, fishermen, ocean scenes and boats.

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See her entire collection online at www.elizabethberry.com View the paintings by appointment 416 698-0295

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COBALT GALLERY Upcoming events 2015 at Cobalt Gallery MAY

Felicity Somerset photography felicitysomerset.com JUNE

Liz Russ artist gallery888.com JULY & AUGUST

Jackie Ramo artist jackieramo.com

COBALT GALLERY AND CLAY STUDIO annette hansen 416 694-0156 cobaltgallery.ca Art work by Anne-Marie Olczak

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INSIDE THE DANFORTH

COMMUNITY BUILDING

in ‘The Pocket’

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EASTER EGG HUNT

The first year there were approximately 30 parents and kids–and it keeps on growing.

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“ I got involved because my daughter Sophia wanted to see fireworks for New Year’s. It gave me a chance to meet the neighbours as I knocked on doors to fundraise. It’s the only time I have gotten a standing ovation. We take it seriously and enjoy doing it for our neighbours.” – Greg

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POCKET PARTY “The street is closed to cars”

Jeff Otto making a point.

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HALLOWE’EN Pumpkin parade held the following night in Phin Park.

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“ Most people in the neighbourhood get involved and go out to see their neighbours’ display – It’s a great chance to say hello”.

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John, Marc and Kevin—the best ice rink volunteers

PHIN PARK ICE RINK

“I got involved because a neighbour wanted me to help build a rink for his daughter. I am a carpenter and I had kids. Since then, it has become my hobby. It has grown in size every year. I get great joy watching the kids play”. – John

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COMMUNITY BUILDING in ‘The Pocket’ A micro neighbourhood at Jones and Danforth The Pocket has a history of community activity with neighbours getting together for street parties, firework displays and other activities. In recent years this neighbourhood spirit has formalized into a community group: The Pocket Community Association. Neighbourhood Living had a chat with one of the participants in that group, Jeff Otto.

NL: When was the idea of a community group first considered and why? In 2006/2007 my partner and I did a door-to-door flyer campaign to promote free front yard trees after we had taken a Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) tree tenders seminar. Through this we started establishing an email base of pocket residents. At the same time I had begun walking my dog at the local park and was dismayed at the neglect and disrepair I was seeing. We organized a community meeting at our local community centre and had our councillor and Toronto Parks representatives there. Approximately 25 people showed up. The consensus reached was that we should organize a clean up and planting day at the park. We were lucky to have Home Depot come on board and offer plants, trees, wood and hands-on help. That was the beginning of a loose association. Through emails, Google groups and eventually Facebook, we established an informal residents’ association. This has developed into the Pocket Community Association (PCA). It was fortunate we came together not through anger and confrontation, but through a positive and hands-on solution to making our community better.

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NL: What were early influences/ models? As I mentioned earlier, for me it was learning how to reach out to the community as a result of having attended the LEAF seminar. Eventually, when it came time to formalize the association, we looked online at established associations and picked three differing yet productive ones to speak with us. We tried to model ourselves from the best elements of all three. It is still a work in progress. NL: What did it take to get it started? Communication is key. Emails, Facebook, flyers and posters letting people know what is going on and inviting them to come listen and discuss what we wanted as a community. Tapping into existing groups of people who were showing leadership and interest in the community. We already had a group producing a Pocket newsletter so there was a good sense of community and a conduit for gathering and relaying information. Other community leaders were organizing things such as Victoria Day fireworks and a natural ice rink on their own time. The association has helped ease the load both physically and financially for these initiators.

NL: Was the fight with the TTC over the green space a factor? I was not involved in that fight, sad to say, but I do know it galvanized the people on Oakvale Avenue. There are still some bad feelings that the rest of the Pocket did not take up the cause like they did. Had I been more involved with the community at that time I would certainly have been up front with my support. Recently the issue seemed to resurface and the Pocket was swift to open a dialogue with the TTC to ensure the green space was to be maintained. The issue actually did force our hand in that the City insisted we become incorporated so we could sign a legal document. This brought its own issues as far as costs and liabilities for the association and its executive. NL: How big a factor does Phin Park or a common space have to do with the success of the association? In our case it was huge. It was our initial focus and continues to be our “town square.” So many activities are centred around the park. Clean up day, planting days, fireworks, movie nights, street party, pumpkin parade, skating party and a visit from Santa are some of the amazing events we have there.


Most people have rediscovered this green space and are willing to help make it safe and enjoyable. NL: What kind of outreach has worked to involve all residents of the community? Initially community meetings and hydro pole posters helped spread the word. Right now Facebook has turned out to be our best tool for communication and discussion. We have over 800 people on there, which has proven to be a challenge at times. A certain amount of policing has been necessary, but we truly have a great group of people who understand the need to be positive and civil when dealing with such a diverse group. Facebook is a really easy and useful tool for this sort of thing. We have a website now and the challenge is to get people to habitually visit it. In time I am sure we shall succeed. NL: Is there a relationship between the various committees in the association and the city cutbacks, or is it just a natural evolution of members’ interest? I think it is more of a community taking interest in and control of their environment. True, cutbacks, especially

with Toronto Parks, have forced people to fill the gaps with maintenance and activities. This has meant many “Friends of ” groups have formed with residents taking initiatives with planting and cleaning local parks. This past year the association got a grant from Toronto Arts Council to have a twomonth program called Artist in the Park. It allowed children (and adults) to be creative for a few hours several days each week under the guidance of a local artist. I remember when the city hired students to run similar programs each summer—employment for youth and activities for the young ones each day. We hope we will see more funding for Toronto Parks, but the upshot is more community engagement and control. NL: How big a factor is support from local council? Paula Fletcher was a great help getting us off the ground. Her support and connections enabled a lot of things to get started. It has assisted with issues such as the TTC green space and our tree project immensely. We are hoping in the future we can get park permit requirements eased. Paula should be a good ally in this regard.

NL: What are some of the future goals? Besides more traffic on our website, we are looking at reaching out to make our association more diverse to reflect our larger community. We are continually looking at improving and adding activities to the park. We are actively perusing solutions to safety issues regarding traffic and speeding, lighting on pathways, and so on, as well as more engagement from all residents. NL: Thanks Jeff for sharing your experience. This has been one of the many stories that are part of the Pocket Community Association. I want to thank all those who contributed and thank all the other people who have shared their experience and whose story has yet to be told.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS DAWES CROSSING

EAST END ARTS – CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

East End Arts is accepting submissions from the community for event ideas to take place at Dawes Crossing, the curiosity-piquing site at the intersection of East Toronto’s Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue which features a unique art installation by artist Noel Harding. To onlookers passing through as passengers, cyclists, or pedestrians, the head-turning wooden barn-inspired structure is adorned with eye-catching solar panels and a wind spire. These elements generate power to the site, which includes electrical outlets and free public WiFi access to

East End Arts offers a calendar of events listing local arts and community activities, and a page listing current and upcoming opportunities and calls for artists. An e-newsletter is sent out to subscribers monthly, offering highlights of the current East End Arts activities and timely opportunities.

LOCAL EVENT 2015 SPRING BEACH STUDIO TOUR May 1, 2 & 3

25 artists in 14 locations. You are invited to the homes and studios of local artists and artisans throughout the Toronto Beach for the 21st Annual Spring Beach Studio Tour

the immediate vicinity. It also generates revenue by feeding power back into the grid. The funds will go back into the community through activation of the Dawes Crossing site as an outdoor event space throughout the year. People are encouraged to suggest events that embrace community, culture, creativity and eco-based event ideas that reflect the nature of the site and engage neighbourhood residents. The deadline for submissions is April 20.

MOVIE NIGHT TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY April 29, 7-10pm at Sarah’s Café & Bar

April 29 is National Canadian Film Day. East End Arts conducted an online poll to decide which movie to screen and the people chose “Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”. The free event will take place at Sarah’s Cafe and Bar at 1426 Danforth Avenue.

EAST END ARTS tanya@eastendarts.ca www.eastendarts.ca

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PICTURE CREDITS 1 (Winter Stations MMM) East End Arts conducted a Winter Stations walk and storytelling workshop on March 19th. Pictured is Toronto City Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon at the “Sling Swing”. 2 (BEATS) Group photo from the B.E.A.T.S. workshop on January 18th at Beach Sound Studio. The East End Arts event was part of the East End Connects events and networking series.

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3 (Spaces, Places, Faces) Panel discussion exploring the intersection of art and design on January 28 at Mad Hus Café on Kingston Road. 4 (East End Music Project fundraiser) A fundraiser on February 21 at the Jam Factory for the East End Music Project.

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EAST END ARTS East End Arts (EEA) is a Local Arts Service Organization (LASO) mandated to serve the east end of Toronto, specifically city wards 29, 30, 31 and 32. Its mission is to create and promote diverse, accessible arts activities through initiatives that strengthen and unite communities in East Toronto.


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LucSculpture School and Studios OWNER, GUIDE AND ARTIST LUC BIHAN A 3-floor building (4 x 1000 sqf), offering LucSculpture Gallery: a new show every month For the Kids: Summer, Winter and March Break art camps, after school programs, official field trip destination for the School Board (English, Immersion and French), birthday party, After School, Family clay, …

A full scale clay sculpture and Pottery studio Clay Sculpture from A to Z, Modeling the figure and Life size portraiture, Clay Musical instrument, Water fountain, Pottery on the wheels… Drawing classes: drawing for the terrified beginner, Draw and Sketch, figure drawing, Soft Pastel, Classic portrait … Painting classes: painting for beginner and intermediate, Being Creatively Fit, portraiture curriculum, Realistic Painting 1 & 2, Landscape and Cityscape, Sumi-E (Japanese brush painting), Watercolour, Encaustic, Abstract Painting…

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Workshops: Passion of the Figure, Realistic Drawing, Encaustic Painting, photography,… Body and Mind: Kundulini yoga, Tai Chi, singing bowl, Meditation, Reiki workshops Health practitioners: Naturopathy clinic, 3 Naturopaths, Reiki, Jungian psychotherapist , energy healing, chakras tuning…

Events and Happening LucSculpture events, Jam & Drumming session, live band, Le club de tarot (Fr), private party, rental, community and artists network Luc Bihan has created LucSculpture in Toronto in 2006, focusing on encouraging individuals’ creativity and facilitating environmentally friendly art school.


Luc Bihan, Artist Sculptor, Guide, and Owner of LucSculpture

Creative mind LS3 is focused on personal creativity. You create free from assignments with no judgment and no techniques will be imposed on you. We are looking at a let go kind of attitude to free yourself from your own ghosts, deep hidden emotions or if you are over those simply express your love and compassion to others. LS3 sees it as a throw up process that will make you lighter and restore your self confident and own persona. Creation is therapeutic! Ecologically Friendly Art supplies: LS3 does not use ‘man made’ materials or very little like acrylic paint or any fossil products from the oil industry, or markers, pens, neither plaster or cement, and simply trying to avoid plastics in house. LS3 will only take you back 100 years ago just before our ‘industrial glory’. The school and our surroundings: It also applies to the school and studios where we create. We removed synthetic carpets, glue, linoleum, stripped coats of paint from wood, saved energy, and recycled.

LUCSCULPTURE SCHOOL & STUDIOS 416 461 7936 663 Greenwood Avenue Second building north of the Danforth Toronto Ontario M4J 4B3 www.lucsculpture.com info@lucSculpture.com

Mother Nature and its energy: Did you ever question why people in the country live longer than the people in the city? Regardless of how rich your food is, how many vitamins you will take or all of the heath care you can get city people will never outlast the people living close to Mother Nature. This is why clay is the key to LS3 teachings. Clay is the result of the degradation of mountains! It took billions of years to have that plasticity and amazing sculptural propriety.

Luc is an internationally known French sculptor, trained in San Francisco Art Institute. He has a background in directing animation both in France and in Canada, also supervising animation in China, North Korea, Poland, and Romania. His creations come from his subconscious “A meditative state”. His art is therapeutic and is a form of releasing his inner thought and feelings.

30 years of clay sculpture Luc Bihan interests is the relationship between the human and the organic world which makes the clay his favorite medium for any art sculpting project. The natural earthy essence of clay makes it the most ecological medium in the visual arts and he believes the language of time talks to me through my fingers tips. Self-expressive, his art is a form of communication that releases inner thoughts and feeling. The images developed are symbolic and frequently ambiguous, thus encouraging the viewer to consider different layers of meaning. A statement of sensuality…

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n 1957, accordion teacher Joseph Lippert Jr. founded Lippert Music Centre; a small, two-room, homebased music school located on Pape Avenue just South of Cosburn Ave. But while Lippert Music Centre serves as the home-base for current operations, the educational legacy of Mr. Lippert precedes the formation of the school. Prior to the founding of Lippert Music Centre, Mr. Lippert spent most of his time travelling and teaching accordion in people’s homes. He always had a full roster of students who, to this day, still affectionately recall his caring teaching style and the Tupperware of coffee he would carry from house to house. But as time passed and the popularity of the accordion began to wane, Mr. Lippert adapted by introducing piano, guitar, banjo and bass to his array of teaching skills. However, with this new diversity in his teaching skills, came the challenge of coordinating the necessary equipment he would need to bring to each lesson. His solution? Have his students come to him! While the school itself wasn’t founded until 1957, the house was

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Lippert Music Centre Your Community’s Music School built in 1944 by a family friend of the Lipperts and was the first house to be built among the cafés and diners that can now be found on that stretch of Pape. With its conversion into a music school, it became one of the first business establishments of what is

now Pape Village. Mr. Lippert enjoyed the comfort and consistency of teaching in his home studio for nearly 40 years. In 1996, Mr. Lippert retired and passed the school on to his daughter, Charleen Beard who had been


teaching at her father’s school since 1980. While ownership of the school changed hands, the core principle remained the same: to continue to provide the caring, high-quality teaching style while developing musicianship to its fullest. With this tenet in mind, Charleen began developing Lippert Music Centre into what it is today; a thriving addition to the community which features more than 11 studios, over 25 qualified and experienced teachers, student ensembles, summer music camps and more!

teacher or perhaps the sultry tones and improvised beauty of a jazz saxophone wafting through the air. Summer at Lippert’s has a very different aesthetic. The regular din and bustle of the lobby gives way to a small group of young rockers playing “name that tune” as part of the School of Hard Rock Summer Camp, juxtaposed by the silence of a group of theory students preparing for their Royal Conservatory of Music Examination in August. In a nutshell, Lippert ‘s does a little bit of everything. New classes, workshops and camps are always in the works and Whether you are signing up for music lessons or if you are interested in the history of East York, Lippert Music Centre is the go-to destination for your needs. So if you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by and have a chat with Charleen herself, sign up for a lesson or buy that first guitar you’ve been talking about for years!

Spending even 15 minutes in the lobby at Lippert Music Centre is enough to give you a sense of what this school is about. Walking from door to door you can hear everything from an electric guitar student ripping the solo to their favourite Led Zeppelin track to a young boy or girl tickling the ivories on a piano in their very first lesson. Stick around a bit longer and it’s not uncommon to hear an adult student discussing the intricacies of Bach’s cello suites with their

performance opportunities are always increasing. Along with the annual recital in June featuring more than 400 performances from Lippert students over the course of two days, Charleen is also spearheading the recently rebranded East York Music Festival; a public performance-based music festival featuring prizes, scholarships, professional adjudication and sponsorship from music retail giants such as Long & McQuade, Yamaha, D'Addario Canada and Geo. Heinl & Co. to name a few!

CONTACT For more info on Lippert Music Centre, visit their website at www.lippertmusic.com

 For more info on the East York Music Festival, visit their website www.eastyorkmusicfestival.com

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Tibet Shoppe

TIBET SHOPPE 700 Danforth Avenue (East of Pape Station) Toronto Ontario M4J 1L1 416 703 8423 HOURS Monday Closed Tues-Sat 12pm -7pm Sun 1pm-6pm Kalsang Dolkar contact@tibetinteriors.com www.tibetinteriors.com

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Coffee shops add fuel to our main streets

How does a steaming cup of Java make a difference? By adding energy and flavour to our communities

BELYNDA BLYTH

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offee shops not only add to the walkability factor of an area, which in turn generates more business and revenue for local businesses. Coffee shops also foster relationships, creativity and networking. Coffee shops give moms a place to meet other moms. Students have a handy place to meet tutors after school. Home-based business people have a neutral place to meet clients. And local residents have a local place to meet with others after work, after shopping and after attending church, mosque or temple. Coffee shops are more than simply places to grab a quick bite and refuel. Coffee shops are where community and community groups are built faceto-face. They’re where we share dreams, talents and passions. They’re where ideas first percolate among like-minded community activists. They’re where we escape the daily grind and recharge. And if you don’t know beans about what’s going on in your area, the community bulletin board is certain to fill you in. Over the past 5 years, Gerrard Street East has had the good fortune to be supported by a variety of unique coffee emporiums – each owned by very hands-on locals. Can a cup of coffee change the world? Perhaps not, but many would agree that no matter whether it’s Columbian, Mocha or French Roast – it’s definitely a brewtiful thing.

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THE LAZY DAISY 1515 Gerrard Street East

THE FLYING PONY 1481 Gerrard Street East

Where everybody knows your name.

Come for the art and stay for the coffee.

The Lazy Daisy is a family-friendly café that exudes an eclectic country charm with an emphasis on organic cooking, straight from the farm fields to your fork. This bustling little jewel just keeps on growing, thanks in no small part to the long menu of community events they regularly host, including local music, comedy and craft shows, wine and cheese tastings. Bottom line? It’s fun, happy and busy with a Thomas the Train Kids’ Zone in the back and a delectable food and drink menu that keeps happy patrons coming back. Breakfast sandwiches voted some of the best in Toronto! Licenced

The Flying Pony is colourful and cheery yet so relaxing. An independent coffee house and gallery that features contemporary art from emerging and mid-career artists, this local treasure serves up an equally impressive array of organic, fair trade, locally roasted coffees, including cappuccinos and lattés. Barista’s, books and fresh baked goods – made in-house daily are also celebrated here. Lay back and plug in. Tune into the great tunes. Take a book and leave a book. This café has ambiance to spare.


THE BRICKYARD GROUNDS 1289 Gerrard Street East

SOCIAL GARDENER 1326 Gerrard Street East

SIDE SHOW CAFÉ 1300 Gerrard Street East

Did you know Greenwood Park was once a brickyard?

Adding value to our community.

Just the ticket!

Brickyard Grounds is a bright, clean, friendly café that both embraces and celebrates our local history by displaying archival photography of our ‘hood on its walls. Located just a brief stroll away from Greenwood Park, this hotspot has a one-of-a-kind heritage piece at its heart – a beautiful harvest table that was crafted from wood salvaged from the location’s original 100-year old dwelling. Originally a grocery store and then a Native Art Gallery, this café is famous for its great coffee, fine tea, and full kitchen that serves up everything from rotisserie chicken to hearty savoury sandwiches and a fantastic weekend brunch. Licensed.

At the Social Gardener, glorious scents lure you into a charming community space that features reticent exposed brick, old wood beams, and delightfully mismatched furniture, giving the space a warm, eclectic appeal. A social enterprise effort sponsored by The Riverdale Hub, this vibrant vegan café directs all of its proceeds to the Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre, which provides resources on everything from childcare to sexual health to job hunting. A limited daily menu, featuring perennial favourites like hummus, soups, sandwiches, and Chai tea, is prepared on the premises by women enrolled in the Centre’s food prep training program. After treating yourself to a bite, ask for a tour of this environmentally-sustainable building, complete with rooftop garden. It’s a lovely spot to hang out, enjoy a coffee or a quick bite and get to know locals in the area.

UPDATE: The Brickyard Grounds is temporarily closed due to a small fire that broke out on the premises in late February. The owners plan to rebuild and reopen sometime in the near future. Stay tuned!

Belynda Blyth is a Sales Representative with RE/MAX Hallmark Realty and specializes in East Toronto real estate, including East Leslieville, Leslieville, the Beach, East York and Riverdale. She is also the Co-Chair of Gerrard East Community Organization (GECO), Co-Chair of Friends of Greenwood Park, and the Co-Founder of the Ashdale Village Residents Assn.

Appropriately named, the Side Show is nestled beside the Centre Of Gravity, Toronto’s celebrated circus training centre and home to countless circus birthday parties. You’ll be hard pressed to find a drop of drip coffee here, as all of the coffee is espressobased. Favorites include Kawartha’s Dairy ice cream, grilled cheese & soup and breakfast burritos. During the summer, you’ll also find a food truck along with some picnic tables on the corner lot. A great spot to hang out and people watch. An unpretentious local gem that’s famous for unbelievably tasty, fair trade organic coffee and delightful baked things.

CONTACT Belynda@belyndablyth.com BelyndaBlyth.com Facebook: eastLeslieville

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1. "Jilly's" by Chris Albert, photograph & resin on panel, 33"x33", 2015, Limited Edition of 8 2. "Even Flow" by Ian Busher, mix-media on metal, 49"x49", 2015 3. "Kiss Me Here. Kiss Me There.30" by Mark Gleberzon, acrylic & resin on panel, 30" diam., 2015 4. "Lily @ The Lido" by Mark Gleberzon, mixmedia photograph on panel, 30"x30", 2015 5. "Furberus.Left" by Jasmine Hum, encaustic on panel, 18"x18", 2015 6. "Contretemps" by Ivano Stocco, mix-media on panel, 48"Hx60"W, 2014 7. "White.Neon.Weaving" by Andrea Rinaldo, mix-media on canvas, 48"x60", 2014 5

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MJG Gallery A Leslieville Art Gallery

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MJG is run operated by OCADU Honours graduate and professional artist Mark Jeremy Gleberzon. MJG represents over twenty-five professional artists, hosts gallery exhibitions and maintains an active inventory of over 150 original works.

Upcoming Events In April, MJG Gallery will be participating in the Love Art Fair, April 17-, Heritage Court (Direct Energy Centre), Exhibition Place, Toronto www.lovearfair.com

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In May, MJG will be hosting a group show of work by Richard Ahnert, Ian Busher, Julie Himel & Daniel StAmant, show dates and details to be determined later. MJG GALLERY 1028 Queen Street East, Toronto ON, M4M 1K4 Wednesdays-Sundays, 11-6 Mondays & Tuesdays by appointment 416.923.4031 markaloo@yahoo.com Website is www.mjggallery.com

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International Women’s Day 2015

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nternational Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies

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In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day (IWD)

In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women’s Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing


unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result. In 1911 Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. 1911 also saw women’s ‘Bread and Roses’ campaign. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes.

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1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year’ by the United Nations. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, and government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. Great improvements have been made, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives. Over the next 7 days we look forward to celebrating the achievements of women and joining with other women’s organizations in a commitment to a future where everyone has a chance to thrive and prosper in peace and equality. Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. Adriana Pelayo Rubio

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women%27s_Day

Please support Nellie’s today and help us in the fight for Equality and Accessibility for all women community@nellies.org or 416-461-8903

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Saving our democracy from the brink

Craig Scott, MP

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anada’s democracy is at a crossroads. Many challenges and problems are interacting to create what increasingly feels like a ‘perfect storm’ threatening to sink our ship of state. We need to approach 2015 with a resolve to turn the ship away from the storm. As the Official Opposition’s Critic for Democratic and Parliamentary Reform, I will, this spring, be presenting a suite of proposals for how we might rescue our democracy. What are some of those challenges? Here are some key ones: The House of Commons is a broken institution. Our Westminster system, which has the executive (the Prime Minister and his Cabinet) chosen from and sitting within the legislature (the House), has always been susceptible to domination by a party that commands a majority of the seats. Stephen Harper has taken this to a new level, governing as if he is the master of Parliament and not its servant. Major reform is not just necessary – but urgent. The unelected Senate is a structurally undemocratic institution, which has been turned into an offensive farce by the Prime Minister appoint-

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ing dozens of unqualified party operatives, fund-raisers, and, as it has turned out, corrupt ethically-challenged Senators. Meanwhile, it has blocked key progressive legislation such as the NDP’s bills to fight climate change and to protect transgendered persons. The existence of this institution in a 21st century democracy is no longer justified, if it ever was. Much of Canada’s government is what one could call a “secret state”, consisting of over a dozen security and intelligence agencies operating without serious oversight and without any direct accountability to Parliament. Bill C-51, presently before the House, deepens Canada’s spy state radically – again, without and strengthening of oversight and review. At stake is the future of our democracy – not just Canadians’ rights but also of the rule of law and the accountability of the executive to the elected House of Commons. Even as there are indications of heightened engagement of Canadians on the major issues of our times from climate change to food security, there is less and less connection between this civic engagement and our formal democratic institutions. Many peo-

ple appear to be extremely frustrated by, even alienated, from electoral and Parliamentary democratic politics. With good reason. New and creative ways need to be found to connect our vibrant citizen-to-citizen democracy with the institutions of government and Parliament. And, the problem of problems is our unfair electoral system, which is a ‘winner take all’ system that results regularly in parties forming government with a majority of seats in the House of Commons despite receiving

" a “secret state”, consisting of over a dozen security and intelligence agencies operating without serious oversight and without any direct accountability to Parliament. Bill C-51…" well below 50% of the vote. For example, the Conservatives received 39.5% of the vote in 2011, but gained a majority of seats in the House of Commons, which, under Prime Minister Harper’s dictatorial style, has translated into 100% of the power in Parliament.


In my view, it is the latter problem that is a problem that affects all others and needs to be the first priority when the next Parliament is formed. This is why the NDP has been conducting a vigorous campaign to make sure 2015 is the last unfair election — and 2019 the first election conducted under what is known as a mixed-member proportional representation (MMP) system. In an MMP system, two principles interact: direct election of local MPs and representation of parties in the legislature in proportion to the percentage of the popular vote they receive. Versions of this system are used

very successfully in three healthy democracies - Germany, New Zealand and Scotland. Think of it this way. Under MMP, voters’ preferences will truly count not just in one way but in two ways: voters will elect a single MP to represent their constituency (as they have always done), but then their votes will additionally count as part of the popular vote that determines a seat total for each party in the House of Commons that is proportionate to the popular vote – a party receiving around 40% of the vote will now only receive around 40% of the seats. To achieve a better idea of how this

system works, please visit my website: http://www2.craigscott.ndp.ca/democraticreform Canadians deserve a vibrant and healthy democracy where their voices are heard. I remain committed to working with MPs of all political stripes to ensure that our ship of state is rescued from the brink and steered back to safety.

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was a whole other world. And that’s where the bread we have comes from. It comes from that exchange between our two communities. NL: And how do you find your bakers now? Using traditional French techniques to make artisanal breads must be a fairly unique skill. What do you do about that?

ST. JOHN’S BAKERY

INSIDE STORY PART TWO work is more than just an economic need, it is a human necessity where we get a sense of unity, and our self-worth Continued from part one-Winter Issue FATHER ROBERTO: One day a man named Mr. Gerald Lake, now deceased, parked his car in front of the mission. Permanently parked it. He lived out of the car and came into the mission to hang out. I had known Lake years before when he had a bakery on Queen St. This generous Hungarian man had been a baker since he was eleven years old. He fled Hungary, came to Canada and had a family, but by the time he came to the mission his marriage had fallen apart, his family had fallen apart, and then his business fell apart. He was a baker and had worked all his life. Now everything was taken away, including his work. So we made room for him to start baking and he started to bake for our needs, for our lunches. Little by little, he started baking more because he like to bake, until one day

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FATHER ROBERTO: Well, Toronto’s ‘bread culture’ has grown. We have a reputation of making good bread, so we search hard for a qualified baker when we need one. Bakers are a species unto themselves and they are nearly impossible to find. Here we need somebody who can lead, who knows how to bake, but can also be compassionate at the right time. Recently, I tried here, Quebec, and France and I couldn’t find anybody. So, perhaps it’s a wild idea, but maybe the next step is to change the emphasis on production and become a training place.

every week we had bread rising everywhere. Then some of us put it in little shopping carts and sold it door-todoor. Soon we became known as the church that makes the bread. So the tradition of the bread has been part of us since that time. Later, we had some people from France come over here to teach us more about bread baking. Then, about 10 years ago, some of us went to a community like ours for a year, in a rural hamlet in Brittany, to learn more again. We trained in a remote part of France, not far from Saint-Brieuc, and there we baked bread from recipes that are over 200 years old. There was also another community like ours who baked their bread in a wooden oven that was as old as the village. It

NL: And how do you combine the goals of the mission and the work of the bakers and the staff into something that works as a business? Or does it?


FATHER ROBERTO: Of course, another aspect of this is that we are what you would call a social enterprise. And, I’ve been told that we are one of the few social enterprises that are financially viable. What we’ve discovered through the years is that you have to find the right balance because a social enterprise is a business that has several bottom lines. One of them is the money bottom line. The other one is the social bottom line. And then there is a third one, which is the ecological bottom line, and all of those three agendas have to be met. So bread has to go out, whether your people are feeling good or not. The customers are expecting it, and they’re not buying it because they feel sorry for you. They’re buying it because you have a product that’s competitive, it’s good, and they like it.

Maybe they buy because you’re trying to do some social stuff. So if all your staff are people who are very wounded you have constant crises, and we’ve lost some really good people because they couldn’t keep up with that. So we have to find a balance. And I think 70% of the people that we now have are people who are more or less stable in their lives and the rest would be people who would have difficulties getting hired. NL: It would seem to me that no profit-oriented business would take on that kind of challenge, and yet you’ve managed to take it on and be successful. In fact, you’ve expanded your brand to high-end shops across the city.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AT

St. John’s Bakery 153 Broadview Avenue, Just north of Queen st. Big Carrot Danforth Just West of Logan Brickworks Market Bayview Avenue Fresh From the Farm Donlands Just south of O’Connor

ST. JOHN’S BAKERY 155 Broadview Av, Toronto, ON M4M 2E9 (416) 850-7413 Hours: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm www.stjohnsbakery.com

To be continued …

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SCOTT JOHNSTON scottjohnston.ca. 416-937-1507 scott@scottjohnson.ca

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STEPPING UP IN RIVERSIDE

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ne of the things that sets Riverside apart is the number of people who actively get involved in the community’s many various committees and activities. As a result of all this volunteer action, the Riverside BIA created the Jack Korman Memorial Award named for the first recipient, Jack Korman who was a longtime Riverside resident and business owner of Corby’s Men’s Wear. Jack’s son Mitch Korman of local law firm Korman & Co. continues the tradition of volunteering as the current Chair of the Riverside BIA.

For 2014, the Riverside BIA presented the award to Cindy Hughes. Cindy contributions include helping launch the Riverside Magazine, spear-heading a Riverside tourism strategy and plan, leadership roles with local residence associations, volunteerism with Riverside BIA Streetscape and Marketing events and programs and so much more. In 2013, the Riverside BIA awarded the award to Lynne Patterson. Amongst other things Lynne assisted in establishing the Artists’ Network and the Riverdale Art Walk, and has leadership roles in community theatre and neighbourhood groups. She also is a member of the Riverside BIA Marketing Committee where she was a key coordinator of events such as WalkFest, Eats & Beats and others. Lynne is also an aficionado of the history of the area and serves as a liaison to the Riverside Tourism Initiative. Clearly Lynne’s efforts made her a wonderful recipient of the Jack Korman Memorial Award and she is an example of the difference one person can make.

Riverside BIA itself runs thanks to the efforts of volunteers. Riverside BIA’s Board and Committees are all made up of volunteer business and property owners as well as local residents. Without the team of volunteers, many of the community events organized by the BIA would simply not be possible. Each event has a committee and there are Marketing, Streetscape, Planning and Finance committees also in place. Another exciting volunteer opportunity currently cropping up is the chance to work with the Pan Am Games. Now that Riverside has been chosen a Community Partner of the Pan Am Games, we are sure that our community spirit will extend to that event. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who work so hard to make Riverside the vibrant and interactive place we all enjoy. If you are interested in volunteering, please just get in touch with the Riverside BIA.

Reprinted with Permission from Riverside Magazine Vol 3. Stepping up in Riverside - edited for 2014 Award Winner - Author - Sarah Dann and Perry Lupyrypa, Photo Credit (both) w Perry Lupyrypa,

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Riverside Bridge Comes to Light “Everyone knows ‘The River I step in is not the river I stand on.’

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y kids knew that when they were little.” Paula Fletcher, City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 30 tells me when we discuss the Bridge Beautification project set to unfold this year. She is referring to the phrase that spans the western edge of the bridge and sits atop the clock. The famous and beloved art installation created by world-renowned artist Eldon Garnet is set to undergo a transformation and one that was not taken lightly, no pun intended. The bridge is going to become illuminated – the result of almost three years of planning that will literally come to light by the June 2015. “It is a lovely private public partnership,” says Riverside BIA Executive Director, Perry Lupyrypa. Perry has been working with the BIA, City of Toronto Culture, City of Toronto Capital, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Artist Eldon Garnet, Lighting Designer Paul Boken, Banner Designer Rebecca Houston and Lighting Technician, Nick Iozzo – to name a few key team members – to make the project happen. As well, a corporate sponsorships program was implemented to assist in raising the funds. Hullmark Developments came

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on board as the first sponsor at the silver level. Streetcar Developments joined the project as a gold sponsor. Toyota is a silver sponsor, and coming in as bronze sponsors are: Il Ponte Cucina Italiana, Ox Agency, Bank of Montreal (Queen /Broadview Branch), HarHay Developments and Ashlar Urban Reality. “We really have to thank the BIA for their resolve in making this happen,” says Councillor Paula Fletcher, “I’ve been happy to help in any way I can but it is their resolve to make the entrance into the east end made even more special that made this project happen.” Three years back, when Perry Lupyrypa joined the Riverside BIA, the BIA team stepped back and asked, ‘What can we do to get Riverside on the map?’ They knew the Pan Am Games were coming and were aware that the bridge with its beloved artwork was already a huge asset to the neighbourhood. “We knew that with the CIBC Athlete’s Village coming, the world would be on Riverside’s doorstep,” says Lupyrypa. “There was a window to get help and all these windows presented

themselves and all seemed to work out.” Riverside BIA Board Members including Dale Sonier and Patrick Kennedy of macFAB, Natasha Varjacic, and Rachel Conduit of Table 17 advocated for the BIA in the countless meetings that were required to get the project off the ground. Paula Fletcher was on board, the City was supportive and meetings with the artist were held since with anything involving public art there is a process that needs to be followed. Nick Iozzo is an Illumination Engineer and works with the Economic Development group at the City of Toronto to support Business Improvement Areas with lighting projects. However he says, “Working with a bridge is unique for us. It is not every day we do bridges.” What they are going to do is to use lighting to “highlight the architectural features” of the bridge. Nick’s company handles all the installation, tenders, contracts, wiring, etc. They basically get the job done. During the process he works alongside Paul Boken who is a Lighting Architect and who Nick refers to as the “creative muscle” on the project. Paul’s team was very careful about the


wait to see it!” She believes “lighting brings an ephemeral element” and her thoughts are echoed by the man behind the lighting plan, Paul Boken who says, “It definitely will transform the bridge. Now when you at night it is just kind of dead. It will make a drastic difference and walking through it will be a memorable experience.” Thanks to the hard work by all team members on this project, generations to come can look forward to knowing the Riverside Bridge as not only a place that speaks to them but also lights their way. way they proceeded in considering the lighting. Given that the clock is already lit, Paul’s team thought, “Let’s finish what was started and illuminate the text.” Now that tiny linear LED lights are available, Paul’s team was able to subtly outline the letters. The next step was to determine how to best illuminate the structure. He says they asked themselves, “What can we do with directional light to illuminate what you don’t usually see?” They highlighted some internal components and main beams in their plans.

that carry on the ribbons from Eldon’s work. As it turned out, these were not created by Eldon but rather by artist Jim Houston. In a wonderful twist of neighbourhood synchronicity, and completely by coincidence, the artist who is recreating these banners is Jim Houston’s daughter, Rebecca Houston. A masters student in sculpture and a metal worker, Rebecca met Perry Lupyrypa through one of Rebecca’s many community work projects and she ended up being the ideal person to take on the redoing of the banners.

Paul is particularly excited that the bridge illumination will include the introduction of coloured lighting that can change. “We light for the public,” Paul tells me, “Colour is a great way to tie in to an event and adapt to the neighbourhood.”

Rebecca describes the banners as being “ribbons of steel that will spiral around the pole and that reference the river and the ribbon.” Here too colour is being introduced and Rebecca tells me “the profile will look like the letter R for Riverside.” Rebecca felt that introducing colour would bring the work into the vocabulary of modern sculpture; however she kept to colours that reflected the brick of the historic neighbourhood. “I chose vermillion, or orange peel. I wanted it to be a colour with an industrial feel.”

As Paula Fletcher puts it, “The bridge will become a beacon for the east end.” She adds, “It is about connecting. It is a gorgeous bridge and one of the only ones with public art on it. It needs to be treated specially.” As part of this special treatment, the BIA had to look into updating the bridge banners. These are the spirals of steel

The Riverside Bridge Lighting Launch Ceremony will be held on June 5, 2015, as the official BIA kick off to the Riverside Eats and Beats annual StreetFEST. The Festival’s theme if Ignite2015 – celebrate the countries of the PanAm and ParaPan Am Games.

Reprinted with Permission from Riverside Magazine Vol 3.

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FOOD AND CELEBRATION

Easter Specialty Little Duck Cake from North Pole Bakery

Easter is when Gaby , the pastry chef and son-in-law puts together a special cake, "Little Duck Cake". The creation is a multi stage process; starting with the baking of the various pastry pieces, creating a rum flavoured sponge cake, covered in ricotta, the fitting of the pieces which are

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dipped in dark chocolate and covered with white chocolate flakes. The dark chocolate is 70% cocoa butter. The little ducks are gathered round the mother in the nest. Call now to reserve yours.

NORTH POLE BAKERY 1210 Danforth Avenue Toronto ON M4J 1M6 416-466-6435

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AVLI Your gateway to Greek Food & Culture

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CONTACT INFO 401 Danforth Avenue 416.461.9577 www.avlirestaurant.com Hours of Operation Sun. - Thurs. 11:30am - 10pm Fri. - Sat. 11:30am - 12am

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MASELLIS SUPERMARKET

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MASELLIS SUPERMARKET 906 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON M4J 1L9 416- 465-7901

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Gypsy Soup This recipe is from a favourite cookbook; the original Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. I made it for a Pisces Party recently and it was a hit. It has a mix of flavours on different levels and when I eat it, I feel I have given my self a bowl of love. My daughter Sophia is one of my biggest fans. For a sixteen year old she has great food tastes and suggested it needed lemon juice and zest which I now add. The quantities and timelines shown are guides. As you get comfortable cooking this soup, substitute freely: squash for sweet potato, chick peas for red beans, green peppers for smoked red. This soup tastes best the next day after the flavours have had a chance to seep.

RECIPE 3-4 tbs olive oil 2 cups chopped onions 2 cloves crushed garlic 2 cups peeled, chopped sweet potatoes ½ cup celery 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes 1 chopped sweet peppers Half a cup of chopped smoked peppers 1 ½ cup kidney beans-cooked 3 cups veggie stock 2 tsps paprika 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp basil Salt to taste dash of cinnamon dash of cayenne 1 bay leaf 1 tbsp tamari Juice of a big lemon and a tsp of zest

In your favourite soup cooker, sauté onions, garlic, celery, and sweet potatoes for 5 minutes. Add seasonings (except tamari) and stock. Simmer covered for another 15 minutes. Add remaining vegetables and red beans. Simmer another 15 minutes until vegetables are to your liking. Add tamari and lemon just before serving.

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Travel to Ethiopia and back When you don’t feel like cooking at home, you’re welcome to visit our kitchen! Mention this ad and get a 10% discount. RENDEZ-VOUS 1408 Danforth Avenue & Monarch Park 416-469-2513 www.ethiopianrendezvous.com 88

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In the Rendez-Vous kitchen we take cooking seriously. Ethiopian culture has a history of vegetarian cooking predating Columbus. Our vegetarian style is vegan, no deep frying, no preservatives, no trans fats; everything is prepared fresh and cooked from the heart. Our vegetarian combination consists of lentils, sweat peas, chick peas, potatoes, collard greens , spinach, beets and cabbage. We use these spices; burberry saucea hot sauce made with mixed herbs, olive oil, ginger, garlic. We also offer lamb, chicken and beef specialities.

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“Canada’s Best Shortbread” is Leslieville’s best-kept secret! As voted by the National Post

“Crisp on the outside with a meltingly tender heart” Cynthia David - Food and Drink Magazine

Visit the Coach House Shortbread Company Store on Carlaw Ave, where you may purchase our many delicious sweet and savoury Shortbread flavours – baked right on the premises NEW THIS YEAR

‘Coach House Shortbread Food Artisan Collection’ – the highest quality food artisan products we could find, filled to overflowing in beautiful sisal French Market Bags. A gorgeous gift for the foodie in your life. Order online or at the store for pick up.

Open 10am -5pm Mon-Sat and 11am - 4pm Sundays in December 2013 or by appointment • Check website for 2014 Hours

235 Carlaw Ave. Lower Lobby,Toronto, Ontario, 416-907-8356 info@shortbread.ca • www.shortbread.ca

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BLACK BEAR PUB

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BLACK BEAR PUB 1125 O’Connor Drive 416-752-5182 www.blackbear.ca

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“ getting ready to move… to your place”

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SHORT BREAD FOR ANY SEASON, ANY REASON

MARY MACLEOD'S 639 Queen Street East 416-461-4576 www.marymacleod.ca Open 7 days a week

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M. THOMPSON CHOCOLATES

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M THOMPSON CHOCOLATES 388 Carlaw Ave, Suite W11 Toronto, ON M4M 2T4 Please call to arrange pick up HOURS Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday:Closed

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Since 1991 Authentic Northern Mexican Cuisine

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EL SOL 1448 Danforth Avenue, Toronto ON M4J 1N4 Tel: 416 405 8074 Fax: 416 405 8112 Email: elsol@belinet.ca Web: www.elsol.ca Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 3pm to 11pm Closed Mondays Space available for rehearsals

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Since 1991 Authentic Northern Mexican Cuisine

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Mexican Gallery Restaurant Since 1991 in East York Toronto, Yolanda and Gonzalo Paez, brother an sister, have offered Northern Mexican cuisine to Torontonians. In a period of six years through word of mouth the welcoming restaurant became well know. Sometimes all good things must come to an end. Yolanda

and Gonzalo decided to sell and take some time off. One year later the allure of the restaurant business called them back and “El Sol” was born. As people tasted the delectable flavours of Northern Mexico, its reputation and clientele grew. A conversation with owner/chef Yolanda Paez reveals the origins of the Mexican folk art found throughout the restaurant. El Sol offers a unique concept of culinary art and Mexican tradition. Enjoy your meal… Thanks.

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FASHION AND BEAUTY

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ZILIOTTO

752 Danforth Ave Toronto ON 416-463-0632

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UrBan NailS URBAN NAILS ONE 179 Danforth, 416-778-8288 www.urbannails.ca info@urbannails.ca Nails, Manicure, Pedicure, Waxing

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Bumbleberry Kids

BUMBLEBERRY KIDS

1584 Queen St. East, 416-691-5556 www.bumbleberrykids.com

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THRILL OF THE FIND 1172 Queen Street E. www.thrillofthefind.com Selected designer new to vintage women’s clothing

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HEALTH AND FITNESS

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Pain Management Products Yoga/ Pilates Bath Products Massage and Spa Equipment Massage Tools Educational Materials Heat /Cold Therapy Aromatherapy

KNOW YOUR BODY BEST 461 Carlaw Ave, Toronto ON M4K 3H9 416-367-3744 www.knowyourbodybest.com Neighbourhood Living EAST SIDE

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SAVINGS COUPON

Save $5 on your instore purchase of $50 or more

KNOW YOUR BODY BEST Riverdale Plaza 461 Carlaw Ave, Toronto ON M4K 3H9 416-367-3744

www.knowyourbodybest.com Mon-Wed 9-5 Thur-Fri 9-6 Sat 10-5

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STAFF PICKS Posture Medic Helping you obtain better posture Reg $39.95

The 10 Minute Cushion Ease back tension within 10 minutes Reg $39.95

Battle Creek One-Touch Thermophore Moist Heat The heating pad used by professional therapist's Reg $119.95

NEW Thumper VMTX Personal deep massager Feature $179.95

The Original Theracane Massage your complete body using your own pressure Reg $41.95

For all your wellness supplies‌

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HOME AND GARDEN

“Buying or selling a home is a big deal, personally and financially. We never lose sight of that.” When Gary Crowder decided 13 years ago to leave his corporate executive position and became a realtor with Re/Max Hallmark, he could not have predicted how good the change would be—both professionally and personally. Gary comments, “Real estate is so natural to me it’s hard to remember doing anything else. I’m still using my strategic and analytical thinking skills, but as a realtor I’m helping people make good decisions about something really central to their lives. It’s very satisfying.”

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Shortly into Gary’s real estate career, his wife, Sara, began working with him to help prepare clients’ homes for market. “Gary needed help and I was available. We didn’t know I would love the process of preparing homes so much, or that it would be so natural for us to work together,” says Sara. “And I never imagined I would write a book and start teaching about home!” she laughs, referring to her award-winning inspirational book, HouseHeal: Transform Your Life through the Power of Home, and the related courses she now teaches.

Working together makes both work and home easier. Gary explains: “We just accept that work is part of our conversation at home. We like to talk through the best possible options for clients, and come up with ideas and solutions. I am very strategic and analytical and Sara is very intuitive— it’s a good combination. Our focus is always on making things as easy as possible for clients. We want to help people do all the right things to maximize their investment and make the best possible personal decisions.


A great Couple helping People in a great Neighbourhood When the Strategic Thinker teams up with the House Whisperer Buying or selling a home is a big deal, personally and financially. We never lose sight of that.” What is the greatest benefit to working together? “In all the years Gary has been a realtor he has not once come home and suggested we move,” says Sara. “That is huge.” When Gary and Sara moved into their home on Dewhurst Boulevard near Pape and Danforth 15 years ago it was their third move in five years. Sara continues, “I grew up in a house where my

parents lived for nearly 40 years, and was in my first apartment for seven years. Gary was the opposite. By the time we met he had lived in more than 20 houses. Before buying this house we looked at neighbourhoods all over the city and even some smaller communities outside the city. When we came to this area, right away it felt like home. It still does.” And here Gary chimes in: “Staying put is definitely a change for me, but this neighbourhood really works for us. A

key part of my work is helping clients assess what locations work best for them. Toronto is full of great neighbourhoods, many more than most people realize, and everyone relates to areas differently. Sara and I are really happy here.” Gary adds, “Where you live is important. Really important.” CONTACT INFO

gary@thecrowds.com sara@househeal.com

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Magnificent Custom Kitchens are within reach Neighbourhood Living EAST SIDE

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Kevin Karst Design Inc. Kevin Karst will assess your interior needs and design a oneof-a-kind, beautiful and highly functional kitchen for your reno or new build. With over 35 years of experience in the industry as an industrial designer and journeyman cabinetmaker, Kevin’s design skills and product knowledge will get your project smoothly off the ground. Using only the finest materials and European fittings, your job is produced with the utmost of care in a fully equipped production facility. To complete the superb service, Kevin installs his own projects to ensure that no detail is spared.

You will thoroughly enjoy your new kitchen for many years to come. Call or email today!

KEVIN KARST DESIGN INC. 388 Carlaw Ave., Unit W22 647.722.4165 design@kevinkarst.com www.kevinkarst.com Neighbourhood Living EAST SIDE

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REVIVING A CABBAGETOWN COTTAGE

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ebuilding a home in Toronto can be a challenge, especially when faced with small lot sizes, close neighbours, and a hectic construction schedule. Rebuilding in Cabbagetown adds another layer to the process in conforming to the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District. This project carefully adds on to an 19th century worker’s cottage with a thoroughly modern – and large – rear addition, invisible

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from the street while also restoring the existing home to its original splendour. The design of this home has been featured by the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District Advisory Committee to show that it was possible to both complty with the heritage guidelines and to have a modern home. The two ideas need not be mutually exclusive.

Front, open The front of the house was carefully restored and reinforced during construction to maintain the character of the streetscape. The existing walls and roof were also repaired to improve the structural strength as well as add much-needed insulation.

Back, construction The new addition more than doubled the size of the existing house. The new ground floor steps down from the existing front to increase interior headroom, and the new second floor remains below the existing front roof peak to remain invisible from the street.


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Inside Walking through the front door is like Alice passing through the looking glass. While the exterior Worker’s Cottage remains at the street, the inside reveals a wide open, high, modern interior.

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Floor Skylights at the centre of the house allow natural light to pour into the upper hallway. A glass floor allows light into the ground floor as well.

Stairs The open stair design allows light from above to further penetrate down to the basement.

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Rear The rear of the house opens up on both levels, with large sliding glass doors on the ground level opening onto an eating and entertaining patio, with a covered dining area, sitting area, and hottub.

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Walkway Page A walkway past the detached garage includes garden trellises and an outdoor shower.

Rear Seating Beyond the garage is a secluded seating area for staying cool in the shade during the day, and relaxing around the firepit at night.

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PROJECT SUMMARY Location: Toronto, ON Completion: 2013 Area: 400m², 4,300ft² HERS Rating: 48 (Existing home = 100, Typical new home = 64, Zero Energy Home = 0) Energy Intensity: 138 kWh/m² (Typical home = 278 kWh/m²) Structural: K H Davis Consulting Engineers Mechanical: Alpha Comfort Control Alternative Energy: Generation Solar Lighting: DarkTools Landscape: bsq design

SUSTAINABLE.TO ARCHITECTURE + BUILDING 943 Queen St. E, 2nd Floor Toronto M4M 1J6 t. 416.619.0848 www.sustainable.to info@sustainable.to

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GRETHE JENSEN

416-699-6710 grethe.je@gmail.com grethejensen.com

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Luberon French Style Bring a little piece of France home with you today

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LUBERON FRENCH STYLE

2240 Queen Street East Toronto ON M4C 1G2 info@luberon.ca Facebook


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Persian Baluchi, 1920, 3 x 5. no price

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Since 2001

Rug Cleaning PEALAC RUG

815 Broadview Avenue North of Danforth 416-778-7585 www.PealacRug.com

Persian Kashan, Very fine 5x7, signed by weaver. Wool $2,400.00

Persian Silk Qum, 6x8, Kurk silk/Kurk wool $6,500.00

Persian Nehavand “Luri” 5x7 Kurk wool $1,200.00

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Have you considered personalized art work as personal gifts or for your business service awards, retirement gifts or volunteer appreciation efforts? A personalized work of art is a great way to show important people in your life or business how special and appreciated they are. It’s a gift as unique as the gifts they give to their community or the

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causes that they support. David Crighton Art specializes in creating unique and lasting memories. Visit our website at davidcrighton.com and learn more about our personalized art gifts and Commission Packages. Use Promocode BEACHES to get free personalization or an additional print when you buy our Commission Package.

DAVID CRIGHTON ART ENTERPRISES Phone: 416.414.6423 David Directly: 416.656.7670 pam@davidcrighton.com

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EMILY MILLAR I love to express visually what I feel, to experience shape and line. I feel calm and a sense of belonging when I mould the canvas to convey my emotions. I studied art at the Toronto School of Art, Canada. The schools emphasis was on freedom and finding each student’s natural technique. I loved figure painting, seeing the lines in the human body, slowly I began to focus on the negative space and carve out the form. Gradually my work became more structured, less about the lines in the human form and more about creating the same momentum by molding the canvas with blocks and layers of colour and texture. As my journey progresses I am constantly growing and always finding my self. Emily most recent exhibit was at The Artist Project next she’s headed west, 927 Queen Street West where she’ll be featured in a 3 day show the “Cos Pop Up Gallery” from March 27th to March 29th. Her work can also be seen on Suits, Being Erica and Beauty and the Beast.

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EMILY MILLAR

www.emilymillar.com emilymillar@me.com 647 298 8962

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PEOPLE PROFILE

Jane Hall

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by Randee Holmes

n the world of design and art, if you can name it, chances are that Jane Hall has done it. Graduating from university with fine arts and anthropology degrees, Jane got married before launching her first business at age 23. Not long after, Jane found herself a single mother with a five-year old and three-year-old twins. Necessity was the mother of invention as she searched for a way to support her young family and successfully fill the roles of mother and business owner. Jane put her head down and got to work. By the 1990s she was in the accessory business, selling jewellery and other fine accoutrements to 1,600 stores in the US and Canada and employing 30 people. That same decade Jane was painting murals for such familiar names as Second Cup, Muffins and Michel’s Baguette. She also created some of her over 200 works that now reside in private collections around the world. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she became involved in doing packaging and illustration, as well as licensing her designs to the home furnishings industry in the US. But she didn’t stop there. Jane built a name for herself in retail as well,

with colour and form her signature properties. Her storefront was a feast for the eyes, where her designs—simultaneously luxurious and bohemian—filled the space both physically and experientially. More than one patron described the space as akin to Alice’s Wonderland. Some actually cried, they were so moved by the ambiance. Others would just come in and sit down for lengthy chats, sharing their life stories. It was just that kind of place. Customers weren’t the only ones who loved it. In 2002 Jane’s interior design and custom home furnishings store was recognized by Cadillac Fairview with a $50,000 ARC (Achievement in New Retail Concepts) Award. What’s more, the award led to the generation of $5 million in marketing exposure. Ten years later, Jane decided to move her business online, honing her focus on interior design services and creating custom furniture pieces. Despite such undeniable success, Jane points out that she isn’t a genius. In her words, “I just work harder than anyone else.” She’s never been shy to take on a challenge and has an insatiable curiosity: “I don’t have an off switch. Some days I work from the minute I get out of

bed to the minute I fall back into it. I’ve put in many 16 hour days.” When asked what challenges she has had to overcome, she rhymes off several: being a woman, a single mother, an artist, and, perhaps above all, a non-conformist. But her passion, her sheer love for the work she does, keeps her going. Indeed, according to Jane, “I would wither away and die if I didn’t do what I do now. It is ingrained in every part of me.” Jane loves the east side for its socially conscious, culturally mixed and actively engaged community. Next she wants to harness that great combination to encourage people to support small local business, help young people and women start up their own microbusiness, and foster a culture of making things again. Based on her track record, she’s likely to succeed in doing all that.

JANE HALL DESIGN janehalldesign@gmail.com 647-854-7284 www.janehalldesign.com

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CRAZY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

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Balsam Avenue Garden

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Balsam Avenue Garden Lucille C. has been gardening with history. Her garden is a work of art created by three generations of her family. “I live in an arts and crafts house purchased by my grandfather in 1927. The house was built in 1904 using reclaimed brick from the “Great Toronto Fire”. As a result, the colours of the bricks are quite varied… orange, rust, sand, taupe, grey, & “charred”. When I was growing up in the house my mother, also an avid gardener, had a border of garden around the house and around the fence as it was the style of the era. My grandmother had a red currant bush which is still here 65 years later. The birds enjoy the berries. In the late 80’s, I came back to live in my childhood home and it became my time to create a garden here. There are 5 huge oak trees on the property as well as what I have planted in the last 20 years. The large trees I planted include a 25’ native Japanese maple, (the tag said 10 feet) a Fireglow Japanese ma-

ple, Canadian hemlock, 2 viburnums, 2 redbuds. As well I have planted a lot of bushes and perennials. Starting in the back, as the perennials grew, I divided them and began working on the front and side yards, keeping a small amount of grass in both front and back yards, for my grandchildren to play on. Because there is a tree at both front and back end of the driveway, I put in porous pavers so the oak trees would be watered also. I planted grass in the pavers and am letting small plants move into the holes. Gardening has and will be an ongoing process testing what plants will work in high shade and sandy soil. As a textile artist, I see things in terms of colour and texture, space and shape, rhythm and repetition, contrast, balance, proportion etc. And yes, I am captivated by the stunning beauty of the plants and the inspiration they provide for my work and my soul.”

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PHOTO: “Misty Morning - Ready for Duty” by Michael Maclaverty

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Is your car ready for spring?

We can help! Come in to Don Valley Auto Centre! Servicing domestic vehicles and imports, Don Valley Auto Centre offers: • regular maintenance • alignments • winter tune-ups and tires • NitroFillTM nitrogen for tires • off-season tire storage • premium parts • a large selection of Wagner parts in stock

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Don Valley Auto Centre 388 Carlaw Avenue, Unit S4 416-465-4191


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