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NEXT ISSUE: Winter 2013 Delivered to homes and targeted businesses in Bloor West, The Junction, Roncesvalles, High Park, Royal York, The Kingsway, Swansea and Baby Point. Editor/Feature Writer: Tracey Coveart Graphic Designer: Pamela Hickey Social Media Administrator: Carolyn Tripp

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The best of the West fall fashion - 14 Phila Optical optician back from Europe - 16 Neighbourhood Source Guide - 18 Four-leggeds friend get haute coiFURe - 19

Food + Celebration Chef Feature: Chris Lundy of Shakey’s - 20 Chef Feature: Chef Mo of Avec Panache - 21 Crème Fraîche brings farmers to the neighbourhood - 22 Broastyy Chicken: a feat of flavour engineering - 23 Bukhara Grill brings authentic cuisine to Bloor West Village - 24 Snappers’ Laurie Hamilton honours the oceans bounty - 25

Home + Garden Artist and musician David Crighton enjoys the best of both worlds - 28 Enduring value at In Home Kitchen and Bath Boutique - 33 Marco Mazza makes a clean sweep - 34 It’s never too late to start a vegetable garden: BUFCO - 38 Kevin Karst Design Inc. brings a lot to the kitchen table - 40 10 fall planting tips for a bulb-a-licious summer: Paula Deresti - 42 Upcoming Events - 44 Gift Guide - 45 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. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in what’s happening in your neighbourhood! @nlm_east @nlm_west


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Luke Anderson is changing the neighbourhood, one ramp at a time BY

At 24 years of age Luke Anderson was on top of the world. Literally. Having graduated with his degree in Civil Engineering from Waterloo University, Luke moved out west to Rossland, BC, where he could pursue his first love: mountain biking. A gifted and natural athlete, Luke had always enjoyed a physical challenge. Growing up in Stouff ville, Ontario, he spent every spare minute biking, running, climbing. Later it was organized sports: “baseball, lacrosse – you name it, I did it.” But was in the fall of 2002, while mountain biking in Rossland with a friend, that physical challenge took on a whole new meaning. “I bit off more than I could chew and came up short on a big gap jump,” says Luke. “The second I came to, just moments after I crashed, I knew that I was in trouble. I knew exactly what had happened, but I was in this state of calm collectedness. My survival mechanisms kicked in. I knew I had to get off that mountain and I channelled all my energy into that.” What had happened – what he was told later in the Vancouver



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hospital where he spent five weeks – was that he had sustained a high level (C4-5) spinal cord injury. Luke was a quadriplegic. “In the back of my mind, I knew this was a permanent state. I had very minimal movement below my shoulders. I had that hopeful thing, but deep down I knew I was kidding myself.” In the hospital and later in rehabilitation, Luke heard success stories. “People in my state who learned to walk again. I met a guy in the hospital in Vancouver, who was in a similar situation. He had fallen off his bike and had a C4-5 spinal cord injury. At first he couldn’t move much beyond his shoulders, but he regained a lot of movement. He could walk and ride a bike again. I really wanted that to happen to me, but I knew it wasn’t going to.” After he was stabilized and fit enough for travel, Luke flew back home and spent six months at Toronto Rehab – Lyndhurst Centre . “I worked with occupational and physio therapists to try to gain back as much movement as I could. And I did make gains. I arrived at Lyndhurst not being able to move below my

shoulders; not being able to feed myself. It doesn’t seem like much, but I remember that first bite I took on my own. I was sitting in the cafeteria with my family and I ate a grape by myself. It changed my life completely.” It was a major victory but Luke – who was once very proud of his sculpted body and athletic ability – was devastated by his physical condition. “My self confidence was shot. I had a hard time wheeling past a bike locked up on the sidewalk. I couldn’t imagine myself being involved in the cycling community in any capacity. I wanted to have romantic encounters but I didn’t see how anybody could be attracted to me or how intimacy would even work. I was adjusting to so many new things: the dependence on others for help and the rigid routine that goes along with it. At 10 pm there would be a knock on my door and someone – often a stranger – would be there to put me to bed; to be my hands. “In a split second, I went from being this incredibly active, physically able 24-year-old guy to someone who was very dependent on others and my wheelchair to get around. And in that split second – and the following months as I got used to this new way of life – I found myself living in a world not well suited to a person who uses a wheelchair.” The job interview Still recovering emotionally and adjusting to his new way of living, Luke turned his mind to gainful employment two years after his devastating injury. “As I started to get more comfortable with my situation, I sent out resumes, looking for work as a structural engineer.” And lo and behold, he got an interview at an engineering firm in downtown Toronto. “The morning of the interview, I did what everyone else does,” recalls Luke. “I got dressed up and I arrived early.” But for somebody who uses a mobility aid, that wasn’t enough. Three steps separated street level – where Luke sat in his wheelchair – from the entrance to the building, the elevators, and his potential employer. For Luke, those three steps might as well have been a mountain back in Rossland. “It was a cold, wet November day, and I sat there, waiting in the rain, wondering how the heck I was going to make it to my interview.” Fortunately someone coming out of the building told Luke about a back entrance. “It was a loading dock. I had to get in touch with the building manager, who went into the garage and moved all kinds of garbage to haul out these big, heavy, temporary ramps used for the snowblower.” It took more than an hour to get into the building, but Luke finally arrived at the offices of Blackwell Engineering, soaking wet, freezing cold and late for his interview. “I guess I must have said something right,” says

Luke, who can laugh about the experience now, “because I got the job!” A finger in the dyke For both Luke and his new employer, the challenge of that initial interview was just the tip of the accessibility iceberg. “Now we had to come up with a way to get me into the building so I could come to work every day.” The solution was to purchase a deployable ramp. Each morning when Luke arrived at the building, and each evening when he left, the ramp had to be unfolded, then refolded and tucked away. And that was something Luke couldn’t do by himself. Usually, the job fell to Luke’s good friend and coworker Michael Hopkins. “We grumbled and complained about the ridiculousness of the situation, and at the same time we noticed how many other people were struggling; people who weren’t using wheelchairs but had mobility issues of their own.” Delivery people lugging heavy packages would jump at the chance to use the ramp, says Luke, as would parents and caregivers pushing strollers. “For more than five years (in 2012 the building was retrofitted with a permanent ramp and an automatic door opener), I had to arrange to have someone meet me outside every morning when I got to work and go down with me every evening when I left. There was no spontaneity or independence. This was incredibly annoying, especially when Michael would get busy with other things or lose track of time. There were many times when I was left downstairs and it fuelled my frustration.” And this was Luke’s place of employment, where people were aware of his needs and had jury-rigged a way to accommodate them. There were countless other buildings in the city that were inaccessible to Luke and anyone using a wheelchair. “I get it,” says Luke. “We’ve got a lot of venues in this city that are old and were designed at a time when people who used wheelchairs didn’t really participate a lot in their communities because they weren’t seen as people who could. But we’ve come a long way and it’s time to change things.” When tension boiled over, Luke and Michael would kvetch about the widespread nature of the accessibility issue. Rather than accept defeat, however, they turned their annoyance into activism. “We had to figure out a way to get the conversation started; to let people see how big the problem is.” And so, in 2011, The Community Ramp Project was born. The StopGap solution Inspired by the success of The Good Bike Project – which was started by two OCAD employees who painted bikes in bright colours and left them locked up around the city to increase awareness about cycle friendly


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communities – Luke and Michael launched their own campaign, StopGap (, which is run by volunteers who are inspired to create awareness about barriers to the built environment. “These brightly coloured bikes had caused a stir,” says Luke, “and we latched onto the concept, offering businesses with single-step doorways a free ramp painted in bright colours with our website highly visible so people would go there to learn more.” The first community ramp rolled out in The Junction in the fall of 2011. There are now more than 130 ramps in six communities: The Junction, Kensington Market and Roncesvalles in Toronto, Stouffville, Orillia and Cranbrook,



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BC, with The Beach and Leslieville/Riverside slated to come on board this fall. For the first few years, local hardware stores donated the materials, and volunteers built and painted the temporary ramps, which are individually designed by Luke. In The Junction, Stockyards Home Depot provided all of the materials and the Stockyards Team Depot, along with family and friends, helped build the ramps. The Roncesvalles Ramp Project took place over two days, during the Polish Street Festival in 2012. Materials were donated by Pollock’s Home Hardware and the Greening Homes crew built the ramps. “This was our most successful – and ambitious – ramp project to date,” says

Luke. “We built 43 ramps in two days!” Made out of lightweight plywood with a nonslip finish, the ramps can be deployed whenever there is a need. (The installation of permanent ramps requires a street variance for encroachment onto city property, as well as a building permit and more complicated, expensive design-to-code construction, which puts it financially out of reach for neighbourhood ‘mom and pop’ shops.) The ramps are custom constructed to fit the step and are painted in red, yellow, green, blue, white or black – “obnoxiously bright” to get people talking. StopGap provides participating businesses with a sign to put in the shop window, announcing that a ramp is available, and Luke is trying to encourage business owners to purchase an inexpensive call bell system to make accessibility virtually seamless for everyone. The businesses sign a waiver accepting liability for the use of the ramp and StopGap makes sure that owners understand the potential for risk and how to deploy the ramps safely. “There are some businesses that do shy away from the risks,” says Luke, “and some business owners just don’t get it, which is unfortunate because everyone benefits from a ramped entrance.” The early adopters – those who responded positively to the survey StopGap distributed in their community and chose to receive a free ramp – are seeing an increase in their consumer base, “and a really interesting thing is happening,” says Luke. “Customers of businesses that are not part of The Community Ramp Project – in particular, customers pushing strollers – are demanding that the businesses they frequent have ramps installed.” Dan Lajeunesse, owner of Roncy’s Bean, is thrilled with his ramp. “I hadn’t even heard about the ramps when they installed one in our entranceway during the Polish Festival last year. Now I rave about them! It’s definitely helped our patrons come and go more freely, especially moms and babies and people with special needs who can’t make it up the step. Now the ramps are all up and down the street. It’s the norm.” For some shoppers, like local mom Lana, who has small kids and spends a lot of time out and about in the neighbourhood, it’s not a question of convenience. It’s a matter of necessity. “I won’t go into a store unless it’s got a ramp.” Full speed ahead This demand for accessibility has led to the first offshoot of The Community Ramp Project: Ramps on Demand. Businesses that missed the first round of applications can now apply to Ramps on Demand to have a custom ramp built at cost (usually between $100 and $300) by contractors that are aligned with StopGap. Brooke Manning, who opened her Roncesvalles shop, Likely General on July 21

of this year, couldn’t wait to get her Ramp on Request – and even put a notice in the window that her black ramp was on its way. “I contacted StopGap as soon as I signed the lease. It makes my business so much more accessible. And now that it’s arrived, people are just so appreciative that it’s here.” And the StopGap organization, which has applied for charitable status, just keeps on growing. Early in June, StopGap inked a partnership with Dixon Hall, a multi-service Riverside agency offering skills training for people who are at-risk and/or economically marginalized. The Dixon Hall Mill Centre, which works in partnership with George Brown College, local high schools and other non-profit community agencies to provide carpentry and home renovation training to more than 50 paid clients each year, has taken on The Community Ramp Project as an educational vehicle. “It’s an incredible partnership that will streamline our ability to get more ramps out there,” says Luke, whose ultimate goal “in the ideal world” would be to have a ramp in every Toronto doorway. In the east end of the city, Queen Street businesses including Ed’s Real Scoop, Lady Marmalade, Potala Gift Shop, Beachside Grill and Moo Milk Bar have already ordered their Dixon Hall ramp. And once the next round of applications goes out to shops in Leslieville, Riverside and The Beach, Luke expects things to get very busy for the good folks at Dixon Hall. Luke and the entire StopGap team are thrilled with the success of The Community Ramp Project. “Our brightly coloured ramps have generated a lot of interest. They’re working. They’re speaking for themselves. People get it. They often say to us, ‘It’s so simple. Why didn’t somebody think of it before?’” To truly understand a need, however, you have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, or in this case, wheel a mile in someone else’s chair. Luke encountered an obstacle and he found a way to overcome it – for his own benefit and for the benefit of society as a whole. Now he would like to tour his accessibility solution from coast to coast in the spirit of Canadian awareness heroes Terry Fox and Rick Hansen. “I see a real opportunity to take this thing across the country,” says Luke, who is working on logistics and sponsorship for a cross-country tour. “I’d like to see a ramp project in every community in Canada.” A busy, happy life Luke doesn’t have much time these days to think about what he can’t do. He’s too busy doing what he can. An ambassador with the Rick Hansen Institute and an independent presenter, Luke likes taking his message of

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awareness and accessibility to children. He shares his story with kids in elementary schools and introduces the community ramp project as a way to overcome challenges in life and to effect social change. “Kids often ask me if I regret making that jump,” says Luke, who dates, skis, sails and has recently reconnected with the cycling community as a coach mechanic with DIY bicycle shop Bike Pirates at 1292 Bloor Street West. “I tell them if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here, meeting them, telling them my story and opening up their minds to a different way of life that is just as fulfilling and pretty amazing.” One of the important lessons Luke teaches children is that accepting change can introduce us to new and exciting things and even make us better people. That’s the lesson readers take away from The Ramp Man, a book written by school principal Thelma Sambrook and Luke’s sister, Grade 1 teacher Logan Anderson, and illustrated by the Grade 6 students at Summit Heights Public School. The book was inspired by a live presentation Luke gave at the school and takes readers through Luke’s life: his devastating injury, his post-spinal cord injury navigation of a world that is not well suited to people who use a wheelchair, and his use of the powerful tools of optimism, perseverance and hope to tackle – and overcome – the barriers he encounters. “Ultimately, it is these kids who are going to be tasked with removing the barriers to our built environment. And disability affects us all as we age. We are TABs: Temporarily Able-Bodied. One day every one of us will need barrier-free accommodations.” And what became of the man who thought he could never attract a mate? Luke, now 35, and his girlfriend Nicola, a nursing student 10 years his junior, are getting serious. “She’s starting to move some of her stuff into my place to make it feel more like a place that she can call home as well,” says Luke, who has big plans for the future. “I definitely want to be a dad. I love kids!”

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Journeys by Judy:

Humber Bay Park East and West by Judy-Ann Cazemier

One of the best places to enjoy picturesque views of the Toronto skyline is from Humber Bay Park East and West. Easily accessible by car, there are scenic drives to several vantage points. The park is so popular, the last time I visited I had to wait to get a parking spot! It was a lovely evening. The moon was nearly full and the city lights were twinkling in the distance. Couples were strolling together. It was incredibly romantic – a photographer’s dream. Located west of the distinctive, much-



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photographed white Humber Bay Bike Bridge, the park – on the Waterfront Trail at the mouth of Mimico Creek – sports its own pedestrian and cyclist overpass: the crescentshaped Mimico Creek Bridge, which connects the east and west halves of the park. On a map, the two look like a pair of boots clicking their high heels together. Access to the east park is at the base of Park Lawn Road; the west can be reached via Humber Bay Park Road West, south of Lakeshore Boulevard West. Sailors know the park because of the private

boating clubs that take advantage of the geography – Humber College Sailing Centre, Mimico Cruising Club and the Etobicoke Yacht Club – as well as two public boat ramps and a Metro Police Marine Unit substation. The restored Eastern Gap Lighthouse, built around 1895 to guide the mariners, has been relocated to Humber Park Bay West, and is best seen from the water or Superior Park across the bay. When I first explored the west park, I stumbled upon the Air India Flight 182 Memorial. I took

a quiet moment to pause and reflect on the 329 bombing victims killed on June 23, 1985, when Flight 182 exploded mid-air and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, off the southwest coast of Ireland, near Ahakista. The memorial walls – one of which bears the names of the 331 victims (two Japanese baggage handlers were killed in a separate bombing attack on the same day) – face Ireland. The memorial incorporates a sundial, which runs two minutes slow on the day of the tragedy and casts no shadow at solar noon. The base is made with stones donated by the countries directly touched by the tragedy and the inscription reads: Time flies | Suns rise and shadows fall | Let it pass by | Love reigns forever over all. The park was created from landfill in the 1970s, and the area – which was formerly characterized by run-down accommodations along the Etobicoke Motel Strip – is being revitalized through condominium development. People are picnicking, barbequing and generally just chilling out, lounging on the grass and stony beaches or feeding the seagulls and Canada geese. Indeed, this man-made paradise is home to a plethora of birds and wildlife. Several metal walkways, criss-crossing over the Passive Stormwater Management Facility, are a good spot to observe swallows, ducks and other water animals. The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat boasts beautiful flowers that attract a large variety of winged insects, and there is a model boat pond and an off-leash dog area, which are enjoyed by both two- and four-legged enthusiasts. Photographers are like fishermen. We like to talk about ‘the one that got away.’ That evening, I was ducking through the brush just off a walking trail to get a better view of downtown Toronto in the distance, when I spotted a raccoon family on the move. Unfortunately, by the time I was able to change my camera settings the moment had passed, and all I managed to capture was a blurry beast with the skyline in the background.

Later in the evening I heard, then glimpsed, a beaver. A few days later, I returned to the park and tried my luck at the same spot, positioning myself beside what I assumed was the beaver’s lodge. I saw the beady red eye of a juvenile black-crowned night-heron trying to be inconspicuous as it hunted in the shallows, and witnessed it catch a fish, then gulp it down in a flash. I also spotted a great egret, and an adult black-crowned night-heron that was challenging the young heron for the best fishing spot. As I settled down for an evening behind the shutter, I was once again thankful to have such an abundant wilderness in the midst of the bustling west end of our city. I didn’t see the beaver that night, but I’ll be back. Whether you’re a sailor, a cyclist, a nature lover, a photographer or a couple out for a romantic evening stroll, the lure of Humber Bay Park East and West is irresistible. Humber Bay Park East and West at a glance Where: Humber Bay Park East – base of Park Lawn Road, south of Lakeshore Boulevard West; Humber Bay Park West – Humber Bay Park Road West, south of Lakeshore Boulevard West When: Accessible year round by car Who: Sailors, kayakers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, joggers, hikers, walkers, dog owners, birdwatchers, nature lovers, botanists, fishermen and photographers Notes: Dogs must be leashed to protect the wildlife (except in designated off-leash park). Bikes and pedestrians share the trail (there are speed bumps). Gates closed if parking lot is full. Paid parking after 5 pm. Boat and sailing clubs are private and gated.

Links: Humber Bay Park East –; Humber Bay Park West – complex/1074/index.htm; Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat –; and Waterfront Trail –; Humber Bay Park – Wikipedia; Parks, Forestry & Recreation: Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat –; Air India Flight 182 Memorial -


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The Best of the West

Cozy up to Fall Fashion With hopes of a mild autumn, the days are getting shorter and the nights a little cooler. It’s time to bring out longer sleeves and cozier knits for the changing of the seasons. Whatever your style, it never hurts to start your cool-weather shopping a little early to get ahead of the curve. Grab a latte from your favourite cafe and explore all of the great boutiques the West has to offer! In Roncesvalles Village, a short climb leads you up the stairs to Tailoress (335 Roncesvalles, Unit 4), where staff will update your favourite blazer: you know, the one with the collar that needs some sprucing up? [1] You can also drop in to Scout (405 Roncesvalles) to peruse their great curio collection, including jewelry from Equis 2 Accessories of Montreal. Fresh Collective at 401 Roncesvalles (692 Queen St. W, 274 Augusta Ave.) has you covered above the waist with tops by Address Apparel [2] ($130-$160). Get yours in gorgeous jewel tones and pair it with black tights and your favourite pair of heeled boots or shoes by Miz Mooz or Hush Puppies. And remember to hit Maggie’s Farm at 407 Roncesvalles for one-of-a-kind vintage accessories and a stunning collection of leather for your autumn evenings out. Finally, Planet Kid [3] at its new location at 16 Roncesvalles Ave, just north of Queen Street has everything you need for the little people in your life. Pick up a pair of Bogs rain boots or a caplet by Patouche for wetter, chillier days.

Down the road, you can find the prettiest vintage-inspired pieces at Black Daffodil (3097 Dundas W). Check out their amazing array of hand bags for a quick fall wardrobe refresher or pick up a gorgeous DinhBa dress with designs that are equally great for work or play.


Is your tiny one in the market for something snuggly with a neighbourhood-friendly twist? Look no further than Kid Culture in their new location at 3124 Dundas Street West 5 at St John’s Road. You’ll find a stunning array of original pieces that are perfect for any occasion, including gorgeous onesies and other babyfriendly items made with love by local designer Nannee Design Co. ‘Heart Your Hood’ [5] babywear is perfect for those who want to show a little allegiance to their favourite neighbourhood. Stuck on what to do for Halloween? Be sure to check out Upcoming Events (pg. 44) for details on Kid Culture’s Costume Swap. Next, head one door down to Your Big Sister’s Closet at 3126 Dundas W. There, you’ll find comfortable styles that hug every fantastic curve. Down the street, Trap Door (2993 Dundas W.) has the goods if you’re looking to complement your wardrobe with edgier, artistic finds.


Heading north to The Junction, be sure to check out the incredible ecofriendly finds at Natureal, 3072 Dundas Street West. They’ve got a variety of great dresses for fall, including the Empirical from Horny Toad [4], available in rich ruby, Turkish coffee and bright navy. Classic lines flatter the figure and are perfect for everyday wear or dressing up for an evening out. The apparel in this boutique is made from natural fibers, deliciously comfortable for those crisp fall walks in the park (

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Bloor West Village is the final stop on this best of the west fall fashion excursion. Stop in at Coral Bliss (2989 Bloor W.) and pick up a stunning two-piece swim suit or sun hat for your mid-winter trip down south or daydreaming poolside in the city. Ziliotto (2380 Bloor W. & 764 Queen W.) has a finely crafted in-house line, featuring comfortable-but-chic outfits that will help you transition to the cooler seasons. Check out their adorable wear-anywhere dresses [6] to spruce up your fall wardrobe ( Finally, drop in to Casual Affairs (2873 Bloor W.) for all your designer needs, and pick up some colourful stockings by Hue. Don’t miss their amazing new arrivals, including cozy knits and longer sleeved dresses that are sure to turn heads (

As you head home with your shopping bags full of fabulous fashions, you can rest easy knowing you’re in | good | snap Neighbourhood shape forLiving the cold ahead! And stay tuned for even cosier finds in NL’s winter edition.


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Roncy optician back from Europe with renewed passion for life

This summer, Hanna Filarska—optician and the founder of Phila Optical in Roncesvalles—took some time off to travel in Europe, visiting exciting cities full of life, culture and fashion. Her ‘Euro Tour’ included Paris, Kraków, Toruń, Gdańsk, Köln and Frankfurt. “Each of these cities represents a different European flavour, but all of them have one thing in common,” says Hanna.

“History. Walking through the streets in every city you feel such a strong sense of time. Cathedrals, opera houses, bridges and historical monuments that are hundreds of years old remind us of the past.” The food experience in Europe was also incredible, Hanna says, and while Paris tops the list as the place to eat, Kraków, Poland, had the most unforgettable atmosphere. “Sitting at a table in the main square of this medieval town, sipping coffee, listening to street jazz and contemplating life. It doesn’t get any better than that.” Revisiting Köln in Germany—Hanna lived there in the early 80s—was very exciting. But there was another purpose for her visit: to meet with Martin Lehmann and Klaus Eich of Martin&Martin eyewear. Hanna was very impressed with Martin’s design studio and the warm hospitality she received from both partners. Earlier this year, Martin and Klaus visited Phila Optical, meeting with customers and enjoying the Roncesvalles neighbourhood. It was a very busy time for the creative team in Köln—which was hard at work preparing new acetate frames for the annual Vision Expo 2013 in Paris—but Hanna got a sneak peek at the exciting designs that will be released at the international show. In spite of his hectic schedule, Martin organized a lovely hiking trip through the small wineries near Köln on the weekend before Hanna returned to Canada. “It was such a nice way to say good-bye,” Hanna says, “toasting Europe with a cool glass of Riesling!”

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359 Roncesvalles Ave • 416-538-8580 • • Follow Phila Optical on Facebook and on Twitter @philaoptical |

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Neighbourhood Source Guide w Another Story Bookshop 315 Roncesvalles Ave • 416-462-1104

w Maggie’s Farm 407 Roncesvalles Ave • 416-537-4356 •

Proudly independent since 1987.

A vintage curio emporium experience!

We specialize in books for adults and kids about social justice, equity, and diversity. We also have an extensive collection of small press titles, Canadian and international fiction, cookbooks, and bestsellers. Ask about our customer points program!

A treasure hunt on Roncesvalles with a selection of great women’s and men’s second hand and vintage clothing, footwear, and accessories. Furniture, retro, kitsch, buttons, art, albums, books, leathers, toys, and furs. See you soon!

w Articulations

w Mrs Huizenga

2928 Dundas St W • 416-901-7464 •

28 Roncesvalles Ave • 416-533-2112 •

w Tailoress 335 Roncesvalles Ave, Unit #4, 2nd Floor • 647-351-0761

All your wardrobe solutions. Featuring our own Karamea line and retail shop with stunning bridal accessories, Tailoress is your go-to for every wardrobe riddle. We can work with existing pieces, or create new ones based on what suits you best.

w The Sweet Potato

Local, Creative, Cool

Thinking outside the fashion box.

We are a locally run art store located in the heart of the Junction neighbourhood. We are creative navigators here to provide you with art supplies, cool art workshops, and creative exhibitions.

Come see our new digs at 28 Roncesvalles for items not available in other shops. Fun and whimsical: A chock-a-block with whatnot! Come looking for one item and get immersed in our archeological dig of vintage finds.

A full service natural foods grocery store.

3097 Dundas St W • 647-726-9400 •

w Natureal 3072 Dundas St W • 416-767-3072 •

w Trap Door Boutique

Glamour and style for every fashion lover.

w Black Daffodil Our boutique features unique women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories from across North America. We mix modern designs with a 1940s glamour twist, referencing a sophisticated pin-up woman. Every day is a possibility for great vintage-inspired style.

w Casual Affairs 2873 Bloor St W • 416-233-4779 •

Something exciting for everyone. Casual Affairs offers versatility in every-day clothing, we offer Canadian brands with some favourites from Europe and the USA. We can take your wardrobe from day to night with our unconventional brands and personalized service.

w Coco’s Closet

Comfortable, fabulous, eco-conscious fashion. Formerly the Earth Collection, Natureal carries an array of cozy cotton knits, clothing, jewelry, baby gifts and gifts-to-go and more. Ready for warmer weather? Natureal also keeps a constant stock of sun-dresses and accessories for trips down south and future trips to the beach here in town!

w Planet Kid 87 Roncesvalles Ave • 416-537-9233 •

Delightful, Distinctive, and Practical. Always mindful of how our products are made, we strive to bring you the best quality for your family. Planet Kid features a fantastic array of toys, clothing, bed, bath and more for little ones of all ages.

413 Jane St • 647-981-6870 •

w Puh-Nash

Designer Consignment Boutique.

2420A Bloor St W • 416-845-7380 •

Find fantastic, original pieces in Baby Point, at Jane St just north of Annette. OpenTuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm..

Verve, Style, Flair

w Fresh Collective

We can take your personal style and give it an edge within your budget. Come visit to get the best style that suits your unique shape. We also offer denim in our retail shop for every body type.

401 Roncesvalles Ave • 647-352-7123 • Other locations: 274 Augusta, 692 Queen W

w Scout

Confident, Beautiful, Inspired

405 Roncesvalles Ave • 416-546-6922 •

We are Toronto’s premier designer boutique. Our Canadian designers create beautiful and exclusive fashions that are guaranteed to leave you feeling powerful, confident and beautiful.

w Kid Culture 3124 Dundas St W • 416-859-9006 • @kid_culture

Locally made, bright, fun and unique! For kids of all ages, visit this fantastic collection of toys, and accessories. Featuring local designers you can find anything from eco-conscious stockings to plushie owls. This is a child’s (and parent’s) dream come true.

w Lila Yoga 9 Neepawa Ave • 416-530-1359 •

Your neighbourhood sanctuary.

2995 Dundas W • 416-762-4848 Featuring everything from the finest in local organic produce, fabulous fresh baked goods, fresh organic meat and dairy - all at amazingly sweet prices!

2993 Dundas St W • 647-827-6994 •

Fashion for the artistic professional. A distinctive boutique in the heart of the Junction, Trap Door blends modernist design trends with local flavor. Delivering high quality pieces from Canadian designers, the shop features clothing, shoes, boots, handbags, and jewelry.

w Trove 2264 Bloor St W • 416-766-1258 •

We’re a fashion-forward boutique. Offering a unique range of clothing, boots, handbags and more. Service-oriented and artisan-driven, we also specialize in whimsical one-of-a-kind jewellery by Canadian and international designers.

w West Side Cycle 213 Roncesvalles Ave • 416-531-4648

Reliable, friendly service from a great, knowledgeable team! Whether you just need air in your tires, are coming in for a new model or full spring tune up, West Side has got you covered.

w Wise Daughters 3079B Dundas St W • 416-761-1555 •

Warm, friendly, and contemporary. With our stock always changing around our favourite brands, there’s always something new at Scout. Featuring all natural bath and beauty products, household items, clothing and accessories, we have something for every creative friend on your list.

w Seventh Sister Bakery 53 Roncesvalles Ave • 647-748-7747 •

Hand baked perfection in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood! Try the triple chocolate pecan brownie, the Nova Scotia Oatcake or the Banana Muffins with chocolate and peanut butter today.

Beautiful, Unique Gifts Your neighbourhood source for gifts to suit every taste and budget. The shop carries unique jewellery, bags, socks, t-shirts, sleep wear, and much more – all hand-made by local designers and artisans.

w Ziliotto 2380 Bloor St W • 416-604-1102 •

Great fashion, great service. Come visit our team of trained stylists to guide you through our shop. Featuring great Canadian brands, we mix and match for the real woman and take the guess-work out of finding what’s best for you.

Want to introduce yourself to the neighbourhood? Call 416-402-4283 or email: to find out how!

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Four-legged friends get

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Linda Kilpatrick adores animals – especially dogs and cats – and she’s lucky enough to be able to combine her passion with her profession. “I wanted to mix my love for pets with caring for them, so I opened my salon, PetAgree Professional Grooming, 12 years ago.” In that time, she says, “I have learned and done so much, and I can lavish that knowledge and experience on every pet that comes through my door.” Voted ‘Best Groomer’ in Bloor West Village, Linda is a certified groomer with International Professional Groomers Inc. and is a member of the Ontario Dog Groomers Association and the National Cat Groomers Institute of America. “We treat our customers’ pets as if they are our own. All our furry guests are pampered with state of the art equipment and premium quality natural, organic grooming products that soothe and relax your pet while revitalizing the skin and coat.” Spa services include hydro-massage and deep coat cleansing, and all pets have their pads cleaned and moisturized when they come in for a nail trim. And if your four-legged companion has the misfortune of running into a skunk this fall – bring the poor creature to Linda. “We de-skunk and deordorize. Just call and ask us what to do immediately after the unfortunate encounter and before you bring your pet in!” One thing that sets Linda apart from the competition is her focus on felines. “Cat grooming is a specialty here at PetAgree Professional Grooming. We see many cats in a month and they are all handled with the love, care and respect they deserve.” Most cats that come into the salon have medium to long fur – and most of their coats are matted. “Mats can pose special problems

for cats because they develop very close to the skin, under the top coat of fur.” As mats grow bigger and bury deeper into the fur, they pull on your kitty’s sensitive skin every time he or she moves. It’s not just irritating, it’s painful and sometimes dangerous. When matted fur traps moisture and irritants close to your cat’s skin, pruritis – itchy, inflamed skin – can develop, which can lead to lesions or secondary skin infection in severe cases. Some matted cats just need a good bath, a good brushing and a thorough drying. Others require shaving. “The ‘shave down’ is referred to as a Lion Cut and it can be modified to suit the owner,” says Linda. “For our regular cat clients we offer a bath and brush dry. This helps rid the body of dirt and dried oils that have been sitting on the skin – generally called dander.” Between professional grooming sessions, Linda recommends a homecare regimen to keep fur, face and feet problem free. “Cats should be brushed regularly to keep shedding to a minimum and help spread the oils secreted by the pores of the skin. This is the best way to keep the coat healthy and mat free.” Nails and ears, she says, need to be checked on a weekly basis. “Trimming the nails should be a priority as cats like to shed the scales of their claws on scratching posts – like the arm of your favourite chair!” An ear cleaner recommend by your veterinarian should be applied every week or two. “And to keep the face free of eye stain, clean the area three to four times a week.” Whether you share your life with a cat, a dog or both, “all our pets need regular care and attention at home to stay happy and healthy, says Linda, “along with the occasional trip to the groomer or day at the spa!” TC

Cats On The Go Any breed, Short or Long Hair......................................Bath & Brush ........................ $60.00* Lion Cut or Creative Trimming ....................................Add ............................................ $30.00 De-matting or de-tangling ..............................................Add ............................................. $25.00 Belly Trim ..................................................................................Add ............................................. $25.00 *Includes any two: Nail Trim, Ear Cleaning, Anal Sacs, Sanitary Clip – tail

PetAgree Professional Grooming | Neighbourhood Living 1708 Queen St. W. • 416-536-9064 •



chef feature Chris Lundy Shakey’s • Bloor West Village • by Dennis Hanagan

Chris Lundy likes tackling tough issues. Or rather, tough tissues – pork belly, beef cheeks and ox tail. “I like braising things,” say the co-owner/chef at Shakey’s in Bloor West Village, which means “taking tougher cuts of meat and turning them into dishes that are melt-in-your-mouth tender.” Braised beef cheeks is Chris’ favourite recipe. It’s a labour of love that takes time and one special ingredient. “I cook the meat in stout ale for about four hours in the oven.” Like most chefs, Chris is passionate about his chosen profession. “I love eating, and I love working with food.” But this classically trained chef is a down-to-earth guy when it comes to enjoying a meal himself. “I love a good burger. It’s a simple thing, but when it’s done well…” He doesn’t finish the sentence but you know what he’s thinking by the look on his face. Chris buys his ingredients locally: Rowe Farms for ground beef, Snappers Fish Market for the ocean’s bounty and Cobs Bread for buns and loafs. “Shakey’s is in Bloor West Village and my brother (coowner Rob) and I believe it’s important to support other local businesses. It’s an important way to demonstrate that you’re part of the community.” Many chefs credit a mentor or two and Chris is no different. One of his biggest influences is Thomas Keller, who runs French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York City. “I like him for his inspiration – business-wise and food-wise. His cookbook is 14 years old now, but it still applies in terms of technique.” Chris’ favourite local eateries are Bryden’s, Kennedy Public House and Good Fork in Bloor West Village, Buddha Pie in The



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Chris Lundy behind the bar at Shakey’s on Bloor Street, West.

“I love a good burger. It’s a simple thing, but when it’s done well…” Junction and Barque Smokehouse in Roncesvalles Village. It was a life-changing family experience that solidified Chris’ relationship with food. His late mother was ill with cancer and he was happy to make her whatever she fancied, day or night. “It was her illness that made me realize why I love to cook: because food makes people happy. There were moments in my mom’s last few years that I felt was bringing her comfort with food. That influenced what I do here at Shakey’s. Making people smile is what cooking is all about.”

2255 Bloor St. West 416-767-0608 Twitter@ShakeysTO NOBODY, I MEAN NOBODY, does a burger like this anywhere in Toronto ... Diner review, urbanspoon

chef feature Chef Mo Avec Panache • The Junction • by Dennis Hanagan

“We have many customers who come just for the lamb chops.”

Chef Mo putting the finishing touches on his Crêpe Suzettes. When you ask Chef Mo about his go-to cookbook, he taps his forehead. That’s where he keeps the innovative recipes he brings to the table at Avec Panache. “I follow my years of experience in France, Germany and Switzerland, and improvise to create traditional dishes with a twist,” says Mo. Educated in Europe and in the business for many years, Mo’s forté is fine quality, locally-sourced food, artistically presented. Customers always comment on the large selection of beautiful fresh vegetables that accompany his entrées. One of his most popular dishes is the succulent, grilled Frenchcut lamb chops. Fine quality lamb racks are trimmed of all fat, then brushed with olive oil and marinated for a few days in fresh herbs, including rosemary. “We have many customers who come just for the lamb chops,” Mo says. His signature soup, Fire-Roasted Sweet Potato, is equally popular. It’s a combination of sweet potatoes, squash, apple, spinach, leeks, red peppers and red lentils, seasoned with fresh ginger, coriander

and cumin. “People bring their friends and insist that they try it!” Mo purchases ingredients locally on a daily basis. “Because we buy from little businesses and select just what we need for that day, our food is always totally fresh. We even make all our own desserts – that way we ensure fresh, natural ingredients and something unique to us.” For a meal out, Mo and his wife Sue keep it local and very casual. They enjoy Thai, Indian and Mexican food – anywhere they don’t have to dress up! Mo’s favourite chef is the renowned Mark McEwan. “He’s a very talented chef and one of the people I really respect. He takes pride in what he does.” So does Mo. He recalls a story from his days at Encore, across from the former O’Keefe Centre. Eaton’s was sponsoring a ballet in the late 1980s and John Craig Eaton asked him to make something different for his V.I.P. guests, who were difficult to impress. Mo suggested a gourmet Crown of Lamb, “although a lot of people didn’t eat lamb at that time.” Just in case, he prepared Chateaubriand as backup. One lady at the gathering turned down the lamb and Mo ordered “one Chateaubriand, quick!” Before the substitution could be made however, the waiter hurried back to the kitchen. “No! No!” he cried. “The lady tasted her husband’s lamb and loves it. She wants her plate back!”

THE FOOD IS AMAZING and the prices are unbelievable. You feel you are in a 5 star hotel but not paying premum.

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Crème Fraîche brings freshness – and farmers – to Bloor West Village

Constance Dykun remembers playing in the front of her dad’s Yonge and Summerhill produce store when she was a little girl. “He and my mom would open the store in the morning and I would be in my playpen on the front steps.” Today, Constance has followed in her family’s foodie footsteps as the owner of Crème Fraîche Market Cafe on Annette Street, a short walk west of Runnymede and east of Jane in Bloor West Village. The cafe opened over a year ago, offering an array of healthy local, sustainable foods, including organic breads and pastries, farm fresh pies and produce, delicious organic coffee, grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh made soup and, of course, artisanal Ontario cheese. In fact, it was cheese that got the wheel rolling. “I saw there was a huge opportunity to market Ontario artisanal cheese,” says Constance – known to her customers as ‘The Cheese Lady’ – looking perfectly at home in her small shop. “Most adults love cheese. It’s like candy to kids.” There are several varieties of cheese to be tasted at the shop made from cow, sheep, goat and water buffalo milk, and ranging from fresh to extra aged. “All are from local dairies, using local milk and employing Ontario’s finest.” Crème Fraîche Market Café, with its quaint furniture and beautiful hardwood floor, is a bit like visiting a country general store: the perfect place for GTA artisans to profile and sell their goods year-round, particularly in the



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winter months, when most farmers’ markets shut down. “As the store developed, it became increasingly apparent that there are a lot of fantastic small artisan vendors and great foods out there,” explains Constance. “I wanted to give them a venue where they could sell great food, demonstrate their art and talk about their products.” Wednesdays are ‘Meet Your Farmer Day’ at Crème Fraîche Market Cafe. “This is a day when produce, fruit farmers and local artisans – bakers, cheese makers, crafters, coffee and chocolatiers – ‘pop-up’ their tents and tables and sell to our community,” says Constance. “Families gather out front and on the side patio of the shop to talk to the farmers and artisans and enjoy a coffee, treats and prepared foods. They loved it.” In early August, Constance expanded her meet-and-greet marketplace, and Crème Fraîche Market Cafe now hosts farmers and artisans on Sundays at the shop and Wednesdays at the nearby Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot from 3-7 pm. The get-together will continue into mid-October at the church. “The church has been wonderful,” she says. Customers also like her workshops: pastamaking and beer-and-cheese/wine-andcheese pairings hosted in cooperation with local brewers and vintners. And because she loves the opportunity to teach children about nutritious foods and healthy eating, she has

started a successful after-school program for kids ages 4-6 and 7-12. Constance has lived in the Bloor West-Annette Village neighbourhood for 20 years and walks to work. Well, maybe not to ‘work’. “I don’t look at it as work. I look at it as a lifestyle,” she says. “I was taught and raised in the food business with my mom and dad, and my grandpa and uncles who were in food wholesale. I enjoy providing people with good quality, affordable foods and great customer service.”

Crème Fraîche Market Cafe 639 Annette Street 416-546 2918

Emad Masoud’s roasted chickens are a feat of flavour engineering When Broastyy Chicken owner and operator Emad Masoud decided to quit his career as a computer engineer to pursue his love of spices, recipes and all things related to chicken, it was neither easy nor timely. But, with an intriguing mix of Jordanian and Brazilian cuisine in his family kitchen, he grew up loving food. It was his first passion, and whenever he travelled with work it was the delicacies he sought out first. When the multilingual fast-food visionary finally decided that Broastyy Chicken was the business in which to invest, he began rebranding from the ground up, designing everything from the logo to the menus to the machines that cook chicken to perfection. The restaurant is an ideal marriage of his love for food and his technical prowess: the cook creates the perfect roast chicken; the engineer modifies existing machines and designs his

own to make roasting perfection possible. Emad holds patents on a rotation machine that closely resembles a ferris wheel in its construction and speed. Fresh pieces of meat are placed on the outer cage and slowly rotated to coax out their natural juices and flavour. Served in a variety of styles—breaded, fried and grilled—the chicken is made to order, just the way his customers like it. The use of spice in the menu is exceptional, with each selected carefully to bring out the best of his home countries in the Middle East and South America. ‘Elaa,’ for example – a Brazilian spice that tastes like sweet cinnamon – is used in some of Broastyy’s rice dishes that are recommended with breaded fried chicken and a side of fresh vegetables. In a hurry? Order a grilled wrap and choose from an astonishing array of fixings and spices. If you’re really hungry, add frites with

your sandwich. There are fresh salads, too, and if you’re feeding a crowd, check out the party platters. So what’s next for this culinary engineer? Emad hopes to expand his business south and take his passion stateside. But for now, Broastyy is a Bloor West Village destination. So stop in, check out the state-of-the-art roasters and treat your taste buds to a transcendent slow-roasted chicken experience.

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Bukhara Grill brings authentic Indian cuisine to Bloor West Village When Tikaram Niure stepped into the space at 2241A Bloor Street West, he felt immediately at home. The wooden posts, the wooden beams in the ceiling and the warm, welcoming atmosphere reminded him of his favourite restaurant in Delhi. This was the perfect place for the first Indian restaurant in Bloor West Village: Bukhara Grill – bukhara meaning ‘communal pot’, where people are encouraged to share the food experience. Tikaram’s family has a long history with food and wood. He started in the kitchens of Delhi 25 years ago and spent eight years as a chef in India before travelling the world gaining invaluable skills and experience in some of the finest restaurants. He came to Canada in 1999 cooking in a number of establishments on the west coast before settling down in Toronto, eventually partnering with his uncle – a chef and restaurant owner for 30 years, who was operating Bukhara in Mississauga – to open a second Bukhara Grill in the city’s west end. The Niure family creates an authentic North Indian experience. This style of cooking uses onions, tomatoes and a house curry mix of coriander, garam masala and 15 herbs and spices. The menu has a full range of dishes, with many appetizers including pakoras, samosas and soups. There is a large selection of Tandoor dishes as well as seafood and vegetarian options. Among the signature dishes at Bukhara, the Tandoori Platter and Rack of Lamb are the most popular. Various shrimp and curry creations, as well as Tikaram’s butter chicken are also customer favourites. Fully licensed, Bukhara Grill offers dine-in, takeout and delivery, and you are welcome to celebrate your special events in their party room. For an authentic Indian experience you won’t find anywhere else in Bloor West Village, come to Bukhara Grill and let executive chef Tikaram Niure prepare you an unforgettable meal.

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Snappers’ Laurie Hamilton honours the ocean’s bounty Laurie Hamilton, owner of Snappers Fish Market in Bloor West Village, has a fondness for H2O. “I’ve always felt a connection to water, especially the ocean. I have a fascination with the abundance of fish out there under the surface of the sea.” Her love of fish developed gradually and naturally over the years. “As a girl, I lived in a small town in South Africa where many of the streets are named after fish. On weekends, I would watch my dad come home with his catch of fish and would get so excited to see what he’d brought home. We’d lay them all out and look at them together.” Years later, when Laurie was offered the opportunity to sell frozen fish as a seafood broker in Montreal in the late 80s and again when she worked for two different seafood wholesalers, “I felt oddly comfortable in a male dominated business. I was in awe of how much there was – and still is – to learn.” With more than 25 years of experience under her belt, she opened Snappers Fish Market in 1999. “My initial goal was simply to give my customers a delicious fresh fish experience – the kind of experience I had growing up. And I wanted to help people who shied away from trying fish to understand that all fish doesn’t taste ‘fishy.’ The oceans offer us a wide range of tastes, from the sweetness of a halibut fillet to the tender flakiness of a piece of salmon.” Once she had established Snappers as the place to go in the neighbourhood for a fresh fish experience, she turned her attention to building customer confidence by offering them consistent, superior quality and unparalleled freshness. “We are extremely picky about what we sell at the store,” says Laurie. “We pride ourselves on having the best fish, hand selected every day and competitively priced.” Laurie’s job is procuring the fish and picking it up fresh each morning.

Tony, who has more than 35 years of experience in the industry and also works behind the counter at Snappers, is responsible for filleting. Rather than purchasing their products prepared, says Laurie, “he cuts the fillets from the fish, so we can guarantee the finest quality.” (While Snappers’ focuses more on fillets, Tony and Laurie also welcome special requests for whole fish.) This attention to quality, freshness and fair pricing has gained Laurie the loyalty of her customers, which is further enhanced by her underlying conviction of the need for a sustainable, healthy, transparent fishing industry. “I believe in a responsibly managed fishery, and I feel very strongly that everyone should actively respect our oceans – from the producers, to the wholesalers, to the retailers, to the end consumer. We all play a role in the chain of custody, and everyone should know where their fish are coming from and how they are harvested.” To that end, “educating the consumer is a large part of my business. We know if a fish is wild caught, farmed, organic and sustainable, and we share that information with our customers.” Laurie’s ultimate ambition was to build a business that became part of the fabric of the community. “I think we’ve achieved everything we set out to do,” she says, beaming from behind the counter. “Freshness, quality, trust, a sense of community belonging... We’re enjoying it all. Fourteen years later our neighbours know there is a great fish store right around the corner.” And as long as the oceans have fish on offer, Snappers will be serving up the best and the freshest. TC

Laurie Hamilton Snappers Fish Market

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David Crighton’s High Park basement studio is impressively spartan. A large wooden easel sits beneath a row of track lights and the one window in the room. To the left is a desk with a computer and an acoustic guitar leaning casually against one of its sturdy legs. To the right is a small side table holding a modest bucket of synthetic brushes and a palette of pots crusted with thick scabs of red, yellow, blue, green, brown and black acrylic paint. An Epson digital printer the size of a Smart Car dominates another wall. In the far corner is a second guitar and a music stand, a skiff of hand-written chord and lyric sheets scattered around its metal feet. What the studio lacks in ornamentation, artist-musician David Crighton makes up for in personality. Equal parts painter and rock’n’roller, he has the laid back swagger of a man who has earned every ounce of his confidence. Expelled from regular high school, David was sent to a Toronto technical school to learn a trade. “I was passing people in the hall who were studying to be plumbers and electricians, nurses and aircraft mechanics. I was at Central Tech learning how to draw and paint.” His first assignment was a whimsical pen and ink drawing of a Victorian house in Yorkville. “My aunt bought it for $60. That was my first sale,” recalls David. Encouraged by that initial success, “I drew some more Victorian houses, sat myself down a sidewalk in Yorkville and sold Xerox prints.” When he finished high school, he turned his attention to detailed architectural pen and ink renderings of pretty Victorian houses all around the city. One day he decided to ad colour to a stained glass window in one of his drawings. “I printed photo offset copies of the

drawing and coloured every window by hand —thousands of prints—before graduating to full colour pen and ink drawings with an acrylic colour wash that he silk screened on higher quality paper. His breakthrough was Massey Hall. “That was the first commercial building I ever did, and it was my first commercial success.” After that, David started drawing landmark buildings: theatres, concert halls, churches— places to which people develop strong sentimental attachments. The real “bingo” moment came when he decided to leave the lettering off the marquee on one of his original paintings. “Say you saw Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall or your daughter got married at St. Andrew’s Church or your son graduated from the University of Toronto or the chief of the Swansea fire hall retired. I write the details and date of the event on the marquee at no charge. It’s a great way to celebrate a milestone.” Combining nostalgia and fine art has been a real selling feature for David, and customization is now a big part of his business. “Once I’ve done the building, it’s kind of a selfperpetuating thing.” In its heyday, says David, the El Mocambo was a huge seller. “I did a drawing of the El Mo looking south on Spadina and sold 500 limited edition prints. Then I drew the north facing view and sold 500 more.” In addition to generating significant income, painting live music venues was a great way to see concerts for free. Like the Rolling Stones’ March 4, 1977, surprise gig at the El Mo. “I would take along a picture of whatever band was playing with their name on the marquee. I would give the painting to the band as a gift, and they would invite me to the show. I have

a picture of Sting holding one of my paintings at the Molson Amphitheatre and one of my pictures of Massey Hall is hanging in Gordon Lightfoot’s home.” For big shows at Maple Leaf Gardens, concert promoters would order a dozen prints so they could give them to the talent and other VIPs. The painting of iconic streetscapes— urban landscapes with all the little details (newspaper boxes, fire hydrants, sandwich boards, planter boxes, taxi cabs) that make a street a neighbourhood—was David’s next


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business breakthrough. His first streetscape was Bloor West Village. “I stuck all the individual buildings together in one painting and it was an instant hit. After that, I painted neighbourhood after neighbourhood and it’s starting to pay off.” Recently he applied the same formula to one of the most famous streetscapes in the world: British televisions’ mythical ‘Coronation Street.’ Because storefronts come and go, David updates the streetscapes periodically. “I’ve done four iterations of Bloor West. Nostalgia is a point in time. People usually buy the print that has the stores they are familiar with. Sometimes people ask me to modify a stock print—to add a new Starbucks or a Second Cup—and I can insert that into the original print by cutting and pasting in PhotoShop. I can also add logos or custom lettering on signs or marquees, and insert new retail stores into an existing template.” It’s that kind of marketing savvy that has allowed David, now 60, to be a self-motivated, self-employed artist for the past 40 years. “I’m not a business whiz, but I understand economics.” More than 200 of his illustrations have become limited edition prints. And he does a lot of one-off commissions—portraits of people’s homes and cottages—that have no resale value. “I’ve done hundreds of those,



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14x12 full colour originals that take about three weeks to complete (order now if you’re thinking ahead for Christmas!) and cost between $500 and $800.” If you’ve ever been to the One of a Kind Christmas Craft Show, chances are you’ve seen David and his art. Approached by the creators of the now famous event, David was at the show that very first year—and for 28 years after. Following a seven year hiatus, he will have a booth again this holiday season. From graphite pencil that harkens back to the stone age to state-of-the-art digital printing, it’s all in a day’s work for David. Each painting starts with a reference photograph. “I usually take my own pictures—not surprisingly, David is a decent photographer as well—and work from them, first in pencil, then in ink with a quill pen. The acrylic colour wash is

applied with brushes.” Once a painting is done, usually in about 10 hours over the course of two weeks, David scans it and enhances it in PhotoShop on an Apple computer. He makes his own prints on that big Epson digital printer, with permanent inks on acid free archival paper. Every piece is signed and numbered by hand in pencil, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. “It’s work,” says David. “That’s why it’s called artwork. I love it. It’s magic, but it’s work,” and work requires a disciplined, pragmatic approach. “If I’m doing a piece on speculation, it is very well targeted. I know somebody who works in a place or I know the owner or I know there is a special anniversary or event coming up. I’ll frame one print and give it to the owner free of charge if he agrees to hang it on the wall with my business card. People who frequent

the place or come in for a special occasion will often call me and order a copy because the venue has some special meaning for them.” It’s the kind of PR exposure that often leads to other business. “I got a real estate commission job at an office downtown because one of the agents who goes to Hula Girl to get her coffee saw my painting and my card. She contacted me to do a piece for her.” Does he ever get excited? “Yes, if I see some commercial potential. I’m not a romantic artist. I don’t sketch when I’m on holidays. I don’t take a sketchbook to the lake.” But he’s thrilled that his local coffee shop, the Locomotive Cafe on Dundas Street West, is full of his artwork. “That’s really nice. And it’s kind of cool to see one of my pieces on the back of a TTC bus.” Of course, all work and no play would make David a dull boy, and dull he is not. “I work fairly intensely on an illustration and then, after about 20 minutes, I swivel around in my chair and pick up my guitar. I’ll play a song I know or go onto YouTube and continue with the lesson of a new tune that I’m learning.” He can’t afford any distractions while he’s drawing the skeleton of a piece, “but once the design is established, the black lines are in, the pencil is erased and I start to lay in the colour, I like to listen to music. Not random music, but recordings of myself live or songs I’m trying to memorize.” To illustrate, David picks up his guitar—the one that was handmade for him in 1988 by Canadian luthier and musician William ‘Grit’ Laskin, recipient of the Order of Canada in 2013 and the one and only musical instrument maker to receive the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence, Canada’s most prestigious

national craft award. He rolls through a short set: Springsteen’s I’m on Fire, the Beatles’ Blackbird and Neil Young’s Heart of Gold (complete with mouth harp—“it needed harmonica so I learned to play that, too”). The man known as Public Rehearsal on stage is still pumped from a recent live appearance on CIUT, the University of Toronto radio station, and a gig with his trio, The Whippoorwills, at the Baycrest Jewish Home for the Aged. David started playing guitar at the age of 17, then studied classical music for 10 years before switching his focus to pop tunes. “I was too inhibited to sing, but I always wanted to perform. I would ask musicians, ‘How do you get up in front of strangers and just sing like that?’ and they told me to play for my family; for people who love me for me.” Four years ago, battling boredom, David decided he would either have to start singing or put down the guitar. “I tried it out on my sisters while they were making Christmas dinner. They knew I could play guitar—they’d heard me play before—but they’d never heard me sing. Turns out I’m pretty good at it!” He tested his nerves at a small cafe and then, three years ago a friend slotted him into the lineup at Gerard Kennedy’s Canada Day Picnic. “I had been practicing Gordon Lightfoot’s Railroad Trilogy. My buddy asked if I wanted to sing at the picnic. My brother convinced me that if I could play there I’d never be afraid to play for a roomful of people again. I sang solo and played my 12-string and it was the best anyone could have expected from an amateur. I got over my stage fright and white knuckling and now I just enjoy it immensely. It’s a huge part of my life.” With a repertoire of about 200

cover tunes, “I don’t get nervous at all.” Between his art and his music—David takes vocal lessons twice a week and performs at the Black Cat Grill Open Mic every Saturday— things are pretty much as they should be. Loose and relaxed, David is lucky and he knows it, but he also knows that people make their own luck. “I love my job. It suits me perfectly because I created it in my own image,” he says with an impish grin, leaning back against his easel with his guitar in his lap. “I have done pretty much what I want to do every day of my life.”

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This is the personally designed family residence of Eden Smith built in 1896. He was an important Canadian architect (1859-1949) who introduced the Arts and Crafts movement to Canada. Eden Smith was also a founding member of The Arts and Letters Club. This home on Indian Rd. was started as an arts colony for likeminded artists and the supporters of the arts. The family resided here until 1906 then relocated to Wychwood Park. Eden Smith was responsible for over 2,500 projects in his lifetime. This historically significant and magnificent example of “English Cottage” style features an Inglenook (chimney corner), small paneled casement windows, steep sweeping roof lines, extended eaves, tall prominent chimney, off-centre gable, and side entrance which became the prototype of his style. The second floor landing is also know as the musicians gallery and was know to offer great acoustics. This 4 bedroom, approx. 2,100 s.f., above-grade brick home features a new designer kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and granite counter, all updated wiring and other mechanical. All new drains in basement as well as many newer windows, extensive landscaping both front and back and three washrooms of which two are fully renovated, a finished basement and separate entrance offers a great guest suite. The generous layout and style of

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Marco Mazza makes a clean sweep with Vacuums Plus by Tracey Coveart While science tells us that vacuums are empty of matter, Marco Mazza would likely argue the fact. The Miele, Electrolux, Hoover, Eureka, Sebo, Nilfisk, Dyson and Samsung vacuums he sells and services at Vacuums Plus on Spadina Avenue are generally filled with all manner of detritus, including the odd copper penny or a piece of Lego. Marco got his start in the vacuum industry 17 years ago, although he has been working with his hands since he was a child. “I was a curious boy,” he says, “always trying to fix things that were broken.” Much to his mother’s dismay, “I had this habit of taking things apart and putting them back together.” He started in sales, but he also learned how to repair and service the equipment. “It was all hands-on, on-the-job training,” and Marco—thanks to his early tinkering with spent appliances—was born to the work. Friendly and easy to talk to, he was also a gifted salesman. “I am a people person. I’ve always been comfortable with my clients.” He worked for several different companies over the years, but on the day his daughter Mehleese was born, Marco realized he had to make a change. “Working for someone else, I could never afford to send my daughter to university. It was either stay where I was and have another baby or start my own baby business.” With his wife Rosa’s encouragement and support, he decided to take a chance on a business. “It was Rosa that gave me that little bit of a push. My feet wanted to walk, but I was preventing them from moving. She said, ‘It will never be the right time, so jump.’ And I jumped.” For the next two years, Marco researched the market while he looked for the perfect location. He chose downtown Toronto to capitalize on the condo boom – 150,000 new residences already on stream with another 170,000 expected in the next five years – and leased a space at the corner of Spadina and Adelaide.



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“There was more than enough demand for me to take the risk and there are no other vacuum cleaner stores in the area.” Plus, Marco offers services that people can’t find anywhere else in the city: free in-home estimates, in-home or in-shop service, free pick-up and return of repairs and free delivery of any product over $50. Plus, he’s open seven days a week. Vacuums Plus carries medium- to high-end vacuum cleaners, as well as accessories for 95 per cent of the vacuums available in Canada – bags, filters, belts, replacement floor and dusting brushes, upholstery tools and even pet grooming brushes. “It’s a niche market,” says Marco, who has systems and products for consumers in any space: apartments, condos, houses, commercial businesses,

hotels, retail establishments, restaurants and offices. “And I’m diversifying my product line. I carry portable and central vac systems, steam cleaning and carpet shampooers, small domestic kitchen appliances, air purification systems, irons, garment steamers, steam presses and high-efficiency, non-toxic, ecofriendly laundry and dishwashing detergents from Germany, which is rated one of the greenest countries in the world.” His boutique-style window displays at 101 Spadina Avenue attract quite a bit of attention—“There’s a gentleman taking a picture of the window display right now!”— and he carries such unique products that passersby often stop to take a look. James is a crowd favourite. He is a high-quality Numatic vacuum cleaner used for residential purposes. And he has a cheerful yellow face. James, like his cousins Henry, George, Harry, Charles and Hetty hail from the UK, and all of the models made by Numatic are anthropomorphic and named after monarchs of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Vacuums Plus opened its doors on April 16 of this year, and “I can tell you, honestly, that I didn’t sleep much that first month,” admits Marco. “I still don’t know what the future holds, but now I’m so tired at the end of the day I can’t stay awake. What can I say? Business is great!” If the early days are any indication, Marco’s future looks bright. He has sold nearly 300 vacuums in five months and processed more than 1,000 transactions. “In the last month I’ve noticed that five to 10 per cent of my new sales are referrals. I’m very proud of that.” And even though today’s machines are very reliable,

they still require servicing and the odd repair – usually the result of human error. “The other day I pulled a pen out of a Dyson.” Customer feedback has been incredibly positive. “People say I’m so good at what I do they can’t believe I waited so long to go into business for myself. They appreciate my honesty, my attention to detail, and my 100 per cent dedication, and they know I put a lot of emphasis on their happiness and satisfaction. I love it when customers tell me they can’t believe this is their old vacuum cleaner.” So has Marco ever met a vacuum he couldn’t fix. “Not yet!” he says, “but I welcome the challenge!”

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It’s never too late to start a vegetable garden

There is a common misconception among would-be gardeners that if you’re going to have a bountiful vegetable patch you’ve got to plant it in the spring. If your future produce isn’t in the ground by mid-June you might as well forget it, right? Wrong. The truth is, there is almost no wrong time to start a vegetable garden, and that includes the increasingly cold months of September, October and November. True, there isn’t as much to do in the garden in the late- and off-season months, but there are some very compelling reasons to get your garden started now.



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#1. Garlic. One of Mother Nature’s wonder-foods, garlic is a fascinating and easy-to-grow plant with countless health benefits. Bursting with antibacterial and antiviral properties, garlic can, among other things, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of many cancers, fight heart disease and reduce blood pressure. Oh. And it tastes awesome! Garlic has so many culinary uses – everything from soups to salads, sauces, entrees and even desserts. Anyone who has enjoyed the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of roasted garlic knows that this bulb actually sweetens as it cooks. Upside-down garlic pineapple cake anyone? In your newly established September vegetable patch, plant up to nine garlic cloves in a single square foot of raised bed garden space. Just place a clove about two inches below the surface, pointy side up. Not the garlic you buy in the grocery store, but seed-garlic, which can be purchased from gardening centres or ordered from local growers, including the Backyard Urban Farm Company (BUFCO). Cover the cloves with mulch – organic straw is a good choice – and leave them be. Minimal watering is required. The cloves will lie dormant over the winter and sprout early next spring. You’ll be harvesting garlic scapes – the delicious flower stem – by mid-June, then pulling beautiful plump bulbs in mid-July, with months of growing time left for other crops. In fact, August – just after the garlic harvest – is the time to plant your fall garden.

#2: Season extension. Just about everyone wants a longer summer and a shorter winter, and you can make it happen. At BUFCO, Marc and Arlene (Hazzan) Green push the season right to November and even later by planting cold hardy plants such as kale, chard, spinach and lettuce (they sell the seedlings at BUFCO) throughout August and September. In the spring, they start warming the soil in their raised beds by covering them

with black plastic in early March. Two weeks later, there’s enough soft soil to plant an array of cool-weather tolerant plants including kale, radishes, Asian greens, spinach and a variety of lettuces. The plants are sheltered from the elements by easy-to-install hoop tunnels or cold frames, both designed to help maintain heat and moisture. By mid-May, when most gardeners are just starting to plant, you’ll be harvesting deliciously delicate salads. And once that early crop is fully harvested in early June, you can use the beds to plant heat-loving plants – tomatoes, eggplant, peppers – that will thrive in the coming summer months.

#3: Late season installations are a great time-saver. Instead of spending time next spring sourcing, purchasing and installing your garden beds, finding a gardening guru/ mentor (if you need one), planning what you want to plant, and searching out good soil, organic seeds and seedlings, get your garden in now. That will be the impetus for you to start planning your garden in February. When the weather breaks next spring, you’ll be out in the sunshine planting instead of sitting at the kitchen table figuring out what you want to do with the space. If you decide to have someone else install your beds, doing it this fall will put you at the head of the line, as companies like BUFCO traditionally have a waiting list for installations in April, May and June.

Winter may be just around the corner, but there are at least four great reasons to keep up the good work in your garden this fall. Why not stay outside and discover them for yourself?

#4: End of season sales! As the gardening season winds down, much of what you need for your fall garden will be available at reduced prices. Landscape cloth, shovels, rakes and hand tools are on sale now at garden centres, big box retailers and your local hardware store. BUFCO even offers an end-of-season sale on their Do-It-Yourself Raised Bed Kits.

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10 fall planting tips for a

bulb-a-licious spring-summer garden

Bulbs are among the easiest plants to grow. They offer a wide and colourful range of flowers, represent extremely good value for the money, and can even be forced to grow indoors. Here are some tips for planning and fall planting that will ensure your gardens and containers are bulb-alicious next spring.

1. More is more. For dynamic flower power, bulbs are the most economical plants available, so don’t cheap out when it comes to quantity. Mass planting in any garden, using a limited number



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of varieties, is always the most successful.

2. Plan your succession of bloom. To ensure a steady crop of beautiful flowers all season long, plant a variety of bulbs that will bloom one after another. a. Mid to late winter: Aconites, Snowdrops; b. Late winter to early spring: crocus and scilla (various species of both), Iris reticulata, Muscari azureum, Tulipa turkistanica; c. Early to mid spring: large Dutch hybrid tulips, Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’, Tulip

bottom of each hole and cover with an inch of soil before planting. Bone meal is good for root, bud and bloom development.

6. Ensure proper placement in the garden. Daffodils grow best in sun or semi-shade. Tulips and irises thrive in open, sunny spots. Lilies prefer to have their bulbs shaded – but their stems and flowers love the sun. Cyclamens, erythroniums, snowdrops and winter aconites do well in shady places.

Kaufmannia, Anemone blanda, Pushkinia, Scilla sibirica; d. Mid to late spring: narcissus, tulips, muscari, chionidoxa, Anemone nemerosa; e. Late spring to early summer: Narcissus jonquilla, N. poeticus var. recurvus, Tulipa tarda, hyacynthoides; f. Late summer: Camassia leichtlinii, Ornithogalum umbellatum, Fritillaria meleagris.

3. Buy good quality bulbs. Large, plump, firm bulbs with no signs of mold, physical damage or premature growth of shoots or roots are your best bet. 4. Time your planting correctly. Plant spring-flowering bulbs (tulips, iris, narcissus, crocus) from early to late fall – although you can plant tulip bulbs during the early winter months, before the ground freezes. Most summer-flowering bulbs, like lilies, should be planted in early spring. Plant autumn-flowering bulbs (gladiolas, fall crocus) in late spring to late summer. 5. Prepare your soil. Incorporate lots of compost into the soil. Add a small amount of bone meal to the

7. Dig wisely. Plant bulbs three to four times as deep as the bulbs themselves. If you’re not sure which is the right side up, plant the bulb on its side – the stem will find its own way. Large holes for mass plantings are easier to manage than single holes. 8. Prevent enemy attacks. The main destroyers of bulbs in city gardens are squirrels. These rodents have a voracious appetite for crocus and tulip bulbs, although they will dig up daffodil bulbs without eating them. If you live in an urban environment, plant your bulbs a little deeper or cover the area with chicken wire or netting, then conceal with a layer of mulch. 9. Cover your tracks. To hide maturing (spent and unattractive) foliage, plant your bulbs among taller perennials that emerge later in the season. Unless you’re planning to remove the plants permanently after flowering, you will have to let the leaves and stems mature (turn yellow) in order to provide the bulbs with the nutrients they will need to grow next year. 10. Plant in layers. Layer small, early spring bulbs over larger, late bloomers in the same hole for maximum use of space.

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Upcoming Events ■

september 22 – october 4

Pre-loved/Outgrown Costume Drop-off, Kid Culture 3124 Dundas St W, The Junction. Monday - Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Drop off a costume that no longer fits and receive a tag for October 5 event. 416-859-9006. ■

september 22, 29 & october 6, 13, 20

Pub Trivia Night at Go Lounge 1718 Queen St W at Roncesvalles. Every Sunday at 8pm. Cool prizes! No cover. 416-588-7529, ■

september 29 – november 9

Junction Farmers’ Market Train Platform 2960 Dundas St W. Every Saturday until November 9th, 9am-1pm. Sustainably produced, local fresh foods. ■

october 3, 17, 31

Drop-in Life Drawing at ARTiculations 2928 Dundas St W, The Junction. Every other Thursday (Nov. dates: 14th, 28th), 7pm-10pm. No Instruction. Cost: $15. Arrive early to prepare. Easels, tables and chairs are provided but artists are welcome to bring their own equipment. Female and male models, differing week to week. 416-901-7464, ■

Costume Swap, Kid Culture 3124 Dundas St W, The Junction. 10am-6pm. Diana Nazareth, Lifestyle Photographer will have a photo booth, Play Me Mama Crafts will have costumes, Green Moms Collective will be on hand with some green info. Don’t have a costume? Donate $5 to a local charity instead! 416-859-9006. Footstool Weaving with Donna Kim at ARTiculations 2928 Dundas St W, the Junction, 1-4 pm. Cost: $135. 416-901-7464, ■

october 13 & november 10

Junction Flea 2789 Dundas St W at Indian Grove. Second Sunday of every month, 9am-4pm, rain or shine. Cost: $2. ■

october 15

Vegetarians of High Park Dinner at Magic Oven 347 Keele Street, just south of Dundas. A wide range of pizzas and pastas, including vegan pizzas made with dairy-free cheese. RSVP to by Thursday, October 10. Supported by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, Vegetarians of High Park is a social group that gets together for bi-monthly social dinners or potlucks. Vegetarians, vegans and those curious to learn more are welcome.



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Toy Camera Workshop with Kathy Toth at ARTiculations 2928 Dundas St W, The Junction. 11am-5pm. Cost: $135, 416-901-7464, ■


october 20 & november 17

Jewelry Workshop, Grace and Angeline Jewelry Studio Designing with Colour and the Power of Gemstones. Cost: $98.95 plus materials. For information and to book your spot, call 416-546-5150 or visit ■

october 26

Halloween Festival, Bloor West Village Pumpkin carving, face-painting, treasure hunts, clowns, treats and more. Visit for details. Pumpkinfest on the Kingsway Jackson Ave and Bloor St. 11am-3pm. The street will be decorated with bales of hay, corn stalks, pumpkins and there will be face painters, street entertainers and costumed volunteers on hand to entertain the children. 11am-12pm - Pumpkin Decorating, 12:30pm-1pm - Pumpkin Judging. ■

october 5

october 19 & 26

october 27

Bright Angel, Contemporary Works for Piano, Clarinet and Voice at Gallery 345 Sorauren Ave north of Sorauren Park. 7-9pm. Midori Koga, piano; Kimberly Cole, clarinet; Lindsay Kesselman, soprano. CD launch event for the recently released Fleur de Son Classics disc, featuring composers Joan Tower, Abbie Betinis, Evan Chambers, Roshanne Etezady and Toronto-based Kieren MacMillan. Cost: adults $20; seniors and arts workers $15; Students $10. 416 822 9781, Halloween Bed Race for Dorothy Ley Hospice Bloor Street West will be closed as participants take to the street to race beds for charity. Pancakes will be served up. ■

november 9

Photo Transfer Collage with Beth Conklin at ARTiculations 2928 Dundas St W, The Junction. 1-4pm. Cost: $45. 416-901-7464,

gift guide

All natural handmade soaps and body

products featuring our Ayurvedic line. For those who are aware of their Atman or inner self, we have crafted three individual Ayurvedic Soaps - a beautiful blend of essential oils.

Sweet Pea Boutique

3091 Kingston Rd at Fenwood

BEADWORKS Create your own Accessories Jewellery Making Workshops Custom Jewellery Jewellery Repair Children’s Birthday Parties Party Space For Rent 2154 Queen St. East 416.693.0780


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