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Medi Pharm Labs
42 Toni Morrison
The Curious Voyage
Barrie Trim & Mouldings
Big Glass Openings
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IPHARM LABS A TRUSTED GLOBAL LEADER IN PURIFIED CANNABIS CONCENTRATES
LEADERS IN THE CANNABIS CONCENTRATES INDUSTRY NATIONAL AND GLOBAL IMPACT
and access to extraction, especially for cultivators
In October 2018, MediPharm Labs became the first
who do not have in-house capability. The company
publicly traded company to be headquartered in
purchases a significant amount of Canadian-grown
Barrie, Ontario and currently employs more than
cannabis for their white and private label platforms
170 scientists, researchers, engineers, technicians and
where they make extract from dried cannabis then
professionals who produce pure, safe and precisely-
formulate, process, package and distribute advanced
dosed cannabis products for patients and consumers.
derivative products such as bottled cannabis oil. When
With more than $20 million having been spent on the
Health Canada allows a broader range of cannabis,
build-out of wholly owned facilities and laboratories
products, including edibles, beverages, vapeables,
- for the most part utilizing local suppliers and
topicals and concentrates, MediPharm Labs is ready to
contractors â€“ the company has made a sizable impact
supply the active cannabis ingredients needed for these
on the local economy.
new concentrate-based product types as well as be a
MediPharm Labs was an early entrant, applying for
significant producer of vape cartridges.
their cannabis processing licence under the Access to
While the Canadian cannabis industry was dominated
Cannabis for Medical Patients Regulations (ACMPR),
by vertically integrated cultivators, Pat McCutcheon
in 2016 and receiving Licence #95 on March 29, 2018.
and Keith Strachan identified the segment opportunity
The company has become a permanent fixture in the
for high margin and high growth, and created a very
cannabis value chain, providing much-needed expertise
KEITH STRACHAN DIRECTOR AND PRESIDENT
Utilizing his consultancy expertise in pitching public sector contracts and supply chain management, Keith Strachan co-founded MediPharm Labs in 2015. Seeking compliance with government licensing, and planning locally, they were the first to secure a Health Canada License for cannabis oil production, without first being a cultivator. A seasoned entrepreneur, Keith has applied his leadership skills to building out MediPharm Labs leading-edge facilities, launching operations and growing its workforce. As a strategist, he is the driving force behind business development with the companyâ€™s supply, contract, processing, partners, and producers.
PAT MCCUTCHEON CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Before founding MediPharm Labs, Pat enjoyed a 15-year career in the pharmaceutical industry in top sales roles, successfully launching a wide range of medical products. He most recently worked at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, (Johnson & Johnson), where he led the Hospital Division for Renal and Mental Health products. Pat brings this pharmaceutical perspective to MediPharm Labs, investing time and energy from the outset in pharma standards such as ISO-built clean rooms, critical environments and building and operating the facility according to European Good Manufacturing Practices. Pat’s foresight in creating a business that focuses on advanced cannabis concentrates bodes well for medical research, investors and consumers alike.
They set a precedent with Health Canada’s application
Canada is on the forefront of the global cannabis
process, being the first to ever apply for a cannabis oil
industry having legalized both medical and recreational
production license without first being a cultivator;
use, but MediPharm Labs also has its sights on other
Health Canada twice returned their application because
jurisdictions worldwide that have approved medical
the “cultivation box wasn’t ticked." They persevered
cannabis use. MediPharm Labs is actively seeking import/
and secured support for their licence application
export opportunities while also building their Australian
from the City of Barrie as well.
subsidiary. To keep pace with change in the industry,
The onslaught of companies applying for cannabis
MediPharm Labs has created a culture of innovation. Pat
licences, and going public, leading up to the Legalization
and Keith have invested in a superb team of professionals,
Day in Canada, (October 17, 2018), made getting
many from the bio-pharmaceutical industry. They have
facetime with various regulatory bodies challenging,
also aligned with outside consultants and suppliers to
but this did not deter Pat or Keith. While waiting for the
optimize operations, equipment and methodologies.
final stages of licensing, they were able to staff the
Most recently, the company established a Science
facility, develop internal protocols, modify equipment,
Advisory Committee with internationally esteemed
form partnerships, amass dried cannabis inventory,
scientists, researchers and medical professionals, who
and produce extracted resin, in order to be ready when
will advise and assist in harnessing the potential of
their sales license was received. They strived to maintain
cannabis through innovation, best practices, thought
their independence, accepting no equity ownership
leadership and strategic alliances. MediPharm Labs will
from other licensed producers, assuring their ability
do their hometown proud as a leader in this exciting new
to work with everyone in the industry as a trusted,
industry. They bear the hallmarks of success: advantage
in expertise, beyond the competition, producing quality extracts at scale.
Ahmed Shehata, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Development
Kirk Binns, Executive Vice President, Global Accounts
Pat McCutcheon, Chairman and CEO
Keith Strachan, President and Director
Martha Smart, Strategic Consultant
â€œDo what you do best and outsource the rest.â€? - Peter Drucker
COMPANY CULTURE: GOOD CORPORATE CITIZENS Internationally – A member of the Global Cannabis Partnership, a select group in the industry who agree to produce cannabis responsibly and to encourage responsible consumption. Sponsorship of the World Cannabis Congress – a conference that includes researchers, government and private sector partners. Nationally – Partners with Canada’s first post-graduate program in Applied Cannabis Science at Loyalist College – donated $20,000 of product used in applied studies to formulate tinctures and transdermal patches. Regionally – – They committed $30,000 to the financial support of the “MediPharm Innovation Space” at the SandBox Centre, (a think tank in the Greater Simcoe Region for entrepreneurs/established businesses to participate in knowledge sharing). As speakers, volunteers and members, MediPharm's management has taken leadership roles in community groups such as Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Barrie, Xcelerate Summit, The United Way and Georgian College.
MediPharm Innovation Space, Sandbox
International Clinical Trial with Renowned Researcher:
MediPharm Labs would provide CBD gelcaps for more
In May 2019, it was announced that New York City’s
than 500 patients involved in the study with test sites in
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital
Canada, the USA, Jamaica, Australia and Europe.
and renowned global researcher Dr. Yasmin Hurd, had
This commitment to medical cannabis research
selected MediPharm Labs to partner on a major Clinical
dovetailed with MediPharm Labs long term vision
Research Study and “CBD International Consortium” to
of being an active pharmaceutical ingredient provider
develop treatment of Opioid Addiction.
to makers of cannabis medicines.
CREATING VALUE FOR STAKEHOLDERS Assessed by a judging committee, MediPharm Labs
From the outset, Pat and Keith have been steadfast
was voted 2018 Start-Up of the Year at the
in their commitment to forming an organization
Canadian Cannabis Awards by Lift & Co,
known for its integrity by making workplace safety
with a glowing criterion:
their priority, respecting and being compliant with all
â€œThis company exemplifies the qualities that define
regulations, and leading in good business practices
promising start-ups: plucky, innovative and creative.
in every aspect of their operations. Their pledge
Its top-notch team identifies and solves industry
to employees was to create a positive workplace,
problems and contributes beneficially to the cannabis
connected through open communication and shared
goals, where staff members are provided with the resources to succeed, and their efforts are respected and rewarded. In January 2019, MediPharm Labs introduced a Stock Option Grant Program, rewarding every employee with Company stock options. This provides each owner-employee the opportunity to contribute to and participate in the success of the enterprise.
Never compromising their vision and determination, Pat and Keith wanted to create a workplace on the forefront of the industry that breeds innovation through the imagination and collaboration of their team and partners.
"MediPharm Labs was selected as our preferred provider to participate in this critical study largely based on its team's deep experience in pharma and clinical research, and ability to execute and provide safe, effective and precisely doseable, high quality products." - Dr. Yasmin Hurd, Mount Sinai Hospital
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UNINTERRUPTED is an athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. Partnering with the multi award winning artist and entrepreneur Drake, the company is built upon the radical idea that all athletes should have a platform to express themselves without intermediaries. From this premise, a mission was born: to empower athletes from all walks of life to communicate in an unimpeded way and to be More Than an Athlete. UNINTERRUPTED is upending the world of sports media by working with athletes to tell unique, human stories from their point of view. Through content, merchandise, events, partnerships and educational opportunities, UNINTERRUPTED is changing the way athletes engage with the public and empowering them to be known and valued for more than the sport they play. UNINTERRUPTED.COM
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CNIB THE LAKE JOE VISION OF
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow BY_ JORDAN LAZARUK
In 1960, a team of innovative philanthropists had a vision. Looking out at a decommissioned 19thcentury steamship dock on the pristine shores of Lake Joseph they saw the glimmer of opportunity. The brush and the trees brimmed with potential; they had arrived at the perfect foundation to build a perennial sanctuary for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) ran an overnight program in Ancaster from 1956 to 1959, leasing a church camp for three weeks each summer. The sessions were an outstanding success, affording campers with sight loss the chance to engage in coveted summertime activities - campfires, card games, music, crafts, even earning their Red Cross swimming certificate - in a safe and inclusive environment.
The property is outfitted with marked railings and audio devices to guide campers; basketballs rattle to indicate their location; tandem bikes whiz by; around every corner innovation and creativity is making the impossible possible and changing perceptions about what it is to be blind. Children can go kayaking, tubing, and fishing, then sit by the fire, roast marshmallows, and sing and laugh together. Alain Saumur (Senior Director, Philanthropy, CNIB) beams detailing the far-reaching impact of the camp: “I met a young man from the Yukon…he was a camper at CNIB Lake Joe and learned how to sail. Two years ago he became a camp counsellor. Last year he represented Canada in a sailing competition - and won! Next year he’s planning to go to college.
"EARTH AND SKY, WOODS AND FIELDS, LAKES AND RIVERS, THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA, ARE EXCELLENT SCHOOLMASTERS, AND TEACH SOME OF US MORE THAN WE CAN EVER LEARN FROM BOOKS." -JOHN LUBBOCK
The program continued to grow and called for a permanent home, so the following year CNIB partnered with the Canadian Council of the Blind and the Lions Clubs of Ontario to purchase 12.5 acres of charming waterfront property on the northwest corner of Lake Joseph. The parcel - once a Canadian National Railway station serving Lakes Joseph, Rosseau and Muskoka - was restored beautifully, and hosted its first cycle of campers in 1961. In the decades since it has evolved and expanded to facilitate the dynamic needs of children, youth, and the young-at-heart by curating a unique blend of recreation and skills development programs to build confidence, cultivate new relationships, and discover independence. Today CNIB Lake Joe provides a distinctly Canadian experience to more than 1,000 participants each summer. Children problem solve and learn responsibility in a comfortable and mutually respectful community that understands the nuances and challenges of living with sight loss. A camper describes their experience as the first time they finally felt inconspicuous. “I felt like I belonged, and I wasn’t embarrassed about my white cane.”
It demonstrates the evolution of what this camp can do for one person. It shows them that anything is possible.” CNIB Lake Joe also hosts an annual retreat for veterans from Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and Parkwood Hospital in London. It is a testament to the legacy of CNIB, whose founders established the organization in 1918 to support troops returning blind from the First World War. The organization has pioneered countless initiatives and continues to lobby passionately for the rights of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Each year the Lake Joe Vision Team organizes a themed event to raise funds for the continued operation and development of the facility. Saumur explains, “We can't do this alone. We need people not only to fund the project, but also to support us and help us with connections. We want people driving to their cottages to look up CNIB Lake Joe and say `I’m part of something that changes the lives of people with sight loss. I support it, I contribute to it, and I am proud to be a part of it.” To support CNIB Lake Joe visit CNIBLakeJoe.ca/Donate
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An Old Hand in a New Business
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The rush to invest in the cannabis industry in
Mark was also one of the co-founders of MPX
recent years was a no-brainer for many business
Bioceuticals which in 2019 sold its U.S. assets in a
entrepreneurs and Mark Krytiuk, President of Nabis
historical merger with iAnthus for $835M CAD.
Holdings Inc. was no exception. As regulations
He and another co-founder, business partner Shay
loosened, people jumped in looking for large
Shnet, decided to leave MPX and begin
profits and a huge ROI. But Krytiuk was already
a new venture in the rapidly-growing U.S.
strategically pioneering his way through with some
major experience under his belt. He had more
“The word Nabis means ''repeat performance” or
than a dozen years in this complex sector, learning
“encore,” and because of our success within MPX
from field to table, so to speak, and working his
we were ready to do it again in a second go around.
way up as one of the prominent early players in the
We took to the U.S. market because we believe for
cannabis industry. He was involved in the design
us it is the best space globally for growth in the
and construction of a variety of cannabis facilities,
and worked with federal regulators and licensing
The vision for Nabis Holdings Inc. is to be a leading
investor in the cannabis sector with a portfolio of
It took a major car accident for Mark to find his
vertically integrated operations across the United
path in business. Left with 2 broken legs, and a 14
States. That translates to Nabis Holdings Inc leading
week stay in hospital, he wasn’t impressed with
the charge in growth from the construction of
the feelings and side effects from his prescribed
growing, manufacturing and retail facilities, to their
pain medication. That’s when he started looking for
own genetics and seeds, dried f lowers, extractions,
alternatives, and discovered medical cannabis. He
and oils on both the medical side of marijuana as
was so impressed with the results, he steered away
well as the lifestyle around the use of the plant. It
from his civil engineering background to focus on a
also means rapidly expanding across the country
career in the cannabis industry.
as state legalization changes, giving them firstmover advantage.
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"ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL" - MARK KRYTIUK
The company hopes to establish an “Anchor
We acquired a multitude of licenses. Arizona,
Investment Portfolio” of high-quality assets
Nevada, Maryland and Massachusetts to name a
in a short period of time at the right price.
few, we also had a contract deal in California, 4
“The challenges in the U.S. cannabis industry
dispensaries in Nevada, and one of the six available
include a maze of laws and requirements.
state licenses in New Jersey.
Each state is learning the industry from a
Nabis Holdings Inc. plans to continue to expand
regulatory perspective and it is almost like
throughout the U.S. and globally. Their motto is “one
dealing with 50 different countries in one.
team, one goal.” They take an aggressive approach
There is some overall consistency with some
to reach their goals, understanding that this initiative
general bylaws country wide but every state
can’t be realized without a team of experts in
branches off with their own detailed regulations
their corner. Nabis Holdings Inc. has built a very
and due diligence,” says Krytiuk.
strong team, from operations and manufacturing, to
One emerging opportunity that they are excited to
finance. An industry which is always evolving can
see is the SAFE Banking Act. Currently, cannabis
have its own challenges especially with the different
is largely cash-based due to the lack of access
laws for each state. The “one team, one goal” motto
to banking services. With that, businesses face
pushes the company to be as productive as they
tremendous risk when it comes to the security and
are. Krytiuk says, “When we look to partner with
safety of handling and storing cash. Not to mention
consultants and other great companies it's not
the logistical and operational hurdles of paying
a take over, we want to help companies who are
employees, other businesses, and taxes. It is a
like-minded and have successfully organized
multi-billion-dollar industry and will only continue to
smart and enthusiastic people that all have similar
gain popularity with more legalizations. Regulations
ambitions in the industry.”
are important to keep the industry cohesive and
Nabis Holdings Inc. is building 8 dispensaries and
credible. The possibilities for immense growth in
a state of the art cultivation and GMP processing
this sector are endless.
site in Michigan. In 2019, Nabis Holdings Inc.
In terms of accomplishments, “I am very proud of
closed an acquisition of 49% of Israeli-based
starting MPX Bioceutical. Originally a Canadian
biotech company, Cannova Medical, and signed
Bioceutical company, we began as four guys
an agreement to acquire 100 percent ownership
around a kitchen table. We applied for a Health
of Desert’s Finest, a 6,000 square foot dispensary
Canada LP license and had funding out of the U.K.
in Desert Hot Springs, CA. The Desert’s Finest
Time was not on our side so we looked at pivoting.
acquisition is Nabis Holdings Inc. first acquisition
We knew we had a good core management team
in the state of California, and pushes Mark Krytiuk’s
and had access to capital, and key assets. We were
plan a little closer to reality.
the first company to deal off the venture exchange and go to CSC, becoming the first Canadian-owned multistate operator.
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TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM Legendary author is open, intimate, thought provoking and emotional. The result is powerful and historic. BY_ DAVE GORDON
"One of the characters says at the end of Song of Solomon: 'and she was loved, and she was loved.' That is the anthem for any life. You can come to the planet and do whatever you do, accomplish whatever you accomplish, awards, no awards, degrees, no degrees, successes, no successes. "I think she captured the essence of what it means to be human, to be alive, and to have done well here on Earth. And we can say the same thing for her, 'and she is loved.'" - Oprah Winfrey
Toni Morrison, born in 1931, grew up in the steel
Her exposure to overt racism came just after
town of Lorain, Ohio, where she took pen to paper
her enrolment in 1949 at Howard University, in
early on in response to no one taking a “little black
Washington, D.C., when she first saw segregated
girl” seriously. It was a humble start to becoming
restaurants and buses. Many of the themes
one of the greatest literary figures in the past five
of her novels would centre on the disease of
decades. From book tours with Muhammad Ali,
discrimination, as she boldly designed layered,
to the front lines with Angela Davis to her own
and nuanced, characters in Black American life,
riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an
few had written about until then.
assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues
Her career in literature started in 1965, while
on an exploration of race, America, history and
as an editor for Random House; and five years
the human condition as seen through the prism
later, she published her first novel, “The Bluest
Eyes.” She helped edit the groundbreaking book
her own literature.
Contemporary African Literature (1972), as well as
In the span of fifty years she has had ten best-
The Black Book (1974), an anthology of documents
selling and acclaimed works of fiction, some
and illustrations that chronicled Black American life
so controversial at the time they were banned
in America, from slavery to modernity.
from school reading lists, libraries, and even
Other critically acclaimed works include “Sula”
penitentiaries. Some of the highest accolades have
(1973) and “Song of Solomon,” (1977) solidifying her
been given to her – including the Pulitzer Prize
role as an iconic African-American literary figure.
(for Beloved, in 1988), the Nobel Prize for Literature
Her life as a writer, and the powerful themes of
(1993), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from
Black America she has confronted throughout
President Barack Obama (2012).
her literary career, were explored in a 2019 documentary film, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.
TIMOTHY GREEENFIELD-SANDERS AND TONI MORRISON
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders – a lifelong friend of
There is not a sentence not filled with meaning,
Morrison’s – produced and directed the film, that
knowledge and information.”
included interviews with Morrison, peers, critics
Winfrey noted at the end of the documentary:
and colleagues, such as Hilton Als, Angela Davis,
The New York Times Book Review in 2006 named
Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and
Beloved the best work of American fiction in the
Oprah Winfrey discuss an array of topics as race,
history, America and the human condition.
“Sometimes you’re nudged; and sometimes
Oprah Winfrey, turned to Morrison’s bestselling
you’re just searching,” noted Morrison in the film,
novel “Beloved” into a feature film, about an
regarding the exploration of characters.
African-American woman, Margaret Garner,
Morrison and Greenfield-Sanders first met in 1981,
who had escaped slavery, and was pursued
for a photo shoot for Soho News, off the heels
of her fourth novel, “Tar Baby.” A friendship had
“This is safe, I’m reading about people I know; and
been struck, and that relationship continued
then, bam, Toni Morrison,” said Winfrey, of how the
since then, as he took more portraits of her for
iconic author affects the reader.
“Toni Morrison’s work is for all of us… a friend to
“Hers was a monumental life that had impacted
our minds. It comforts you and consoles you, and
the world’s culture,” he said of Morrison.
shows you that pain is OK, and shows that it is OK to love…
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PAVAROTTI Ron Howard takes an in-depth, no holds barred look at the life, career and lasting legacy of the musical icon PHOTOGRAPHY_ SACHA GUSOV. COURTESY OF MONGREL MEDIA
“The more I learned, the more I came to see Pavarotti as someone who is a testament to the power of living your life with passion and unabashed commitment to what you love” - Ron Howard
He had one of the most epic voices and expressive
human being formed from contrast, mixing child-
hearts in human history, but in Ron Howard’s
like lightness with a deep soul, a strong loyalty to
documentary, the remarkable Luciano Pavarotti
his peasant upbringing, and that enigmatic X-factor
is seen as he's never been seen before: in a
that drives some to the edges of human possibility.
ravishingly intimate close-up, that delves behind the
Howard had met Pavarotti brief ly, long ago, and was
glory of his music and the heat of his charisma, to
captivated. Intrigue soon turned to inspiration, as
uncover his private human struggles, humour and
Howard also found a story he couldn’t resist: the tale
hopes. Echoing the universal themes that have kept
of a small-town man sent on a meteoric trip to the
opera relevant in the 21st century - love, passion,
heights of fame, trying to figure out how to bring
joy, family, loss, risk, beauty - the film weaves a
all his roiling emotions, nerves, dreams and love
story of a man discovering, wrestling with, and
for others along for the ride. The precise source of
ultimately learning, to harness the monumental
his magical voice might always be a mystery, but
enormity of his gifts. The golden-hued voice of
what caught Howard's attention was how Pavarotti
Pavarotti speaks for itself. But Howard sets out to
learned to use it.
uncover the man, finding an unceasingly fascinating
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TOMMY HILFIGER King of Style
BY_DAVE GORDON | PHOTOGRAPHY_RICHARD PHIBBS
Tommy Hilfiger needs little introduction: the man,
He wowed his friends, soon sold clothing to them
the brand, the label, are all equated with class and
out of his trunk. Hilfiger eventually opened a
store, People’s Place, with a $150 investment,
But before the tens of billion dollars in sales, before
and merchandise brought back from his
the celebrity endorsements, and before two
New York City jaunt.
thousand worldwide outlet stores, there was one
The streets of Elmira may have never seen bell
humble decision that started it all, fifty years ago.
bottoms before Hilfiger brought them. It was the
Reared in Elmira, in upstate New York, teenage
“foundation of my career,” that would set the stage
Tommy Hilfiger had a desire to be part of the rock
for the style icon.
and roll scene, but being tone deaf, the next best
“I heard about these guys, Calvin Klein, Ralph
thing was to look the part.
Lauren, and I said, ‘If they can do it, I can do it.’
This was the time of Woodstock, when a fashion/
My family and friends said, ‘You can’t do it. You need
music revolution was taking place, and 18 year old
design school, money, connections.’ I said, ‘No, I
Hilfiger sought to don the hippest clothing that 1969
think I can do it,’” he said.
represented. The only way to do that was to drive
A bankruptcy by age 23 didn’t stop him, as he
his Volkswagen Bug five hours to Manhattan,
considered these challenges the equivalent of
and gobble up the latest fashions from the
earning his MBA. “My dream was to really build a
brand. I knew if I understood the business part of it, the creative was already there.
Many door knocks later, he found contract work
He collaborated with rock legends such as Rolling
with Jordache jeans, one of the more famous clothing
Stones, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie, Alicia Keys,
brands of the 1980s. It was to design a new jean,
and Beyoncé, in what are considered to be iconic
but the brand later decided against expanding their
product line, and Hilfiger was let go after six months.
In 1998, Hilfiger’s brother informed him about a
Hilfiger’s next venture was importing large
teenage singer with her first record deal, and not to
quantities of denim in Mexico, but on one occasion
miss an opportunity, she was given a pair of Hilfiger
the pre-paid non-returnable merchandise came back
jeans to promote in her first music video. That singer
with a fabric defect. In an attempt to problem-solve,
was Britney Spears. The single was “Baby One More
Hilfiger took them to a local Laundromat, placing
Time.” And the womens’ line of jeans f lew off the
stones in the machines in an attempt to fade them.
shelves. In recent years, P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg
The bad news? He owed the laundromat $32,000
have publicly worn Hilfiger apparel, boosting the
for ruining the machines. The good news?
image even more.
He invented stonewash jeans. In 1985, Hilfiger
What makes the brand so attractive to the trend-
launched his namesake label – quite peculiar for
setters and change-makers?
someone who had never taken a design course.
“The wow factor: I would say, it is modern. Modern,
To announce his brand, he bucked convention
not just in design – because we always try to
when he decided against the archetypal, generic
evolve the brand – more modern, but also the way
fun-on-the-beach clothing advertisement. Instead,
we do things is much more disruptive, and more
he greenlit his marketer’s genius idea to place a
modern, than our competition,” Hilfiger told PIE.
billboard in New York City, listing other famous
“If we have an idea, we don’t sit on the idea.
designers’ names with blanks for some letters –
We act – in most cases.”
hangman style – and his own name at the bottom.
And the ideas haven’t stopped – their divisions
The simple, suggestive message was that there was
are seemingly endless: clothing for men, women, a
a new player in town, who belonged in the same
jean line, kidswear, fragrances, homeware, shoes,
category as the great designers of the day.
accessories, and more. He trusts the instincts of his
The brazen gamble worked: sales went through
crew to help evolve the brand. “I think a good leader
the roof. “I thought that if I could build a better
inspires people, around him or her… If you motivate
mousetrap, so to speak, - do something different than
your team in a positive way, they will perform much
what is out there – that I could be successful.
better,” Hilfiger told PIE.
I became a student of the competition, looking at
His latest line – a first for any designer – is focused
what the competition was doing. I would think, ‘I
towards those with special needs, inspired by the
don’t want to do that. I don’t want to look like that.
struggles of his own family.
I want to do something different,” he said of
“I have children with autism. And I’ve watched them
his secret sauce.
struggle getting ready for school or work because
In the 1990s, he was one of the first designers to
they can’t button buttons or zip zippers,” he said.
leverage celebrity, with a formula for marketing
The new line of garments has velcro, magnets
he sums up as FAME – fashion, art, music
and various openings in trousers for people with
leg braces. “People with disabilities want fashion,
“We didn’t really have enough money for advertising,
and fashionable clothing just like all of us, but it’s
so I thought, ‘If I can dress some cool musicians,
never been available to them. From a self-esteem
fans will come to my brand,’ Because we had these
standpoint, it’s great for young people who want to
inf luences, people started wearing them.”
look like their peers but may not be able to dress like them because of their special needs.”
Hilfiger collaborated with actress/singer Zendaya to create a line dubbed 'tommy x zendaya,' that debuted 2019 at Paris fashion week. Previously, Tommy Hilfiger collaborated with Gigi Hadid on a two-year design partnership.
It’s about understanding the customer, but also
and other cities, do not have clothing on the walls to
interacting with them on social media, that has been
choose from. Rather, they have computers to help
a key strategy for awareness. Gigi Hadid is one such
the shopper select what they want. The final product
example of social media fusions. Hadid had three
is then delivered to the customer. And that is the
million Instagram followers pre-partnership, and two
Hilfiger ethos –groundbreaking campaigns.
years later, she had 35 million.
“I’m always looking for ‘what’s next’? What is next
“We are ahead of the game digitally, and social
in fabric, marketing, style, fashion world, pop culture
media wise. I really believe that brands can tend
world? How can we stay ahead of the game from
to age out, and I don’t want my brand to age out
a digital and social media standpoint, and I really
and become stale. I want it to be youthful, modern,
believe content is important,” he insists.
fun, young, and surprising. I like to surprise
“But, it has to be different, innovative, and
people,” he told PIE.
breakthrough. I like pushing that button.”
With that eye towards innovation, Hilfiger’s Stores of
If history is any example, Hilfiger will continue to
the Future, now in London, Copenhagen, Shanghai,
be the one to watch for style trends of the future.
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AHMED SALEH The Tech PR Maven BY_NICOLE MYERS PHOTOGRAPHY_ MAHDI YAHYA
With innovation being the catalyst to growth, the tech world isn’t just about entrepreneurs and developers. It’s an industry where great public relations is a necessity for success. Ahmed Saleh, a PR professional, has proven this by giving tech organizations and startups a creative and customized strategy to connect, engage and secure top-tier media placement and become household names. Ahmed has quickly become a sought-out PR person in the Canadian tech industry. “PR is the unseen hand behind the most successful brands in the world,” says Ahmed Saleh, as he discusses his current role at the number one
"My job in PR is to highlight how technology, often accused of making society seem so impersonal, can also be used to make the world a little more humane."
university-based tech accelerator, DMZ at Ryerson University, in Toronto (otherwise known as ‘Silicon Valley North’). His favourite thing about PR? “Sharing stories about how tech intersects with everyday people - whether it’s the way a startup is helping individuals with mental health concerns to how entrepreneurs are volunteering their time to provide free digital literacy courses to Syrian refugees in Canada,” says Ahmed Saleh. PIE DIGEST 51
“Profit and community service are not mutually exclusive.”
ALEX BROWN The connector
BY GREG SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY_ SIMONE FRANK & SCOTT COOPER Building a globally recognized and highly profitable brand that truly solves problems for the people on this planet is what Alex Brown believes all entrepreneurs that want to build big companies must strive for. As a successful eCommerce entrepreneur and one who now advises multiple companies doing over $10M/year, Alex believes that the eCommerce industry is largely broken, and is mobilizing the troops to fix it. The secret to massive success in any industry is to create truly great products, business models that make the planet a better place, and brand stories that weave those two together in ways that solve our most pressing problems. Alex Brown is arguably best known for co-founding the Dollar Bear Club – a worldwide phenomenon which went from $0 to $10M in revenue in its first year. A self-described entrepreneur, speaker, and traveler, Brown is also the founder of eCommerce Rockstars and believes the recipe for success in that industry has three ingredients: Practical Experience, Big Picture Thinking, and Community + Relationships. He believes that success is less about wealth and “everything to do with providing value and being present with those around you.”
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for any business that wants to grow to a substantial scale. For businesses that are smaller or are entirely relationship business, the need to be a media celebrity brand can almost be a distraction. That said, building a community around a brand and treating your content like a product is one of the most potent ways to scale a business and open up tons of new revenue opportunities â€?
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Fashion & P hilanthropy THE INTERSECTION
Aligning with global causes on a local level
The brand’s edgy, high quality shoes have
From open discussions to opportunities to
created a community that wants to align
congregate, the brand has developed a
their personal style with a feeling of
following that cares just as much about social
empowerment and inspiration. Its MALALA
issues as their cool footwear.
shoe -part of the ‘Big Presence Family’ series
Notable names like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Woody
highlighting inf luential women- does exactly
Harrelson and more have been spotted with a
that with a portion of its proceeds going to
pair of John Fluevog during the most monumental
the Malala Foundation.
and humanitarian moments of their career. So it
John Fluevog's intersection of solid, yet quirky
comes as no surprise to the John Fluevog family
fashion and philanthropy goes further than a cut
that the brand holds a powerful combination of
of shoe sales being donated to various charities.
innovation, fashion and philanthropy that make an
The 40+ year old brand has found an innovative
individual feel like their voice can command as
online presence that continues to move the
much attention as a pair of Fluevog’s.
dial on social causes. Known as ‘Fluevoggers’ its digital community has provided a meeting ground for its most active customers to connect and communicate on human rights concerns.
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NARCES, a well-recognized and respected
Aside from sponsoring noteworthy gala’s, the
Toronto-based dress designer, has taken a
brand has also donated their dresses for silent
“start in your neighbourhood” approach with its
auctions for organizations like JDFR, a global
philanthropic efforts. NARCES strong reputation
leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes.
has participated in impressive initiatives that
A page can be taken out of NARCES' book when
align with local and international organizations
it comes to not only fashion innovation, but also,
that support and uplift a number of worthy causes.
philanthropy. NARCES works with Pie Media
In NARCES' evolving history, the chic company
Group charities that have a local connection with
has connected and collaborated with
a global view that raise awareness and inspire
organizations like ‘Ashley’s Angels’, a SickKids
event. The event, which raised an impressive $1 million in funds for transplant research, innovation and awareness for organ and tissue donation, is an event they are very proud to be a part of.
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WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME. WHAT YOU FEEL, YOU ATTRACT. WHAT YOU IMAGINE, YOU CREATE. - BUDDHA
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Connected to the community
The traditional definition of philanthropy was
As of 2019, Connect Hair Studio has raised almost
usually synonymous with large corporations or
$60,000 for various local charities as well as
corporate leaders. In the past decade the definition
providing support for over 60 events in the form of
has evolved to recognize the many people who
gift baskets or stylists to prepare models
undertake private initiatives, focusing on improving
for fundraising events as well as, spearheads
the quality of life of others, and for the public good.
a calendar campaign for Gilda's Club
In the early 1980s, Sharon (nee Adams), a young
of Simcoe Muskoka.
nursing student in Toronto was about to switch
She has had people ask, why bother?
her life path and after some persistence, was
As Sharon says, “I have clients in my chair sharing
apprenticed at the exclusive Vidal Sassoon
all aspects of their lives. If I can find a way to help
Toronto Salon. The whirlwind years of high fashion
make someone’s day a little brighter, or future a
and downtown living were a period of growth
little more optimistic, then I do….”
and exploration but Sharon never forgot the
Sharon volunteers at Hospice Simcoe where she is
lessons her mother, Grace, had taught her about
privileged to be able to offer haircuts for people
giving and caring.
in their final stages of life. She also volunteers
Fast forward to 2014 and a very much more
bi-monthly at the local David Busby Centre where
experienced, grounded and mature Sharon Smith
she offers haircuts to the homeless.
decided to take her second venture into salon
“I charge them a smile for my time,” Smith says.
ownership. Connect Hair Studio, Barrie was born
“What do I get from it? Joy. It sums up how I feel
with two key missions – excellence in hairstyling
when I have been able to impact a person’s life,
services and a commitment to give back to the
either through my work at the Studio or through my
community that Sharon lives in.
work in the community.” Anyone can be a philanthropist. The challenge for all of us is to look beyond ourselves and ask what we can do to make the life of someone a little better.
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“I believe I was born to connect with people and help bring out their inner beauty while developing their outer beauty.” – Sharon Smith
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‘Entrepreneur’ is far from a buzzword for Gail
Aside from being the owner of fashion management
McInnes. She began her career as a 14 year-old
and publicity agency, Magnet Creative
Avon door-to-door sales person in Oshawa, Ontario.
Management, McInnes is also co-founder and CEO
“I was such a shy teenager… aside from confidence,
of Stylist Box, a fashion designer showroom where
my entrepreneurial experience [as an Avon
high profile clients can be dressed from head-to-toe.
salesperson] taught me there is no need to oversell,
But let’s take a few steps back to learn how Stylist
which is something I carried throughout my career.”
Box became the go-to showroom in Toronto’s
With her track record, overselling has never been
blooming fashion industry, why it’s important to stay
necessary. The Glasgow-born, Canadian raised,
authentic in what you do and what it looks like to
fashion boss is genuinely passionate about making
give back to the next generation.
things work naturally while supporting local talent with her business endeavours.
STAYING AUTHENTIC IN FASHION Tell us how Stylist Box came about? “It was so positive! My co-founder and I have been in the fashion industry since the mid 90s. The concept is straightforward. We asked ourselves ‘how can we help everybody in the industry?’ We wanted Stylist Box to be a win-win for everyone by connecting the most important roles in fashion like stylists, designers, talent and more, to one another.” How do you make sure your clients are happy with the end result? “It’s all about creating synergies and being a cheerleader for all members of the fashion community. Although the industry is growing, it’s still close-knit and can be intimidating to some. And with every project, we make sure that Stylist Box can provide people access and opportunities to be creative and work together.” With the growing trend of ‘conscious creativity’ in fashion, are there certain looks you won’t work on or specific materials you won’t work with? “For us, the key thing is if it’s a good product, meaning it’s authentically produced. It’s important to assure that a certain garment is sourced and produced through ethical means. Are the products avoiding pollution? Using natural energy? Ethical fashion can help reduce your impact on the environment and invest in safer, more sustainable practices. And to us, that’s what’s most important.”
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What’s Stylist Box’s take on speaking up?
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“On my personal Twitter I’m quite vocal. With my background in public relations, I understand that
Gail McInnes has worked to promote the mission of
social media can evoke a sense of passion and
organizations like ‘U For Change’, which provides
young people in Toronto with creative workshops led
At Stylist Box, we’ve chosen to be vocal in a positive
by mentors, such as myself. We believe in using our
spirit. We share our work in the community and how
brand to provide such organizations, and the people who
we give back to a community that has provided us
engage and volunteer with them, to get the exposure and
with so much support.
support they need and truly deserve. To us, giving back is so important.”
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What is your partnership with TIFF?
Stylist Box, which overlooks Toronto’s coveted
“Since 2013 we’ve done something called ‘Stylist
Trinity Bellwoods Park, is a 1,000 square foot dream
Suite’ which is a pop up around the city on the
closet for any garment and accessory lover. With
week leading up to TIFF. We bring together 20-25
her multiple businesses, clients, creative projects,
designers from around the world, create a beautiful
and child, Gail McInnes has a lot on her hands.
set up and have about 100 bookings overlapping
She never forgets the people and places that have
with one another, for a TIFF-prep showroom. We’ve
helped her get to where she is today, like the
decided to go more personal and provide a more
‘Toronto Fashion Incubator’. McInnes is an example
intimate fashion experience with a private one-on-
of making every minute count - and that’s the
one approach. We’re calling it ‘Salon at Stylist Box’'.
mindset of a true entrepreneur.
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CASTLEVIEW INN Relaxed charm in a historic residence Castleview Inn...the mere word conjures up images of a place removed from the everyday world. Located in Oro-Medonte on 160 acres of farmland and forest, this seven suite Inn has tapped into a need for connection and encounters. Today's travel seekers are searching for experiential travel/events. Therein lies the niche that makes the trip to Castleview Inn an opportunity to immerse yourself and your guests in "country concierge". There is physical and creative room to plan meaningful business/corporate meetings and events, family stays, weddings, leisure travel and retreats. The expanse of the property permits multidimensional/ sensory adventures that speaks to the intangible value guests are now attracted to. From the moment you pass through the wrought iron gates, you are entering an inviting environment. Originally built in 1907, this field stone century farmhouse is reminiscent of a period where beauty was held in the simple but meaningful days. The home itself makes a statement and has been lovingly maintained in most of its original form and function by the owner and host Danny. Revel at the interior millwork, 16 seat dining room and accessible country kitchen. As a child in Persia, Danny was inspired to create a place that could be enjoyed by his guests. There is much love that has created this special place. There is a heart connection to the openness and expanse of the Inn: socializing by the firepit, strolling the walking trails that lead you through untouched forests, a catered lunch by a still pond BY_MANDY JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY_SCOTT COOPER
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The facility offers large covered main tent that seats up to 220 people with elegant chandelier lighting and interlock stone f looring. You are close to the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, miles of quiet country roads to bike on, walking/hiking/running trails on your doorstep and quaint communities and towns to explore. Castleview Inn will certainly send you home with relaxed shoulders, a refreshed and energized spirit and...a day, weekend or week of unforgettable experiences.
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IMMERSIVE FASHION THEATRE Pie Media Group productions promote Canadian arts and fashion individuals and communities, while simultaneously supporting local and national charities. The focus is founded on building long lasting relationships within the community, and beyond. Each individual plays a vital role, and connection. This creation exceeded this level of storytelling because it was immerisive, interactive and experiential. It was pure happiness.
Picture it: Strolling actors and models led guests through the fun and f lair of the midway: from steampunk, cultured cocktails and curiosities, to a 32-piece orchestra, culinary wagons, burlesque couture, body art and Bhangra dancers. Local couture was merged with international designs on the pathway. Feathers from the Mayan Riviera met the verdant beauty of the Canadian countryside. It was raw and real with a walk through the enchanted forest. Feathers, leather, tiaras, and macramĂŠ dressed up the forest fashion installations. The dramatic interior of the spacious event tent, an elegant simplicity of chandeliers, along with world class sound and light production framed the experience, accentuating the visual magic on stage. This experience was a collaboration of artists and creatives from around the globe: designers, musicians, media, models, dancers, sculptors, actors, culinary and makeup artists. Pie Media Group has been producing avant-garde shows through immersive fashion theatre for over 15 years, merging varied styles, personalities and talents. To all those key players - our gratitude and deep recognition. It is the commitment of the people involved that elevates a production, empowering one another to continue to be courageous and take creative risks. An iconic moment in the Canadian Fashion Arts industry. To engage in the experience piemediagroup.com/events
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Each room is uniquely decorated with works of art from Lio Malca's personal art collection.
The estate offers 71 suites and beach rooms. In the original house, master suites with works of art, (which are rotated regularly), are extravagant, yet spare, featuring velvet curtains and headboards, vintage and contemporary furniture pieces, f loorto-ceiling windows, and incredible views.
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This setting fuses art with stunning natural beauty.
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Indeed, the ambience itself creates a sense of
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suspension and other worldliness, from the
by locals to be the center of the entire universe).
vintage pieces of furniture hanging slightly
On 180m of white sand beach, on the Yucatan
above the Persian carpets, whitewashed walls
Peninsula, art dealer/curator and collector Lio
and exposed concrete, to contrasting jolts of
Malca invites guests to come and stay at his home:
texture and rich colour.
a newly conceptualized gallery space, where
It is believed that the property was once
you can live for a while with works of art worthy
owned by Pablo Escobar, Columbia's infamous
of a museum.
drug kingpin, only adds to its mystique. Lio
His passion for discovering unknown artists began
Malcaâ€™s interest, however, was in preserving
with Jean-Michel Basquiat, with a drawing that
and honoring Mayan heritage. Locally sourced
hung over his bed for many years. He is, in fact,
materials were used for building and renovating,
one of the leading experts on Basquiat, Haring
and fresh, local ingredients are used in its kitchens;
and Kenny Scharf; all artists who form the basis
traditional Mexican features and f lavors permeate
of his collection. A discerning connoisseur, the
property captured his attention with its potential
Even at the center of the universe, it is a true
just as powerfully. He eventually traded in that first
privilege to be able to spend such intimate time
Basquiat drawing, in order to acquire a property
with these contemporary works of art, offered in
where he could showcase contemporary works of
an idyllic and highly conceptualized space.
art in an alternate reality designed to accentuate their power and presence.
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Batik is located on the southern point of the
This vacation can be as active or relaxed as you
Nicoya Peninsula, just north of Cabo Blanco
desire, with an array of activities to choose from:
Nature Reserve, Costa Rica. Nestled between two
snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach, yoga in
fishing villages, the estate offers a private tropical
the private outdoor shalas, jungle exploration, deep
setting, luxurious villas, and access to
sea fishing, massage, surfing, and incomparable
the beautiful, secluded beach at Playa Hermosa.
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While some of the accommodations lend
of Costa Rica. You may be searching for adventure,
themselves to a couple's retreat, others are more
or a secluded wellness getaway; Batik offers you
suitable for extended families or groups. The
the perfect luxurious setting from which to enjoy
villas and smaller adjacent cottages can be rented
this paradise, in your own way.
together, or separately. The houses themselves
Guests frequently comment on Batik’s unparalleled
were designed with Balinese and tropical
service; the concierge is eager to respond to
inf luences and offer unique special features: large
your questions and requests, in order to make
open living spaces, private pools and gardens,
your vacation more comfortable. Attentive staff
hammocks, open-sky bathrooms and fully
can arrange for a nanny, a private chef, dinner
equipped kitchens. Decorated with bold colors,
reservations in nearby Santa Teresa, or breakfast
antique Indonesian furnishings, high ceilings,
on the beach. They can organize transportation,
bamboo beams, and an open architectural style,
from quads to cars, delivered to your door; quality
the villas are simply stunning. Batik’s notable
customer care is key.
commitment to sustainability is admirable; their
Batik is the ultimate destination for your next
natural well water is triple filtered, they utilize
vacation, or for an exotic and exclusive group
solar power and recycle their grey water for
getaway. Whether you’re planning a yoga and
irrigation in the gardens. Your private home in
wellness retreat or a wedding, this property is
paradise is eco-conscious.
designed with an emphasis on gathering family and friends, in an intimate, idyllic setting, to create unforgettable memories.
Batik's Casa Kala, is an extremely spacious 3 bedroom and colourful home with a large private swimming pool set amongst large tropical gardens and only moments from Playa Hermosa.
Experience your own private paradise in
PUERTO CARRILLO, COSTA RICA
The casa comfortably accommodates up to 8 in two identical bedroom wings. Each wing has a master bedroom and a secondary bedroom separated by a large shared bathroom. The master bedrooms have king-size beds; the secondary bedrooms have a queen and a single bed. All bedrooms are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning. The spacious great room includes dining and entertaining areas. Large screen doors open on to the pool and a panoramic view of the ocean. The dining table comfortably seats 12 and has an adjacent wet-bar. Included in the rental are the services of the casa staff, Ana and Freddy, who have a private apartment in the casa. Ana provides meal preparation and housekeeping. Freddy maintains the pool and the property. Ana and Freddy are available six days a week. We suggest that you experience one of the several excellent restaurants in the area on Sunday, their day off.
3000 sq. ft. Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Half Baths: 2 Min Stay: 3 - 7 nights
Maison de Milo in Gascony DEEP IN THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE AIRBNB.CA/ROOMS/33130175
Luke and Mandy are a renowned, married, fine
The abundance of many rivers, lakes, towns and
art photography duo. Originally from a seaside
cities at every turn make it a truly unique place
town in England, they made the life-changing
to visit. Maison de Milo is exquisite. With three
decision to move to Southern France; a dream of
beautiful bedrooms and an intimate open plan
theirs since they first visited together at the start
kitchen and living area.
of their relationship. The property they fell in love
The sunlit terrace looks over the surrounding
with incorporates a guest house which they named
fields, which provide ever-changing scenery as
Maison de Milo, after their baby boy.
the farmer rotates crops. Get lost in the gardens
Maison de Milo is located in Saint-Michel, a quaint
and pick yourself something delicious from one of
and rural village in the Gers region. Deep in
the 36 fruit trees. Just make sure you take a photo
the French countryside, yet close enough to the
with the Polaroid camera, to place in the guest book
PyrĂŠnĂŠes, Spain and the Atlantic coast that it feels
before you leave!
like a number of holiday destinations all in one.
The Luxus’ notoriety is, at least in part, due to its hotel lobby lounge. Ever rising in popularity, and frequented by locals, Luxus Lounge caters to true cocktail culture and the curious, alike. An experience in itself, this “exceptional beverage program” was recognized on Canada’s 100 Best Bars list for 2019. Their mixologists love to surprise you with handcrafted, creative cocktails; check their online menu for new sensations like “Frozen Lavender”, or “Darts at the Legion”. Of course, they also stock local craft beers and expertly selected wine.
ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND The luscious Luxus
AN EXPERIENCE ABOVE THE ORDINARY THELUXUS.CA
This luxury boutique hotel in the heart of
Explore the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and
downtown St. Johns, promises an experience
Labrador, the Provincial Museum, 17th Century
above the ordinary. Situated on historic Water
Cabot Tower, Signal Hill, the Basilica of St. John,
Street, the six chic suites, (one and two bedrooms),
fun on George Street, Newman Wine Vaults and
offer polished and posh with premium hospitality.
treat yourself to Sound Salon and Spa.
As the city’s only five-star hotel near the harbour
While visiting the Luxus, cross the street for a truly
and parallel shops, restaurants and curiosities,
sustainable approach to fine dining at Raymond’s
you can take in both the natural beauty of the
Restaurant. In terms of comfort, a notable feature is
ocean and unique architecture of the oldest
the double-wall soundproofing, ensuring guests a
city in North America.
quiet, restful night. The decadent vibe is ref lected in the décor; polished walnut wooden walls and high, spacious ceilings.
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London's trending Shoreditch THE SHOREDITCH STUNNER AIRBNB.CA/ROOMS/29825284
Just east of London’s Square Mile, in what was formerly the city's entertainment district, is a hipster destination known as Shoreditch. Along its cobbled streets, you’ll find an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, independently owned boutiques, craft cafes, book shops, galleries, gastropubs, and noodle bars. The area has been home to waves of religious refugees, the working-class, and young creatives. Ever evolving, with its stylish and f luid character, it is becoming London's trendiest neighborhood. In your search for somewhere fabulous to stay during your time in London, you may discover this “Shoreditch Stunner” listed on airbnb. ca. Aptly named, this sprawling loft space has two bedrooms and an open-plan living area; it is suitable for 4 guests. This 150m long converted warehouse overlooks historic St. Leonard's Church, in the heart of Shoreditch. The apartment is also available on plumguide.com, as “The King of Shoreditch”. From the king bed in the master bedroom, you are within 5 km of the Tower of London, The British Museum, Soho, The Shard, and King’s Cross, with its endless destinations. The loft is bright, artsy and airy. While its colourful murals, unique sculptures, and surprising originals lend a quirky, bohemian vibe, the lush plants, extensive library, and local custom-made furniture make it feel like home. .
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"His gracious welcome and courteous manner made Michael a perfect host." - PIE PUBLISHER
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THE CURIOUS VOYAGE
An intercontinental theatrical journey Imagine that you are approached to participate -
As the story developed we found ourselves seated
not simply spectate - in an immersive theatrical
on a f light heading to London, England. We were
experience over three days and on two continents.
on a mission and chance encounters with random
The promise that no two experiences are the same
strangers along the way continued to inform and
for any person, even though the experience is
develop the intrigue. Arriving at our quaint,
scripted and rehearsed is proving too tempting to
historic boutique hotel we began to sense the
forgo. Pie succumbed to the temptation.
continuation of the story in the streets and buildings
Our experience commenced in the historic city of
that surrounded us.
Barrie ON and, from the moment we arrived we
We followed, a mysterious trail of clues to our final
were immersed in the story and the events that
destination “… uncovering the city of London from
surrounded us. From the venues we visited to the
a uniquely immersive theatrical perspective….”.
staff we interacted with, we saw familiar places
Culminating in an intimate performance of a well
from completely different perspectives as we were
know musical our journey reached its climax and
drawn into this developing vortex of theatrical
the seemingly bizarre adventure evolved into
ref lections of chance, fate and coincidence.
The Curious Voyage is written, created and directed by Daniele Bartolini. The secret musical is directed by Mitchell Cushman.
PHOTOGRAPHY_ SCOTT COOPER
The experience is based on an idea by Arkady Spivak
"It was like I was a character in a psychological thriller. What I didnâ€™t expect from the curious voyage, and immersive theatre, was the thrill of the mind. It was the vulnerability of discovering something new, without expectation. The fantasy and fantastical experience lead me from Barrie to London, on an expedition that made me question myself, those around me and look deep into what I could be capable of doing. A profound experience with actors whose passion made my heart pound; brought a tear to my eye, laughter through my chest, and vibrant memories I will cherish. The most curious aspect of this journey was personal." - Sandra, Pie Publisher
Michael Torontow: some thoughts on a Curious Voyage... "I was already dealing with a lot of what it took to just get into the role, and behaving like a citizen of that city which I had never seen was arguably similar to what my character may have had to do, returning to a place he thought he knew but didn’t fully recognize, feeling the “chill of ghostly shadows everywhere”. PHOTOGRAPHY_ CLAUDIA BROOKES
A transcontinental immersive theatrical experience
For the production, any time we had a particularly
had never been done, in which audience members
large audience (about 30 people) I had a very small
began their journey on another continent and finished
amount of playing space and the audience literally
with a famous musical but to begin it with a full
could not have been closer. But for me, from an acting
exploration of what it means to be good or evil, with
standpoint, it was singing the song in an old elevator
a through line that really tied many elements of the
shaft with several razors literally suspended above my
musical, combined with the building anticipation as
head. We staged it so that my co-lead was with me,
you travel it really was "something else”.
clinging to me gently but deeply, and the resulting scene is more two people singing about love and attachment but about two completely different things.
Actor Danille Stagg
“It is tourism and therapy combined, disguised
“A Curious Voyage” received some positive
as a world of art,” says Arkady Spivak as he
notoriety from respected publications comparing
described the moment he realized he had to
the performance with other well-known immersive
participate as simply a person and not from a
theatrical producer’s perspective. “I looked at the
“We love a bit of immersive interactive theatre
group with me and realized they had tears in their
shiz: The Grift at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel
eyes as they answered the questions.” Spivak is
was last year’s big winner imported from San
thrilled that the production was able to break new
Diego. Now from Canada comes Talk is Free
ground by creating an event on two continents
Theatre’s The Curious Voyage, and on a grand
and at the reception the production received from
scale that threatens to knock Punchdrunk off the
cast and audience alike. London is home to a
top spot.” -Johnny Fox, The Londonist
thriving and diverse immersive arts movement.
As for Pie …. We hear there will be a Barrie – Toronto event in the future and we will be there.
"The Curious Journey is a study in the unearthing of repressed trauma. As we are faced with shifting landscapes in our environments, we dig deeper for foundations. We unearth heritage, diseases, memories. Looking at our carbon sinks, we find a fascinating meeting place between human experience and industry as allegory. An old warehouse basement – half modernized, half disappearing. We have buried our traumas within us and below our homes. We explore what happens when we tap into these emotional vaults, or oil wells, to harness as power to exact our desires. When we use trauma to motivate our actions, we must question the ethics of the journey. In immersive theatre, that is a thrilling challenge." - JOE PAGNAN, SET DESIGNER
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A treat of tradition, colour, sound and movement BY_GREG SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY_ DAN LIM
The spectacle of Bhangra dancing is a treat
Bhangra Crew Ontario is captained by Karandeep
of tradition, colour, sound and movement
Singh who founded his Crew as a way of teaching
and bringing Punjabi folk culture to Barrie, which
Originating in the Punjabi region of India and
has a thriving Indian and Pakistani population.
Pakistan, the Bhangra dance style traditionally
Based at Georgian College, the Crew consists
celebrated the joy of the coming of spring.
of 25 dancers who practice formally twice weekly
Bhangra has evolved to not only be an expression
and perform almost every weekend at events
of Asian culture, but has found its way into hip
throughout central Ontario.
hop, house and reggae music all over the world.
Bhangra has been described as a blend of
Its inf luence can be heard in music from artists
Zumba and yoga, and is gaining popularity as
like Jay Z and Missy Elliott (â€œGet Ur Freak Onâ€?).
a form of fitness dance session. Apart from the
The energy and vitality of the dance style is
obvious physiological benefits, proponents of the
immediately evident as the Crew hits the stage,
dance style claim Bhangra to be a great tension
matched only by their vibrant colours, pulsing
buster and stress reliever. Try it out. You may be
rhythms and precision movements. The fact
the Crew smiles throughout what can only be described as a strenuous workout, is evidence of the joy that comes with this form of dancing.
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BEAUTY AND THE BOW
BY_JESSICA GILFILLAN | PHOTOGRAPHY_JOHAN JOHANNESSON
Striking. When tasked with choosing an adjective to aptly describe Toronto-based violinist Sarah Davidson-Gurney, who goes by the stage name Saraphina Violin, that’s certainly the one that resonates. Beyond her captivating stage presence Saraphina Violin’s haunting and unique style is what really sets her apart, allowing her to transcend musical genres, tastes, and even ideas about what is possible with the violin. If you were lucky enough to have witnessed Sarah’s haunting melodies and catchy house beats during her sublime performance of her songs ‘Transfixed’ and ‘Beyond the Dark’ for the production, ‘Elysium’, you know what we’re talking about. It was at the University of Toronto where Sarah honed her musical talents and abilities, earning her Bachelors degree in Violin Performance Studies. In 2005, she received her Masters degree in Violin performance studying under the tutelage of the late Jacques Israelievitch. Her passion and musicality was a much earlier discovery, however. At three, the young Davidson-Gurney started to learn how to play the violin. Tickling the ivory keys soon followed at the age of five. Believing in, and following, her passion for music has certainly been fulfilling. The young artist already boasts an impressive list of creative endeavours, pursuits, and accomplishments. Highlights from this list include recording an album at the age of thirteen, acting as the concertmaster of the York University Symphony from 2009 - 2011, winning York University’s Concerto Competition, performing internationally in swanky venues like the Ritz-Carlton and the Shangri-La, and performing as the opening act for well-known artists including Diana Ross, Gwen Stefani, Kendrick Lamar and Usher. Sarah regularly performs around the globe as a solo artist, a guest performer with various orchestras and with her electric quartet, “Four Strings”. Where will Saraphina Violin take us next when her musical inspiration strikes? saraphinaviolin.com
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ARE YOU READY TO COOK UP A CREATIVE NEW BUSINESS? A party with BBQ Party in a Box
Imagine the look on your guests’ faces when they
BBQ Party in a Box shows up with their own tents,
show up for a company barbeque and there’s a
chairs and tables for guests, and all the food
replica Snowbird jet parked on your front lawn.
ready to go. Once dinner is done, they clean up,
They’ll be even more shocked when a six-foot-long
pack up, and leave behind nothing but full
grill drops down from the tail, the wing is stocked
stomachs and big smiles.
with salads and drinks, and you’re opening up the
Andy is a serial entrepreneur who can’t pass up
cockpit to pull things out of the cooler. This is just
a good idea. The move into catering was a f luke
the latest creation from the mind of Andy Babiak,
that started as a fun thank-you BBQ for past clients
owner of BBQ Party in a Box.
that had been helping him out, then picked up
Don’t want a plane? How about a bright yellow ‘57
demand as clients saw the eye-popping designs for
Chevy for Grandpa’s birthday party, complete with
car-themed grills. When they started asking if they
jukebox to blast out fifties tunes, and an ice cream
could book them for events of their own it didn’t
cart for dessert. Or a NASCAR-style racer, Chevy
take long for Andy to see a whole new business
pickup truck, ‘69 Camaro, A-Team van, or a formula
opportunity. All this is keeping him happy and
one Indy car. And how many of your friends would
motivated to keep going.
be thrilled with the eye-catching bright red ZZ Top
Expect to see more from this Ontario entrepreneur.
Ford coupe that comes with cardboard cut-outs so
BBQ Party in a Box has impressed so many people,
guests can pretend to be part of the band?
Babiak has created opportunities for people to buy
Babiak’s classic-car-themed catering company is
their own version of the concept, complete with
innovative in a number of ways. He designs the
themed auto packages. Buyers would get a turnkey
replica vehicles, then his team of fabricators custom
operation with a concept vehicle/grill and all the
builds each BBQ vehicle, fitted with grill surfaces,
accessories that fit in a promotional trailer, ready to
propane tanks, coolers, and storage space. Each
hit the road. Start with one or grow your own f leet.
one comes with a separate speaker/PA system,
There’s even help with financing and marketing.
cooling cart for salads and drinks, and ice cream
Want to figure out how to take the winters off? Start
cart for dessert.
a new business with BBQ Party in a Box.
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Convenient catering with a good vibe. PART-CATERING • PART-CAFE • PART-LUNCH SPOT
This quaint cafe has effectively upped the ante on what we expect in customized catering. The menu features always fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
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Your used furniture will change a life.
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Personally or professionally, you are a reflection of those that surround you. Who you decide to work with is one of the most important decisions when considering your investment transaction. The professional partnership you have with your realtor requires a relationship built on trust, market knowledge and the ability to be there for you when you need them. Our â€œDare To Be Differentâ€? approach is about: a different standard of accessibility, unique and multichannel marketing and a relationship that extends beyond the transaction.
â€œWhen specific design elements and concepts are chosen with care, interiors assume a power and magic all to their own. They decorate the space but they also enhance the soulâ€?
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ENTERTAINING IN STYLE Small batch porcelain designed and handcrafted at the Dotti Potts Studio.
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It's all in the details BY_MANDY JOHNSON | PHOTOGRAPHY_SCOTT COOPER
"Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers." - ROBIN S. SHARMA
Barrie Trim and Moulding has been a landmark business in the Barrie region since 1985. It has evolved over time and supports a legacy that is both steeped in community and expertise in its craft. Lee Whitaker, owner and president, has grown up in this local business and has taken the very seed that planted the vision and grown it into an orchard. Having emigrated from England 4 year’s prior, Lee’s father Brian Whitaker, had originally opened the business in response to the growing need for trim and finishing materials. It was born out of the need to create work for himself and sustain his family during times of a career transition. What proved to be a side job; became a viable business opportunity. Barrie’s growing community had little support for this specialized product and service – hence, the birth of BTM. Expansion came quickly and the humble beginnings of a small shop in the North End of Barrie quickly turned into a larger location in the Cedar Point Plaza. Again, the company would find itself in the fortunate position of growing out of its home and the signature location on Saunders Road became the new home for BTM.
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The exposure from Hwy 400 and a location in
Lee is all too familiar with the duality of being
the industrial centre of this booming city made
owner and family man. Together, Lee and his
the brave move a great decision. Continued
wife Kelly, balance work and two young children
growth involved opening a stair division in 1995
with the added responsibility of managing an
and further complemented the existing business.
extended work family too. Lee continues to assume
Working with homebuilders, professional trades
operational responsibilities as president and Kelly
and homeowners alike, affirmed the commitment
assumes an important role in employee and
for custom interior finishes in this area. Steady
community connection. It is part of the business
growth has enabled the stair & railing division to
soul that is very important to BTM. Collectively, it’s
recently double the size of its facility and a greater
about operating the business not only in the now,
focus on building a strong team continues to
but also finding vision for tomorrow.
improve the client service experience.
Entrepreneurship is always a balancing act of
Lee, a second-generation entrepreneur, would
personal, business and social responsibility.
confirm that this growth came with new growing
Taking care of over 40 employees is a big part of
pains. The original business was more of an order
that trust. Lee has been a firm believer of creating
desk rather than a full service business as it stands
a “work family” and fostering an opportunity for
now. Today’s contractor and homeowner clients
people to not only work but also find a career in
are discerning and there is a greater awareness
the Whitaker’s local business. It is always about
of the value and investment in home building and
relationships: those you work with, those clients
renovations. It is not merely a retail location for
and customers that use the products and service,
these products but also a custom manufacturer for
family and outreach. Lee’s vision for sustainability
all products. BTM has become the “go to” location
is steeped in bringing people along for the ride.
for interior doors, trim, mouldings, stairs, railings,
Success, on paper, is only half the satisfaction.
and installation services because of this expertise.
Both Lee and Kelly invest not only in the staff that
The retail location only touches on the endless
work within the organization, but they also have a
possibilities for trademark options. There are in-
strong philanthropic connection to the community
house and onsite sales people available to consult
in which they operate. Kelly works closely with
and educate both professional and do-it-yourself
organizations such as the Barrie Colts, Habitat
clients of the many choices available to create
for Humanity, Easter Seals, Gilda's Club, The
signature projects. It is the boutique service and
Redwood Project, RVH Foundation and other local
high quality that makes the business stand out.
charities, to coordinate important connections to
The evolution, particularly of a family business,
those in need.
requires a different kind of commitment. There
The vision for tomorrow continues to be about
were many learning lessons along the way. For
growth – business, family and community. The
Lee, it really was a grass roots understanding of
Barrie and Simcoe area have proved to be more
what BTM is all about. He has stood in many shoes
than home to BTM. However humbly Lee tells his
over the years and appreciates the efforts of all who
family story, the legacy of this thriving business is a
contribute to their success. The Whitakers have
testament to vision and commitment of connection
moved through seasons of life and cycles of growth
and fostering relationships within his community.
that have required the talents of many employees
Support goes both ways.
and the patience and understanding of family.
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Whether itâ€™s a monster opening that offers an expansive view of the waters of Georgian Bay, sleek door systems opening onto a posh patio in the forests of Muskoka, or walls of glass in a mountain retreat in the Rockies, Big Glass Openings can provide the design, product, installation and project management. 136 PIE DIGEST
BIG GLASS OPENINGS Architectural aluminum and glass BY_DAVE JEFFERIES Big Glass Openings is bringing an exciting
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In the Barrie facility, all of the aluminum is
products to markets in North America, not
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or anodized to suit the client’s colour choice. As
A leading manufacturer of Belgian-made
part the quality control process, each door and
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The Concept Folding 77 (CF 77) bi-folding door
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Concept System 86-H1
The Concept System 86-HI (CS 86) is a well
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concerning thermal performance. The systemâ€™s
seen in North America are available from Big
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or in, depending on the clientâ€™s preference. This
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tilt-turn window is a high performing lineup that
The same handle gives the operator the option
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Concept Patio 155
The Concept Patio (CP 155) is a premium
This fully transparent and accessible sliding door
insulated sliding door system with great
seamlessly extends the houseâ€™s interior to the
performance characteristics. The system gives
outside. Despite the minimal visual sidelines,
a lot of design freedom by allowing large
the systems high strength allows Hi-Finity to
dimensions up to 10 feet in height and up to
carry the weight of a large glass pane up to
a per leaf weight of 400 kg. This allows robust
500 kilograms. This in combination with the
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high energy performance and the minimalist
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look makes this product the best solution for
North American sliding doors donâ€™t have the
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lift-slide approach used by European door
By integrating the aluminum profiles into the
designers. Without the lift-slide, the door
walls, f loor and ceiling, the glass surfaces are
simply doesnâ€™t have the air, water tightness
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ultimate minimalist appearance, completely
This system is also available with a low threshold
merging indoor and outdoor into one. An extra
that creates perfect continuity between the
design aspect is given by the handle that has a
indoor and outdoor spaces and improves the
slim, elegant and streamlined appearance. With
accessibility to the building. In case of a lift-slide
this handle, big opening surfaces can be easily
system, the sliding door is lifted up before sliding
operated. For an even higher level of comfort,
across the bottom rail. In the closed position, the
an optional concealed motor opens the vents
lift and slide is put down and anchored, which is
fully automatically by a push of the button on
an extra plus for isolation and theft prevention.
the remote control.
Both systems are completely windproof,
Clients are encouraged to arrange a visit the
waterproof, and hermetically sealed.
Barrie-based showroom to see the many options, designs and products available.
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Luxury ...is the perfect home for you
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FOR SALE | $3,399,000 5 ACRES | 154 FEET OF WATER FRONTAGE | 3 PROPERTIES ONSITE | SPORTS DOME | TENNIS COURT ++
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We all paint pictures about home... in one way or another. Whether it's doodling the layout of our gourmet kitchen, imagining what colours will cover the walls in our master bedroom, or collecting images of houses we wish to live in. It's inspiring to create the picture of our dream home. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is a lifetime of pictures worth? That's hard to measure, because even the broadest brush and sharpest camera won't do justice to the beauty of the pictures that will be forged here at 422 & 424 Big Bay Point Road. Live an incomparable lifestyle in this modern, custom-designed, 5 bedroom home with sweeping 180 degree views of Kempenfelt Bay, near the premier Big Bay Point golf and waterfront community. This architectural masterpiece features a geothermal heat system, in-floor heat, commercial-grade windows, a home theatre with projector, large walk in pantry, backup generator and so much more.
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154 feet of shoreline living is complete with a rustic 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom cottage and a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom guest home above the detached, heated garage and workshop. The sports lover can host their favourite sport teams in the professionally designed, four season sports dome. Completing the picture of this oasis on the lake is a tennis court, vegetable gardens, 2 fire pits, extensive landscaping, 2 person hot tub and 5 acres of beautiful forest. At 422 & 424 Big Bay Point Road, your picture perfect lakeside home is a reality.
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MARINA LANDING —
Where the ocean begins, treasures wait to be claimed. For longer than Canada has been Canada,
have been farming oysters in the warm waters of Malagash Bay on Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore. Of the many gifts the Bay gives up, none equals the sensation of shucking and slurping a Malagash oyster: firm, robust, a trace of brine and a sweet finish. Brought to you by the air, saltwater and sandy soils found nowhere else but here, just outside the gates of Fox Harb’r Resort. These very same soils, water, and air surround the crown jewel of our secluded residential enclave: the hillside homes of Marina Landing.
— FIRST IN A SERIES
There are but twelve. With sparkling glass and graceful woods, long and wide and overflowing with ocean light, these are as much galleries as homes, framing uninterrupted views of the marina, the lighthouse, our championship golf course and most of all, the Northumberland Strait. To be completed in 2020, the homes will feel as if grown from the hill, at once private yet wide open. But unlike the plentiful Malagash oyster, the Marina Landing homes will number a dozen and no more. They are the defining statement of Fox Harb’r founer Ron Joyce’s original vision for our 5-star resort, of which Canada has but five: “Luxury without pretension, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.”
At a time in your life when new vistas, experiences, and even tastes are waiting, we look forward to showing you these.
Start your journey immediately by contacting Eric Lum at (902) 412-4812 or email@example.com or by visiting foxharbr.com/marinalanding.
A place so indescribable only a wine could describe it. For centuries, artists of every kind have pained to capture the essence of this place. But only a wine – born of our red clay soil, raised by the long sun, ocean air and warm Northumberland Shore waters – could truly make you feel all that is Fox Harb’r. So we planted a vineyard. And in a few months its first vintage, our own take on Nova Scotia’s exclusive Tidal Bay appellation, will be bottled, chilled and ready. What will go best with it? The very setting that made it, as seen, sipped and savoured from the veranda of your secluded oceanfront residence at Marina Landing, Fox Harb’r.
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There are but twelve. Like a case of our wine, Fox Harb’r is making twelve and only twelve Marina Landing homes. And like our wine again, each is a reflection of its place: natural woods and stone, sparkling sun and air, room in abundance, nothing spared, every venerable step in the making respected. Each fully overlooks the resort’s deep water marina, championship links and beloved lighthouse, and the majestic Northumberland Strait. And each is seconds from everything our fivestar resort (one of only five in Canada) offers, including the world’s best seafood – taken from the same waters, and now with the perfect complement.
Our homes will be finished in 2020, our vintage a bit sooner. Can we reserve a bottle, and a place to enjoy it, for you?
Uncork yours immediately by contacting Eric Lum at (902) 412-4812 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting foxharbr.com/marinalanding.
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LET US MAKE YOU comfortable You may have seen some of our products in places like Fogo Island, Brigus and Port Rexton or in places along the Southern Shore of Newfoundland. We pride ourselves on showcasing a variety of coastal and rustic furniture items, items that will keep our customers coming back regularly to see whatâ€™s new and exciting. What we hope you will find is a treasure trove of furniture, accessories and artwork, all with the casual, coastal and rustic design vibe we love. The success of Seascape Newfoundland is based on many elements from finding unique products, creating unique collections, and having a great team able to translate our design concepts when the merchandise becomes available for delivery. We know many stores have similar products, so our goal is to make the shopperâ€™s experience a unique, memorable and money saving experience to help keep the store ever changing and diverse.
An on line coastal furniture and decor store for homes, cabins and beach houses.
live remarkably What if a community developer invited ideas from beekeepers and berry growers. Left woodland paths for wildlife to traverse. Created skating ponds and built toboggan hills for neighbourhood kids to enjoy. Created their very own ‘Field of Dreams’. And named a hilltop ‘Starfall’ because you can see the Milky Way from there. Remarkably, there is only one... Georgian International.
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